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The CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) is proud to announce its expansion with a new chapter of senior technology leaders in Montreal.  This follows the incubation of the Montreal base for CIOCAN in collaboration with the Ottawa Chapter.  “It’s the best example of technology leaders working together to enhance Canada’s digital leadership,” notes Phillipe Johnston, National VP of CIOCAN and Director General Digital Services at Transport Canada. 

Johnston is also the past President of the Ottawa Chapter.  He explains “In 2018 we reached out to our peers in Montreal and forged the connections that make us, as professionals, better.  From there, it took off.” 

CIOCAN is the only national member-led association that brings professional IT leaders together.  Its mission is to make IT leaders better for their own careers by sharing knowledge and professional support. Its vision is a dynamic, Canadian economy propelled by Canada’s CIOs as innovation, security, and business transformation leaders.

“Today’s announcement is an important sign of momentum for our organization and the timing couldn’t be more relevant,” says Humza Teherany, President of the CIO Association of Canada, and CIO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. “Especially in this COVID-19 world, IT leaders have been thrust into the spotlight as essential to keeping the economy’s lights on.  Literally.”   

“We are national in scope and the more voices we can bring together virtually and in-person, the stronger we will be together in shaping the solutions Canada needs to thrive,” Teherany adds. 

With the Montreal Chapter, CIOCAN now comprises 7 regional chapters and 409 members who come from across the country, virtually or in conjunction with a local chapter.  Its addition reflects the success of CIOCAN’s strategic plan, including a growing virtual exchange of knowledge, thought leadership and professional development.  

The new Montreal Chapter is lead by Chapter President Stephane Lamoureux, COO of Ananta Digital and Chapter Vice Presidents, Sylvain Perras, CEO of N + 1 Inc. and Sylvain Viau, Chapter CISO and founder of DSI. 

 “Our power as a professional association is our unique perspective as IT leaders on Canada’s innovation, economy and society at large,” concludes Teherany.  “With this announcement, we’re even stronger than ever to prepare for what’s ahead.” 

To contribute to our profession’s future, join your peers at the CIO Association of Canada here.