JOIN our community of over 400 working Canadian CIOs.
Consider the benefits of joining CIOCAN. It is the only Canadian professional association for IT executives offering focused education, networking and knowledge sharing using the most current and innovative methods to foster community and enhance the potential in all of us as IT experts and CIOs.
The CIO Association of Canada grows IT leaders, speaks with one voice on issues facing CIOs, and builds a vendor-neutral community for safe exchange of ideas and best practices.
- We represent the CIO Profession in Canada; members are all CIOs or their direct reports
- Senior faculty from Canada’s top university business schools join us as academic members
- CIOs drive our agenda. We’re self-managed, not for profit, vendor neutral.
- We help grow careers through C-level live and online events across Canada
- We advocate on IT-related issues that impact Canadian business, extending our influence and reach through industry and media partners
- CIO Peer Forum, our national annual conference, is the signature event of the Association, normally held in April each year. Hosting the event is shared among the various cities that have established chapters. Watch the CIO Peer Forum page of the website for information on the next CIO Peer Forum
- Build networks in person and on-line to create a strong CIO Community. Senior executive membership ensures safe C-level exchange of ideas and best practice
HOW To Join
Simply click Join Now to complete and submit a membership application form. Be sure to review the membership categories below so that you know which membership level to indicate on the form. Once we receive your completed form, it will be submitted to the membership chair for approval. Upon approval you will be invoiced for membership fees. When payment is received, your membership will be activated.
Member Referral Program: If you were referred to the association by a member, be sure to note their name on your application. Members who bring new members into the Association receive a $50 credit toward their membership renewal or their Peer Forum registration.
What I value most about my membership in the CIO Association is the ability to connect and share experiences with like-minded IT professionals from industries outside of my own sector. The rich body of diverse experience and knowledge available to me through the Association has proved extremely valuable in helping me succeed as a CIO.
The CIO Association has helped to build the credibility of the CIO title and role in Canada and I’m proud to have been a part of that. My membership in the CIO association attests to my commitment to my profession and it provides ample opportunity for professional development. During the years that I’ve been with CIOCAN, I’ve seen the CIO role change from merely the head of IT to an executive role responsible for broader information management, information governance, and business innovation.
The biggest contribution that CIOCAN makes to the larger community is to advocate for the responsible and strategic use of digital technologies for organizational and societal benefit. Through my membership in the CIO Association, I’ve been able to improve the working relationship between the Haskayne School of Business programs in Information Technology management and the practitioner community in Calgary. I believe the benefits have been felt in both directions
One of the most important aspects for me has been the opportunity to network with peers in the local IT community, and even more important – network with peers in the same industry as me. The ability to connect with like-minded individuals and bounce ideas off them has been very valuable. I’m happy to be giving back to CIOCAN as president of the Edmonton Chapter.
The CIO Association of Canada provides a true national community platform for CIOs. My fellow members and I are grateful for the opportunity to network with our peers, and to make connections that are genuinely professional and lasting – this is the essence of our success. I am proud that the association has remained true to its mission, while expanding opportunities for connections, professional growth and influence.
Why am I part of CIOCAN? It is an organization that not only provides a forum for networking and great presentations on trending and emerging technologies, CIOCAN also provides Senior IT professionals with programs that support Leadership and Executive development. The combination fosters better relationships at our home organizations, and improves the recognition of IT Practice Executives as true business partners.
The CIO Association has always been a safe haven for exchanging ideas on top-level IT Management issues – and I’ve always found a great sounding board amongst the members. The network needed to be exclusive to senior executives to be valuable. I have received feedback on ideas for organizing my IT departments, on people that I might hire – and let’s face it, in the early days especially, I sometimes needed to vent about the challenges I was having in gaining credibility for IT. I wanted to share impressions with people who were doing IT leadership.
Qualification: Full membership is open to Chief Information Officers (CIOs) or equivalent Senior Information Technology executive managers, including Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) with functional responsibility for IT leadership in their organization.
Membership Cost: $750 plus applicable tax per year
Qualification: A person employed by a university or college who teaches or is engaged in information technology studies. This membership is subject to annual re-qualification. This category does not apply to IT professionals working in an IT capacity in the field of education.
Membership Cost: $375 plus applicable taxes per year
Qualification: Either you are:
- A direct report of the CIO / Senior Information Technology executive who is already a member
- You are a CIO, CISO or Senior Information Technology executive in a company where there is already a regular member of CIOCAN
If you are a direct report of the CIO / Senior Information Technology executive who is NOT a member of CIOCAN, full regular membership fees apply.
Membership applications will be approved by the Director of Membership and President of CIOCAN.
Membership Cost: $600 plus applicable taxes per year
Qualification: Retired membership is open to association members who permanently leave employment and are retired. This category is not applicable to those who have left their current role and who are now employed as a consultant or vendor. Retired membership is open to those who wish to maintain contact with CIOCAN and are encouraged to volunteer with their local Chapter or with CIOCAN. Recommendations for inclusion in this category that fall outside the criteria stated above need to be recommended by the Chapter/Division and the National Membership Director and approved by the CIOCAN Board of Directors.
Membership Cost: $50 plus applicable taxes per year
CIO In Transition (CIT)
Qualification: The CIO in Transition program is open to existing CIO Association members in good standing whose annual membership has expired and who no longer meet the criteria for membership due to loss of employment, leave of absence or similar circumstances such that the member is not employed full-time. The member’s local Chapter Board will review each request for this program to determine whether the situation meets the criteria.
During the term of a CIT membership, members are expected to provide 20 hours of volunteer project work for the Association, either through their local chapter or national office. The term of a CIT is limited to a maximum of one year only, after which time members will be expected to pay a regular membership fee. Arrangements can be made for CITs to make installment payments on their membership dues. When a CIT becomes employed (either full time or on contract) they will be given a grace period of 3 months, and then will be invoiced for their membership. Membership dues must be paid within 30 days of invoicing in order to retain member status and privileges.
The following are not eligible for membership in CIOCAN:
- Recruiters/Executive Search Firms, Hardware/Software Vendors except in the circumstance where the applicant is an Executive or Senior Manager of the organization’s internal Information Technology structure.
- Any organization that may use the CIO Association of Canada membership as a competitive business advantage and/or does not add value to the association.
CIOCAN Non-Marketing Policy
The CIO Association of Canada events provide professional development as well as networking opportunities. Because the Association is a not-for-profit organization, its primary interest is in serving the needs of its members. Marketing activities and vendor relations are secondary and these are pursued only in conjunction with the CIO Association’s annual CIO Peer Forum.