About ITAC

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development  services that help them to thrive nationally and compete globally. A prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity, ITAC encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors. A member-driven not-for-profit, ITAC has served as the authoritative national voice of the $150 billion ICT industry for 60 years.   More than 33,500 Canadian ICT firms create and supply goods and services that contribute to a more productive, competitive, and innovative society. The ICT sector generates one million jobs directly and indirectly and invests $4.8 billion annually in R&D, more than any other private sector performer.

Membership is open to all companies and organizations in Canada involved in ICT. Fees are structured according to the size and nature of the enterprise.

A Message from ITAC’s Chair

2013-14 ITAC Chair, Jim Muzyka

2013-14 ITAC Chair, Jim Muzyka

Welcome to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), the definitive voice of the information technology industry in Canada. Our association focuses on business issues that not only impact our industry, but by extension, the wider Canadian economy. We have used our association to improve policy, focus attention on productivity and work with private and public organizations to stimulate dialogue on our future as a country.

One of the ideas that unites the ICT industry is the fundamental belief that the tools and the services that we develop and produce can significantly improve the competitiveness of Canadian companies; but, also enhance the quality of life in our communities, and by extension our country. We have made increasing the number of students in Canada graduating and pursuing careers in our industry one of our top priorities. Our industry’s position as a critical cog in Canada’s future is on the line. More importantly, Canada’s place in the world’s economy will be threatened if we do not change the current state of ICT skills in this country.

If your business is providing telecommunications, computing or software products or services, or electronic content, consider adding your company’s name to the growing list of ITAC members. We also welcome other firms with professional practices aimed at the IT industry to participate as associate members.

 Our Boards

National Board of Directors |  Ontario Board of Directors |  ITAC’s Health ard of Directors


Our Vision

A Canada that has achieved a true world-class, leading digital society that continues to deliver prosperity and competitiveness for the country in a global market.


Our Mission

As the trusted and authoritative voice of the ICT industry, ITAC’s mission is to promote and enhance the significant contribution that digital technology can make to Canada’s economic prosperity.

To do this we are focused on the growth of an innovation ecosystem that:

  • Improves productivity through the robust adoption of technology
  • Drives innovation and competitiveness in the technology sector
  • Improves the talent pool, skills & diversity of the technology sector
  • Modernizes the public sector in its use of information technology

ITAC and its members do what we do every day to move the needle closer to the successful achievement of this mission.

Annual Review

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Small businesses dominate our sector as more than 78% of ICT firms have fewer than 10 employees. As of December 2011, about 100 of Canada’s 33,000 ICT companies had more than 500 employees (including 12 communications services companies). The largest 100 ICT companies account for almost half of industry employment and Canadian-owned communications service providers (e.g. BCE, Rogers Communications, TELUS, etc.) account for a significant share of employment.


ITAC staff come from all over. We come from a broad diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, but are all bound by a shared passion to helping our members succeed and enabling Canada to become a world leader in ICT.


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In January 2008, Karna was named CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Certicom Corp (TSX: CIC). He led the company through a successful turn-around, a successful defense against a hostile bid and then presided over the successful sale to RIM with over 96% shareholder approval.

Karna Gupta

As President and CEO of ITAC, my main role is to be the face of the organization. This means building relationships with relevant, influential officials in government, education, and the movers and shakers in our community as well as those engaged in other business sectors. I believe that my background as CEO of both public and private companies in high technology with more than 30 years of industry experience in North American and international business regions has enabled me to take on the challenges of leading ITAC into the 21st century. I currently serve on several corporate boards and the Board of Regional Incubation Center — Venture Lab.

I am a proud Canadian. I am honoured to be at the helm of a Canadian institution that has been around for more than 60 years. If you want to know more about ITAC and what drives our organization, please contact me.


Lynda's accomplishments in communications have been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (Gold Quill). She also helped to establish the first Ottawa chapter of the Wired Woman Society, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Women in Communications. In 2010, she was honoured with a World of Difference 100 Award from the International Alliance for Women.

Lynda’s accomplishments in communications have been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (Gold Quill). She also helped to establish the first Ottawa chapter of the Wired Woman Society, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Women in Communications. In 2010, she was honoured with a World of Difference 100 Award from the International Alliance for Women.

Lynda Leonard

Senior Vice President

I have over twenty years of experience in organizational communications and public policy advocacy in the ICT sector. My career actually started out in the telecommunications sector where I worked for the TransCanada Telephone System, Bell Canada and Stentor. At Stentor, I provided marketing communications and executive public relations support until I and a partner established an independent public relations practice specializing in providing a full range of communications programs to companies in the IT sector. This company was acquired by GPC Public Affairs and in 1998; I joined the ITAC team at ITAC as Vice-President of Communications. I have been Senior Vice-President since 2004.

Science and technology literacy is something I wholeheartedly support and I am currently a director of the Science and Technology Awareness Network. Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for the broader engagement of women in the technology sector. For the health and growth of the Canadian ICT sector, we need to increase the number of women – currently only 25% of the workforce – in ICT. Contact me at leonard@itac.ca if you need to know more about what ITAC is doing on behalf of its members in terms of greater diversity, tax and finance, and growing the talent and skills Canada needs to become a global leader in ICT.


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Cindy Baker

Cindy Baker

Vice-President, Government Relations and Policy

As Director, Government Relations, I’m an advocate for our members in dealing with the federal Government. If you want to know more about the Government’s ICT transformation; have an issue with procurement or policy, or just need to know who’s who, I’m here to help. With a background in telecom procurement, policy, law and journalism, I’m here to work through the federal stuff on your behalf. Contact me at cbaker@itac.ca .


Bill Munson

Vice-President, Policy

bmunson@itac.ca


Denise Shortt

VP, Industry Development
dshortt@itac.ca


Brendan Seaton

President, ITAC Health
bseaton@itac.ca

Brendan Seaton is the President of ITAC Health, the Health Care Division of the Information Technology Association of Canada. He provides leadership and support to 130 companies providing information and communications technology (ICT) products and services to the health sector. Responsibilities include representing the interests of Industry to governments and health organizations, particularly in the areas of ICT investment strategies, regulation and standards.

Brendan is one of Canada’s leading experts and innovators in the management of eHealth risks, including privacy, security, safety, project and business risk. He has more than 30 years experience in health service administration, information system project management and information privacy and security in both the public and private sectors. He has been a leader in the development of health IT standards, particularly in the areas of security and privacy. He has held senior management and executive level positions in Veterans Affairs Canada, Ontario Blue Cross, and the Ontario Smart Systems for Health Agency. Brendan ran his own company, CareLink Incorporated, a consulting and educational services company specializing in outsourcing, privacy and security, for more than 14 years.


Elaine Huesing

Executive Director, ITAC Health

Being the lead for ITAC Health is exciting as I am passionate about the role of ICT in overcoming the challenges and making use of the opportunities that exist within the health sector in Canada and globally. I have seen first-hand how ICT has transformed healthcare and can tell you that this transformation is going to be taken to the next level in the future.

My work experience ranges from health informatics to healthcare software companies and healthcare information management. I am also proud to have had an active role in the development of Canadian Health Information Technology Trade Association (CHITTA), the Alberta Network for Health Information exchange (ANHIX) and the Canadian Health Informatics Awards Gala which celebrate the innovations in the Canadian healthcare sector. Let me know if you are interested in ITAC Health or the Canadian IT Health sector (ehuesing@itac.ca).


Micheline Lepage

Micheline Lepage

Micheline Lepage

Manager, Programs and Events

At ITAC we are committed to providing a wide variety of programs and events that reaches all of our members. In my role, I am given, on a daily basis, the opportunity to deliver a wide variety of activities to meet the program and event needs of our membership and community with the assistance of a great team. And I need to do this on time and on budget whether it be a conference, an awards banquet, a golf tournament, a technical workshop, a Governors or Ministerial dinner.

Beyond being the coordinator in the planning of ITAC events, I am also the liaison for ITAC’s Human Resources Forum and the ICT Federation. A busy day is an understatement for me, but the reward is member’s satisfaction and continued growth of our membership. Please contact me by using this email address: mlepage@itac.ca.


Donna White

Manager, Membership Relations

My formal title is Manager, Membership Relations but working in association work, as you may know, always allows for a variety of work. After 30 years it is still new and exciting every day. I get to work with our members to ensure they receive the most benefit possible from their membership, support the Ontario Board and committees, and meet those of you who come out to our events. I am always happy to chat with you and take great pleasure in assisting you. If you ever want to talk about ITAC membership in general, drop me an email at dwhite@itac.ca. If your company is not a member yet, let me tell you why you should consider joining our community.


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Steve Proctor

Steve Proctor

Communications Director

A veteran journalist and communications specialist, I work in partnership with our talented staff to ensure members – and the public at large – have a clear understanding of the impact of Canada’s world-class digital economy. By sharing the successes of our association and industry players in the media, on the website, in electronic publications, and through social media, I help ensure our members are exposed to the innovative styles and best practices of the sector’s standout performers. Prior to joining ITAC, I was a reporter and business editor with the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax for 25 years, and served as Communications Manager at Saint Mary’s University. Have you got a story that we should be sharing? I would love to hear from you. sproctor@itac.ca


Janet Tite (flanked by Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Karna Gupta, President and CEO of ITAC) received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Janet Tite

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

As the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of ITAC, I relish the opportunity of dealing with ITAC’s members and stakeholders. For more than 20 years I have served the Canadian microelectronics and information technology industry in roles within ITAC, the Strategic Microelectronics Consortium and Canadian Microelectronics Corporation. My commitment to excellence, enthusiastic interest in people, and endless capacity for work is the right combination for ITAC’s member-driven organization. I am a team player and ITAC members and staff alike know me for being unflustered especially when things get challenging. Regardless of what the task is, I am always there to provide a helping hand to get it done (jtite@itac.ca).


Charlotte Macaulay

Administrative Assistant

cmacaulay@itac.ca


François Morin

François Morin

Vice President – Quebec Region
Information Technology Association of Canada

François Morin has close to twenty-five years of experience in the field of communications and marketing in the technology sector. The various executive positions that he has held throughout his career have allowed him to showcase his creativity and strategic sense. Most notably, he has worked for the LGS Group, IBM Canada, and the public relations firm NATIONAL. Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Morin was Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for Bell Canada Business Markets. He took over the leadership of World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2012 in September 2011 and created his own company called M2m digital.

Mr. Morin is also actively involved on the boards of directors of , the Canadian Club of Montreal, the Montreal the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Fondation du CHUM, and the Douglas Mental Health Institute Foundation.


Carlo Viola

Director, Finance

cviola@itac.ca


Gloria Lee

Accounting Coordinator
glee@itac.ca