About ITAC

ITAC is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry which is comprised of about 33,300 companies, generates $155 billion in revenues, contributes $67.2 billion to the Canadian GDP, accounts for 3% of total employment (approximately 572,700 jobs) and is the largest performer of private sector R&D ($4.8 billion).

ITAC is a prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology. As a not-for-profit, membership-driven organization, it relies on its members for 100% of its funding. Membership is available open to all companies and organizations in Canada that are involved in ICT and fees are structured according to the size and nature of the enterprise.

We are committed to helping our members achieve greater success through advocacy, public policy, education, networking, professional development, events and business development opportunities in domestic and foreign markets.

Message from ITAC’s Chair

ITAC’s National Board of Directors
ITAC Ontario’s Board of Directors
ITAC Health’s Board 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:

  • Generates the skilled workers that our industry needs,
  • Provides access to capital for emerging companies,
  • Delivers a competitive tax regime,
  • Enables robust adoption of ICT by all levels of government, the private sector and the general public.

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

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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 our goals are for 2013, 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

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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 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


Klara Csiki

Accounting Coordinator
kcsiki@itac.ca