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 Interim Chair
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.
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.
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.
President and CEO
Robert Watson is a widely respected senior executive with over 35 years in the Canadian technology industry. Robert Watson brings extensive experience in both the telecommunications and energy sectors serving as CEO of SaskTel and the Bermuda Regulatory Authority and led the technology transformation as CEO of SaskPower. Currently, Robert serves as an independent director on a number of technology and non-profit organizations and on the Dean’s Council of the Ted Rogers School of Management. Throughout his career, Robert has gathered the skill set to take on the important role to ensure government incorporates the transformation of technology to make Canada’s infrastructure environment more efficient and powerful. He has a solid understanding of ITAC and how it operates as he has been both an ITAC Board member and past Chair.
Vice-President, Government Relations and Policy
With two decades of experience in marketing direction and ICT, Kelly is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and prominent industry experts on how to do business with the federal government. As Vice-President of Government Relations and Policy, Kelly is an advocate on policy issues important to the ICT industry, helping members to navigate the federal government procurement framework, facilitate innovation and collaboration, and improve the delivery of public services.Prior to joining ITAC, Kelly was founder and president of MarketWorks Ltd., where she helped technology companies connect and engage with the federal government—significantly driving sales for her ICT clients, as well as innovation within the public service. Kelly has earned many accolades throughout her career including four Vision Awards from research company Gartner for supporting is growth in the Canadian ICT channel, recognition by Computer Dealer News as one of the “Top 20 Women in the IT Channel”; and a 2012 nomination by the Women’s Business Network as Businesswoman of the Year.
Alexandra is dedicated to raising the public profile of the ICT sector and to reshaping the Federal landscape in order to create the right conditions for growth. Her policy areas include tax, finance, labour, immigration, privacy, and intellectual property. She also has a focus on digital infrastructure and its ability to power Canada’s modern economy. She has worked previously as a policy advisor at the Department of Public Safety and at Industry Canada, where she was responsible for Canada’s intellectual property and digital policies. Alexandra holds a law degree and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Vice-President, Industry Development
Denise advocates for our members interested in dealing with the Ontario government. She drives membership value and programming for our SME members and facilitates ITAC’s work in the area of Diversity. A writer and researcher in gender and technology, she co-authored Technology with Curves: Women Reshaping the Digital Landscape (HarperCollins, 2000) and Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park (Wiley & Sons, 2002). She has a Masters in Technology from Harvard University and studied gender and technology at MIT.
Senior Director, Policy
As Senior Director, Policy, David is responsible for leading ITAC’s policy work in the areas of Cyber Security, Digital Economy and the Internet of Things. David comes to ITAC with extensive experience working inside government, where he led the development and implementation of cross-government strategies to modernize regulatory frameworks and reduce regulatory burden for business. David also has experience working in international relations and trade and investment. David is passionate about innovation and how technology can help drive creativity and support economic growth.
As Director of Communications, Christine will handle both external communications and internal communications to ITAC’s over 350 members. She brings a broad range of PR skills to the team. She is an experienced communicator with a strong background in consumer brands, technology, and hospitality and tourism. Over the past 15 years Christine has worked in organizations and agencies in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
Director, Membership and Business Developmet
Mariana is dedicated to increasing value to all ITAC members and ensuring they have many opportunities to leverage their membership by implementing an engagement plan, and by maintaining and building partnerships within the ICT community. She is also responsible for developing marketing strategies to grow ITAC’s presence and for delivering creative solutions for businesses to not only serve as the voice of the ICT industry, but also to meet their own business objectives—she is passionate about working with internal stakeholders and offering all ITAC members the highest ROI and member experience.
Mariana has extensive knowledge in membership acquisition and retention strategies, marketing, customer relationship management, sales and relationship building. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a diploma in Business Management.
Vice President – Quebec Region
François has more than 25 years experience in the field of communications and marketing in the ICT sector. He has held executive positions with LGS Group, IBM Canada, Bell Canada and the public relations firm NATIONAL. In September 2011 he created his own company, M2m digital. He sits on the boards of several organizations including 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.
President, ITAC Health
Brendan provides leadership and support to 130 companies providing ICT products and services to the health sector. He represents the interests of Industry to governments and health organizations, particularly in the areas of ICT investment strategies, regulation and standards. He 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 both the public and private sectors.
Executive Director, ITAC Health
As the lead for ITAC Health, Elaine helps members navigate the ICT challenges and opportunities of the health sector both nationally and globally. Having been a part of the founding team for CHITTA, now known as ITAC health, the Alberta Network for Health Information exchange (ANHIX) and the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) Gala which celebrate the innovations in the Canadian healthcare sector, she brings over 30 years of experience to the ITAC health Members. Elaine is the Editor and Publisher of HIM&CC, the official journal of ITAC Health and COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and the CEO for IMIA, The International Medical Informatics Association.
For more than 34 years Donna has been working with members to ensure they maximize the benefits available from ITAC. Currently, Donna is working part-time as membership administrator. Feel free to email Donna directly to be added to our database or to change your information.
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Janet’s title is Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, but she spearheads numerous operational components of the association ranging from systems and scheduling to training, executive board management and event planning. She has been with ITAC for more than 20 years and knows most of our members by name.
Senior Program Manager, ITAC Talent
As project manager for the Business Technology Management (BTM) program, Gina leads the implementation of BTM by guiding universities towards the adoption and development of their program. She also coordinates BTM related activities such as Magnet, a cutting-edge career networking platform that connects employers looking for people with people looking for jobs.
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, ITAC Talent
As the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for ITAC Talent Jonathan informs and engages stakeholders on ITAC Talent program initiatives to help increase Canada’s pool of qualified ICT talent. He prepares communications, promotes BTM related events, facilitates partnerships, and manages the ITAC Talent website and social media channels.
Program and Community Outreach Manager, CareerMash
Simona connects educators to role models from the tech world wanting to share their experiences and career paths with young people In high schools. She develops curriculum, does presentations in classes and has worked with more than 180 tech professional who have shared their experiences with 20,00 students since 2012. In 2014 the CareerMash Tech Career Resource Kit for educators was awarded a Career Citation be the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association. She previously worked as a youth facilitator with a Toronto-based social enterprise.
Events and Outreach Coordinator, ITAC Talent
BTM Standards Development Director
Ben Akoh is the BTM Standards Development Director. He is currently developing competency standards, learning outcomes, and national occupational standards for post-secondary institutions and industry in the BTM program, in baccalaureate, Continuing Education, and Masters level.
Event Coordinator and Office Manager
Charlotte is responsible for varies aspects of Event Management from registrations to greeting patrons at ITAC’s many events through the year. Before joining ITAC in 2013, Charlotte worked for several not-for-profit organizations. She studied Theatre Management at University of Victoria.
Director of Finance
Carlo is a partner with Fazzari + Partners LLP. He was previously a partner with Burghout Viola, Chartered Accountants in St,. Concord, Ontario and a sole practioner. He also served for six years as Chief Financial Officer with Bonfiglioli North America Inc.
Gloria acts as a systems and process support for accounting and operations. She works proactively with senior staff to ensure member account reporting is accurate and up-to-date. She coordinates the creation and flow of financial data, budgets and forecasts.