ITAC Online - ITAC in Saskatchewan  - September 2010

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All Lit Up by a Synchrotron

Among the pictures we brought back from "ITAC in Saskatchewan" is a photo of me standing in front of the synchrotron at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon. I am, literally, all lit up like a kid at Disneyland. It was the highlight of a great week of events. It provided an eye-popping look at the capabilities of modern physics and it even stirred my patriotism.

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Q & A with ITAC Chair, Robert Watson

Robert Watson, President/CEO of SaskPower and Chair of ITAC (left), with RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown (centre) and Bernard Courtois, President/CEO of ITAC (right).

Robert Watson, President/CEO of SaskPower and Chair of ITAC (left), with RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown (centre) and Bernard Courtois, President/CEO of ITAC (right).

As Chair of ITAC, what does it mean to you to have hosted the Board of Governors reception and other “ITAC in Saskatchewan” events?

With so much of ITAC’s membership based in Ontario, I think it has been challenging for the association to extend the reach of its programs, events, and frankly, its membership outside of Ontario and Quebec. I’ve been told I am the first Chair of ITAC to represent a company outside of “Central Canada.” This makes my mandate pretty clear. I want to use my vantage point in Western Canada to extend the reach and the relevance of the association in the parts of the country where it is under-represented. The meetings this month provided an excellent opportunity to do this in my own backyard. Having the board and the governors come out to Regina accomplished two things. Our local ICT community got to meet and interact with the leadership of the ICT industry, and those leaders got a pretty good exhibition of what’s going on in technology out here.

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Community Building 101

Stacey Sandison, Vice-President of Holdco Marketing, SaskTel

Stacey Sandison, Vice-President of Holdco Marketing, SaskTel

To kick off “ITAC in Saskatchewan,” SaskTel, ITAC and Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) hosted a luncheon and panel discussion on women in ICT. CWC Board member, Julie Cork, moderated the tripartite panel, consisting of ITAC Board members Jen Evans of Sequentia Environics, Lally Rementilla of LavaLife, and Karen Wensley of Ernst & Young.

While ITAC and CWC worked together to arrange the speakers and content for the panel discussion, SaskTel was integral in ensuring strong attendance. Stacey Sandison is Vice-President of Holdco Marketing with SaskTel. She said the panel provided an ideal reason to bring together Saskatchewan’s community of female ICT professionals.

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Showcasing the Prairies’ Finest

Dave Schroeder, Vice-President of Operations for Saskatchewan, TRLabs

Dave Schroeder, Vice-President of Operations for Saskatchewan, TRLabs

“ITAC in Saskatchewan” also coincided with the 4th Regina Information and Communication Technology Forum at Innovation Place. The Regina ICT Forum is an initiative started many years ago, but this year’s was only the second consecutive forum after a several-year hiatus.

Dave Schroeder is Vice-President of Operations for Saskatchewan with TRLabs, the main organization responsible for hosting the forum. He said the goal of the forum is to create a unique experience for the entire Saskatchewan ICT community – from new, smaller firms to the larger, established companies, as well as academic partners – to come together, and ideally, strike a partnership or two as a result.

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