Posted June 13, 2011
Toronto, Ontario: June 14, 2011. The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) announced today that Doug McCuaig, Canadian President of CGI Group Inc, has been named as incoming Chair of ITAC for the 2011/2012 term. He succeeds outgoing Chair Robert Watson, President and CEO, SaskPower. Doug has served on the ITAC Board of Directors since 2008 and on its Executive Committee since 2009.
Speaking at ITAC’s Annual General Meeting today, Doug saluted Robert Watson’s contribution to ITAC and praised him for his drive to expand ITAC’s reach and relevance in Western Canada. Doug has purposeful plans for ITAC, setting ambitious growth targets for the association and expanding its programs and services to attract members of the ICT customer community as well as the industry itself.
“It’s certainly a great honour to follow in Robert’s footsteps. As Chair of ITAC, he has made considerable advances on many of our priorities,” said Doug McCuaig, incoming Chair of ITAC. “ICT continues to play a major role in the growth of Canada’s economy, regardless of industry. ITAC’s role as the national voice for ICT in Canada is evolving as we take a leadership role in advocating for increased ICT adoption from municipal, provincial and federal governments as well as ensuring that this industry remains an exciting career of choice for young people in Canada.”
CGI is one of Canada’s largest ICT companies. It is a world leading IT and business process services provider, operating in more than 100 offices worldwide. As President of CGI’s operations in Canada, Doug is responsible for driving the company’s strategy and growth across Canada. He joined CGI in 2004 from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where he held the position of Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, consulting services Canada. Doug completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario and from Ryerson University. He holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from McMaster University and received executive management training at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC's community of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 572,700 jobs, $155.3-billion in revenue, $6.2-billion in R&D investment, $30.4-billion in exports and $11-billion in capital expenditures that the ICT industry contributes annually to the Canadian economy. The ICT sector currently represents 4.9 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 9.4 per cent of all real GDP growth since 2002. 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.
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