As Canada’s national ICT business association, TECHNATION (formerly 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, TECHNATION encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors. A member-driven not-for-profit, TECHNATION has served as the authoritative national voice of the $170 billion ICT industry for over 60 years. More than 36,000 Canadian ICT firms create and supply goods and services that contribute to a more productive, competitive, and innovative society. The ICT sector generates over one million jobs directly and indirectly and invests $4.9 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 TECHNATION’s Chair
Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada
Welcome to TECHNATION (formerly 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 TECHNATION 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, TECHNATION’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
TECHNATION and its members do what we do every day to move the needle closer to the successful achievement of this mission.
President & CEO
Angela joins TECHNATION with over 25+ years of exceptional global and Canadian experience driving transformational programs in the tech sector. A visionary executive with a passion for leadership, Angela’s unique career path includes 10 years as a military officer and 18 years in senior-level leadership roles in the tech and defence sectors, including as a strategic marketing director with BlackBerry, and a global solutions leader with Nortel Networks, where her team was responsible for delivering technology to over 127 countries. Angela’s career has taken her through leading and launching teams and technology in a number of continents, and dozens of countries.
Angela brings collaboration, energy and innovation to all of her roles. As program creator of the public-private sector leadership forums “Strategic Knowledge Exchange” aimed at driving change on a national scale, Angela’s experience in developing strategic partnerships across national organizations and around the world, will support driving TECHNATION’s vision to influence Canada’s position as a global tech leader into the future.
Author of the leadership best-seller Hit the Ground Leading!, and award-winning founder of her own strategic leadership company, Angela has delivered programs and keynotes to companies and teams around the world. She has held positions as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ivey School of Business, as EVP of Leadership with the International Women’s Forum, and as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace, Technology and Engineering.
Chief of Staff
In her role as Chief of Staff, Cat works closely with the senior leadership team to develop a more strategic approach to overarching TECHNATION priorities as we continue to scale the Association nationally. Cat joins TECHNATION with more than 25 years in the military, which includes a strong background in military planning, logistics and a heavy focus in communications/ public relations. Previously, Cat served as the Operations Director at Canadian Forces College, executing national awards ceremonies, provincial outreach campaigns, overseeing internal and external communications, in addition to crisis communications both domestically and internationally. She has a Masters degree from Royal Military College and an undergrad in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy
Michele is responsible for leading our Government Relations, Policy Development and Advocacy initiatives, as well as ICT Procurement Modernization efforts with Canada’s Public Sector, with a focus on the Federal Government. She is no stranger to the IT and business community, having worked both in the public and private sectors, and has held vice president-level positions at a number of organizations, including the Institute on Governance, as well as leading GTEC for three years. Most recently, Michele led Cloud Solutions for the federal government at IBM Canada, helping clients leverage the power of Cloud and AI to transform their business and improve service delivery to Canadians. She has also provided her expertise in business process transformation, organizational change strategies, effective business cases, and alternative service delivery channels to numerous federal public sector ADM and DM level initiatives. A true ‘serial connector,’ Michele is committed to working with government and industry to drive Canada’s digital adoption, and advocates for women in technology through her participation in various ICT associations, including Women in Communications & Technology (WCT) – an organization that partners with TECHNATION on a Female Leaders Speakers Series.
Vice President, Future Workforce Development
Randy Purse is a cyber security training and education specialist, workforce development advisor, senior learning advisor, researcher and author. After 26+ years in the Canadian military and almost 10 years with the Communications Security Establishment/Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, Randy moved to the non-profit sector to the role of Director of Cybersecurity Standards with TECHNATION. He is also a consultant and facilitator at the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson University where he helps address private and public sector cybersecurity training needs. His Master of Education is in Information Technology, and his PhD in Education focused on workplace, collective and transformative learning within a technological work context. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, reads voraciously and continues to research and write on topics related to the human dimensions of technology and cybersecurity.
Vice President, Industry Development, Diversity and Inclusion
Denise Shortt is an internationally respected writer, researcher and speaker specializing in information technology, gender issues, entrepreneurship and innovation. Denise 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). Denise is also a former faculty member of Ryerson University’s School of Information Technology Management and helped to found Ryerson’s Diversity Institute which specializes in gender research. She also founded SwingThink, a marketing and communications company focused on online community building, social media and gender research. Denise was co-founder and President of Wired Woman Toronto (launched in 1996) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Women in Communications and Technology (WCT). She has a Masters in Technology from Harvard University and studied gender and technology at MIT. Denise was recently awarded a CWC Leadership Award for her life-time of work as a champion for the advancement of women.
Nevin French joins TECHNATION with over a decade of government experience working on substantial files at the federal and provincial levels. This includes key files such as the Canada-EU Free Trade Agreement (CETA), the Pan-Canadian Agreement on Climate Change, the Council of the Federation’s Canadian Energy Strategy and the Beyond the Border Agreement. As TECHNATION’s Vice-President of Policy, Nevin leads on trade policy, cyber security, Smart Cities, and the Internet of Things. Nevin has an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College at Dalhousie and a Masters from Carleton University.
Executive Director, Health
As the lead for Health (formerly 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 TECHNATION’s Health Division, 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 health Members. Elaine is the Editor and Publisher of HIM&CC, the official journal of TECHNATION’S Health programming and Digital Health Canada and the CEO for IMIA, The International Medical Informatics Association.
With more than 20 years experience in corporate, agency and member-driven, not-for-profit organizations, Janet has extensive experience working on a wide-range of communications activities, including: member and stakeholder-driven communications, executive and board-level communications, brand and reputation management, external and media relations, and digital communications. As Director, Communications, Janet is responsible for increasing focus on the important role that TECHNATION and its members play in Canada’s digital economy, and for promoting the value of an TECHNATION membership. She has an Combined Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communications from Centennial College; and is an active, long-term member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Director, Events & Program Development
As Director of Events & Program Development, Christine will manage all TECHNATION events, partner with external event opportunities and grow programs to benefit our membership to TECHNATION’s over 300 members. With over 20 years of experience in both communications and event management in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, she brings a broad range of communication and event management skills to the team.
Director, Membership and Business Development
Mariana is dedicated to increasing value to all TECHNATION 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 TECHNATION’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 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.
Senior Policy Advisor, Health
Susan Anderson is an accomplished e-Health strategist with more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare informatics in Canada including leadership roles in government, for-profit and non-profit organizations. Recently, Susan held positions as Managing Director for Orion Health Canada, and previously was the Assistant Deputy Minister and CIO for Alberta’s Ministry of Health, where she played a pivotal role in transforming Alberta’s healthcare system into one of the most digitally connected in North America. At the forefront of Alberta’s Electronic Health Record implementation, Susan’s led the expansion of EHR data sources, deployment to range of healthcare providers including integrated access for physicians and pharmacists, and the introduced of public access to their online health information via the MyHealth.Alberta.ca portal. Susan has played national leadership roles with national professional organizations including Health and Digital Health Canada.