Forums & Committees

ITAC member firms derive the most benefit from having their staff participate in ITAC activities according to their interest and expertise. This is a good opportunity for you to network, meet with your peers and continue your professional development.

To get involved in any of these groups, I encourage you to email Donna White, Manager – Membership Relations (dwhite@itac.ca), and provide her with your name, title, phone, email and groups that you wish to be added to or call 905.602.8345 x2230. 

Cyber Security Forum

Cyber Security Forum is an industry-government policy roundtable that has been held quarterly since 2000. The Forum is widely regarded as a key venue for industry-government discussion of new and ongoing cyber-security issues and related policies, responses and solutions. Topics covered include cyber aspects of national security, network security, RFID/NFC security, smart grid security, cryptography policy, VoIP security, identity management, authentication, spam, malware, cyber warfare, privacy, etc.

For more information contact Bill Munson (bmunson@itac.ca)

Digital Commerce Forum

The Digital Commerce Forum provides a forum designed to provide a gathering place for networking, inspiration and business and professional development in the web-centric business community. The Forum will meet to share best practices and to keep up to date with emerging ideas and technologies.

For more information contact Denise Shortt (dshortt@itac.ca).

Digital Economy Policy Forum

The Digital Economy Policy Forum meets regularly to discuss and determine ITAC responses to government and other initiatives that would affect Canada’s legal, policy and regulatory environment for ICT. The Forum and its several working groups cover issues including copyright, privacy, breach notification, lawful access, spam, lawful interception of communications, etc.

For more information contact Bill Munson (bmunson@itac.ca)

Health (under “Activities” click on ITAC Health for all information on our work in health)

We have four working committees under the ITAC Health Board.  For more information on any of them contact Elaine Huesing (ehuesing@itac.ca)

Advocacy – focus is on procurement and other issues – messaging to the right stakeholder through meetings, white papers, etc.; maintaining support to those stakeholder  groups and other partner relationships such as Infoway, CIHI, COACH, MEDEC and other Government Agencies (eHealth Ontario, eHealth Manitoba, Alberta Health, etc.), Provincial Ministries, etc. on behalf of the membership.

Membership and Program Development – also known as the MPD – focus is on procurement specific to what value the membership expects (and should) from their association on the relevant issues; establishing the right  education sessions  and networking events that are relevant, current and valuable  – these events include potential clients or influencers and existing and  potential partners.

Interoperability and Standards - also known as the ISC – current focus is on Data Health System Use – having a voice for the membership at the right tables as standards start to be identified in this emerging area; maintaining ITAC Health’s established representation on various Standard Committees, nationally, internationally and jurisdictionally.

Regulatory Affairs  newly formed – will provide ITAC Health with best practices of what needs to be advocated for, to whom, by who – first issues concentrating on procurement and credentialing.  We have some great legal representation from our membership so far, the committee will need other members input and involvement.

We also have a Procurement Task Force that developed out of the MPD, which has now combined efforts with the Advocacy Committee.  The Task Force is where all the efforts spawn from – input and direction from our members on procurement specific to the eHealth sector.

Human Resources (HR) Forum

The HR Forum is a peer-to-peer networking group that meets approximately 5 times throughout the year and allows for information sharing and discussion on the latest HR trends, views and best practices in a confidential and open group environment. The HR Forum is an excellent professional development opportunity for HR professionals in the IT industry. A roundtable discussion is held during lunch at the end of each meeting to provide an opportunity to raise issues and seek answers to queries in an informal and confidential environment. You can also earn recertification points for your CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) designation and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) designation by attending the ITAC HR Forum meetings.

For more information contact Micheline Lepage (mlepage@itac.ca)  The HR Forum portal can only be accessed by ITAC members here.

Legal Affairs Forum

ITAC’s Legal Affairs Forum provides networking and professional development opportunities for in-house counsel and lawyers in private practice, as well as a window on ITAC’s work on policy initiatives on behalf of the industry.

For more information contact Bill Munson (bmunson@itac.ca)

Marketing Roundtable

Marketing Roundtable ITAC/SMA’s Marketing Roundtable brings together a group of seasoned marketing executives who discuss a wide range of topics in an open, collaborative and entertaining environment. Roundtables often involve breakaway sessions and group work.

For more information contact Micheline Lepage (mlepage@itac.ca)

Public Sector Business Committee (Federal):

Have questions about the public sector market? Procurement challenges?  This Committee is designed for our members who do business with the federal Government. We work together, along with our public sector partners, to address them. The Committee, and its working groups, develops ITAC positions, strategies and actions to make it easier for members to deal with the federal Government. Who attends? Public sector business leaders, Senior officials from Shared Services Canada (SSC), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). What happens? Networking with industry and government representatives; sharing of information, asking questions and get answers, strategizing and finding solutions.

Chair: Ken Cochrane, Partner, KPMG LLP
Vice Chair: Debbie Robertson, VP, Federal Government, HP

For more information, contact Cindy Baker (cbaker@itac.ca) The Federal PSBC portal can only accessed by ITAC members here.

Public Sector Business Committee (Ontario)

The mandate of the Ontario Public Sector Business Committee is to monitor, assess and advise on public sector business and government procurement policies and practices. It is the forum for Ontario centric members to network with senior provincial officials, raise issues and talk about the challenges of doing business with the Ontario government.

Co-Chair: Karen Franklin, Rogers Business Solutions
Co-Chair: Deron Clements, KPMG

For more information, contact Denise Shortt (dshortt@itac.ca)  The member only portal can be accessed here.

Strategic Microsystems (under “Activities” tab click on Strategic Microsystems for more information)

ITAC’s Strategic Microsystems Council works to support a vibrant microelectronics industry in Canada. The Council organizes best practice forums, as well as some major conferences that bring together industry leaders to strategize and share information. Best Practice Forums are held cross-Canada.

For more information contact Lynda Leonard ( leonard@itac.ca)

Tax & Finance

ITAC’s Tax & Finance Forum monitors and assesses fiscal and tax issues affecting the growth and profitability of the IT industry in Canada including tax relief, brain drain, share ownership, SR&ED and other incentive programs, indirect taxation actions, the federal budget, competitive tax environment and innovation.

For more information contact Lynda Leonard ( leonard@itac.ca)

If you wish to be kept informed on any of these email information groups, please let us know:

-        Environment & ICT Forum
-        RFID and Sensor Network Forum
-        Smart Grid/Smart Meters Forum

Thank you.  We look forward to working with you.