Benefits of participation:
- contribute and help grow the industry and your company
- keep current with industry
- share best practices
- continue your professional development
- network with your peers
To join any of these groups, email Charlotte Macaulay, Office Manager and Event Coordinator, or call her at 905.602.8345 x2235.
Cyber Security Forum
ITAC’s Cyber Security Forum is an industry-government policy roundtable. It 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, smart-grid security, cryptography policy, BYoD and device security, identity management, authentication, spam, malware, cyber warfare, privacy, etc.
Contact: David Messer
Digital Commerce Forum
The Digital Commerce Forum explores emerging ideas and new technologies transforming electronic commerce. Web-centric business members engage in professional development, share best practices and take advantage of networking opportunities. This group hosts regular events and promotes best practice information exchanges.
Contact: Denise Shortt
Digital Economy Policy Forum
The Digital Economy Policy Forum develops responses to government initiatives and other factors affecting Canada’s transition to a digital economy. The current focus is drafting an ITAC thought leader paper that builds on the elements of the federal government’s Digital Canada 150 report.
Contact: David Messer
Human Resources (HR) Forum
The HR Forum is a peer-to-peer networking group that allows for information sharing and discussion of the latest HR trends, views and best practices in a group environment. It is an excellent professional development opportunity for HR professionals in the ICT 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 re-certification points for your CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) designations by attending the ITAC HR Forum meetings. This group meets approximately five times a year.
For members only: Explore ITAC’s HR Forum portal
Contact: Gina van Dalen
Internet of Things (IoT) Forum
ITAC’s Internet of Things Forum tracks developments in the ‘internet of things’, a complex convergence of the various technologies and services from across the ICT sector. High-potential markets are expected to include: asset tracking in retail, distribution and government; connected vehicles; payments; process control in energy and utilities; monitoring in healthcare; and smart cities and smart buildings.
Contact: David Messer
Marketing & Sales Executive Think Tank
ITAC/SMA’s Marketing and Sales Think Tank brings together seasoned marketing executives to discuss a wide range of topics in an open, collaborative and entertaining environment. Roundtables often involve breakaway sessions and group work.
Join the Marketing and Sales Executive Think Tank on LinkedIn
Contact: Bob Becker
Public Sector Business Committees (PSBC)
ITAC has two Public Sector Business Committees: Federal and Ontario.
Our Federal Public Sector Business Committee brings together senior corporate business leaders whose companies focus on sales to government. The committee meets monthly to monitor, assess and advise on procurement policies and practices. Government officials are regular participants of the meetings and on developments with ICT procurement initiatives. The committee has councils for large transformational projects, professional services, government relations, telecom, and terms and conditions. These councils consist of interested members and are responsible for reviewing issues and presenting recommendations to government. ITAC also organizes Executive Briefings on a quarterly basis.
For members only: Explore the Federal PSBC
Contact: Kelly Hutchinson
ITAC’s Ontario Public Sector Business Committee monitors, assesses and advises on public sector business and government procurement policies and practices in Ontario. It regularly hosts members-only Fireside Chat events that provide unique access to government leaders. It also hosts bi-annual events with the Corporate Chief Information Officer of the Ontario Government, and several of his CIOs.
For members only: Explore the Ontario PSBC
Contact: Denise Shortt
Legal Affairs Forum
This Forum examines ad hoc legal issues which arise within the ICT industry. This could include changes to the Integrity Framework, Patent Act, PIPEDA, CASL or other laws and policies. The recommendations from the Forum are then presented to Government as concrete solutions. This Forum is also an excellent networking opportunity for lawyers working with our sector.
Contact: Alexandra MacEachern
Tax and Finance Committee
This Committee proposes tax changes which will benefit the ICT sector. The suggestions from this forum form the basis of ITAC’s annual Budget submission to the Federal Government. The Forum also provides an opportunity for members to flag issues and to offer their analysis of the current tax climate.
Contact: Alexandra MacEachern
Strategic Microsystems Council
The Strategic Microsystems Council works to support a vibrant microelectronics industry in Canada. The Council organizes best practice forums, as well as major conferences that bring industry leaders together to strategize and share information. Best practice forums are held across Canada.
Contact: Janet Tite
Representing more than 120 Canadian ICT companies actively involved in the health sector, ITAC Health serves as a collective voice to healthcare professionals, government representatives, researchers, and healthcare consumers. Its goal is to facilitate the creation of a healthcare model of excellence. Membership provides a unique opportunity for ongoing industry intelligence. ITAC Health has four working committees.
How do we get the changes we need to help the sector thrive? This committee works on developing research and position papers that support industry partners as they make their case to various levels of government. The group nurtures close co-operation with groups like Canada Heath Infoway (CHI), The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative CHIC), COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association, MEDEC, the national medical technology industry association, government agencies across Canada and provincial ministries. Procurement issues are often front and centre in committee work.
Membership and Program Development (MPD)
This committee develops relevant educational programming and partnership events to address emerging issues in digital medicine and health. By bringing together members and potential partners, the committee hopes to create industry synergies and support new ideas.
Interoperability and Standards (ISC)
This group is focused on data health system use. Membership offers participants a voice at the decision-making tables as standards are identified in this emerging area. The committee also provides invaluable guidance to ITAC Health’s representatives on various national and international standards committees.
Regulatory Affairs committee members share best practices, especially in the areas of procurement and credentialing.
contact Elaine Huesing.
Find out more about ITAC Health
ITAC Talent works with business leaders, the public sector and educators to motivate young people to select today’s in-demand tech–related careers, and improve the availability and quality of post-secondary technology–related education. It also operates mentorship programs and develops education initiatives at both secondary and post- secondary levels. ITAC Talent is always looking for individuals interested in sharing their journey in the ICT industry.
For more information visit: www.itactalent.ca
Business Technology Management (BTM)
This BTM program targets post-secondary students with the goal of improving the quality and quantity of students who choose this course of study. Member activities include the development of national operational standards, stimulating student engagement and establishing certification and program development protocols. BTM programs are currently offered at 14 universities across Canada with a goal is to increase the number of programs to 50 within three years.
contact: Gina Van Dalen
CareerMash is a career development program that targets high school students. Its aim is to inspire young people to choose technology careers and help to increase enrollments in technology–related university and college programs.CareerMash has two components:
The Role Model program
Volunteer tech professionals speak to classes of students, sharing their experiences in the industry. The goal is to help students understand the wide variety of career opportunities available in the ICT sector.
Mentoring with CareerMash
An online mentoring platform connects tech professionals with classrooms and mentoring on an on-going basis. Mentors provide feedback on focused activities developed by our team to encourage dialogue and help students gain a deeper understanding of tech careers in today’s job economy.
contact: Simona Ramkisson
ITAC members interested in the development of youth-oriented career programs offer strategic advice and execution assistance to the ITAC Talent team. They review and endorse current research and look for ways to leverage knowledge and financial assistance in support of the next generation of knowledge economy leaders.
Our Diversity Forum develops and promotes powerful initiatives to increase gender diversity within the sector. The group works with stakeholders to ensure industry-driven opportunities are maximized.
contact: Denise Shortt