CIO Association of Canada Joins New Award Program

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CIO Association of Canada to Collaborate on ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year Award

 July 31, 2014. The CIO Association of Canada has agreed to partner with ITAC (the Information Technology Association of Canada) and ITWorld Canada in the CanadianCIO of the Year Award program. The CIO Association will provide judging expertise and will serve as the association partner in the delivery of this annual award.

The ITAC CanadianCIO of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding CIO demonstrating the qualities of business and technological vision, entrepreneurship, a capacity to drive enterprise transformation and a measurable operational strength that delivers shareholder or stakeholder value. CIOs serving Canadian organizations and demonstrating these qualities in either the private sector, public sector or not-for-profit sectors are eligible for nomination. The award will be presented at ITAC’s Ingenious Awards Gala on November 12, 2014 in Toronto.

“We are very proud to have the CIO Association of Canada as our association partner in this initiative to recognize excellence among chief technology officers in Canada,” said Karna Gupta. “The CIO Association stands for professional excellence in the design and delivery of technology strategies for enterprises for all sizes throughout Canada. Their engagement with us will help to ensure that our nomination criteria and our determination of an award winner will set a particularly high standard of performance and achievement. The Association stands for excellence in the CIO profession. We are honoured by their commitment to this recognition program.”

Gary Davenport, Chair of the CIO Association of Canada, will join the CanadianCIO Award judging panel composed of five other distinguished CIOs and CEOs. “CIOCAN is very pleased to partner in this awards program with ITAC to recognize and celebrate the achievement of leadership excellence by Canadian CIOs,” Davenport said. “This is in keeping with our strategic themes of: Growth; Impact and Influence. We look forward to reviewing and assessing the submissions as part of the judging panel and advancing our profession for the benefit of Canada”.

Nominations for the ITAC Canadian CIO of the Year are open now and will close August 31, 2014. For more information and to access the nomination form, go to:

About ITAC:

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 $11billion 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.

About the CIO Association of Canada:

The CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) is a self-managed, not-for-profit community of IT leaders whose mission is to facilitate networking, sharing of best practices and executive development, and to drive advocacy on issues facing IT Executives/CIOs. Founded in 2004, we have extended our community across Canada from our beginnings as the CIO Association of BC in 1998, to 6 chapters including Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa with new chapters on the horizon.  Our vision is encapsulated in the phrase: “Growth, Influence, Impact”. CIOCAN’s volunteer national board sets overall policy and direction for the Association, runs the national e-seminars, leads advocacy initiatives, and provides chapter support in marketing, public affairs, member relations and development. Each chapter elects its own president and board of directors, some of whom take on volunteer portfolios such as marketing and program development. The national board includes chapter presidents as well as representatives from other Canadian regions. Funding is through membership fees.

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For further information, please contact:

Lynda Leonard

Senior Vice President, ITAC

(613) 238-4822 ext. 2239