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On March 4th, ITAC held its quarterly Cyber Security Forum in Ottawa. The half day event, kindly hosted by KPMG,  included presentations from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada on the Commissioner’s strategic privacy priorities and Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service on new regulatory and export promotion strategies that could impact cyber security firms. ITAC members also provided overviews of the new Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange initiative as well as current advocacy efforts in Canada and the U.S. around the Wassenaar Arrangement.  The next quarterly Cyber Security Forum will be held on June 23rd in Toronto. Please contact David Messer at for event details. 

ITAC and The Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) invite you, as a leading employer, to help shape, and benefit from – the creation of post-graduate cybersecurity program developed in a collaborative partnership between industry, educational institutions and support from the Government of Canada.
We need your input and support!
On March 21, 2016 at 12:00 noon EST we are hosting a half hour webinar and we would like to invite your organization to explore with us the creation of a model for a cybersecurity management internship program. To sign up for the webinar email Gina van Dalen at
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Women on Boards

Diversity is directly linked to enterprise success. Research has clearly shown that groups with greater diversity out-perform heterogeneous ones. As a champion of diversity, ITAC works with industry partners to spearhead initiatives that support “tech savvy and tech positive” learning and career choices for girls and women at strategic points within their development.

In order to facilitate ICT companies in addressing this imbalance, ITAC’s Women on Boards committee, has established a registry of technology experienced women who are qualified and interested in Board of Director’s appointment. Candidates were invited to participate in “Board Discovery Days” where thought-leaders and educators from Rotman/Institute of Corporate Directors and Degroote/Director’s College shared the qualifications, requirements and roles of Boards of Director’s in providing excellence in governance. Following these sessions interested women were invited to submit their resume to be included on the list.

A registry of 25 women from the technology industry who are qualified and interested in serving on corporate boards has been created and will be updated on a periodic basis. Click here to request access the current issue. This list is available to all ITAC members as well as organizations and government offices that play a role in redressing the gender imbalance in Canada’s boardrooms.

ITAC Industry Insider - February/March 2016

On February 23, 2016,  ITAC hosted its annual Hill Day in support of the ICT sector in Canada.  The purpose was to build our brand and demonstrate the value of working with the ICT sector as partners.  Representing the sector, our members sought to provide constructive advice on how this new Government can move our nation's digital agenda forward.

C-Suite Executives from 21 member organizations had the opportunity to engage with the following delegates.

Following Hill Day, a reception was held in the evening on Parliament Hill and was attended by: 34 Members of Parliament, 11 political staffers, 2 Senators, and 34 senior bureaucrats. Honourable Patricia Hadju, Minister of Status of Women was our guest speaker who addressed the gender diversity gap in ICT. ITAC also launched its Women on Boards initiative. This was a great networking event that strengthened the ICT sector's presence across delegation from the Government of Canada. 

Our mission for Hill Day was twofold, to raise ICTs profile across new government and promote key issues impacting the sector. This new government was well engaged, open and collaborative. They were honest in telling us that this budget is not for us and that we will work together now to ensure the ICT investments needed fall into the next two budgets that lie ahead. 

The ITAC team is now working on its 2016/2017 federal plan. This will form the basis for the Public Sector Business Executive Committee’s engagement with the Government and it will also be sent to the ITAC Board. Our focus is to help Government build a digital first strategy for Canada, understand what investments are required to build and sustain a digital economy.  The target is to ensure this plan is put into motion in time to make an impact before the House rises in June. 

ITAC Health - Dubai Trade Mission

 His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance officially inaugurated the 41st Arab Health Exhibition and Congress 2016

The New Year kicked off with the ITAC Health Mission to Dubai.  Foreign missions are part of ITAC’s international business development offering that gives ICT companies the opportunity to grow through access to foreign markets.
Arab Health 2016 had over 130,000 delegates attending and 4,000 companies exhibiting.   In addition to the Arab Health conference, our delegates met with the Consulate General's office in Dubai for a Regional Healthcare Industry Briefing with information being presented on Egypt and India as well as the. The GCC is the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.  The GCC represents one of the wealthiest country groupings globally and are seeking to diversify their economic base and reinvest a substantial amount of their surplus capital in massive infrastructure projects, including hospitals, medical centres and educational institutions.  
A Canada networking reception was organized by Consulate General of Canada, and sponsored by Government of Ontario, the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and ITAC Health.  It was a well-attended reception and provided an opportunity for the ITAC Health delagtes to further create connections with potential partners.   The delegates also had an opportunity to network with the Honorable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for Ontario, Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister and William Charnetski, Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario Government, who were also in attendance.

Maintaining Canada's ICT Competitiveness through development of ICT skills in targeted education programs.

The ICT labour market continues to expand and grow in all sectors of Canada’s economy. It is expected to generate up to 100,000 jobs in the next five years. There is a gap, however, between the changing nature of ICT-related jobs and the availability of qualified individuals to fill them. The Business Technology Management program (BTM) is an industry-driven innovative education solution led by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). BTM equips graduates with the right technical and business skills to enter the workplace.

BTM – an education success story:
  • Is now offered at 19 post-secondary educational institutions across Canada; a number expected to double by 2017;
  • Has over 3,000 students enrolled in BTM programs across the country;
  • Has placement rates of around 90%;
  • Has enrollments growing year-over-year; and
  • Female enrollments that are almost double the rate of those in traditional ICT programs.

 BTM 2.0 - ITAC just launched the BTM 2.0 which bridges the gap between the 2009 BTM and the transformations brought by the Internet, mobile apps, social media, cloud computing, analytics, the Internet of Things, and other contemporary technologies. BTM 2.0 is also expanding the availability of actual BTM programs, in two ways: 'vertically' - into colleges, polytechnics, graduate education, continuing education, and more university undergraduate programs - and 'horizontally' - into select specialty versions like cyber security, data analytics, digital health, entrepreneurship and innovation, and financial services.

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April 5:  15th Annual RE$EARCH MONEY Conference, Ottawa  Details

April 14: The Great Race for New Customers - Navigating Rough Terrain, Toronto Details

April 19:  CCIO Breakfast, Toronto Details

May 5:  IDC Directions Canadian CIO Symposium, Toronto  Details

June 4:  National BTM Academic Conference, Edmonton Details

June 7:  CHIA Awards - Saluting HI Excellence, Vancouver Details

June 13/14:  Identity Theft & Data Breach Conference, Toronto Details

August 29: ITAC Golf Tournament, Toronto Details
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