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ITWC launches CSO Digital Magazine

Digital Journal Group acquires content marketing measurement pioneer

ITAC welcomes the federal government's new CIO


Cisco' s 2015 mid-year security report

Have you got your tickets for the Ingenious Awards?

It’s the night when Canada’s ICT sector gathers to celebrate the best and brightest in technology innovation.
The 2014 winners tackled problems ranging from wait times at airports and emergency rooms to personal data protection, organ and tissue donation and the increasing need for speed in business transactions.
This year's finalists impact an even broader range of products and services.
Come join your colleagues November 17 at the Four Seasons in the heart of Toronto  to see what the best in ICT innovation looks like.
Welcome to the Fireside

ITAC is launching a new event series to help SMEs increase their access to capital, markets and talent.
On October 7,  an IP Strategies Fireside Chat will launch an event  series based on the success of ITAC's popular Public Sector Business Fireside Chat series. These events will be intimate and informative sessions for our SMEs to receive hands on strategies to build their businesses and network with peers.
This series has been designed and developed by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee. Interested members are invited to attend the event and join the E&I committee to help shape further initiatives for SME's

Companies head to India on ITAC-led trade mission

ITAC in partnership with the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia and the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada will be taking approximately 20 companies to India from October 26th to 30th.

Highlights of the trip will include meetings with major Indian firms such as Tata, Reliance and Wipro as well participation in CeBit- India in Bangalore.

ITAC Health also will take up to 8 companies to Dubai to attend Arab Health in late January.  Arab Health is one of the largest health conferences in the Middle East.  We are currently recruiting any
Canadian ICT companies including cyber security and software applications firms to join us.  A webinar on Doing Business in UAE is planned for November.  For further information, contact 
Lynda Leonard or Elaine Huesing.
October 7IP Strategies for SMEs: A Fireside Chat with Andrew Currier, Perry + Currier Inc.
October 8: City Age Build the Future, Toronto
October 19GTEC 2015, Shaw Centre, Ottawa 
October 19-21: Big Data for Productivity Congress 2015, Halifax  
October 27: 2015 National HI eSafety Summit, Edmonton, Alberta  
October 28Trend or Transformation? The IoT of Wearable Devices in Business, Toronto
October 29: Sales and Marketing Think Tank, Best Practices in Customer Retention & Growth, Markham
October 31:  ITAC Talent - TalentMash BC, Vancouver
November 2SOTI Sync,Toronto
November 13: Federal CIO Panel: Security Departments, Ottawa
Nov 14 & 16: ITAC Talent - TalentMash ON, Toronto
November 17: Ingenious Awards, Toronto
Customer Loyalty
Best Practices in Customer 
Retention and Growth

Marketing must be a big player in customer loyalty – but what are the most effective methods to ensure your customers stay loyal, and don’t leave you?
You are invited to attend ITAC's next Sales and Marketing Think Tank Customer Loyalty: Best Practices in Customer Retention and Growth.  Join your peers to brainstorm customer loyalty initiatives:  what works, what doesn’t?  What generates the best response? How are loyalty programs changing?
ThisThinkTank is hosted by Greg Coughlin, Client Director, Rogers and IBM Canada.
When: Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Where: IBM Canada
3600 Steeles Ave., E.
Markham. Ont


Moderated by Bob Becker, Principal, SMA
This is a no-charge event

ITAC Industry Insider - October

ITAC White Papers on Cloud and IoT
to be focus of  GTEC 2015 discussions

Canada’s leading Government and Technology Exhibition and Conference (GTEC) has recognized the thought leadership behind two newly released ITAC white papers titled: Internet of Things: Time for A National Discourse and Cloud Computing: Transforming the Government of Canada for the Digital Economy.
On October 21st, ITAC President and CEO, Karna Gupta will moderate the cloud panel at GTEC with delegates from the BC Government, Service Now, and Salesforce. On October 20th, Trajan Schulzke from Industry Canada will moderate the IoT panel that will leverage ITACs IoT paper as a basis for discussion and explore the implications of the digital revolution. See details of the white papers in stories below.
ITAC calls for National Dialogue on IoT

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) believes the time is right for a national dialogue on the Internet of Things (IoT).

In a new whitepaper, ITAC suggests Canada can be a leader in shaping the future of the networked technologies most experts agree will dramatically alter the way we work, how we access healthcare, and how we interact with the environment if we come together in a national discourse on the policy implication of IoT.

IoT is a growing network of physical objects that are connected through the Internet and communicate without human interaction. It extends connectivity beyond traditional devices like desktop computers, smartphones and tablets, to a diverse range of devices and everyday things that utilize embedded technology.

The report, reviewed by ITAC members, ITAC’s Board, and several peer organizations, finds the roll-out of the IoT will dramatically improve Canada’s economy by helping companies become more competitive. Further opportunities are detailed, but the report also acknowledges challenges around security, privacy, bandwidth, and network capacity.
More details    Read the whitepaper
ITAC recommends Cloud First Strategy

The federal government should establish a “cloud first” policy that requires departments to consider cloud-based services before purchasing new or replacing existing ICT services.
That’s one of several recommendations in a newly released whitepaper created by the Information Technology Association of Canada’s Enterprise Working Group.
If government officials are not mandated to consider cloud-based services first, the report concludes departments and agencies will likely default to the status quo, possibly impeding large-scale IT modernization projects underway.
Cloud Computing: Transforming the Government of Canada for the Digital Economy makes seven recommendation ranging from leveraging existing security controls already in place by other governments to the establishment of a cloud marketplace within government to ensure the standardized implementation of cloud services across all agencies and departments.

Read the position paper

MONERIS CEO Shares Her Story

(left to right): Julie Cork, Executive Vice President, ARTEX Environmental and Vice Chair, Women in Communications and Technology (WCT); Denise Shortt, Vice President, Industry Development, Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC); Christine Greco, Vice-President, HR, Samsung. Front (left to right):  Mary Whittle, Chair, ITAC Women on Boards Committee; Angela Brown, President and CEO, Moneris Solutions

Angela Brown, shared her professional journey recently at the ITAC/WCT Women in Leadership speaking event at Samsung.  She offered the audience insight into keeping focus on balancing personal priorities while continually looking at growing their skill set to compete in the technology sector.  Through the “Oprah” Q&A style presentation she spoke of being the kind of leader people would want to follow in their career.   She personally had found a few mentors whose abilities, values, and support exemplified "leadership" to her and then when she became a leader herself, she attracted people that would work best with her management style.

She also emphasized the need to know what it is you want to achieve, plan it out, check in with it periodically and to make sure it continues to make sense.  As the group varied in the age, Angela said she realized there will be times in her life when you can be a power-worker (pre-family or when children are very young)  then you may need to lighten up on the career pedal during different times in your life (young/teen kids needing guidance), then power up again when family is older.  Each stage provides different opportunities to grow but it has to fit in with balancing personal priorities.

One of Angela’s final pieces of advice was that if given the opportunity, don't always play it safe.  Take some risks for opportunities that may be outside your comfort zone.  Networking doesn’t come naturally to everyone but she encouraged the group to just start by sparking up a conversation as you never know where it will lead.


 University Relations, IoT and Virtual Reality

ITAC SMCouncil Best Practices Forum
 Hosted at the impressive AMD offices in Markham, the guests were treated to a virtual reality demonstration before participating in a half-day SMCouncil Best Practices forum exploring the challenges and opportunities facing the microelectronics community. 
 Designed as a peer-to-peer learning opportunity, the session was hosted by Matt Skynner, Vice President and General Manager at AMD Canada.  The first panel on best practice in university relations  included Ken Schultz from the Ontario Centre of Excellence, Joseph Facca, from AMD Platform Engineering, Martin Snelgrove from Kapik and John MacRitchie from Ryerson University.
 The session also provided participants with critical insights ranging from the impact of the Internet of Things technologies wrapping up with a current state of play in the development of virtual reality.
Big Data for Productivity Congress
Halifax meeting runs October 19 to 21
Nova Scotia is hosting world’s first conference to focus on how Big Data is improving the productivity of business and government.

The Congress, a timely partnership between the Big Data Congress III and the 17th World Productivity Congress, is primarily a business and policy conference with a stated objective to connect decision makers. The congress will focus on innovations in productivity in relation to Health Services, Smart Cities, Enterprise Efficiency and the Internet of Everything.
Details.  New daily passes just introduced

ITAC Members receive a 20 per cent registration discount. Use Promo Code: ITAC@15a9
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