CIO: the New Business Leader
The CIO profession is one of the most critical in business and industry today – CIOs hold the future of innovation, productivity and competitiveness in their hands. At the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN), we not only provide our members with a forum to exchange IT leadership strategies and practices to enhance business results, we present a unified voice and play an active role on key issues impacting our profession.
As CIOCAN’s oldest chapter, CIOVan (established 1998) is proud of the accomplishments we’ve made. We now have close to 90 members. In addition to our regular professional development events that provide outstanding learning opportunities, our initiatives for 2011 include hosting the annual CIO Peer Forum (April 2011), continued sponsorship of the internationally renowned CaseIT competition, and partnership in a top-rated IT Leadership Development Program with the Learning Strategies Group at Simon Fraser University’s Segal School of Business. And as always, our live networking events (we now have morning, lunchtime and evening events to accommodate all schedules) provide a collegial atmosphere for the stimulating exchange of ideas and best practices.
Senior executives and students alike need to be learning new skill sets continuously. This year, CIOCAN members have chosen to focus pro-d and advocacy initiatives on organization-wide business understanding, and on consistently communicating in a way that reflects business priorities. We honing our abilities – to master C-suite language, to assess projects using different lenses, to use the power of story-telling, and to insist on the “why” of projects, before getting to the “how”.
CIOCAN’s Vancouver Chapter is proud to sponsor CaseIT – one of the best models we’ve seen for building the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a senior IT business role.
Enjoy the journey!