CIPS inducts four new CIPS Fellows: Dr. Ken Barker, Derek Burt, Beverley Gooding, and Utpal Mangla

Mississauga, ON – Sept 19th, 2022 – CIPS, Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals, has inducted four new CIPS Fellows: Dr. Ken Barker, Derek Burt, Beverley Gooding, and Utpal Mangla. Since 2005 CIPS Fellow Membership has been awarded to professionals in the Information Technology sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the IT profession or industry in Canada.

Being awarded the CIPS Fellow status is earned recognition of significant development or outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession, computer technology, the ICT sector or the adoption of ICT. Contributions can be made at a local, provincial, national or international level. Contributions can be made within or for the profession, business or government or industry. They can be made through research, systems development, education, authorship, public policy or advocacy.

The Fellow is the highest class of membership offered by CIPS and can only be obtained with approval from the CIPS National Board of Directors. Fellow Members have agreed to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professional conduct. They also help to promote CIPS and the association’s initiatives and causes within their sphere of influence. Fellow Members use the designation “FCIPS” after their name.

CIPS is pleased to induct the following four new CIPS Fellows and thanks them for their contribution to CIPS and Canada’s IT profession and community. 

Dr. Ken Barker FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP  is a professor of computer science at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in computing science from the University of Alberta (1990) and has many years of experience working with industrial computer systems. He has interest in system integration, distributed systems, database systems, and the privacy and security of data repositories.

He has served as the dean of the faculty of science and as head of computer science at the University of Calgary. He is the director of the University of Calgary’s Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance and the president of the Alberta body of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS Alberta). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Life-time Member of the ACM.

Ken is currently the President of CIPS Alberta and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Computer Science (CACS/AIC) in addition to having served on the Computer Science Accreditation Council.  As the director of research laboratories at the University of Calgary and University of Manitoba he has supervised over 70 graduate students, in addition to several post-doctorates and research assistants. Dr. Barker has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications.

Lean more at Ken’s CIPS Fellows profile at: https://cips.ca/kenbarker/

Derek Burt, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP has been a CIPS member for over a decade and was a long-time volunteer with CIPS in Saskatchewan (including serving as the President of CIPS Regina and a member of the CIPS Saskatchewan Governance Transition Taskforce) before relocating to Alberta in 2013. Derek is currently serving as Acting Treasurer for CIPS Alberta, and has been Chair of the CIPS National Board of Directors since 2017.

In 2010, Derek was awarded the Marilyn Harris Award for IT Professionalism. Derek graduated from a CIPS-accredited computer science program at the University of Regina and has served on numerous private and public boards.

Derek is currently an Enterprise Architect and member the IT Architecture team at WestJet Airlines, Ltd. He is an IT Architect by trade, whose primary expertise lies in Enterprise Architecture as well as Business, Solution, and Application Architecture, particularly producing IT architectures for open platforms. He has experience leading projects, teams, and organizations, has worked with a wide variety of clients from across North America, and has been a frequent public speaker.

Lean more at Derek’s CIPS Fellows profile at: https://cips.ca/derekburt/

Beverley Gooding, FCIPS, I.S.P. (ret.)  has worked in the IT sector since 1970, working at SaskTel, INCO, and SGI,.and retired in 2014. Bev has been a CIPS member and I.S.P. Certification holder since 1991 and has held many positions in CIPS over the years on both CIPS Saskatchewan and CIPS National, including being on the CIPS National Board of Directors from 2001 – 2008 as a Regional Director and National Student Director.

In CIPS Regina (a former section of CIPS Saskatchewan) she was co-Chair of the Programming Committee, Regional Director, Vice-President, President, and Chair of the annual conference, Spring Seminar.

Bev became the CIPS Saskatchewan Registrar in 2005 and still holds this position on the CIPS Saskatchewan Executive Board.

Bev noted: “Personally, I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been provided while working with CIPS. I have developed and enhanced various skills which have helped me personally and with my career. e.g. project management, working with volunteer staff, interviewing, mentoring, learning nuances of dealing with government, etc.”

Lean more at Bev’s CIPS Fellows profile at: https://cips.ca/beverleygooding/

Utpal Mangla (MBA, PEng, CMC, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP, ITIL, CSM, FBCS) is a General Manager responsible for Telco Industry & EDGE Clouds in IBM. Prior to that, he was the VP, Senior Partner and Global Leader of TME Industry’s Centre of Competency. In addition, Utpal led the ‘Innovation Practice’ focusing on AI, 5G EDGE, Hybrid Cloud and Blockchain technologies for clients worldwide.

Utpal has been with IBM (and PwC) since 1998. With 20+ years of experience, Utpal is a highly motivated & dynamic leader who thrives in challenging environments. He is reputed for his trust, problem solving and organizational skills. Recipient of numerous client excellence awards, he is recognized as “IBM Top Talent”.

Utpal is a regular speaker at industry forums, univ and business conferences globally, including MWC, THINK, TMForum, Dreamforce, Cannes, Fierce 5G and CEM Telecoms. With 50+ articles, Utpal contributes to industry blogs, analyst reports and emerging marketplace trends. He has been quoted in Fortune, Bloomberg, GSMA, LF and BusinessWire.

Utpal is an active contributor & member of FORBES council, AI Think Tank at Cognitive World, is current chair of ISSIP Strategy Council, member of CompTIA’s IoT Advisory leadership and was on board of ATIS. Utpal is also member of IBM’s Executive Partner Promotion committee, Talent Ecosystem & 5G EDGE Acceleration teams.

Lean more at Utpal Mangla’s CIPS Fellows profile at: https://cips.ca/utpalmangla/

Learn more about CIPS Fellows at https://cips.ca/fellows/ and view CIPS Fellow Members at: https://cips.ca/fellowmembers/


CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society) is a National IT Federation of 10 Provincial regulators that license IT professionals in Canada and abroad. Since 1958 CIPS has helped advance Canada’s IT profession by establishing standards, best practices, and integrity for the benefit of IT professionals and the public interest. As “Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals” we represent thousands of members across the country.

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