CIPS National Events

CIPS Connections – March 5th, 2008

Who: CIPS/Microsoft
What: Community Connection Events – “Building out your Skills and Networking”
Description: CIPS Hosts Community Connection IT Events – Free of Charge!

CIPS is hosting a special Microsoft 14-city workshop tour across Canada. The Community Connection events, “Building out your Skills and Networking,” are 3-hour, pre-launch workshops being offered to help IT professionals network with peers and focus on the changing landscapes of technology, industry, community and career. The events are free of charge!

There will be an interactive discussion to give you an opportunity to gain insight and share experiences on IT changes that are affecting us in Canada. The following is an overview of the workshop:

  • Introductions;
  • State of the Industry ( a perspective from CIPS and ICTC);
  • Technology Demo (showing some high value pieces of new technology and how they could be implemented into your environment with minimal change);
  • Community Story (perspective on the impact that participating actively in your LOCAL community and the rewards it brings);
  • Learning Circles (a “vote with your feet” concept of discussing five topics with a facilitator and bringing back the groups findings to the larger group); and
  • Social Networking (meeting with other experts and LOCAL resources to strengthen your support infrastructure LOCAL to you – in your community).

The first Community Connection event starts on February 26, 2008 in Toronto with the last event taking place on April 16, 2008 in Quebec City. Check out the “Upcoming Events” calendar to find out when the Community Connection event is taking place in your city or visit: www.cips.ca/news/national/news.asp?aID=2510.

Register TODAY!


For more information, visit the IT Pro Connection Blog.

Who: CIPS and ICCP
what: Online – Exam-Cram I.S.P. Boot Camps (March 1-2; and April 26-27, 2008) Weekend Web-Conferences
Description: The Certified Computing Professional (CCP) is offered by the ICCP and its Constituent Societies. This course prepares individuals to take the CCP examinations. By attending this review session you can improve your likelihood of passing at the Expert/Mastery level by 30%. The CCP at the Expert/Mastery level can be used to qualify for the I.S.P. (www.cips.ca).

For information – ICCP office: (800) 843 8227 (Choose from 2 courses as below)

WEB650 – CCP Exam Cram (March 1-2)
WEB651 – CCP Exam Cram (April 26-27)

Prior to joining the web conference you will need to go to www.elluminate.com and test your system compatibility. This online-internet synchronous conference allows you to join similar learners while preparing for the ICCP examinations from the comfort and safety of your own office or home. Full two way communications and document sharing simulate a normal classroom environment, plus a shared whiteboard and remote control/sharing if/when needed. It is BEST to use a computer headset with an attached microphone.

DAY 1:
1. Introductions and course goals
2. CCP requirements, Test items, Skills-Gap Analysis
3. Item Writer’s Guide – Item Maintenance System
4. Information Systems Core (ISCORE), Web development and eCommerce.
5. Systems Development Exam (SDV) Systems Analysis and Design

DAY 2: (Specialty Exams)
6. Business Information Systems Exam (BIS)
7. Microcomputers & Networking (MCN)
8. Internetworking and Data Communications (COM)
9. Associated Topics and Next Steps

Length: 2 days
Days: Saturday & Sunday
Time: 12.00pm – 6.00pm (EST).
Min: 4; Max: 12
Examinations: 1st examination – within 30 days of course completion.
Registration Deadline: February 27, 2008 for the March 1-2 course; April 23, 2008 for the April 26-27 course.
Proctoring arrangements: CIPS/PDIT 

Register today using the registration form.
When: March 1 to 2, 2008 and April 26 to 27, 2008
where: TBA
CIPS Members $295 (reduced fees for ICCP holders and I.S.P. holders using this course for recertification credits – contact CIPS/ICCP office), $350 for non-CIPS Members.
CEU Credits: 3 credit course; (30 CECs)
Materials: Once registered, you will receive USD$165 worth of course study and reference materials for your future needs.
Instructor: Kewal Dhariwal, CCP, I.S.P.
Mary Jean Kucerak
Phone: (905) 602-1370 ext 322
E-mail: pditcanada@cips.ca


Who: CIPS/DPI/PDit Canada Inc.
What: INFORMATICS/Summit 2008:
Achieving New Heights, A New Personal Best

Description: Celebrating its 50th year CIPS is pleased to partner with DPI, the Association of Public Sector Information Professionals as they celebrate their 45th anniversary to deliver the premier educational event of the year Summit 2008.
When: May 7 to 9, 2008
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Contact: informatics@cips.ca or www.cipsinformatics.ca

CIPS Local Events

Who: CIPS Viking (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
 April 23, 2008 – Women in IT EventApril 2008 – Social & Facility TourMay 2008 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Where: TBA
Don Duffie I.S.P.
CIPS Viking President
Phone: (709) 772-6419

Other Events

Who: Ryerson University/The CIO Summit
What: IT Leadership Course
Description:Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 IT Leadership Development Program, a university-level course aimed at preparing today’s information technology managers for the senior management levels in their organizations. The first of the program’s three four-day modules begins February 18, 2008. The course is a total of 12 days.

Now in it fifth year, The IT Leadership Development Program is co-produced by the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University and THE CIO SUMMIT? Its faculty includes some of the most respected and experienced business leaders in the North American IT industry. These experts share best practices and provide insight into the critical issues facing today’s CIOs.

Participants gain a better understanding of the role of the CIO, the business-critical manager who today must deal with information, business process and systems. They also learn how to cope with the politics of being a member of the senior executive team, to act with agility in decision making, to identify the business drivers of IT support, to mitigate risk factors, to analyze key metrics for the return on investment and to understand the legal and contractual issues of outsourcing.

For further information or to register for the program, go to:
www.ryerson.ca/itm/cio/ryecio.htm or www.ciosummit.com
February 18 to 21, 2008
April 14 to 17, 2008
June 16 to 19, 2008

Where: Kingsbridge Centre King City, Ontario (just North of Toronto)
Cost: $8,900
NOTE: CIPS Members receive a $500 discount! The IT Leadership program can also be used towards I.S.P. re-certification credits!
All materials included.
Contact: Ray Hernandez at 416 979-5316 or ciosquery@ryersonca

Who: RIS
What: RIS 2008 Professional Development Courses
Description: RIS is pleased to announce its line-up of Applications Support and Maintenance (ASM) courses and seminars for 2008, the latest in the company’s “Maximizing IT Value” series of professional development programs. RIS will again be offering the programs in two convenient formats:7-week university courses at the University of Calgary and Ryerson University2-day intensive seminars in Calgary and Toronto.

When registering for the seminars, enter PROMO CODE: CIPS to redeem your 10% discount.

Please visit www.risglobal.com/CIPS.htm for additional details, benefits and on-line registration.
Toronto – March 4th & 5th, 2008
Toronto – May 14th & 15th, 2008
Toronto – September 17th & 18th, 2008
Toronto – November 4th & 5th, 2008
Calgary – February 13th & 14th, 2008
Calgary – April 15th & 16th, 2008
Calgary – June 11th & 12th, 2008
Calgary – October 8th & 9th, 2008
Contact: Kim Campbell at 1-888-255-4126, ext. 223. or ASMEducation@risglobal.com

Who: IT World Canada
What: IT360° Conference and Expo
Description: CIPS is a supporting association sponsor of IT360° Conference & Expo 2008. IT360° is an interactive experience for IT professionals and business executives. Faced with the challenge of shrinking budgets and limited time to test or evaluate, IT360° provides a conference of 90+ educational sessions and an informative exposition where professionals can compare applications and solutions while learning first-hand from leading companies and their experts in this immersive arena.

IT360° is cultivating innovation by exploring critical IT issues for decision makers from enterprise, to mid-market to SMB’s.

CIPS is hosting a “Professional Development Series” on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Room 202D – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building).

  • Professionalism in IT – The expectations are changing. There is a growing expectation that IT Professionals will know and follow established Best Practices, from ITIL, & CMMI, & COBIT, & … In addition, the IT Professional is expected to be knowledgeable about and sensitive to “contextual” concerns. Change Management is more about organizational change than about configuration change.
  • IT Best Practice Standards – The IT Professional is expected to know about the relevant, established Best Practice Standards as they impact on the work that she or he performs. This presentation should provide a gentle introduction to the world of IT Best Proactive Standards. All of the important standards will be covered, and there will be supporting material provided online.
  • IT Employment Trends: Panel Discussion – Looking at employment trends, but from the perspective of the IT Professional. What does she or he need to offer today to be highly employable? What are the current stages of growth that should be followed by the IT Professional? How is that expected to change during the next 5 to 15 years?

IT Employment Trends Panelists:

  • Kevin McGaffey I.S.P., Caro Systems Inc. President
  • Greg Lane I.S.P., CIPS Vice President & Avanade Director
  • Igor Abramovitch, Robert Half Technology Director
  • Moderator: Terri Joosten, CareerDoor Inc. CEO

NOTE: CIPS Members receive a discount.
A101 = 25% CIPS discount on conference sessions
TS1 = Free trade show pass

To register, visit: www.exporeg.com/it360
When: April 7 to 9, 2008
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto
A101 = 25% CIPS discount on conference sessions
TS1 = Free trade show pass
Contact: For more details about the CIPS “Professional Development Series,” visit: www.it360.ca/2008/session_detail.cfm?id=423 or phone: Sharon at: (905) 695-0123 ext.214.

What: 2nd Annual IEEE Systems Conference and Workshop on Safety of Systems (IWSS’08)
Description: This conference seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of system design, development, and management, across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of systems. The conference will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas and applications.
When: April 7 to 10, 2008
Where: Marriott Chateau-Champlain, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Contact: Please visit www.ieeesystemscouncil.org/conference-2008/sysconference2008.asp

Who: IDC Canada
What: You, Me & Green IT
Description: Designed exclusively for IT, business, government, and corporate responsibility & environment executives, “You, Me & Green IT” is a challenging and interactive two-day forum for exploring the tough questions, exchanging ideas, and showcasing Green ICT solutions from some of Canada’s most innovative companies.
NOTE TO CIPS MEMBERS: There are a limited number of discount registrations available at the rate of $195 for qualified end-users* (vendors and consultants are not eligible). To obtain the special CIPS member rate of $195 ($800 discount) please e-mail: ssymonds@idccanada.com or call 1-888-432-2812 or 416-673-2260 and ask for the “CIPS Exclusive Discount Offer.”
When: April 9 to 10, 2008
Where: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Contact: Stephen Symonds, IDC Canada Representative at(416) 673-2260 or 1-888-432-2812 or ssymonds@idccanada.com

Who: Infonex Inc.
What: IT Governance, IT Risk, and Internal Controls: Driving Value, Managing Risk, and Assuring Compliance
Description: This forum will provide you with high-quality solutions and give you the knowledge to streamline controls, contain costs, and improving process efficiency.

Join distinguished speakers at IT Governance, IT Risk, and Internal Controls for two days of practical examples, analysis, and expertise. Learn how to build a healthy enterprise where the expectations for IT are met, the risks mitigated, and IT becomes a partner on the value and revenue side.

Don’t Get Blindsided! Proactively Improve Your Business Performance through Sustained IT Governance

  • Create an IT governance structure built to last
  • Identify areas of IT decision-making that need to be formalized, ensuring business ownership
  • Re-examine your COBIT and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) initiatives
  • Create a regulatory compliance program that defines key controls and who is responsible for them
  • Develop standards and frameworks relevant to compliance and risk management
  • Understand the value proposition for service oriented architecture (SOA) and how to communicate it throughout the company
  • Ensure that the programs you build are sustainable
  • Integrate business and IT initiatives and find value along the way

When: April 15 and 16, 2008: Workshops: April 18, 2008
Where: TBA
Conference Only: $2,099+GST
Conference and One Workshop: $2,649+GST
Conference and TWO Workshops: $3,099+GST

IMPORTANT: CIPS Members Only, Receive a 15% Discount!

Register by March 14 and Save even more with early-bird discounts!

Quote CIPS Member Priority Code: 816-CIP

Contact: For more information, please visit www.infonex.ca/816/overview.shtml

What: Advanced Networks Conference – Lighting the Path: Connections for the Future Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bradley C. Wheeler, Chief Information Officer Indiana University
Description: The two main themes for “Lighting the Path: Connections for the Future” are: virtualization and next generation networks. To meet the increasing demands of research and higher education today, tools for virtualization and other innovations in next generation networks are being developed for advanced networks. Users are now able to collaborate and share resources virtually as well as overcome physical distances and resource constraints.

NOTE TO CIPS MEMBERS: BCNET is providing a promotional conference rate of $100 for CIPS members who are attending the two day BCNET 2008 conference. Register before February 29, 2008 and be automatically entered to win a portable DVD player worth $250.

This special rate includes entrance to over 30 sessions, breakfast and lunch on both days and an evening reception on the first day of the conference that will highlight BCNET’s 20 years of network excellence.

For conference information and registration visit: www.bc.net.
When: April 22 to 23, 2008
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC, 515 West Hastings St
Contact: Visit www.bc.net

What: The Consumerization of Microelectronics: Opportunity For New Growth Markets
Description: Microelectronics are ubiquitous. Modern human beings interact with microchips hundreds of times a day. And increasingly, this level of contact is as true in leisure time as it is in the telephone and computer-driven work week. Microelectronics run our cars, our heating and cooling systems, our entertainment devices and our games. Microelectronics are finding their way into the clothes we wear and even into our bodies beneath them. This movement toward consumer uses of microelectronics requires new thinking about the economies and technological specifications of chip design. The next joint conference between the GSA (formerly FSA) and ITAC will provide a forum for the exchange of this new thinking. The Conference will take place in Bromont, Québec, the heart of the Canadian fabrication industry and the northern tip of the Hudson Valley microelectronics cluster.

To register: www.itac.ca/Events/2007/FSA/RegistrationPage.html
When: April 29 to 30, 2008
Where: Chateau Bromont, Bromont, Quebec
Contact: Micheline Levesque at (613) 238-4822 x 245 or E-mail: mlevesque@itac.ca

What: IFIP WG 9.5 International working Conference on Virualy and Society: Massive Virtual Communities
Description: Prominently within the gaming community, but also within other communities on the Internet, very huge virtual communities begiin to evolve. In games, an average number of people that is comparable to a smaller city is online at the same time, thus forming a proper society. For more information, please visit www.wcce2009.org/apresentacao.php
When: July 1 to 2, 2008
Where: Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

Who: International Federation of Information Processing* (IFIP)
*CIPS is Canada’s representative in IFIP
What: Conference on Wireless – Sensor and Actor Networks
Description: The 2008 IFIP Conference on Wireless Sensors and Actor Networks (WSAN 08) will be held from Monday, July 14th, to Tuesday, July 15th, 2008, at the School of Information Technology and Engineering of University Ottawa, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Ottawa is Canada’s national capital, and features a wealth of festivals and cultural activities. It is directly accessible by air from major cities around the world. The conference location is in the city centre, conveniently located near shopping, museums, and public transportation.

For a pdf copy of Call for Papers please click here.
When: July 14 to 15, 2008
Where: School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
Contact: Visit www.site.uottawa.ca/WSAN08

Who: Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness
What: The 18th World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM)
Description: The 2008 conference theme “Resiliency – Individual, Community and Business” will provide delegates with a unique venue to network and learn from Disaster Management professionals around the world. For more information, visit: www.wcdm.org.

NOTE TO CIPS MEMBERS: CIPS members receive a $200 discount off the full conference pass! When registering enter priority code: CIPS08. The special CIPS rate is: $895 plus GST (regularly $1095). Proof of CIPS membership may be required at the time of registration.
when: June 15 to 18, 2008
where: Toronto, Canada
Contact: Anita Carley, World Conference on Disaster Management at (905) 948-0470 or 1-888-443-6786 ext. 246