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Connecting you to News Affecting CIPS and the IT Profession I Jan 19th, 2018
CIPS 60th Anniversary Logo Revealed! 
CIPS is celebrating our 60th anniversary this year! In September of 1958 a conference was held at the University of Toronto to talk about common concerns of data processing workers. That conference demonstrated the value of sharing ideas, networking with fellow professionals and learning about coming changes in technology, and the practices and management of information systems. This event sparked the formation of the Computing and Data Processing Society. In 1968 the Society changed its name to the current “Canadian Information Processing Society”.

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations CIPS held a competition for its members to help design a special 60th anniversary version of the CIPS logo which will be used by CIPS throughout 2018.

We are pleased to reveal the winning logo that was designed by CIPS member Luqman Gassama. The following is CIPS' 60th Anniversary Logo which will be used throughout the year:
A big thank you to all CIPS members that participated and submitted logo designs for CIPS' 60th anniversary. Below are some of the  other submissions from the CIPS community.

Thank you all for your participation!
Nominate a CIPS Member for the CIPS Fellowship Award
A Fellow of CIPS is a person who has made a notable, recognized and positive contribution to the advancement of the ICT profession, computer technology, the ICT sector or the adoption of ICT. As CIPS members may contribute to any of these areas through their leadership in CIPS, through their work, through their research or through their community involvement, CIPS would like to recognize these people for their efforts through election to Fellow status.

The status of Fellow of CIPS is open to members of CIPS member societies. Nominations may be made by any member of a member society of CIPS.

Who do you know that you think should be a Fellow of CIPS?

The nomination form is relatively simple. But, if you would like some guidelines on how to develop the description on why your nominee should be considered as a Fellow, please contact Mary Jean Kucerak, Chief Operating Officer, CIPS National Office (

Note: a review process and the development of guidelines will be developed for the next round of Fellow nominations. The Fellow nomination and election process will take place annually.

Applications are being received until February 1, 2018
CIPS Accreditation Process Receives Seoul Accord Accreditation
CIPS' accreditation process underwent an accreditation review by the Seoul Accord. This review was conducted by a three member international team comprised of representatives from ABET (USA), IEET (Taiwan), and ACS (Australia). The accreditation review found that the CIPS Computer Science Accreditation Criteria aligned well with Seoul Accord standards. The Seoul Accord team were complimentary of the CIPS accreditation process, the experience and professionalism of the CIPS accreditation teams, and the thoroughness of the final reporting and decision making process. No deficiencies or weaknesses were identified with the CIPS Accreditation process. As a result of this successful review the Seoul Accord has formally confirmed CIPS' status as a full signatory to the Seoul Accord until 2023. Congratulations are extended to the members of the CIPS Computer Science Accreditation Council and all CIPS members who participate in accreditation visits to Universities across Canada.  

The Seoul Accord was formed in 2008 with CIPS being a founding member. The primary purpose of the Seoul Accord is to contribute to the improvement of computing education worldwide through mutual recognition of accredited academic computing programs that prepare graduates for professional practice. By establishing desired attributes for graduates of computing programs that prepare graduates for professional practice, and by sharing best practices for computing education, the members of the Seoul Accord hope to contribute to the acceptance of international standards for the academic preparation of computing professionals and efforts to achieve these standards in computing education throughout the world. For more information on the Accord see:

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