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Connecting you to News Affecting CIPS and the IT Profession I Nov 30, 2017
At their November 16, 2017 meeting the National Board of Directors passed a motion to not only reconfirm CIPS’ commitment to Professionalism across all of Canada but also to offer their support for the continued viability of CIPS Ontario as an organization. Ontario members are preparing for the scheduled SGM on December 7th where they will decide CIPS Ontario’s future.  

In closing the Board meeting, Derek, Burt, I.S.P., ITCP, Chair of the National Board extended his best wishes to CIPS Ontario members and stated that he was “ready to help CIPS Ontario members if needed.”  
CIPS National Board Elects A New Chair
Bashir Fancy, I.S.P., (ret.) resigned as the Chair of the CIPS National Board of Directors and as CIPS National CEO on November 6, 2017 after having completed two one-year terms as the National Board Chair.

As per the by-laws of CIPS National, the members of the CIPS National Board elected Derek Burt, I.S.P., ITCP by acclamation at their November 16, 2017 meeting.

Derek Burt, I.S.P, ITCP
Derek 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 the President of CIPS Alberta and Chair of the CIPS Alberta Registration Committee. 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. 
Moving CIPS Forward Under New Leadership
Prior to his election as Chair of the National Board, Derek provided the following to all Board members outlining his proposed direction for CIPS.

“The mandate of CIPS is to protect the public against unskilled or unethical work with respect to the practice of information systems by its members. This mandate will continue to be achieved through strong provincial bodies administering associated regulation in their respective provinces.  The future of CIPS lies in certified practice. CIPS has right-to-title in several provinces and is working towards right-to-practice across Canada. The activities of CIPS National must ever be focused in achieving this goal by supporting its members, the member societies.

To this end, I would propose as some first steps:
  • re-constituting Executive Council to provide a firm governance structure for the organization, including having meeting agendas and keeping meeting minutes for review by the National Board as per the bylaws
  • structure Board meetings to give Board members ample time to consult with their respective member societies to improve communication and decision-making as well as recognize the need for the Board to be a "virtual" one governing from across the country
  • re-evaluate the CIPS National budget and activities to focus on supporting member societies with a particular emphasis on reducing administrative expenses
  • begin negotiations with the member societies for new shared services agreements that support the objectives of all member societies
  • ensure alignment of professional standards across the country through a strong professional standards advisory council
  • engage the CIPS Fellows for their support, including nominating more deserving Fellows to join the organization 
  • build on the foundation of CIPS Saskatchewan's good work in assisting their provincial government with validating the competency of IT professionals
  • work with the member societies to ensure all computer science programs across Canada are accredited
  • identify provinces without member societies and support them in establishing their respective corporation/regulation
  • celebrate the many milestones the organization will be reaching in the near future

These are proposals only - the organization will continue to be led by the will of the member societies and their respective members.  We will need the support of numerous volunteers from across the country.” 

CIPS 60th Anniversary Logo Competition
Design a logo for CIPS’ 60th anniversary!

CIPS will be celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2018! 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 is looking for a special 60th anniversary version of the CIPS logo which will be used by CIPS throughout 2018. CIPS invites members of CIPS Provincial Societies to put their graphic design skills to use and design a CIPS 60th anniversary logo. If your logo is selected you will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card!

Call for Nominations for the CIPS Fellowship Award
The CIPS Fellowship Electoral Committee is seeking nominations from CIPS member societies and members. 

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.

CIPS Fellowship Awards are open to members of CIPS member societies.

Applications are being received until February 1, 2018
CIPS Members Blog: "Germany shows how government should steer AI ethics"
By: Donna Lindskog I.S.P. (ret.)

Governments are beginning to become involved in IT ethics. This is not necessarily a good thing.

People begin to think that if they follow the letter of the law they are being ethical. Following the law is certainly one requirement of being ethical, but laws are often slow to change and we must all be aware of what we should consider as the right thing to do.

Canada’s Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is looking into  the ethics of Finance Minister Bill Morneau . She has already said that he met the letter of the law without creating a blind trust for his assets. So to her, that matter is settled. I am glad to hear that she is continuing to look into a conflict of interest regarding pensions. To her credit, she is also asking that the law about blind trusts be reinforced. She must have a wider definition of ethics than just following the law.

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