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ITAC names 2019-2020 slate of ITAC Health Board of Directors

Toronto (May 29, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) today announced the approval of the ITAC Health Board of Directors slate for the 2019 to 2020 term, during their May 29, 2019 Board meeting, which was held in Toronto, ON in conjunction with the 2019 e-Health Conference.

2019-2020 ITAC Health Board of Directors

  • Chair – Susanne Flett, Healthtech Consultant
  • Vice Chair – David Thomas, TELUS Health
  • Past Chair – Gary Folker, Orion Health

The ITAC Health Board extends their thanks outgoing Board Director Laure Tessier-Delevuk of GE Healthcare for her generous contribution of time and outstanding commitment that she has provided to ITAC Health over her tenure as a director on the board.

  • Al Amiri, Cisco Systems Canada
  • Charles Aram, Deloitte
  • Aaron Berk, KPMG
  • Michael Checkley, QHR Technologies
  • Ron Dunn, RelayHealth McKesson
  • Ian Fish, IBM Canada
  • Catherine Hunter, PwC Health Industries
  • Paula Hucko, Goldcare
  • Peter Jones, Microsoft Canada
  • Glenn Lanteigne, Tectonic Advisory Services
  • John Lee-Bartlett, Allscripts
  • David Mosher, Logibec
  • Garth Reid, Hpe
  • John Sinclair, Novari Health
  • Kyle Schilke, Amazon
  • Jim Shave, Cerner Canada
  • Sandy Penn Whitehouse, Tickit Health
  • Michel Whitt, Bennett Jones LLP


It is my pleasure to announce the 2019 ITAC Health Board of Directors. The members of the Health Board will guide the direction of ITAC’s Health division and ensure that we continue to provide valued inputs, advice and support to our members. As the voice for the health ICT vendor community, ITAC Health depends upon its Board to ensure that we deliver high value to our members.   Congratulations to the new and returning ITAC Health Board members and thank you for your dedicated efforts. Gary Folker, Chair of the ITAC Health Governance Committee and Past Chair of the ITAC Health Board. 

 About Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with …

Addressing the growing gap between cybersecurity skills and talent supply/demand

New partnership between national tech association and CyberNB to create cybersecurity framework for Canada

Mississauga, ON (May 29, 2019) – To address the skills shortage in cybersecurity in Canada, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and CyberNB have formed a partnership that will see the creation of a cybersecurity skills framework that will focus on accelerated learning and skills development, national occupational standards, and certification and program accreditation. Workforce development tools that will help provide information to both Canadian employers and students looking for cyber professionals and training will also be created.

The partnership was formed following the award of a three-year, $2 million Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Sectoral Initiatives Program Grant to ITAC.

Currently, Canada relies on national occupational codes that are very narrow for the Canadian information, communication and technology (ICT) industry, and does not include emerging technology or associated professions. The goal of the partnership is to ensure that Canadian individuals or businesses, or anyone wanting to work in Canada, would have a clear and updated process that shows available jobs, and nationally recognized certifications for cybersecurity professionals available through training institutions across the country.

Other key initiatives of the partnership will include:

  • A comprehensive review of the National Institute for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) skills framework; adjusting it to fit the Canadian marketplace; and to then encourage the national adoption and usage of a Canadian cybersecurity skills framework.
  • The development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) with an intent to have these considered by Statistics Canada for inclusion in the National Occupational Codes (NOC).
  • The creation of learning outcomes and competency standards for post-secondary educational institutions in areas related to the NOS.
  • The development of related certification and accreditation standards and assessment processes and procedures.
  • The development and implementation of a national outreach and marketing strategy to seek national adoption of the cybersecurity standards and labour mobility and workforce development tools.


Canada is striving toward nationally adopted professional standards for the ICT sector – especially around cybersecurity. Partnering with CyberNB enables our two organizations

2019 CHIA Award Winners Announced

May 28, 2019 – Toronto – The annual gala celebrating the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (the ‘CHIA Awards’) took place last night in Toronto. More than 400 Canadian health and technology professionals gathered Tuesday, May 27 at the Beanfield Centre for the CHIA Awards Gala honouring the digital health leaders and visionaries who are reimagining healthcare delivery in Canada today.

The CHIA Awards Gala is a highlight of the annual e-Health Conference and Tradeshow program; e-Health is Canada’s only national digital health event, taking place May 26-29, 2019 at Toronto’s Beanfield Centre. The CHIA Awards are sponsored by Digital Health Canada and ITAC Health.

The Canadian Health Informatics Awards (CHIA) pay tribute to excellence, leadership, and innovation in health informatics and digital health. An impartial adjudication committee of health leaders evaluate CHIA nominations and choose the recipient(s) for all awards. In the event that all submissions in a particular category are deemed to not have met the criteria, the adjudication committee may choose not to give out the award. Thank you to the 2019 adjudication committee members Carina Andreatta (St. Joseph’s Healthcare); John Lee Bartlett (Allscripts); Catherine Hunter (PWC); Margarita Loyola (VIHA); Sanaz Riahi (Ontario Shores); Mary Slade (NLCHI); Isabelle Vezina (Hacking Health); and Jeff McKay (Brightsquid).

The following CHIA Award winners were announced:

 Individual Award Winners

  • The Steven Huesing Scholarship was established in 1999 to recognize the contributions of the late Steven Huesing, founding president of COACH (now Digital Health Canada). The scholarship reflects the spirit, dedication, and innovation that the founding president brought to the field of health informatics. Scholarship applications are accepted from students currently enrolled in a health informatics, digital health/virtual health or related program at an accredited post-secondary institution. Sponsored by Digital Health Canada. The 2019 Stephen Huesing Scholarship Winner is Lydia Sequeira
  • The Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship is awarded to a Canadian nurse who is pursuing graduate education to advance leadership and innovation in nursing informatics. Sponsored by the Canadian Nurses Foundation. The 2019 Dr. Kathryn J Hannah

Canadian Health Informatics Awards 2019 Project Team Finalists Announced

Digital Health Canada and ITAC Health are pleased to announce the finalists for the Canadian Health Informatics Awards (the ‘CHIA Awards’) 2019 Project Team Awards.

The CHIA Awards will be presented at the 14th Annual CHIA Awards Gala in Toronto on May 27, 2019, as part of the annual e-Health Conference and Tradeshow. Join us as we honour excellence, leadership and innovation in the Canadian Health Informatics Industry.

In addition to recognizing the stellar project teams and their accomplishments in Digital Health across Canada, CHIA Awards honour the outstanding commitment and contributions of individuals and companies. These outstanding leaders will be recognized through the 2019 CHIA Awards for Digital Health Executive of the Year, Corporate Citizenship, Leadership in Digital Health, Clinical Innovator, Community Care Leaders, Emerging Leader and the Steven Huesing Scholarship. In addition, the 3rd annual Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship will be recognized and awarded at the CHIA Gala this year. The 2019 finalists for CHIA Project Team Awards are:

Innovation and Care Delivery Team Award

  • Community Paramedicine Home Health Monitoring – TELUS Health & BC Emergency Health Services
  • Long-Term Care eConnect – PointClickCare, Thoughtwire, eHealth Ontario & Canada Health Infoway
  • Spectrum Antimicrobial Stewardship App in Saskatchewan Health Authority (Saskatoon Area) – Spectrum & Saskatchewan Health Authority (Saskatoon Area)

Patient Care Innovation Team Award

  • Diagnostic Imaging Common Service Integration – TELUS Health & eHealth Ontario
  • Virtual Visits: Meeting Patient Needs Through Innovation – Think Research & eHealth Centre of Excellence
  • SK EMR Interoperability Project – Orion Health, QHR Technologies & eHealth Saskatchewan,
  • Western Hospital Tele-Rounding – Maple Corp & Health PEI, Western Hospital
  • Long-Term Care eConnect – PointClickCare, Thoughtwire, eHealth Ontario & Canada Health Infoway

Project Implementation Team Award

  • Alberta MyHealth Records (PHR) – TELUS Health & Alberta Health
  • OntarioMD EMR Quality Dashboard – OSCAR EMR, TELUS Health & OntarioMD
  • eDOCSNL, Newfoundland and Labrador provincial Electronic Medical Record Program – TELUS Health & NLCHI
  • Government of Nunavut iEHR and Teleradiology Project – Nunavut eHealth, MEDITECH & Healthtech Consultants

2019 CHIA Awards …

Principles-based Digital Charter demonstrates commitment to drive economic growth, innovation and trust in privacy: National tech industry association

OTTAWA, ON (June 19, 2018)Today’s announcement by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED Minister Navdeep Bains) of a new Digital Charter shows the federal government is taking the necessary steps to take a more modern approach to data that supports innovation and protects Canada’s citizens, according to the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).

Data is shaping society and directly impacts modern day approaches to healthcare, education, business and communications.  “We live in a world where everyone and everything is interconnected; data is becoming more important to how we solve life’s most complex problems. A national Digital Charter will set Canadian business and citizen’s up for success – while simultaneously addressing the overarching concern for data privacy and sovereignty,” said Angela Mondou, ITAC president and CEO.

Today’s announcement comes after numerous industry-government consultations designed to create a new, made-in-Canada approaches to data. ITAC, along with its members and the wider information, communications and technology (ICT) industry,  has long encouraged the development of a strategy that maximizes the value of data for organizations;  supports innovation; fosters collaboration; and provides straightforward direction on transparency and accountability for organizations that own, develop, collect, use and share data.

“Recent federal investments in artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing and fifth generation (5G) are good examples of planning ahead for a data-driven digital economy,” adds Mondou. “Strengthening industries thriving on data helps improve talent retention and build deeper public-private partnerships. Canada has a unique opportunity to become a global leader on this global issue. By creating a value-based national framework that clearly communicates how Canadian businesses and citizens collect, use, disclose and share data actively, there is no limit to what we can achieve as a country.”


 About Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development services that …

National tech industry association launches cybersecurity Alliance to build talent in Canada

Enabling collaboration between government, academia and industry partners

Mississauga, ON (May 15, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance (CTA). Developed in collaboration with Canadian leaders in technology and education, the Alliance will address the growing need for cyber professionals across Canada. The mandate is to bring awareness of Canada’s cyber talent needs, and to encourage students from a young age to incorporate tech-related learning into their studies.  This will be accomplished through programs and innovative tools that enhance recruitment, hiring practices and the development and retention of cybersecurity talent.

The formation of the Alliance is part of a larger ITAC initiative, the result of a three-year $1.9M grant through the Government of Canada’s Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) ministry that will look at the development of a skills framework for cybersecurity, as well as associated certification and program accreditation standards, and workforce development tools and outreach activities to assist both skilled tech-related professionals and employers. ITAC will also conduct research to review the state of artificial intelligence (AI)-related education in Canada, with a view to developing a growth strategy for the undergraduate type talent pipeline, through the over-arching initiative and grant.

Partners in the Alliance include:

ITAC response to CBC report regarding talent shortage in Newfoundland & Labrador

Innovation, productivity, inbound investment and global competitiveness across our economy depend on the quality, breadth and adaptability of Canada’s tech talent. People with the right tech skills create their own opportunities and are a magnet for international investment.

On May 10, the CBC shared a report out of Newfoundland and Labrador, that speaks to a talent shortage in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The article states that tech is growing fast in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to industry group NATI, there are 3,990 people in this province working in tech and the sector generates $1.6 billion in revenue annually…. Despite this province’s high unemployment rate (11.5 per cent in March) …will almost certainly have to recruit outside of [the province].” 

ITAC’s role in addressing this issue

ITAC’s vision is to grow Canada’s highly qualified, diverse tech talent force, well beyond projected demand to maximize growth, innovation and competitive leadership.  A winning plan for Canada is to train and employ a high share of our workforce in advanced tech-based products and services of all kinds, and to digitally supercharge every sector of our economy.  As a marquee objective, ITAC has called on the Government of Canada to provide public leadership in growing the country’s highly qualified professional (HQP) ICT workforce, across all sectors of the economy, from 550,000 in 2018 to 750,000 by 2025. ITAC is actively working to help achieve this workforce development goal.

Inspiring Youth

Today, fewer than half of high school students graduate with senior STEAM courses despite the fact that 70 per cent of Canada’s top jobs require this type of education[i]. ITAC spreads the word about ICT careers through its award winning CareerMash program, focused on high school students.

Strengthening Post-Secondary Education

ITAC also assists in strengthening post-secondary general and professional programs in all fields to include ICT proficiency. The ITAC Business Technology Management (BTM) program was created in 2010 and has increased enrollments in BTM post-secondary programs five-fold since its launch.

In 2017, ITAC started its Career Ready Work Integrated Learning (WIL) …