A panel of executives from the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) will assess all nominations and identify the finalists in each category. A second judging panel led by Ronan McGrath and made up of five other senior CIOs and CEOs, including a representative from the CIO Association of Canada, will select the final winners in each category.
The initial judging panel
President, CIO Association of Canada
Gary is the President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) which represents approximately 330 CIOs across Canada through networking, sharing of best practices, executive leadership development and advocacy as the “voice of CIOs”. He has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives.As Vice-President of Information Technology at Allstream Inc. from 2006 to 2014, Gary significantly reduced IT costs while at the same time dramatically improving service levels, delivered hundreds of projects, launched a major business system transformation program and built a team of dedicated IT professionals focused on improving core capabilities in a very competitive and regulated telecommunications industry.Prior to joining Allstream, Gary spent his career within the retailing industry working for the Hudson’s Bay Company. During his last seven years at HBC as VP of IT and then as CIO, he led the transformation of one of Canada’s largest and most complex IT operations. In 2004, HBC’s progress was recognized with the winning of 5 prestigious IT industry awards in a 12 month period.Gary has participated on many North American and European CIO Councils and also served as a Director on various not-for-profit Boards. He currently serves on the Information Technology Infrastructure Round Table (ITIR) for Shared Services Canada and the Program Advisory Board for the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.
Brent Adair is an Information Systems and Management professional with over 32 years of experience, including 17 years in consulting. Currently a Manager of Application Services at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, Brent has experience with both public and private sector IT departments, including with a number of Fortune 75 companies. Brent has led the design and development of a variety of new products and services both for his own company and others. Brent has shown to be a strong team builder, mentor, and problem solver for a wide variety of projects in a wide variety of business sectors and who relishes in utilizing his past experiences to plan, direct, and oversee the delivery of business and technology projects for the benefit of both his internal and external customers. A visionary leader who really enjoys determining a course of action designed to achieve the organizational goals, Brent’s plans recognize and are inclusive of all areas of the organization.
Dr Ron Babin is an Associate Professor in the Ted Rogers School of IT Management. He joined Ryerson University in 2006 after a 30-year professional career in IT and Management Consulting. Prior to joining Ryerson, Dr Babin was a strategy consultant at Accenture and at KPMG.
His research is focused on global outsourcing of IT and business processes. He examines the social and environmental impacts of global IT outsourcing and has published several books, journal articles and conference papers on this topic.
Within the industry he maintains his knowledge currency through teaching executive education at the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE) and at the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP). Finally, Dr Babin is an Adjunct Researcher with the International Data Corporation (IDC), IT Executive Program where he conducts research and writes about Vendor and Sourcing Management strategies.
Dr Babin is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is a Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP). He is an Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI).
In the almost 20 years that he has worked with Siemens, Mike has moved steadily into more senior positions. His current position, which he has held since 2013, is Vice President and CIO. With a background in governance and infrastructure, and an international perspective on the company, gained through positions held in Germany and the US, Mike brings a collaborative leadership approach to strategic management of IT.
Stu Charles joined the WCB in May of 2000 as Manager, Application Development, moving into the CIO position after less than 18 months on the job. A graduate of Red River College (RRC), Stu’s career in Information Technology includes 17 years with the Canadian Wheat Board and a period of consulting. A strong advocate for innovative use of technology as an enabler for business change, he has helped lead the WCB in various business transformation initiatives in his time with the organization.
Along with his involvement in the Manitoba chapter of the CIO Association, Stu serves on the Board of Directors for Information Communication Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM).
Daniela joined Dynacare, a health solutions company, as Chief Information Officer in 2014 bringing extensive leadership experience in information and business technology management to her role. Before joining Dynacare, she served in various leadership positions at the Hospital for Sick Children including Director of Information Services and Vice-President/Chief Information Officer.
Daniela has also served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the CIO Association of Canada, a member of the Governing Body for CIO Executive Summit, and as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University. In addition, for two years in succession, Daniela was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network, and she also has received the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader award in Spring 2015.
A strong team builder, with a background in Engineering, and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Antoine is committed to the education and public sectors.
Silviu’s Specialties include development of team leadership, system architecture, database architecture, and application programming interface.
Rita Lazar-Tippe is the Chief Information Officer at Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on key air, water, land and biodiversity indicators.
With more than 24 years of Business Technology experience, Rita is currently responsible for the overall IT strategy and operational management at EMSD. Her intuitive business sense and her multifaceted IT approach allows her to drive best practice data management and data services initiatives forward to best meet the needs of the organization. Her experience consists of leading various corporate wide projects that improved process efficiencies, enabled new revenue streams, reduced operating expenses and provided strategic corporate alignment.
Rita was selected to the Top 20 Most Innovative Midmarket CIOs, a group of IT executives that have contributed to the advancement of their organization through the innovative use of technology solutions and have demonstrated business value.
Robbie Madan is the Director of IT – Business Applications for North America’s largest publicly traded liquor retailer, Liquor Stores NA, where he manages the Business Intelligence, Business Analysis, PMO, Application Development and Application Support teams. Robbie’s experience in both the public and private sectors has focussed on developing and delivery in innovative applications. In his 15 years of IT management, he has been working with software development teams to build high quality products that increase productivity, speed, and consistency. Robbie’s forte is managing large scale strategic business transformation projects through service delivery, strategic planning and business process re-engineering. Working closely with both IT management teams and business executive leaders, Robbie develops strategic governance plans that ensure IT is consistently delivering and aligned directly with the business.
Prior to joining Liquor Stores North America in 2014, Robbie was an Application Development Manager at Microsoft, where he managed multiple Premier Services for Developers client accounts within Western Canada and assisted clients in improving their service delivery processes.
Kent Mills is the Chief Information Officer, Wakefield Castrol Canada Inc.
Kent leads the Business Technology team at Wakefield, driving innovative, state-of-the-art technology solutions with strategic partners to drive the Wakefield advantage of speed, flexibility, and intuitive customer service. Wakefield has been recognized as a Top 50 Best Employer and a Top 50 Best Managed company in Canada.
Strategic engagement of business stakeholders – early and often – to ensure that the technology is ‘all about the business’ is one of Kent’s core principles. Creating simple user friendly processes, driving actionable insights from data, and driving business-focussed innovation has been the cornerstone of his team’s success.
His career has spanned several sectors including Retail, Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Pharmaceuticals, in such leading organizations as Hudson’s Bay Company, General Mills, Westburne, and GlaxoSmithKline. Kent graduated from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Kent is a member of the CIO Executive Council of Canada and leads fundraising with Sick Children’s hospitals and the United Way across Canada.
With extensive background and success in operational management and client service, Ian has led and managed departments as large as 100, and supported large and diverse client groups. In his current position as CIO at Douglas College, Ian is responsible for administrative and academic technology services and infrastructure, including servers, SAN storage, wired and wireless networks, and telephony, along with applications development and support, client and helpdesk support services, and enterprise reporting.
Currently the Senior Director, Information Systems, at Chartwell Retirement Residences, John Pinard is an accomplished, innovative, results-oriented IT visionary with 25 years’ experience and broad business knowledge. Through positions in health care and manufacturing sectors, John has developed strong leadership, technical, communication and organizational skills, demonstrated by his successful track record of developing high performance teams that have implemented strategic, technology-based solutions to improve business performance.
Robert Pope has over 30 years business and IT leadership experience. Robert was most recently Chief Information Officer at Technical Standards and Safety Authority where he was accountable for IT strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation, and coordination of all enterprise and knowledge IT systems. Earlier in his career, Robert gained extensive IT leadership experience with Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, Canada Post, and Air Canada.
Robert is a member of several professional organizations including the CIO Association of Canada, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and the Council of Chief Information Officers with the Conference Board of Canada. He previously served on the board of the CIO Association (Toronto Chapter) as the Director, Communications, and on the Advisory Committee for the Council of IT Executives with the Conference Board of Canada. Robert holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business, and a CMA professional designation from Certified Management Accountants of Ontario. He has completed additional studies in technology at Queen’s University, the Interac Association and SAP Canada.
William Russell is the Vice President of IT, and CIO of Info-Tech Research Group, the world’s fastest growing information technology research and advisory company, serving over 30,000 IT professionals. Info-Tech produces unbiased and highly relevant IT research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely and well informed decisions.
Leveraging his more than 24 years of experience in IT, William reports directly to the Chairman of the Board and provides leadership over PMO, web experience, innovation (product development), interactive design, data architecture and governance, infrastructure, service desk, administration, event and venue management, facilities, and property management portfolios.
William has previously provided management consulting services to organizations such as Sirius XM Satellite Radio, IBM Global Services, Unilever, Delco-Remy, Solectron Global Services, IMAX, and UNICEF.
Dr. Salah Sharieh is a senior technical Innovator with extensive experience in business, technology and digital transformation.
Salah holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from McMaster University. He has more than twenty peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to several books. He also is a technical reviewer for several journals and conferences and is a member of the CIO Association of Canada, IEEE and ACM.
Recently Salah led the National Occupation Standards for Cyber Security.
In the last 20 years, Salah Shariah has delivered high-profile solutions and provided vision and leadership to several industries including financial, telecommunication, manufacturing, and the public sector. Salah is a member in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University where he supervised Ph.D. and Master Student. One of his areas of research is the new role of CIOs in the new Digital Economy.
Sherif Sheta has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry spanning the disciplines of software development, project management, infrastructure services, and consulting. He has international work experience (Canada, the US, Latin America and overseas) covering diverse industries like software consulting, automotive, building materials, and healthcare.
Sherif’s passion lies in realigning IT with the business and ensuring that IT investments are put to work to enable the strategic imperatives of the business. He is adept at transformational change: culture; structure; people; and technologies. He has led the transformations at large multi-nationals leveraging his process and people skills.
Currently Sherif is the CIO at a private healthcare provider, and the Vice President of the Toronto Chapter.
Adam is an IT leader with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas (pipelines) and healthcare industries. With extensive experience in many business areas, Adam understands the strategic role IS plays within business and focusses on improving business capabilities using IT-based solutions. He has extensive experience leading people and project teams. As an IS Sponsor, he improves collaboration and increases employee engagement in order to realize strategic goals and increase productivity. Adam holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
An experienced senior IT leader, with close to 25 years of experience, Kevin Tucker currently holds the position of Director of IT & Business Systems at Active Exhaust. He has Global responsibility for setting the path of the company’s technology ecosystem toward a heightened collaboration and knowledge management.
Kevin’s experience includes public, private, government and not-for-profit organizations, across numerous industry verticals. Within IT, Kevin’s experience includes both the Application and Infrastructure side of the IT function. Kevin’s executive-level experience also includes leading profit centers, thus providing him with critical knowledge of the challenges that cost constrained business units face on a daily basis.
Combining his wide array of education and Strategic Management, Kevin keeps organizations focused on leveraging technology to not only support business objectives, but to encourage innovation and development of new products, services, and collaborative structures that drive effectiveness in support of revenue growth.
A second judging panel led by Ronan McGrath and made up of five other senior CIOs and CEOs, including a representative from the CIO Association of Canada, will select the final winners in each category.
Ronan D. McGrath
Ronan McGrath, leader of the final selection committee for the 2011 Ingenious Awards, is a strategic consultant with a global practice whose client list includes many Fortune 500 companies, including some of the world’s most prominent ICT firms. Ronan is a distinguished former CIO. In 2009, he retired as CIO of Rogers Communications Inc., and President of Rogers Shared Services, Canada’s national wireless carrier, and largest provider of cable services. In that role, he rebuilt the entire IT infrastructure of the Rogers Group, and led the work to replace the major systems that manage the provision of billing of all services in the wireless and cable businesses. He was also responsible for the purchasing, real estate and administrative services of the Rogers Group, and he was the leader of the team that restructured the alliance between Rogers and Microsoft announced in July 1999.
Ronan was previously CIO of Canadian National Railways, Canada’s largest railroad, and was responsible for the complete rebuild of CN’s IT capability, the workforce downsizing of one third of CN’s personnel, and the development of the initial strategic review of the company’s future that led to the privatization of the company. He was also responsible for the controllership, real estate and consulting activities of CN.
He has also been a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. in various European countries, specializing in workout strategies for companies with financial challenges.
He was awarded the CIO of the Year award in Canada in 1995, has served in the past on the advisory boards of a number of technology companies, including Compaq Computer and Lotus Development, and is a frequent public speaker. He is a Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).
Ronan is a graduate in Business Administration at Trinity College, Dublin, and is also a Chartered Accountant.
Chief Executive Officer, 1GO Media Ltd.
Alizabeth is currently the Chief Executive Officer of 1GO Media Ltd., a technology start-up and IBM partner, delivering the digital commerce platforms for Waterfront Toronto as part of a globally recognized Intelligent Communities initiative. She has been a strategic advisor to CIOs, CEOs and Boards, since 2006, and has been successful in both C-Level roles and consulting activities. Her professional experience includes IBM, Canada Trust and KPMG, including successfully navigating the IBM Global Services outsourcing portfolio as the COO. She has delivered transformational technology strategy as the CIO at CML Healthcare and the Loyalty Group (Airmiles), and has executed world class business transformation with clients including TD Bank and CP Rail. Alizabeth is a member of the Institute for Corporate Directors, and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey Business School, 1982).
Senior Deputy Minister, Industry Canada (SITT)
Corinne Charette was appointed to the position of Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry Canada’s Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) sector on March 16, 2015.
In her role as Senior ADM, Ms. Charette supports Canada’s transition to a digital economy by promoting the development and use of world class information and communications technologies and infrastructure for the economic, social and cultural benefit of all Canadians. Her oversight responsibilities include managing the radio spectrum (including spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance), supporting the security and protection of the telecommunications infrastructure, ensuring the availability of telecommunications during emergencies, increasing the availability of broadband Internet, improving Canada’s online privacy and data protection framework, and research in communications technologies in support of government mandates and policy development.
Before joining Industry Canada, Ms. Charette was the Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), a position she held since May 4, 2009. She came to the TBS from Transat A.T. Inc., where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer from 2006 until 2009. Previous to that, Ms. Charette was Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer of FINTRAC. She also served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, was a Partner with KPMG Consulting, leading their e-Business practice, and worked for IBM Global Services and Via Rail Canada.
Ms. Charette holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University and is a professional engineer. On June 21, 2011, she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Concordia University, in recognition of her distinguished career and achievements.
President, CIO Association of Canada and Vice-President, Information Technology, MTS Allstream Inc.
Gary is the President of the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) which represents approximately 330 CIOs across Canada through networking, sharing of best practices, executive leadership development and advocacy as the “voice of CIOs”. He has extensive experience as a senior executive within both the telecommunications and retail sectors and has successfully run large scale IT operations and delivered complex business transformation initiatives.
As Vice-President of Information Technology at Allstream Inc. from 2006 to 2014, Gary significantly reduced IT costs while at the same time dramatically improving service levels, delivered hundreds of projects, launched a major business system transformation program and built a team of dedicated IT professionals focused on improving core capabilities in a very competitive and regulated telecommunications industry.
Prior to joining Allstream, Gary spent his career within the retailing industry working for the Hudson’s Bay Company. During his last seven years at Hbc as VP of IT and then as CIO, he led the transformation of one of Canada’s largest and most complex IT operations. In 2004, Hbc’s progress was recognized with the winning of 5 prestigious IT industry awards in a 12 month period.
Gary has participated on many North American and European CIO Councils and also served as a Director on various not-for-profit Boards. He currently serves on the Information Technology Infrastructure Roundtable (ITIR) for Shared Services Canada and the Program Advisory Board for the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University.
After a distinguished 28-year career with Hewlett-Packard, a leading global technology solutions provider, in June, 2012, Paul decided to take an early retirement from operational leadership, enabling him to expand his work as a seasoned board director.
Tsaparis was appointed Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas in March 2010. He led the Americas organization to maximize support services on all HP products, create differentiated support offerings and help the company deliver a superior client experience. Paul also developed and implemented end-to-end, best-in-class programs through HP’s channel partner network, optimizing market penetration and high-value service delivery.
Before taking on the Americas leadership role, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. from September 1998 to April 2010, assuming leadership for all aspects of the company’s operations in Canada, adding distinctive value to the customers, partners and communities it served. As President & CEO, he was a key player in several major acquisitions and divestitures of both corporate and industry significance globally, serving as a catalyst for several integration initiatives while still leading the company to 15 consecutive quarters of exceeding revenues, gross margins and operating profit targets during a period of extraordinary change.
Tsaparis joined HP in 1984 and has held progressively senior appointments including Telecommunications General Manager, General Manager for HP Consulting and, prior to his CEO appointment, Vice-President, Computer Organization. He also worked and studied internationally, attending the Co-operative Japanese and Business Society Program in Tokyo with the Council of International Educational Exchange.
Paul’s board service work and community leadership has been wide-ranging. He is Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Past Chair of the ITAC Board of Governors. He is also a board member of Indspire, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a past member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and Past Chair of Third Brigade, a security software company. He is a member of the WPO/YPO and Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he was honoured in 2004 with an alumni award for his contributions to the School, and is also a member of the York University Board of Governors. In January, 2013, Paul was appointed, ‘Executive-in-Residence’ at the Schulich School of Business.
He holds an MBA from York University in Toronto and an undergraduate degree in science and economics from the University of Toronto. In addition, Paul was honoured in the University of Toronto’s 175th Anniversary ‘Great Minds for a Great Future’ Campaign as one of 100 people recognized with this special distinction.
He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award – a national program that honours Canadians under the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success. In February, 2013, Tsaparis has recently begun to share his leadership perspective as a business columnist with the Globe and Mail, contributing to the national conversation on Canadian business in a global economy.