CIPS and CATAAlliance Join Forces
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Toronto, Ont. (Feb. 13, 2007)--CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society) and CATAAlliance (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance) announced today a partnership between the two organizations. CIPS and CATAAlliance aim to be a stronger voice on Information Technology (IT) issues and to offer more products and services to its stakeholders through joint activities.
"CIPS and CATAAlliance have similar objectives in negotiating this Memorandum of Agreement - MOU - to provide a competitive environment for Canadian IT businesses to compete in the global economy and to provide good employment opportunities for Canadian IT practitioners," said CIPS President John Boufford I.S.P. "It is to both our advantages that we utilize our strengths for the benefit of all IT professionals, the IT industry, and the IT profession."
As part of the partnership, CIPS and CATAAlliance are planning to undertake the following:
"We recognize the need to help the industry and profession with the skills shortage issue," said CATAAlliance President John Reid. "But technical competence is only part of the solution. We need practitioners who can work to professional standards. That means people who have trusted competence as well as trusted intentions. CIPS's designation - the I.S.P. - is backed by legislation and provides the 'gold standard' in Canadian professional certifications. We believe that CIPS-certified practitioners are better able to provide reliable IT services," added Reid.
The MOU is not the first time that CATAAlliance has supported CIPS and its professional certification. CATAAlliance supports the Canadian government's offer under the General Agreement in Trades and Services (GATS) negotiations in which the I.S.P. designation is one of the criteria allowing foreign IT practitioners to work in Canada. In addition, CIPS actively participates in CATAAlliance's town hall meetings and actively contributes to on-going research initiatives such as the Advantage Canada Summits and ICTC's Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP). The MOU increases opportunities for CIPS and CATAAlliance to collaborate more closely on these and other planned initiatives.
*The I.S.P. is legislated as a self regulating designation in six provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Other provinces are working toward similar legislation through their provincial government.