CIO Association of Canada partners with largest high-tech group
October 09, 2007

Ottawa, Oct 9, 2007 -- Canada's Chief Information Officers (CIOs) will receive a power-boost from a new alliance between the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) and Canada's largest high-technology organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), according to spokespeople today.

"The alliance will strengthen the CIO community in Canada," stated Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, the President of CIOCAN. "We will add a new dimension to our drive to advance technology to enable business goals; we will connect our CIOs with the communities of information users -- business, government and academic. We will expand beyond professional development to the linkages that are needed to move CIOs into the boardrooms of Canadian organizations."

"The role of the CIO in achieving competitive success is undeniable," said Barry Gander, Executive Vice President of CATAAlliance. "Informational technology, when effectively managed, has the potential to speed up the metabolism of organizations by delivering high value information and connectivity to diverse units. But what are the challenges that lie head? How can CIOs make progress? Who have best practice stories to tell? These questions are now going to be addressed by a partnership between CIOs themselves and the group representing the users of their services."

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Both CATA and CIOCAN recognize the increasing role of technology (and therefore CIOs) in advancing organizational goals and financial well-being. Through our partnership, CIOs and other c-level executives will be able to leverage best practices and address issues and solutions in a timely manner.The first mutual event takes place October 10th, in a Conference Call about "Selling to CIOs" -- understanding the heart-burn issues that are keeping CIOs up at night".

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