CIPS and CATAAlliance Join Forces Focus on Building Canada as the Innovation Nation
February 13, 2007

CIPS and CATAAlliance Join Forces
Focus on Building Canada as the Innovation Nation

From Right to Left:
John Boufford I.S.P President, CIPS,
Kevin Wennekes, Vice President Research, CATAAlliance


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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:

  • Design and execute a national study on the value of IT professionalism and the Information Systems Professional of Canada - I.S.P. designation to Canadian businesses today;
  • Mobilize respective memberships to further the industry's Innovation Nation Platform, a set of measures designed to accelerate high tech business growth in Canada;
  • Undertake collaborative advocacy to improve Canada's investment climate; and
  • Host a joint roundtable on the skills shortage issue, a core interest of both organizations.

"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.

Mylene Sayo
PR Manager

Kevin Wennekes

About CIPS
CIPS, with its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, is the professional association for IT practitioners in Canada. Founded in 1958, CIPS is a non-profit organization, and a co-founder of the UNESCO-sanctioned International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) that represents IT professionals on important issues affecting the IT industry and profession. CIPS is a dynamic organization focused on IT excellence through its work on public policy, setting standards within the profession and providing IT support to its community. CIPS offers the only professional IT designation, I.S.P., that is recognized by law* in Canada. For more information, visit:

*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.

About CATAAlliance
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is an industry-based association committed to growing competitiveness of its members. With offices across the country, CATA is focused on the provision of business services and government relations programs that conserve and leverage member resources. CATAAlliance's mission is to stimulate "Global Business Growth" through the forces of Canadian innovation and strategic partnership. For more information, visit: and Read our Executive Briefing.