New President for CIO Association of Canada's Calgary Chapter: Paul Parzen of Compten Petroleum succeeds founding president Mike Battistel of SMART Technologies

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Paul Parzen will officially take on the presidency of the CIO Association of Canada's Calgary Chapter at their January 19th breakfast event at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.  Parzen was elected at the January 10 board meeting in Calgary.

National CIO Association President Gary Davenport says, "We're proud to announce the addition of Mr. Parzen to our leadership team. He exemplifies the combination of business expertise and technology management acumen required by today's CIO. He's the right person to take the CIO Association's Calgary Chapter forward as we extend our network of CIO peers and share best practices across industries and across the country."

"We're also want to thank Mike Battistel for his significant contribution in launching the CIO Association's Calgary chapter in 2010, and starting up their slate of programs."

Battistel "The CIO Association is unique in that we bring together leaders in a vendor neutral, peer environment. Over the past year or so we've established strong working relationships with the University of Calgary and the Haskayne School of Business. We've established our monthly program events where attendance has gone from 5 people at our first event to over 30 at our November session."

"At Thursday's session (January 19), we'll discuss CIO experiences in "Virtual Desktop", a technology that promises to reduce costs while increasing control.  A panel of senior IT leaders from a variety of Calgary organizations will talk about:  What were the specific business challenges and operational environments?  What alternatives were evaluated?  On what basis were final deployment decisions made, and what did the business case look like? For those that implemented, they will share insight into the benefits realized, including some which were unexpected."

Qualifying senior IT leaders from across the city and region are welcome to attend.

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