CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) announces new Vancouver Chapter President:
Jories Timmers, IT Director at Powerex, assumes office this week.

VANCOUVER, July 13 /CNW/ - Jories Timmers of Powerex succeeds Ian Banks of PMC Sierra as President of the CIO Association of Canada's Vancouver Chapter this week.

During his tenure as president Mr. Timmers aims to increase member engagement, extend executive development options for members, and expand leadership programs for next-generation CIOs.

On increasing member engagement "I'd like to see more CIOs get engaged with the CIO Association, and offer their knowledge and expertise to the profession. In particular, more CIOs from larger organizations would be a tremendous resource to our group of professionals, and I believe they'd gain a great deal of satisfaction from helping develop executive leadership potential within the membership and throughout the IT industry. In addition, I'd like to see them get behind our advocacy initiatives. We represent the CIO profession to business, government and industry - we have a unique perspective that crosses industry boundaries, and collectively, we have a great deal of experience and expertise to offer policy-makers."

On extending executive development options for members "We are involved in succession planning on a very broad scale. Research and experience have convinced us that future CEOs will include many who are CIOs today. CIOs have cross-enterprise perspective and IT is now completely integral to business process and corporate strategy. More than ever before, CIOs are key players in corporate decision-making. Our members want to be ready for the next challenges. This year's roster of live chapter events and national e-seminars will help to achieve this."

On preparing the next generation of IT leaders "CIO Association Vancouver Chapter been a title sponsor of SFU's International CaseIT Competition for IT Management undergraduates for six years, and is now in its second year of offering a well-received IT Leadership training program for working IT leaders in partnership with SFU.

On the exclusive networking aspect of CIO Association membership "Our internal surveys show that participation is key to member satisfaction with the CIO Association. In Vancouver, we bring local people together in a variety of formats for a combination of networking, professional development, and outreach. The more we participate, the more value we receive from our membership."

Jories Timmers has been a board member with CIOCAN's Vancouver Chapter for three years. He has an Engineering degree in Computer Science from Delft University in Holland, and an MBA from McGill University. He has lived and worked in six countries.

Outgoing Vancouver Chapter president Ian Banks will remain on the CIO Association chapter board of directors. "Jories brings a passion for the CIO Association mandate, and a gift for working with people to the role of president. His expertise in innovative business process and his international perspective will be great assets to the Association."

The CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) represents IT Executives/CIOs in Canada. CIOCAN is a self-managed, not-for-profit community of IT leaders whose mission is to facilitate networking, sharing of best practices and executive development, and to drive advocacy on issues facing IT Executives/CIOs.


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