CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) Founding President Catherine Boivie Named
among Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2009: Award presented at Gala
Dinner in Toronto last night

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie, CEO of Inventure Solutions, Senior Vice President IT and Facilities at Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, and founding president of the CIO Association of Canada has been named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women's Executive Network. She received her award in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category.

"We are very proud that Dr. Boivie's talents and her contributions to Canada's business community are being celebrated," says Andrew Dillane, current president of CIOCAN and Group CIO for the Randstad Canada group of companies. "Throughout her career, Catherine has done groundbreaking work in establishing a business-driven vision of IT. Her work as Senior VP Information technology at Vancity, and before that at Pacific Blue Cross, has been key in taking IT operations beyond a tech-support function and into a strategic role in business processes and decision-making. By introducing IT governance and business sponsorship of IT projects, Catherine ensures that technology is used as a business enabler rather than technology for technology's sake."

"At the 2008 Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN) Peer Forum, (the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Association), Dr. Boivie was celebrated by her peers for her leadership in the IT community. A scholarship was established in her name at the Ted Rogers School of IT Management at Toronto's Ryerson University. Each year the top student in the program receives a scholarship, now known as the Dr Catherine Aczel Boivie Scholarship. "

Susan Doniz, IT and Shared Services Leader at Procter and Gamble, Canada, Chair of CIOCAN's Marketing Committee and Project Champion on CIOCAN's Women in IT initiative, says, " Catherine is a wonderful role model for women in IT and for all those who desire a career as an IT Business executive. She is a master of the hard skills and the soft skills necessary to excel in the most senior echelons of business, and she exemplifies innovative leadership in contribution to the community. I'm thrilled that she is being honored with this award."

"Catherine is well known as a business and IT thought-leader in Vancouver", says CIOCAN's Vancouver Chapter President and Vice President, Global IT at PMC Sierra, Ian Banks. "Equally important, she is also known for her contributions beyond IT. She is on the CGA Canada Board, Big Sisters Honorary Advisory Board and the BCIT Foundation Board. Catherine has also established two funds to assist in the community. At the YWCA Vancouver, she created a fund to help single mothers access quality childcare, while they are completing their education. At the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs, she established a fund to assist individuals who wish to attend CIPA events, but would not be able to without financial assistance. She is well deserving of this award."

Top 100 Award recipients attended an executive summit at the Richard Ivey School of Business in the morning and the Women's Executive Network Summit in the afternoon of November 30, followed by a sold-out gala dinner and awards presentation at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.


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