Media Advisory - CIPS Holds Academic Forum on Student Diversity - July 23, 2008

    TORONTO, July 22 /CNW/ - CIPS, Canada's association of Information
Technology (IT) professionals, is holding a free interactive academic forum
and Microsoft "live" meeting on the importance of student diversity. The CIPS
Academic Forum, "Attracting Student Diversity through Innovative Programs," is
being held at the Microsoft office in Mississauga, Ontario on July 23, 2008
from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Post-secondary educators in IT and computer science from
across the country are participating either in-person or on-line.
    The CIPS Academic Forum features a keynote presentation by Wendy Cukier,
a professor of IT and the Associate Dean for the Faculty of Business at
Ryerson University. Cukier's keynote presentation reviews dimensions of the
demand for IT workers and trends in the educational sector. It focuses on the
innovative ways in which educational institutions are successfully attracting
students to IT related studies, with a particular focus on leveraging
diversity. Cukier's presentation also proposes an ecological approach to more
effectively exploiting diversity. Cukier's keynote presentation will be
followed by a panel discussion from computer science and IT experts in the
academic community: John Boufford I.S.P. from CIPS (moderator); David O'Leary
from Northwest Community College (panelist); Peter DeVita from Centennial
College (panelist); and Daniel Shapiro from Microsoft Canada (panelist). The
panel will focus on solutions and give example activities that encourage
diversity today.
    Microsoft Canada is the sponsor of this event.

    WHAT: Academic Forum: Attracting Student Diversity through Innovative
    WHERE: In-person at Microsoft Office (1950 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga,
           Ontario, L5N 8L9) OR via Microsoft "Live" Meeting On-line
    WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight
          Time (EDT)

    For more information, contact: 1-877-ASK-CIPS or visit:

    NOTE: Media are invited to attend the Academic Forum. Please RSVP to
    Mylene Sayo at CIPS by phone: (416) 931-0879.

    "As the war for talent intensifies, demand for skilled Information
    Technology (IT) workers has never been more intense. Yet, there is
    evidence that declining numbers of students are choosing disciplines such
    as computer science and engineering. The percentage of females in these
    programs has declined dramatically. Studies have suggested that the
    underemployment of certain groups, particularly women and new immigrants
    costs the Canadian economy and threatens our competitive position
    globally. Forward thinking companies are integrating a commitment to
    diversity across the value chain in order to compete effectively."
    - CIPS, Canada's Association of IT Professionals.

For further information:

For further information: Mylene Sayo, Public Relations Manager, CIPS,
Phone: (905) 602-1370 ext.323, or Cellular: (416) 931-0879, E-mail:

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