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August CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Richard Thompson, FCIPS

August 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Richard Thompson, FCIPS

CIPS Alberta

About Richard: 

What is your Background?

In the UK in the late 60s, it was hard to find a program focussed on the use of computers, so I left University and became a programmer with the British Steel Corporation working on production control systems. Later I moved to Westland Helicopters Ltd. and developed systems for their Product Support Division. Next job hop was to Canada to work for the City of Edmonton, where I handled support for the billing and customer service systems for the City owned utilities (power, water and telephone). In the early 90s we migrated all these systems to the utilities prior to hiving them off. At that point I switched to Community and Family Services to introduce computer systems to social work. I then managed Corporate telecommunications for a while including developing a Business Mobility strategy. In the 2000s I became an internal management consultant helping business units solve business problems, looking at business process prior to introducing computer solutions and helping with change management. Now I am pretty well retired and focussed on improving my golf game and driving my wife crazy.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I became involved with CIPS in 1990 because of the certification program and gained my ISP. That lead to working on the CIPS Alberta Project establishing the Provincial legislation and the necessary agreements with CIPS National. In 1994 I became a CIPS National Director at Large clarified CIPS National's policies related to Provincial legislation and met with many CIPS members across the country to help them initiate their own Provincial projects. In 1995 I took on the CIPS National Professional Standards portfolio and became involved in all aspects of certification and accreditation. Then followed a stint with CIPS Alberta including President. Over the years I have helped with moving CIPS to its focus on professional standards and worked on two constitutional reviews to help achieve those changes. Latterly I have been a member of the Experience Evaluation Committee reviewing applications for the ISP and the ITCP, with the occasional accreditation visit to colleges and universities. 


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

CIPS has provided me with an amazing network of people all across Canada including some who have become strong friends. I learned lots from CIPS conferences and my time on CIPS boards gave me lots of management and governance experience. The work on accreditation both introduced me to academics and the intricacies of their world. It is fair to say that CIPS broadened my horizons and helped me move from a technical approach to a complete approach to business problems and their solution.

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