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CIPS SK - Saskatoon May Luncheon: "Defining a Profession"
Tue, 05/29/2012
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Saskatoon Luncheon Presentation


Brenda Byers, I.S.P, ITCP &  Derek Risling, I.S.P.                                                                            

Venue:  Saskatoon Club, Downtown ,  417 - 21st  Street East, Saskatoon

Title:    Joint presentation to discuss:

Body of Knowledge - 'Defnining a Profession

IT Professionalism - "kind of a Big Deal" and the CIPS IT

Date:  May 29, 2012, 11:30am         

Venue:  Saskatoon Club, Downtown ,  417 - 21st  Street East, Saskatoon

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RSVP               May 25, 2012


Presentation Overview

CIPS established its initial Body of Knowledge in 2005.

Between 2010 and 2012, CIPS worked to define a new and more comprehensive document. This is designed to be used as a basis for activities such as certification and accreditation. It contains a list of topics about which any Computing Professional or Information Technology Professional should have some knowledge.

CIPS Strategic Planning An Opportunity for Change:

The Executive Committee recommended that a new strategic direction be set for the Society.  In June 2011, the National governing board approved this recommendation and appointed the Strategic Planning Committee .   Western Management Consultants were chosen by this committee, as a team of seasoned strategic leaders to undertake the development of a strategic renewal for the Society.   Brenda will review the strategy and work to date.

 IT Professionalism – “Kind of a Big Deal’ and the CIPS IT

Everyone agrees that IT professionalism is a “good thing”; but what does it really mean to be professional? Too often professionalism is treated as “soft” concept, lacking the well defined boundaries and rigour that is so prevalent in much of the other processes and standards within our industry. If we are to advance our province and our profession, we must all understand what exactly it means to “be a professional”, and demand true professionalism as the minimum standard of conduct from our employees, peers and partners.


Derel Risling, I.S.P.

With more than ten years experience in the IT industry, Derek has worked as a consultant, developer, manager, teacher, and analyst. Becoming involved with CIPS in 2008, and currently serving as director on the provincial board, Derek is actively engaged in the ongoing development of IT professionalism.

Brenda Byers, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP

Director Technical Systems, PotashCorp, manages the support, maintenance of the corporate IT Infrastructure.  She manages projects of differing size and scope, from developing business cases and feasibility studies to process improvement and redesign of the PotashCorp IT infrastructure. The majority of her time is spent in the area of Program and Portfolio management, which includes providing technology architecture recommendations for corporate and divisional projects. 


11:30am – 12:00pm    Registration, Networking & Buffet lunch

12:00pm – 12:05pm   Welcome, Announcements and Introductions

12:05pm – 1:00pm      Presentation

 1:00pm –  1:05pm      Comments and Door Prizes

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