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February CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Shane Ridgway, I.S.P.

February CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Shane M Ridgway, I.S.P.
CIPS Saskatchewan President
SaskTel

About Shane:

What is your background like?

I took my post-sec education at SIAST, Completing the Business Certificate Program & Computer Information System Diploma with cooperative education designation.

I am currently a Technical Analyst in the IT Infrastructure Operations & Support area, where I support SaskTel internal and external services. I have been with SaskTel since 2004.

While completing my Computer Information System (CIS) diploma and Certificate in Business Administration, I have started my IT career at the Moosomin School Division No. 9 where I provided Computer Systems and Server Support to the schools within the division. I then moved to Moosomin Team New Holland where I was the Technology Department Manager, providing training to Team members, planned, implemented and documented their Windows / UNIX network.  

After completing my CIS diploma at SIAST, I had the privilege of working with the Saskatchewan Department of Learning to complete and redesign their Department website. During that time I gained valuable project experience while working with others from various Learning Branches and Units. I then moved to the SaskTel Internet Support Centre where I have gained knowledge of the queue environments, supported services portfolio, and the scope of support provided. From the IPSC I moved to the Server Operation Centre @ SaskTel where I have gained knowledge of SaskTel’s operations. After working in the SOC I accepted a position in IT Infrastructure Operations & Support as a Technical Analyst. Through my current and past endeavors, I have broadened my existing skills which I will continue to bring to the industry.

I enjoy traveling, scuba diving, downhill and cross-country skiing.

 

What type of involvement have you had with CIPS?


I am currently serving on the CIPS Saskatchewan Board of Directors as the President. Since CIPS hosted an information session at SIAST in 2001-2002 I had an interest in what CIPS had to offer. I have been involved with CIPS Saskatchewan since 2009 as a member at large. I helped in various ways such as managing their website.

I received my I.S.P. designation on March 2010, and joined the CIPS Saskatchewan Board as the Programs Director for South SK (Regina & Area). In the Q3 2011 I became the Acting President and President in Q4 2011, and am currently holding this office.

 

What value has CIPS provided you with?

Throughout my journey in IT, CIPS has encouraged and provided avenues to grow as an IT professional though networking, the ISP certification, accreditation of IT programs, professional development, and leadership skills. I feel that non-profits like CIPS bring like-minded people together in the field of IT. CIPS takes a practical approach to promote professional standards and asks it members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. The right of title in the IT industry sets us apart and promotes a pathway for the members to be the best they can be, therefore improving quality of life and setting a foundational corner stone in the IT industry. CIPS encourages a commitment to my profession, provides me with pride in being a member and I.S.P. holder.  Working with IT professionals, academics, CIPS Saskatchewan Board, and practitioners to make a difference in the face of IT gives me personal value, and  I am indeed grateful. 

 

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