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January 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Debbie Conrad, EMBA, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, CIM


January 2013 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Debbie Conrad, EMBA, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, CIM    

Registrar & Marketing Director, CIPS Ontario

 Membership Director, CIPS Executive Council  

About Debbie: 

What is your Background?

As a seasoned IT Professional and Business Consultant, my career began after graduating from Fanshawe College in the mid 70’s, with a diploma in Business Data Processing.   I was fortunate to be offered my first full time programming position after a Co-op with 3M Canada in London, where I later held the roles of Senior Analyst, Project Leader and IT Trainer.  After 15 years, I ventured out to start up a home based business with a focus on IT Training, Development and Leadership.  

Now with over 35 years of experience, my commitment to life-long learning, professionalism, and continuous change has allowed me the opportunity to work with large organizations, private and public education providers, municipal government, small to large businesses and volunteer organizations.

In addition to CIPS certifications as well as many others, I have continued my professional development and in 2011, completed an Executive MBA in Global Leadership, through the University of Fredericton.

While my current interests are quite varied, I look forward to building on my past experiences with opportunities to influence and guide strategic planning, governance, ethics, change management, cultural diversity and creative thinking while continuing to give back to our community.

My true passion in life is spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren.  There is no greater joy than traditional family feasts, baking, reading old classics and enjoying the fresh outdoors while I watch our future leaders grow.  My family is truly my inspiration and has always supported my volunteerism with CIPS. 


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

As a CIPS member since 1984, I have had the honour and the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most brilliant and amazing leaders across Canada.  While inspired very early in my career to get involved with volunteerism, I continue to help support CIPS at all levels.

Since joining CIPS, my roles have included being President of CIPS London (‘87-88); Regional Director South Western Ontario (‘89-94); as well as serving on various committees locally and nationally.

I currently serve as Provincial Registrar/Secretary and Marketing Director on the CIPS Ontario Board of Directors as well as Director of Membership on the Executive Council.

At a local level, I enjoy helping to plan events and act as a liaison with our partners in the interest of helping to strengthen the value of membership while providing professional opportunities. 


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

As a seasoned IT Professional, CIPS I.S.P., and grand-parented ITCP recipient, CIPS has enabled me to achieve a wealth of knowledge and experience through professional development and leadership opportunities.  In addition to an incredibly large and strong network of friends and colleagues, CIPS provides the opportunity to stay connected and continuously learn and grow in this ever changing world while giving back to our community.

I get great satisfaction in helping to make things happen and thoroughly enjoy working with people who contribute so freely of their time and energy, especially in challenging times.

It is truly an honour to be recognized as CIPS volunteer of the month and I sincerely thank all those who continue to provide leadership and support.   


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