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July CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Dean Hartley, I.S.P., ITCP

 

July 2012 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Dean Hartley, I.S.P., ITCP  

Vice President, IT, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority

About Dean: 

What is your Background?

I became interested in computers when I was in grade ten and the math instructor brought in a RadioShack TSR-80.  Shortly after I convinced my Dad to buy an Apple II computer for his business, and I self taught myself computer programming.  I developed a piece of software for my Dad’s company to print exhibitor nametags at tradeshows.

I enrolled in the Computer Systems: Operations and Management (CSOM) program at Cariboo College (now Thomson Rivers University).  The program was put together by Jack and Brenda Mathews, both with an IT consulting background.  I graduated in 1987 and in 1990 the CSOM program was accredited by CIPS.   Jack and Brenda built an excellent program and today it continues to develop well prepared IT professionals geared towards business.

I began my career as a programmer at the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC).  I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in many different roles to develop a broad understanding of IT.   After many technical roles I began leading projects and eventually worked my way into various management roles.   BCLC is a very innovative company and a leader in the gaming (lottery, casino, bingo) industry.

For the last four years I have been working in the role of Vice President at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority in Saskatoon.  I’m responsible for the IT strategy and the delivery of IT projects and services to the organization.  We have over 1,800 employees working in our six casinos.  

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

Jack & Brenda Mathews were big supporters of CIPS and encouraged all the CSOM students to become members.  For a short period of time I was on the CIPS Kamloops Board, responsible for the monthly newsletter to members.

Since moving to Saskatoon, I have been very involved with CIPS Saskatchewan serving in the roles of Director-at-large, primarily in programs delivery, and then in the roles of Vice President, President, Past-President, and Treasurer.  Just recently I was nominated to the CIPS National Board.  I obtained my I.S.P. designation in 2008.   

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

For me the I.S.P. designation means I’m part of large group of trusted IT professionals who stand for a body of knowledge, a code of ethics and a commitment to continuous learning. 

Being involved with the CIPS Saskatchewan Board has allowed me to further develop many skills and work with an excellent group of volunteers.  It has been very rewarding to be part of a team that has advanced CIPS Saskatchewan over the last few years.  Getting to know other IT professionals from a diverse group of industries has been exciting.

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