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March CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Pat Gaudet, ABCP, I.S.P. (ret.)


March 2012 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Pat Gaudet, ABCP,  I.S.P. (ret.)
CIPS Golden Horseshoe, Executive Member - Meeting Coordinator
Gaudet & Associates, Consultants - Advisor / Consultant

About Pat:

What is your background?

At the time when I started my career at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) there was relatively little formal education offered in Information Technology careers and the demand was high. I was fortunately able to learn on the job through self study and classroom courses. I supplemented that education with attendance at conferences and local events hosted by industry leaders and external education and networking associations.

I am very grateful for the valuable assistance from supervisors and work and other colleagues who mentored me at different times in my career.

I spent my whole IT-specific career in the Systems department at RBC, with a variety of types of positions from programmer through to program manager. I was fortunate enough to gain early valuable experience by developing, installing and maintaining banking systems in a number of international sites. Other interesting experiences included managing the project for an internal IT conference for business and IT managers and staff, and participating in a newly-established function providing internal consulting to IT and to business units. Then came Y2K - I coordinated the EUC/MIS preparation for Y2K and then the IT unit’s Y2K contingency plans, after wh