May 2012 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:
Jason Janes, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP, MCTIP
Past President, CIPS Newfoundland and Labrador
What is your Background?
I am a self proclaimed technology geek having been introduced to programming as a teen in the early 1980s using a Commodore Vic-20. Soon after, I was employed by Radio Shack and continued working there through college where I completed a Business and Computer Studies diploma at Fisher Institute (College of the North Atlantic).
During those early years, my entrepreneurial spirit also began to shine when I started my first business during high school and then worked as an IT consultant shortly after college. This entrepreneurial spirit still exists today with my involvement in StartUpNL (http://www.meetup.com/startupnl). I then worked in many IT roles from Development and Project Manager to Chief Technical Officer for a range of businesses servicing very diverse industries from mining, heavy construction, and road building to food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods. I'm currently focused on delivering solutions built on Microsoft technologies like SharePoint utilizing mobile and social features.
In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors. I joined the Scouting movement as a youth and continued as a Scout leader teaching camping and canoeing safety. Now my wife and I enjoy travelling and we have explored much of Canada, United States, Europe, and the Caribbean but we always love to come home to Newfoundland and Labrador and spend quality time with our Golden Retriever, Maddie.
What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?
In 2008 after returning home to Newfoundland and Labrador, I wanted to become reacquainted with the IT industry here so I began the search for a like-minded group of technology professionals. I very quickly found the CIPS NL group and joined them for a lunch and learn session. I liked what I saw and decided to volunteer. In a very short time, I earned the respect of the group and was nominated to the position of Vice President and during the 2009 AGM, I became President. I held that position for 2 years and I am currently the past president.
My goal is to raise awareness for the importance of professionalism in the IT industry. Each and every day, I meet with individuals and organizations that either provide or consume IT services and reinforce the importance of professionalism in their organizations. It sometimes feels like an up hill battle but it is definitely a worthwhile effort.
What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?
The CIPS organization and professional designation has been invaluable to me. I consider professional designations to be the differentiator when comparing resumes of individuals with similar skills and experience. If an individual is willing to invest in obtaining and maintaining a professional designation, it demonstrates their commitment to the profession and technology. Setting a goal to maintain my designations ensures that I stay up to date on existing and evolving technologies and management concepts.