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Ron George, I.S.P., ITCP – 50 Years of CIPS Membership and Counting!

CIPS celebrates Dr. Ron George, I.S.P., ITCP’s membership and involvement with CIPS.  His participation in our society started in 1962!

Ron is one of Peter C. Newman's Calgary "Techie Titans," having been nominated in 1997 as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Prairie Region. With more than 35 years of managing software development and computing. Dr. George has consulted with governments, crown corporations, and industry of all types. He is on the board of directors of a number of private and public organizations and has been active in the computer societies in Canada, including serving on national and local executives of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).

In 1998, CIPS conferred its Honorary Member status on Ron.  He was named the recipient of the CIPS Gary Hadford Professional Achievement Award in 1990. He has been an active member in CIPS at both the local and national level.

He was the founding President, CEO and Vice-Chairman of ACTC Technologies Inc., a custom software engineering company. He has served as Executive in Residence in the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary. Previously, he was a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Academic Computing at the University of Calgary. He earned his Doctorate in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, and his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. George is now a private consultant to governments, Crown corporations and industry specializing in the management of computing technology and technology commercialization, and is an "executive-in-residence" in the Haskayne School of Business, at the University of Calgary.

Dr. George has served on a number of company boards in the high technology sector, and is currently a member of the Board of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). He also served two terms as a member of the Board of Regents, Concordia University College, Edmonton and has been a member of the Faculty of Management's advisory board at the University of Calgary and on the Board of the CIO Summitt. He is a past president of the Canadian Hemophilia Society.

Dr. Ron George is a celebrated rifle shooter.  He and his father, Ed, dominated the rifle shooting sport in Saskatchewan from 1951 to 1971. Ron was a member of the first Canadian team to win all the international team prizes at the 1969 Bisley Matches. Along with the St. George’s Cross for shooting in the top 25 in the British Commonwealth, George also has a Queen’s Gold Badge for placing 10th in the coveted Queen’s Prize – the top shooting event in the Commonwealth. Ron and his father combined to win over 200 first prizes including 15 provincial championships and 15 Governor General’s silver medals. Ron served as president of the Saskatchewan Provincial Rifle Association from 1964 to 1971.

When asked about his time with CIPS Ron stated, "It has been a pleasure to have networked with many great, hard working people in CIPS all across Canada. The 50 years has been a snapshot of the history of the use of computers in commerce."




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