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Getting to Know the New CIPS CCITP Chair, Trekker Armstrong, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P


I have been a career Information Technology practitioner for some twenty eight years.  It was a twist of fate (actually my ankle) that resulted in me automating our Field Pay while I was convalescing during a summer job with the International Boundary Commission.  This experience influenced me to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Calgary.


I joined the Canadian Information Processing Society in 1984 shortly after graduating University.  Interested in pursuing a professional designation I challenged the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP) exams and was awarded the Certified Data Processor designation in 1986.  When CIPS introduced the Information Systems Professional here in Alberta, I applied and was awarded the ISP.


I have been fortunate to have had a rewarding career in numerous roles living in a number of cities including Toronto, Calgary, Houston and San Francisco.  What made it memorable were the interesting and talented professionals I have had the pleasure to work with over the years.


Wishing to contribute back to the profession that has been so rewarding to me, I began taking a more active role in the local CIPS Society.  Ultimately, I held the position of Calgary Section President then Alberta Regional Director.  With the recent Society governance change I became the Alberta representative to the Canadian Council of Information Technology Professionals (CCITP) and now most recently it's Chair.


My involvement with CIPS is balanced with my full time employment with TransCanada PipeLines as Director of Architecture & Planning.  I have three children with my wife Janet, and when time allows I enjoy doing some recreational flying.

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