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July CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Ian McLeod, I.S.P., ITCP

July 2014 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Ian McLeod, I.S.P., ITCP

Secretary & National Director, CIPS BC

About Ian: 

What is your Background?

I grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, then took one of the early Computer Science programs at the University of Regina, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1978.

After a move to BC in 1980, I have worked in a number of industries, most notably as the senior IT leader in K-12 and Post-Secondary educational institutions in Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria.

Over the years I have been a strong supporter of professionalism in IT, getting actively involved in many roles with the Data Processing Management Association. I was awarded the Double Diamond level Individual Performance Award in 2000, for ‘sustained, meritorious service to the Association’. I hold the Certified Computer Professional designation from ICCP, as well as the I.S.P. and ITCP designations from CIPS.

Ian has completed the Academy for Leadership and Development (2012) from the Chair Academy, and has served as a board member and scholarship review panel for the David L. Squires Foundation for many years.

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

After the demise of DPMA in Canada, I joined CIPS in order to continue supporting the profession. My favorite CIPS activity in those days was the annual golf tournament, held at Hazelmere.

My I.S.P. designation was awarded in 2001, and subsequently the ITCP was awarded in 2009.

In 2008 I joined the CIPS-BC board, becoming Secretary for BC, and have been a Certification review representative for several years.

 In 2013 I became the BC representative to the National Board.

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

In my early career, I sat next to a fellow DPMA member, who told me to get involved, as I would get out what I put into any organization.  I continue to believe this to be true, for professional and personal improvement. I have an extensive network of contacts and colleagues, built up over many years. Attendance at CIPS events and active participation as a member and board volunteer continue to enhance and develop my contacts, as well as staying current in the ever-changing field of IT. I have a deep concern for the future of CIPS, and I challenge all my colleagues to do everything in their ability to strengthen our programming and increase the value to (and numbers of) members.

 

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