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From Students to Start-ups: Developing Tomorrow’s Innovation Talent Today - Participate in ITAC Talent’s Business Technology Management (BTM) Project

From Students to Start-ups: Developing Tomorrow’s Innovation Talent Today
Participate in ITAC Talent’s Business Technology Management (BTM) Project

The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Talent division would like to invite CIPS members to participate in the Business Technology Management (BTM) project and in the process learn more about this fastest growing (but also most invisible) segment of the ICT industry sector. 

Specifically, we would like you to participate in a virtual meeting scheduled for early in the New Year.

Meeting objectives:

  • Share information on the BTM project, specifically the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and the Learning Outcomes (LO) for Post-Secondary institutions projects;
  • Discuss initial conclusions on the BTM NOS job profiles and Learning Outcomes (LO) for post-secondary educational institutions;
  • Seek validation on the NOS and LO work completed to date.

Suggested dates: January 6, 13 or 20 (we have flexibility in changing the dates and times based on participants’ availability).

Please confirm if you are interested in participating by December 22 by emailing Final date and time will then be confirmed in early January.

Duration of Meeting: 1.5 hour

What is the Business Technology Management (BTM) Project?

Estimates vary, but they agree that the number of people employed in BTM-related occupations has grown substantially – perhaps as much as doubling from 100,000 to 200,000 over ten years. In many organizations, BTM-type jobs replace programming roles that are offshored or eliminated. The demand far exceeds the supply: today’s BTM and MIS university programs produce fewer than 2,000 graduates per year. ITAC Talent launched the BTM initiative in January 2009 to revitalize and rebrand the Information Systems field and improve the quality and quantity of students who choose this area of study.  Fifteen (15) universities across Canada now offer an undergraduate BTM program. These programs see signs of improved enrolments, student quality, gender diversity and graduate placements, but they lack the capacity to meet current and anticipated demand.

Partnering with CIPS in 2014, ITAC Talent secured a grant from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to expand the BTM program into colleges, polytechnics, graduate education and continuing education and into select specialty programs. As part of the expansion, ITAC Talent is also developing national occupational standards (NOS) within the BTM category, which will act as a foundation for broader BTM project work.

The BTM expansion project will lead to a broader recognition of BTM-type careers as a distinctive, attractive and prestigious family of professions for Canadian students, career changers, educators, employers, and families. This, in turn, will result in better availability of these high leverage skill sets to employers and the Canadian economy.

The NOS and Learning Outcomes development work, led by Dr. Peter King, has moved through a number of stages since it started in February this year, including an analysis and review of academic and industry research, focus group discussions and surveys. The project has now reached the validation stage and we would like to seek broader input from the community.

Project Participant Profiles

In the work leading up to the current validation phase, ITAC Talent engaged with HR professionals in large blue chip companies. At this stage of the project, they would like to invite technology professionals who work “in the trenches” of the various BTM areas. Below is a sample of individual profiles ITAC Talent would like to attract for the validation work.  

If you are interested in participating or have further questions about the project, please email


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