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January CIPS Volunteer of the Month: William H (Bill) Turgeon, I.S.P., ITCP

January 2015 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

William H (Bill) Turgeon, I.S.P., ITCP

President, ComputerWise Consulting Inc.

Director of Professional Services, CIPS Alberta

About Bill: 

What is your Background?

I have been in the computer industry since 1970, first working on Digital NC milling machines and industrial process controllers using Burroughs and GE computers as a Certified Electronics Technologist. I also worked with early 'personal computers' (pre-IBM) like the Osborne; TRS-80's and Kaypro's, and originally trained in networking with WANG PC’s in the 1980’s.

Since then, I have been involved in the IT industry as a Professional Consultant, Senior Systems Engineer and Technical Architect. I hold a BSc. degree in Computer Engineering and also hold most of the Microsoft professional certifications including - MCP; MCP+I; MCSE; MCSE+I; MCDST; MCDBA; MCTS & MCITP as well as numerous non-Microsoft credentials including Novell CNA; CNE; ECNE & MCNE along with CompTIA A+; Network+; iNet+; Server+; Project+ & Security+. I am ITIL certified and also registered as a SFIA Accredited Consultant.

In my current work, I am primarily a core systems specialist dealing with the operating systems themselves as well as Directory Services and specialized servers such as Exchange Servers, SQL servers and OCS. Included in my Areas of Competency are such things as: planning and developing automated OS deployments; acting as a systems analyst and remediation specialist dealing with system problems including recovery from malware and Day 0 events; assisting IT Managers with staff assessments and training; and assisting in developing policies and procedures for corporate IT departments.

I currently contract as ComputerWise Consulting Inc., entirely to other consulting/computer firms that have need of high-end technical expertise to provide service for their clients and specializing primarily in system security; troubleshooting; systems analysis; re-design and implementation services for technical systems as well consulting on IT department organization and planning.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I first joined CIPS in 2003 while living in Prince George, BC and immediately attained my I.S.P. designation. I served as vice-president of the local chapter for a year until I moved to Calgary. I have served on the CIPS Alberta Board of Directors since 2011 and am currently the Director of Professional Services. In that capacity, I spearheaded the efforts to get a professional seal designed and approved for I.S.P.’s in Alberta.

I also serve as the Alberta representative on the CIPS National Professional Services Advisory Committee (PSAC) and act as co-chair on that committee.


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

I originally joined CIPS to further my professional development and because I saw a need for a professional organization to support and nurture professionalism in what was considered a trade rather than a profession in Northern BC.

I still feel that CIPS is the best venue to further professionalism in the IT industry, even more so now that numerous organizations have sprung up to further the agenda of individual IT specializations.

IT Professionals need an organization to set standards of Professionalism and Ethics for the industry as well as to act as the voice of Professionalism in the industry. With its long and rich history in the IT profession, CIPS is still the best venue for professional growth and recognition for IT industry professionals in Canada.



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