Toronto, Ont. (October 15, 2007)--CIPS, Canada's association of Information Technology (IT) professionals, announced today the official start of Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) Week (October 15 to 22). The week aims to increase awareness about the importance of IT professionalism. CIPS is also using the week as an opportunity to celebrate CIPS and the I.S.P. designation.Special CIPS activities are taking place across the country such as presentations on professionalism and articles about the I.S.P. designation. CIPS is also offering for the first time customized rings and lapel pins for I.S.P. designation holders.
The following are highlights of I.S.P. Week activities taking place at CIPS cities across the country:
- CIPS Explains its Global Approach to IT Professionalism: CIPS Nova Scotia and CIPS Bluenose are holding a special breakfast on October 17 to talk about the launch of a new global, professional IT designation (IITP) and its impact to IT professionals. In addition, read about CIPS and the I.S.P. designation in an article that has been published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald newspaper on October 14, 2007.
- Newfoundland CIO Talks about Professionalism: CIPS Viking (St. John's) is holding its first professional development event of the year on October 18 featuring Pete Shea, CIO for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- CIPS Educates Students on Professionalism: CIPS Loyalist (Saint John, New Brunswick) is conducting student presentations on professionalism. Computer Programming Technology (CPT) students at New Brunswick Community College are learning about CIPS and the I.S.P. designation.
- Saskatchewan I.S.P. Holders Recognized: CIPS Saskatchewan and Regina are conducting presentations and events to highlight CIPS, I.S.P. holders and the I.S.P. of the Year in Saskatchewan. Articles and photos are being published in the local newspapers.
- I.S.P. Holders Gain Advantage in Ottawa: CIPS Ottawa is making 50 passes available (using a special CIPS registration code) for I.S.P. designation holders to attend three sessions during GTEC, giving them the opportunity to earn three credits toward their annual I.S.P. professional development requirements.
- The I.S.P. Challenge: During I.S.P. Week, CIPS Toronto is placing volunteer I.S.P. designation holders in speaking roles throughout the city. The objective of the "I.S.P. Challenge" is to encourage dialogue about the importance of the I.S.P. designation today.
- Going Green in ICT: As part of I.S.P. Week celebrations, CIPS London is hosting a special presentation on October 16, "How Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Vendors are Keen to Help Enterprises Go Green."
Introduced in 1989 by CIPS, the I.S.P. is the only designation for IT professionals recognized by law* in Canada. Holders of the I.S.P. designation possess the education and experience to practice in the IT field. Holders also abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and are required to keep their professional knowledge current.
For more information about the I.S.P. designation or a detailed list of I.S.P. Week activities across the country, visit the CIPS National Web site: www.cips.ca/standards/isp/ispweek.
CIPS, with its head office in Mississauga, Ontario, is the professional association for IT practitioners in Canada. Founded in 1958, CIPS is a non-profit organization, and a co-founder of the United Nations-sanctioned IFIP that represents IT professionals on issues affecting the IT industry and profession. CIPS is a dynamic organization focused on IT excellence through its work on public policy, setting standards within the profession and providing IT support to its community. For more information, visit: www.cips.ca.
*The I.S.P. is legislated as a self-regulating designation in six provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Other provinces are working towards similar legislation through their provincial government.