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September CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Drew Parker Ph.D., I.S.P., ITCP

September 2015 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Drew Parker Ph.D., I.S.P., ITCP


About Drew: 

What is your Background?

I have been with Simon Fraser University since 1984. I completed my B.Comm and MBA at Calgary and my Ph.D. at Western before joining SFU at 26. I have taught over twenty courses in many credit and executive programs at SFU and abroad, and have recently managed to get my teaching schedule focused on my two favorite courses, Systems Analysis and New Media in Business. They are both dynamic topics which keep me constantly updating and learning. BC’s Lower Mainland has been a fabulous place to work, play, and raise a family. We all enjoy the outdoor activities available here, from backwoods adventures on some motorized toy or other with my adult children to walking my rescue dog with my wife along the shores of the Burrard Inlet.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I knew of CIPS while a student, and sought membership as soon as I started my academic career. My ISP designation came in 1999 and the ITCP/IP3P was awarded in 2009. I have attended CIPS events, participated in BTM accreditation proposals, and work hard to make sure my students know of the importance and career significance of professional accreditation. It binds you more closely to your profession and signals a professional commitment to employers.


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

CIPS has afforded me some interesting networking opportunities over the years, and has been a good source of industry practice information. I am a believer that one should show students actions as much as tell them about important activities. I have completed several certifications over my career, and start every course talking about certification and accreditation, including CIPS membership. When they see my ‘ISP’ and ‘ITCP’ on my wall in my office they tend to realize I mean it.



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