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October CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Lucien Peron I.S.P., ITCP

October 2015 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Lucien Peron I.S.P., ITCP 

CIPS Ontario

About Lucien: 

What is your Background?

My career in the Information Technology field started in or around 1990, when personal computers were starting to appear in the corporate scene. When I was about to complete my bachelor's in Information Systems, an opportunity to join a company as a co-op student came knocking on my door. I gladly accepted it, as I wanted to gain experience and find out how companies where applying technology to improve business processes. Reality was, it was as much a learning experience for me as it was for the company I joined. That still holds true today about technology, wouldn’t you agree? An specialization in Software Engineering and a few positions later –in Canada and internationally- have given me the opportunity to experience all the facets in the IT field: from end user support, to IT management, to networks, to security, to development, to databases, to project management, to business intelligence. Information Technology is continuously evolving and it requires you to be on your toes to keep up.

I obtained my I.S.P. certification in 2006 and my ITCP as soon as it became available. I truly believe in the value that professionalism brings to the field, as there are many practitioners from very different backgrounds and it becomes very important that a Code of Ethics, like the one developed jointly by CIPS and IFIP, is used in governing our professional actions.

When I am not working in technology, I like to challenge myself by training for and participating in endurance events, more specifically Ironman distance triathlons (9x finisher, number 10 coming up in Florida in November 7th) and marathons. I have also recently taken up coaching, in order to pay it forward.

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

My initial involvement with CIPS was limited to participating in the events hosted in Toronto, and a few events hosted in local pubs. Recently I thought: spending one hour commuting each way to attend an event in Toronto is not very productive for professionals located in Mississauga. Why can`t we have a section in Mississauga, in order to provide the IT community where I work and live with a venue that allows it to develop further? That was the start of an idea that has been supported by the CIPS Ontario Board and that will have an active start in November. Stay tuned !

Now a member of the CIPS Ontario Board, I have taken upon myself to play a more active role in supporting the strategic initiatives identified to move CIPS into the future. I have also started to spread the message of IT professionalism by volunteering time in the CIPS booths setup at local IT related events. SecTor, CyberSecurity for Critical Infrastructure and Mobile Enterprise are some of the most recent events. 

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

We should not lose sight on the fact that CIPS holds the only certification for the IT profession as a whole that is recognized by law by the government of Canada. And that only CIPS in Canada and ACS in Australia –out of approximately 60 other associations- are accredited by IFIP. We should be proud of that fact.

Going back to my previous point about the evolving nature of the IT field, CIPS has provided me with many an opportunity to network with professionals from different companies and industries. This knowledge sharing have led to some very interesting conversations about the challenges that companies face, as well as the creative solutions created to address them. Let's not lose sight of the fact that innovation has always been part of our profession, it is our responsibility to ensure it continues to be a driving force. 

 

www.cips.ca/VolunteerOfTheMonth

 

  

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