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December CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Ryan Francis, I.S.P.

December 2015 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Ryan Francis, I.S.P.

Vice-President, CIPS Saskatchewan

About Ryan: 

What is your Background?

I started my Information Technology professional career 19 years ago. My background includes technical and management roles within a wide range of disciplines including enterprise architecture, strategic planning, project management, application development, and digital marketing. I have been fortunate to gain experience from a wide range of organizations such as CSC, a global consulting and systems integration company; BHP Billiton, a global natural resources company; the Government of Canada’s National Research Council and my current role creating and leading a new ICT department within Prairie Plant Systems, a rapidly growing biotechnology and pharmaceutical company.

My education began at the Computer Systems Technology program at SIAST in Saskatoon supplemented with numerous additional courses and certifications over the years. Currently I am completing a Masters Certificate in Project Management offered through the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business. 

 

What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

My first introduction to CIPS was when I was still in college at SIAST, the program I was taking had just received CIPS certification and the school ordered a 4 inch by 8 inch CIPS sign for the classroom. However the sign that arrived was 4 feet by 8 feet - It was a ‘BIG’ way to remind us of our professional organization!

Recognizing that I needed to widen my professional network, I joined CIPS in 2012 and immediately volunteered for the CIPS Saskatchewan board. I have since continued volunteering on the board and now hold the vice-president position.

 

What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

In full disclosure, I selfishly joined CIPS and the CIPS SK board looking to widen my network of peers and improve my leadership and people skills. I obtained the CIPS I.S.P. certification to help open more management opportunities.  CIPS didn’t disappoint and I received all the benefits that I was looking for.

I continue to support CIPS because of the value and opportunities that I have received through membership such as networking, certification and professional development.  However, once I started volunteering on the CIPS Saskatchewan board and helping with events, I recognized even more benefits such as board level strategic exposure and leadership development through my engagements with numerous intelligent and talented CIPS volunteers locally and across Canada.

 

www.cips.ca/VolunteerOfTheMonth

 

  

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