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August CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Wejdan El-lami I.S.P., ITCP

August 2016 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Wejdan El-lami I.S.P., ITCP

SFIA Committee Chair, CIPS Alberta

About Wejdan

What is your Background?

I just started my role as faculty at Chiu School of Business at Bow Valley College, however I have been in academia for the last 15 years in Dubai where I taught multiple subjects such as basic keyboarding all the way to business software, programming, database administration and web design. I have started my IT career as programmer in a drilling company in the south of Iraq where I built my very first programs which grow to become ledger, inventory, finance...etc. I had obtained my MSc in Computer Science from University of Portsmouth – UK and obtained my BSc degree in Mathematics Science from University of Basra – Iraq. I started volunteering at the BCS (British Computer Society) – Middle East Section where I was assigned the role of the education officer for 10 years. After 12 years in industry and academia, I decided to move on to consultation and the first thing I thought about was SFIA, so I worked hard to become Accredited Consultant which happened in year 2013.  This type of consultancy, enabled me to look at the IT profession and industry from different perspective as talent and capability management consultant. From early years I used to read anything and everything, reading contributed a lot in shaping my personality and who I am. If not working and on vacations, I like reading and travelling to Europe and Scotland with my husband and our daughter.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

When CIPS Accreditation Team visited UAE (HCT, where I was teaching) in year 2008, I was curious to know who is CIPS, so I quickly googled the website and decided immediately to be a member even though I was not in Canada yet, but looking at the quantity and quality of work done by CIPS, make it a goal that I have to achieve it one day. So, I applied and my application accepted for ISP & ITCP on October 2008.  When I arrived in Calgary on Jan 2015, the first thing I thought about was to contact the people in CIPS and letting them know that I am here and ready to contribute as volunteer. I got the opportunity to work on several projects about SFIA its importance to the IT profession. Being an accredited consultant, I have used the framework to assess multiple resumes from CIPS members. Last year, I got nominated to become a Board Member of CIPS Alberta and chairperson of the SFIA Committee. My recent contribution was writing a change document that might be used for the purpose of ISP potential assessment using SFIA framework


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

From day one I joined CIPS, I got many opportunities to network with major companies where we presented about SFIA, and travelled to Edmonton, and Red Deer to meet the decision makers in the immigration societies to raise their awareness about SFIA and its advantage to recruit and hire newcomers from IT profession. In addition to networking opportunities, I got the chance to contribute in the assessment of ISP applications from education rout as part of my volunteer job with the CIPS Education and Experience Review Committees. Another involvement I had within CIPS was in the accreditation team where I worked, learnt and travelled with the team to Saskatchewan and Burnaby to conduct accreditation visits, and contribute in the writing of the accreditation reports.


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