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(Comment.gif: This page is to capture info that does not make it into the December 2012 issue, but has merit for use / re-use in other publications and communications activities.) - Randy Fisher 15:24, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Important Dates

  • March 2012 - FIT website - rolling updates
  • April 25-26, 2013 - Collaboration Event, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Vancouver
  • May 24, 2013 - Collaboration Event, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
  • June, 2013 - Collaboration Event, Montreal
  • Michael Quinton and Emanuele Quartararo will be making a 90-minute FIT presentation about work in high schools with the FIT program -- either in the concentration area of networking or media Explore IT, on May 8, 2013. Explore IT is a one-day conference designed to excite Grade 9 girls about careers in computer-related areas. Approximately will 750 girls attend the event at the U of C and also at SAIT and Mount Royal University. Visit: http://www.ucalgary.ca/wao/explore-it for more information


  • Quebec - 76 students will receive FIT certificate in January.

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FIT Champions

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Blog / Guest Author Post (s)

  • We are developing an ICTC Education Blog line-up / schedule of guest authors and topics shortly - (See an example from Penn State's Terra Incognita groundbreaking blog (2008)
  • This guest author blog post, and conversation synthesis can also be shared via ICTC's corporate blog.
  • Blog Entry by Pam on the Topic of Youth, Education, Family and 21st Century Skills. Draft version available  Pamela Bahlis 15:08, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

Good Practices

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Call to Action - Teachers Share Resources

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Industry Partners (National, Provincial, Regional / Local)

  • Cisco Systems
  • CompTIA
  • Google
  • CIPS (Canada's Association for IT Professionals)

The CIO Association of Canada and Ryerson University have released a paper that provides new data on what factors contribute to the success of outstanding CIOs, as demonstrated by their appointment to the most senior organizational roles. CIO to CEO: Barriers and Success Factors II lays out those factors and provides detailed career guidance for aspiring IT leaders.

A 2012 review of the literature identified over 100 instances of the upward move – CIO to CEO or COO. The paper analyzes interviews conducted with 29 of those who made the leap: commonalities emerged about their work environments; their knowledge and experience; and the personal attributes that contributed to their outstanding achievement and consequent upward mobility.

The current paper builds on a 2010 study, extending the number of interviewees in Canada and the US, and applying a data-coding model to the interview responses, allowing for superior identification of commonalities for analysis. The conclusion: CIOs can make outstanding contributions as business leaders - to the point where they make it to the CEO position:

  • when the environment is right (a mature organization with good IT governance structures in place);
  • when they go beyond proficiency in IT Leadership basics and extend their experience in other senior business portfolios;
  • when they have excellent “soft skills”, most particularly the abilities to communicate and motivate others;
  • when they manage their education and careers with the intention of making a superior business contribution.

CIO Association President Gary Davenport says, “We are thrilled to announce these new findings, which we think will be of immense interest to practicing CIOs who want to enhance their organizational contributions and their careers. We believe that the information will also be valuable to corporate boards, and other C-level executives who are seeking guidance on CIO hires, and on how to improve the quality of executive teams.” <p> Toronto Chapter President Mary Anne Ballantyne says, “The study’s findings confirm that the IT Management Track is indeed a viable route to the top echelons of Canadian and US organizations. Anyone seeking an executive career can be assured that the IT Track has a clear, well-documented path to the top for those who are willing to do the work. We want to make sure that students and their parents have this information as they make decisions on future lines of work.” </blockquote>

The Future of Education, Trends & Models

(Comment.gif: Recognizing that FIT is a high school program, there is much to learn by being aware of developments in other domains and grade level, which could be incorporated and adapted to our program. We welcome your dialogue and input on these developments - and what possibilities might emerge from the discussion.)

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