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Information and Communications Technology Council

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Headquarters  Ottawa, Canada
Founded  1992
Type  Nonprofit organization
Information and Communications Technology Council httpsmedialicdncommediap800024e0f10581
Industry  Information and Communications Technology
Key people  Namir Anani (President), Faye West (Chair)
Products  Human resources programs, research and consulting

Interview namir anani of the information and communications technology council

The Information and Communications Technology Council was founded in 1992 as the Software Human Resources Council (SHRC), one of 31 sector councils funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program. The organization adopted its new name in October 2006 to reflect an expanded mandate.


In 1998 the Software Human Resources Council (SHRC) was implicated in the controversial Software Development Worker Pilot Project, a program that allowed the Canadian Department of Citizenship and Immigration to fast-track the visa applications of foreign workers. The story was covered in a paper by Dr. Alasdair Roberts titled "Making Policy Behind Closed Doors", which criticized the Department of Human Resources Development Canada for allegedly handling this project in such a way as to allow for fast-tracking of visa applications The paper argued that the Canadian government handed decision-making to SHRC/ICTC.

According to a 2003 story by Juliet O'Neill in the The Ottawa Citizen the Canadian federal government gave $1.1-million to the Software Human Resources Council for the development and dissemination of the Information Technology-industry labour market information. The story covered the lives of tech workers who lost their jobs after the disappearance of jobs in the tech industry in the early part of the 21st century.

In 2005 the SHRC was supported by $2 million from the Canadian federal government

ICTC provides:

  • emerging technology research
  • labour market intelligence and economic analysis
  • career awareness, talent solutions and professional development
  • consumer research
  • policy advice
  • Board of directors


    Faye West (Chair) - FWEST Consulting
    Neil Knudsen (Vice Chair) - President, Meridian Networks
    Ken Chapman (Secretary) - Managing Director, Calgary Region, ARC Business Solutions
    Dr. Blaize Horner Reich (Treasurer) - RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

    Board members

    Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie - Chair, Canadian Women in Technology (CanWit)
    Jamie Darch, Principal, Jamie Darch & Associates
    Rick Penton - President, Client Server Management Inc.
    Dr. Thomas P. (Tom) Keenan - Professor, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
    Cecilia Ryan - Vice President, Telus Health Solutions
    Keith A. Sinclair - President and Chief Executive Officer, The Harris Consulting Corp.
    John Weigelt - National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada
    Wadih Zaatar - Business Development Manager, CISCO Canada


    Information and Communications Technology Council Wikipedia

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