Information and Communications Technology Council

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Information and Communications Technology Council
Not for profit
Industry Information and Communications Technology
Founded 1992
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Namir Anani (President), Faye West (Chair)
Products Human resources programs, research and consulting

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.[1] The organization adopted its new name in October 2006 to reflect an expanded mandate.[2]

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.[3]

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. [4]

In 2005 the SHRC was supported by $2 million from the Canadian federal government[5]

ICTC provides:

Board of directors[edit]


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



  1. ^ "List of Sector Councils". Archived from the original on 23 August 2004. Retrieved 3 November 2006. 
  2. ^ "Organization formerly known as SHRC expands to serve the ICT sector in addition to its software sector mandate". CIPS. 2 November 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2006-11-03. 
  3. ^ Making Policy Behind Closed Doors Toronto Globe and Mail, 27 July 1998, page A11 by: Dr. Alasdair Roberts
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  5. ^;jsessionid=0001utUnyZzt8fZdK2PF676YXSq:-GHACQU?cno=5505&regId=482007
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