Martin Bernier, Chief Information Officer at the University of Ottawa was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO). A non-profit, member-funded corporation, CUCCIO represents more than 62 Canadian universities. As the collective voice of information technology leaders from its member universities, it advances collaboration, information sharing and knowledge creation.
The Board of Directors’ mandate is to oversee the association’s activities and assets. It does so with the 14 members who are elected every three years. Theirs’ and CUCCIO’s main objective is to advance the use of innovative and efficient information and communication technology in Canadian higher-education institutions.
“It is essential for Canadian universities to collaborate and share knowledge to ultimately better prepare students for a rapidly advancing digital economy. We are talking about what the other institutions are doing, we can learn what works best and what doesn’t, so we can all team up to provide a better experience to our students, professors, researchers and support staff,” explains Martin on the importance of his appointment for the University and for Information Technology.
CUCICO’s members represents more than 95% of the students currently enrolled in Canadian universities, so “this opportunity translates for our student, academic and staff community into access to breakthrough data. We are also able to share information about our own work, processes and findings,” added Martin.
To streamline communication among member universities in support of member-led initiatives, CUCCIO has a number of special interest groups engaging personnel on information technology-related topics such as applications, communications, security and cybersecurity, project management and so on. Regular meetings take place virtually and information is exchanged to address shared challenges. Participation in these groups is open to any employee of a member university.