Appointment of Alain Roy as the Deputy CIO

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Alain Roy as Deputy CIO with the Office of the CIO, effective June 24, 2019.

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Throughout his 25-year career, Alain has established a reputation as a transformational leader with a solid background in client-centered focused business development and IT management. Furthermore, he is a consensus builder who promotes transparency among colleagues and stakeholders.

Well versed in Agile project planning and management, DevOps, enterprise architecture, and IT portfolio management, he always incorporates the client experience into planning and development. Alain started his career at Nortel Networks, where, for 14 years, he acquired an in-depth experience developing infrastructure, networks and applications systems.  He then joined Adobe Systems where he worked with very notable enterprises including various higher education organizations managing major IT projects that leveraged Adobe enterprise platforms. As Director of IT Applications for the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), he helped transform their IT application development using agile project methodologies and service-oriented architectures. As their CIO, Alain increased the security of their IT operations, defined transparent portfolio management processes and helped deliver applications and systems that were more in line with the business needs. More recently at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, he was the Executive Director, responsible for a critical 24/7 Global Case Management System used by multiple departments. In this role, he was responsible for achieving departmental modernization objectives including delivering business applications and systems.

Alain will be responsible for managing the Office of the CIO including providing leadership for the cross-functional management of IT across the University. He will oversee functions such as IT strategy, development, governance, performance management, and the harmonization of IT direction, tools, methodologies and processes. Alain will also focus on developing our emerging IT capabilities, such as enterprise architecture, enterprise change management, and business relationship management.

On a personal note, for Alain this will be a bit of homecoming as he is three times alumni of the University of Ottawa (Bachelor of Political Science (concentration) in Social Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and Master of Business Administration) and a former Thompson Residence Floor Counsellor from the mid 1980’s.

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