News and Upcoming Events
Dear ISACA members and friends,
I would like to wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. 2013 promises to be very interesting and challenging year for our professions within the
IT industry. Budgetary pressures and a higher reliance on IT systems by both government and industry will drive the need for highly available and well
managed IT systems as never before. Our members, through their experience and training, have always been and will continue to be on the front lines
protecting the interests of their employers and the public. I am very proud of you all and of ISACA. We will continue to offer certifications that
remain relevant to the ever changing IT environment. We will also continue to offer presentations and workshops that directly address the important
issues specific to our environment here in Ottawa. All of these programs and events are prepared by dedicated volunteers within our membership and I
would like to take this opportunity to personally thank them for their service to us all. I would like to invite you to join our volunteer team.
Together we will continue to improve our offerings and your time spent with us will count for CPE's towards your certifications.
Again, all the best to you for 2013!!
Message du président
Chers membres et amis d'ISACA
Je vous souhaite à tous un heureux et prospère nouvel an. 2013 seras très intéressant et rempli de défis pour nos professions au sein the l'industrie
informatique. Les pressions budgétaires ainsi qu'une plus grande dépendance sur les systèmes informatiques par les gouvernements et l'industrie continuent
a créer une nécessitée plus forte que jamais pour des systèmes informatiques toujours plus disponibles aux usagers et bien gères. Nos membres,
avec leur expérience et entrainement, ont toujours étés et continuent d'être sur la ligne de feu, protégeant les intérêts de leurs employeurs ainsi
que ceux du grand public. Je suis tres fier de vous tous ainsi que d'ISACA. Nous allons continuer d'offrir des certification qui demeureront toujours
pertinentes a un environnement informatique en constante évolution. Nous allons aussi continuer de vous proposer des présentations et ateliers qui
s'adressent directement a nos besoins ici à Ottawa. Tous nos programmes et événements sont prépares par un groupe de volontaires dédies et j'aimerais
les remercier personnellement pour leur service a nous tous. J'aimerais aussi vous inviter a vous joindre a notre équipe de volontaires. Nous pourrons
ainsi travailler ensemble pour continuer a améliorer nos programmes. De plus vous pourrez bénéficier de crédits de manutention de vos certifications.
Encore, bonne année 2013!!
Ellen Dalicandro: ISACA Ottawa Valley Scholarship winner for 2013
Ms. Ellen Dalicandro is a 4th year studentat the University of Ottawa.
She is enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program, specializing in Management.
Ellen completed the Management of Information Systems and Technology course with a final grade of A.
Ellen divides her time between her studies, mentorship, teaching, and volunteering. She has been a Peer Mentor for first year business students,
as well as a Teaching-Assistant for two business courses. Ellen has also been extensively involved with CASCO,
a student-run charity organization that raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, as both Volunteer Coordinator and Vice-President of Events.
She has also been a 101 Week guide for orientation week, as well as Director of Affairs for Strat24, a 24-hour sustainability case competition for business and engineering students.
Ellen is a prospective law student for Fall 2013. She is really looking forward to furthering her education and ultimately, pursuing a career in corporate law.
On behalf of the ISACA Ottawa Chapter, the Board would like to congratulate Ms. Ellen Dalicandro on this award and her outstanding academic accomplishments and community contributions to date.
Phillip Ehret: ISACA Ottawa Valley Award winner for 2013
Mr. Phillip Ehret is a recent graduate of Algonquin College's Computer Systems Technology - Security program.
He graduated with honours from Algonquin College in April 2013 with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.99 (A+).
He has worked as a student for both Statistics Canada and the Department of National Defence.
During his fifth semester, he was awarded the 2012 ISACA Leadership Award during Algonquin's annual Faculty of Technology and Trades Recognition Evening
in November 2012. He is currently working as a Technical Support Engineer for Fortinet, supporting their security appliances.
On behalf of the ISACA Ottawa Chapter, the Board would like to congratulate Mr. Phillip Ehret on this award and his outstanding academic accomplishments and community contributions to date.
January 9, 2012 – Mr. Robert Venczel, President of the ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter met with
Ms. Corinne Charette(CIO of Canada), Mr. Wade Daley (Senior Director, IT Policy Development & Oversight), and Mr. Robert Graham
(Director, Community Planning and Generics).
The discussion revolved around the role the local ISACA chapter and ISACA International
could play – by leveraging access to valuable ISACA material via ISACA membership; the value provided by the CISM and CGEIT certifications;
the upcoming COBIT 5.0 framework; and via the ISACA OVC events and those organized by its local partners – in helping the federal government
meet the demand for various skills that will be required in the future in the information technology world, especially in the context of
significant changes happening, such as the recent launch of Shared Services Canada.
December 22, 2011 - ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter's Vision, Mission, Strategic Objectives, Goals and KPIs
document is available. Click here
Check out the Careers section of our
website to learn about latest job postings.
November 25, 2011 - ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter has been featured in the Fall 2011 issue of the
FrontLine Security magazine. See page 13 for details.
October 25, 2011 - The Board of Directors of the ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter held a special meeting to
discuss long-term, strategic objectives for our chapter and the goals supporting those objectives. Over the course of the next few weeks a
draft document will be produced that will be presented to the members for feedback. Stay tuned!
June 29, 2011 – Mr. Robert Venczel, President of the ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter together with
Mr. Bill Kessels, Ottawa-based Ernst & Young Partner made a presentation about the local chapter, ISACA International and its designations
and tools at the CAATTs Working Group meeting chaired by Mr. David Coderre, Director with the Assistant Comptroller General's Office
(Treasury Board of Canada). During the questions and answers period working group members provided valuable feedback on the types of future
ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter events federal government employees would be interested in, suggestions that will be addressed during the planning
for the 2011-2012 events program.
March 20, 2011 - Mr. Simon Couvrette is the proud recipient of the 2011 ISACA OVC
Check out his story here.
February 23, 2011 – As a follow up to his most recent meeting with the Comptroller
General of Canada, Mr. Robert Venczel, President of the ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter met with Brian Aiken, Assistant Comptroller General of
Canada (Internal Audit) and David Coderre, Internal Audit Sector Director, to discuss further about specific steps for our Chapter to provide
IT audit and ISACA frameworks and tools training to federal government employees, and to increase the number of ISACA certified and ISACA
members locally, here in Ottawa. A presentation to be made by Mr. Venczel at one of the future CAATTs working group meetings is currently
Also, Mr. Venczel has been in contact with the CIO of Canada, Ms. Corinne Charette’s office, working with her staff on planning a meeting
in the month of May 2011 to discuss the benefits of the ISACA membership and its designations to the IT community in the federal government,
and specific ISACA training offerings geared towards the same constituency in the areas of IT security, IT governance, COBIT, Val IT and
November 30, 2010 - Mr. Robert Venczel, President of the ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter
met with Mr. James Ralston, Comptroller General of Canada to discuss about raising the profile within the federal government of ISACA,
its valuable tools and certifications, and of the local ISACA Chapter and its members. Mr. Venczel also informed Mr. Ralston of the discussions he has been having over the last two months with ISACA International regarding the institution of a group membership rate for public sector employees.
Based on the success of the December 14th joint ISACA-IIA breakfast session, your local ISACA Chapter is planning to offer additional events in the future in collaboration with the IIA Ottawa Chapter and other similar organizations (e.g., AFCEA, HTCIA, etc.) whom the Chapter President is working with on developing new partnership opportunities.
Finally, a series of meetings are being planned with government officials in the New Year, so please stay tuned for more news in 2011!