Year in Review

By 15 January 2016 No Comments
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Looking back…Some ICTC highlights in 2015

  • Hire Immigrants Ottawa Annual Event: March 4, ICTC’s VP, Talent Innovation, and member of HIO’s Employer Council of Champions, presented on Ottawa’s Human Capital Requirements: Challenges, Opportunities, Actions.
  • ICTC signs Sector Skill Council MoU for IT, Telecom, and Electronics with NSDC India in April.
  • WCT Annual Awards recognize “wavemakers” in technology, broadcasting and communications: ICTC’s VP, Talent Innovation honoured with diversity champion award.
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD): May 15-16, 2015, ICTC’s VP, Talent Innovation invited to Istanbul, Turkey for a meeting that brought together business leaders and high-level officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities of innovative policy-making on skills matching, recruitment mechanisms and labour migration regulations.
  • Partnership Appreciation Event at TDSB: On May 21, ICTC & TCS honoured with partner appreciation plaque from TDSB for goIT Pilot: An educational collaboration between the TDSB, TCS, and ICTC to provide STEM-related curriculum enhancement and career awareness opportunities to students attending five elementary and five secondary schools in priority neighbourhoods with negligible access to technology.
  • Essential Skills Conference: Montreal, June 11, digital skills panel moderated by ICTC President & CEO with panel of experts including Stephen Johnson, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, ESDC; Diane Gordon, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education; Jaleh Soroui, American Institute for Research, Washington, DC, and Malika Alouache, Carrefour d’éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles, QC
  • Canadian Telecom Summit 2015: Panel moderated by ICTC’s President and CEO on “The Internet of Things: Hyper Connectivity”, joined by Liseanne Forand, President, Shared Services Canada; Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada, and Ron Styles, President and CEO, SaskTel. At this summit, the Canadian Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women also announced ICTC’s new initiative to advance technology women in non-traditional sectors.
  • ICTC & Microsoft Canada partner: to help develop a national digital talent strategy for Canada. The strategy will contextualize Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs by 2020 and beyond, and policies to develop Canada’s digital talent as a comparative advantage in the global economy.
  • HR Tech Group Talent Symposium: September 24 – ICTC VP, Talent Innovation presents on Immigration panel with BC Government representatives and Vancouver Economic Commission.
  • 23rd IFIP World Computer Congress (WCC 2015): October 4-7, ICTC’s President and CEO was a keynote speaker at WCC 2015 in Daejeon, South Korea.
  • National Digital Youth Summit: On October 22nd and 23rd, ICTC and MediaSmarts hosted a National Digital Youth Summit at the Canadian War Museum with over 250 students attending the two day event, to discuss and learn from government, industry and education experts about digital literacy, digital citizenship and cyber security and to participate in hands-on, minds-on learning workshops.
  • Canadian Data Centre and Butt Transformation Event: November 10, ICTC’s VP, Talent Innovation chaired panel on Reshaping IT Roles and Responsibilities with Heidi Hauver, VP, Human Resources, Pythian and Paul Hudson, VP, StoneWood Group.

Research Initiatives 2015:

  • Big Data: Report released in early December 2015.. According to ICTC’s report, Canada’s intelligence economy is growing at an unprecedented rate, and collectively employs more than 43,000 workers directly and indirectly as a result of big data adoption.
  • Labour Market Outlook 2015-2019: Findings show that cumulative hiring requirements in Canada for ICT talent are expected to be over 182,000 by 2019. Findings recently named most popular story of 2015 by IT World Canada. (Link to
  • Digital Economy Supply: Study indicates insufficient resources with the necessary skillsets to meet the anticipated hiring demands across all industry sectors.
  • White paper: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Canada: Where Do We Stand?: focused on the current ecosystem of AI in Canada to raise awareness about the potential actions that can support its development and adoption.
  • Trend Focus: ICTC’s analysis of significant trends, created to empower stakeholders with critical insights on the evolving digital economy including mobile payments, digital health & Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Digital Adoption Compass (DAC): Assists micro, small, and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) gain the necessary knowledge to adopt digital technologies and expand scale and scope; includes compiled research and resources from key experts.
  • Virtual Community of Practice: An online community hub in the DAC facilitating collaboration among small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the academic sector in the area of digital technology adoption and research and development.


Talent Solutions 2015:

  • e-Talent Canada: ICTC’s unique online interactive map provides Canadians with access to dynamic labour market information. The portal provides ICT job trends and tools pertinent to all sectors and highlights: jobs that are in-demand; who’s hiring; wages; demographics; educational programs, and other labour market information at national, provincial and municipal levels.
  • CareerConnect: ICTC’s CareerConnect assists Canada’s youth with gaining the required skills and work experience to make a successful transition into the labour market. Ontario Career Connect saw 34 young graduates placed while the National CareerConnect initiative saw 110 youth placed across the country.
  • The FocusIT (FIT) Program: ICTC’s national youth education program delivered at secondary schools across the country, in partnership with provincial ministries of education, school boards and schools, had a record number of certificates awarded in 2015. 755 certificates were issued to students across our 4 FIT technology concentrations of Interactive Media, Software Design, Business and Information Analysis, and Network Systems and Operations.New this year, ICTC, with support from FIT instructors across Canada, conducted a mapping exercise with Cisco’s Networking Academy courses validating that Cisco’s courses align with provincial curriculum outcomes. This project was possible in part by a grant from the Cisco Networking Academy, a corporate-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The FocusIT program is growing and there are many exciting developments in store for 2016.
  • Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) and Coaching to Career Initiative:
    A bridge training program built to match employers looking for hire ICT talent with employment-ready newcomers, with thanks to MCIIT and a dedicated industry advisory board. . Next intake for IWES: February 2016,
  • Focus on Youth Careers:Focus on Youth Careers is a pilot program created by ICTC with thanks to MEDEI to provide post-secondary graduates from the Ottawa area with the skills needed to get an entry level job as a Java developer. 20 participants completed the program.
  • Exploring Canada’s history through Augmented Reality:Bringing augmented reality into Canadian schools with thanks to Canada Media Fund. All Saint’s High School in Ottawa was the first to participate in the pilot with 20 bright young minds creating five unique experiences around two Canadian stories.  Watch with ICTC in 2016 as the future develops the past as new schools join the augmented reality learning experience.
  • Women in ICT:
    Advancing Women in Technology: Aims to increase women’s economic prosperity by growing women’s retention and career advancement opportunities in ICT occupations in four major sectors of the economy—natural resources, construction, manufacturing, and trades, with thanks to Status of Women Canada.Women in Technology (WIT): An initiative built in collaboration with Status of Women Canada to explore ways to increase women’s recruitment, retention and advancement in current and emerging technology sectors offered in partnership with 6 delivery partners across Canada: SCWIST; CCAT; Communitech; TECHNOCompétences; ITAP and DNS.