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About Us

CIPS is Canada’s association of Information Technology (IT) professionals, representing IT workers on issues affecting the IT profession and industry. CIPS is involved in a number of initiatives related to public policy, setting standards within the IT profession and assisting its community. Three of the main programs are the certification of IT professionals (Information Systems Professional of Canada, I.S.P. designation); the accreditation of computer science, software engineering, and MIS programs in Canadian colleges and universities; and the organization of a Women in IT program to educate high school girls about career opportunities in IT. CIPS also offers a variety of other benefits and services to its members ranging from a Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct to educational events and networking opportunities.

What we do 

CIPS provides the "Portal" to our Information and Communication Technology (ICT) community, here in Calgary, and across the country. A CIPS membership provides a way to foster your professional career.

Our focus is:

  • Networking
  • Education & Training
  • Mentoring

CIPS provides services of interest, through volunteer members, sponsors, and complimentary associations. CIPS also provides additional value with our buying power, internationally recognized certification, and industry information white papers.

Where did we come from?

In September 1958, a dedicated group of data processors (DP) got together to talk about common concerns of DP workers. That conference demonstrated to participants the value of sharing ideas, networking with fellow professionals, and learning about coming changes in the technology, practices, and management of information systems.

This event sparked the formation of the Computing and Data Processing Society of Canada. In 1968, the society changed its name to the current CIPS (Canadian Information Processing Society).

Today, CIPS represents more than 5,000 Information Technology (IT) Professionals in 30 cities across Canada.