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Moving your IT career forward: What does it take to be recognized as a leader in IT?

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (2 CPE Hours)

Cost: Registration by Monday, Sep 15
ISACA Members - $50; Future Members - $55; Students - $45.

Cost: Late Registration (Sep 16 and 17)
ISACA Members - $55; Future Members - $60; Students - $50.

A full 3 course lunch is included.
Place: The Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver - 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Invited Audience:
Anyone currently in the IT field or considering moving into this field. This session is designed to provide value to those just starting your career as well as those who have been in the industry for a while and looking to continue to move forward and upward.

Most people will agree that Career Progression is not an exact science, and as in most things, theory doesn’t always match what happens in the real world. So come and join us as our panel of speakers in Senior IT positions share what works and what doesn’t based on their own personal experiences.

This could be the event where you learn something that makes the key difference in your career.

After all, doing things by trial and error is not exactly efficient. In other words, why push a cart uphill just because you can?

Our Panel Speakers (see speaker bios below the discussion topics):

Jories Timmers / IT Director and CIO, Powerex / Board of Directors – CIO Association Vancouver Chapter 
Erica Pretorius / Senior Manager, Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) group 
Carlos Gil / Director, TELUS Security Architecture & Security Compliance 

Main Discussion topics:
a. A brief description of current & past (relevant) positions (route taken to get to current position)
b. Common challenges in career progression and how to overcome them
c. Recommended training, education, experience / what made a key difference
d. Key characteristics of what you look for when hiring or promoting someone
e. Other tips (e.g. for those new in the field or those who feel stuck in their career)
f. General Q&A

This will be presented at a luncheon scheduled for 2 hours (12:00-2:00). The first 45-50 minutes will be allocated to eating lunch and the 2nd segment will be divided into a Q&A format covering the main discussion topics outlined above.

Jories Timmers: IT Director and CIO, Powerex;
Board of Directors, CIO Association Vancouver Chapter

Jories Timmers is the IT Director and CIO at Powerex, the Energy Trading arm of BC-Hydro, where he leads a team of 65 personnel in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as a member of a Global IT Management team as a Chief Information Security Officer for companies spanning 40 to 220 countries. His specialization in IT Strategy and Security, Project Management, Compliance, Audit and Governance has been gained over 20 years and he has worked internationally in the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland and Canada. He has degrees from the Delft University of Technology in Computer Engineering, an MBA from McGill and holds the PMP, CGEIT and CISSP certifications. Until early 2014 he has held CISA and CISM certfications.
Jories is past president of the Vancouver chapter of the CIO Association and is on the board of another non-profit, CIRPD.
In his spare time, Jories enjoys outdoor activities which include hiking, skiing, kayaking and traveling. 

Erica Pretorius: Senior Manager, Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) group

Erica is a Senior Manager in the Enterprise Risk Services (ERS) group in the Vancouver office of Deloitte. She is passionate about helping organizations achieve their goals, while managing the risk that technology brings.
She has 14 years of experience in evaluating organizations’ Information Technology governance, internal control frameworks and assisting organizations to meet regulatory and contractual requirements. Her experience extends to Canadian and US public and private companies.
Erica focuses on the services that bridge the gap between service providers and their customers, including CPA Canada standard CSAE 3416 (previously 5970), AICPA SSAE16 (previously SAS70) and related assurance engagements. She has been especially involved in Managed Hosting and Cloud Service Providers. Her industry experience includes clients in technology, provincial government, healthcare, finance, retail and telecommunications. 


Carlos Gil / Director, TELUS Security Architecture & Security Compliance

Carlos is the Director of Security Architecture and Security Compliance at TELUS Communications Inc. He has 15 years of extensive experience in information security in the IT industry, starting out as a Unix systems administrator in 2000 and working in a number of different IT and IT management roles at TELUS over the last decade.

Carlos is a strong believer in the integration of security architecture principles and standards into every aspect of the corporate business processes and lifecycle. Security governance and partnership is a key contributor to the ongoing protection of both corporate information and data services.

Outside of work, Carlos lives in Vancouver with his wife and son, loves fishing, hiking, and traveling.


We are sharing this event with other organizations and with space being limited, we recommend you register for this event early to secure your seat in what might be a propelling point in your career.

ISACA Vancouver Chapter has moved its registration process to a secure online registration process which accepts Paypal and all major credit card brands (VISA, MC, or AMEX).

Please note that the late registration costs help us manage our commitment for the luncheon.


About ISACA:


With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA® ( helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT®, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.


The ISACA Vancouver Chapter's goal is to promote the practices and the development of professionals in IT risk, governance of enterprise IT, information security management, and IT assurance within the local business and academic community, the chapter membership, and with future members throughout the Greater Vancouver area by sponsoring local educational seminars and workshops, as well as conducting regular chapter meetings. Descriptions and times of the upcoming sessions can be found at under Chapter Events.


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