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Canadian Information Processing Society

The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) is legally recognized as the association that advances and self-regulates the Information Technology profession in Canada.[2] The association certifies professionals against a standard of practice and competency, assigning the designation that recognizes the level of experience of the IT Professional holder in the eyes of the general public:

  • Beginner: Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP)
  • Seasoned: Information Systems Professional (I.S.P.) / Business Technology Management
  • Expert: Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP)
Canadian Information Processing Society
L'Association Canadienne de l'Informatique
Not for profit
IndustryProfessional Society
HeadquartersMississauga, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Bashir Fancy, I.S.P., ITCP, is the Chair of the Canadian Information Processing Society National Board.[1]
Number of employees
5 (excluding volunteers)

The society also performs accreditation of computer science, software engineering and Business Technology Management programs, as well as college/technical institute level programs in Computer Systems Technology, Applied Information Technology, and finally, Post-Diploma type programs at Canadian universities. CIPS is responsible for defining the Canadian IT Body of Knowledge,[3] and for enforcing a Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.



Calvin Gotlieb helped found CIPS in 1958,[4] serving as its president from 1960 to 1961.[5] Calvin was elected as founding fellow in 2006.[6][7] The first President of CIPS was Fred Thomas serving in 1958 to 1959.

Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper provided a message to CIPS on the 50th anniversary.[8]


Each province has a provincial body that administers the legislation or regulation establishing the self-regulating professional body. This consists of the following bodies:

  • CIPS Alberta & North West Territories
  • CIPS British Columbia & Yukon
  • CIPS Manitoba
  • CIPS New Brunswick
  • CIPS Newfoundland and Labrador & Nunavut
  • CIPS Nova Scotia
  • CIPS Ontario
  • CIPS Prince Edward Island
  • CIPS Saskatchewan
  • In Québec, CIPS is partnered with the Réseau ACTION TI.[9]

CIPS is the founding member organisation of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).[10] IFIP works on establishing international standards for information technology and software engineering. CIPS is also a member of South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC) and a founding member of IFIP IP3.[11] CIPS is also a constituent member of the ICCP, .[12] which is the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals, based out of the USA, and dedicated to the establishment of high professional standards for the computer industry across North America.

CIPS is also a member organization of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), a worldwide association of professional organizations which have come together to provide a forum to standardize, professionalize, and otherwise advance the discipline of Enterprise Architecture.


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  1. ^ "We need to help bridge skills gaps, says CEO and Chairman of CIPS - Interview with Brian Jackson of IT World Canada".
  2. ^ "Government of Canada, Industry Canada, CIPS - National Office - Complete Profile". Government of Canada, Industry Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2008-2009" (PDF). CIPS Chartered under Industry Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "Founder". CIPS. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "Calvin Gotlieb FCIPS (Fellow's profile)". CIPS (the Canadian Information Processing Society). Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  6. ^ "CIPS Fellow Members". CIPS (the Canadian Information Processing Society). Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  7. ^ "Awards and Accolades May 2006 Gotlieb Elected Inaugural CIPS Fellow". University of Toronto. Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "Message from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper". CIPS Chartered under Industry Canada. Retrieved April 2, 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "About CIPS". CIPS. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  10. ^ "IFIP General Assembly 1. Full Members". IFIP. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "IP3 - Leading the Development of the Global IT Profession". IFIP IP3. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  12. ^ "About ICCP". ICCP. Retrieved April 3, 2010.

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