Advisory Groups

Cybersecurity Talent Alliance

TECHNATION’s Cybersecurity Talent Alliance (CTA) provides national leadership and guidance on the development of a sustainable cybersecurity ecosystem – including the creation of accelerated learning programs, career pathways and collaborative initiatives – to close the talent gap across Canada.

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The HR Forum

The HR Forum is a peer-to-peer networking group that allows for information sharing and discussion of the latest HR trends, views, best practices, and challenges within the tech community. An excellent professional development opportunity for HR professionals or those in managerial positions within the tech industry, meetings are typically roundtable and supported by peer and expert presentations in an informal and privileged platform environment. You can also earn re-certification points for your CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional) and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) designations by attending the TECHNATION HR Forum meetings.

The Future Workforce Development Strategic Advisory Group

This Strategic Advisory Group consists of a small selection of senior thinkers/ strategic HR leaders from some of our key TECHNATION members. The objective of this group is to identify collaborative opportunities that will influence better national workforce outcomes and drive change in the workforce development eco-system. Small, medium and large organizations are intentionally represented. Participation is by invitation only. If you have a strategic role in your organization that ties to national education or workforce objectives, please contact us.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/ Employer Readiness

Canada needs skilled talent with practical experience to support leadership in the digital economy. TECHNATION engages in multi-stakeholder partnerships and works collaboratively to create quality WIL opportunities for young Canadians and better align work-ready skills development to ensure that students are better positioned to secure meaningful employment opportunities across all tech enabled disciplines.

The TECHNATION Work Integrated Learning program is anticipated to grow to include:

  • Opportunities for students to gain the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in ICT WIL placements.
  • Employer readiness activities that will provide learning opportunities and guidance to help businesses prepare for and provide students with a rewarding WIL experience.
  • Additional support and guidance for small and medium business who may not know what type of placement would best suit their goals or how to get the most out of the WIL experience.
  • Development of a platform to help deliver on the above requirements.

In addition, TECHNATION will collect data and provide insights on:

  • How it can improve the WIL experience for both students and employers;
  • Alignment of educational and training programs to industry roles; and
  • Industry recruiting practices and trends.

Business Technology Management (BTM) Forum

BTM was introduced in 2009 at the undergraduate level in response to the feedback that new ICT graduates didn’t have the business skills needed by today’s organizations. Working together with academic institutions, industry and sector associations, TECHNATION Future Workforce Development defined a set of learning outcomes and competency standards required by industry, drawing heavily on relevant international standards for similar programs. TECHNATION remains the voice of industry into the BTM and supports the BTM secretariat

BTM programs are represented in several universities and colleges across Canada. These programs equip graduates with the right technical and business competencies to be ‘job ready’ and help lead and support the safe, effective, competitive use of information technologies in business.

For more information on BTM and the corresponding BTM Forum, a marquee organization that provides a unifying voice to the BTM profession as well as accreditation and certification to educational institutions, academics and professionals, please visit btm-forum.org.

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