Membership Benefits

The key benefits of membership include our advocacy, networking and professional development opportunities.

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Act as the Industry – Government Nexus for Canada’s ICT companies

  • Executive Briefings – Briefings with Ministers and senior leaders within the Government of Canada, and the Ontario government, to address ways the Canadian tech sector and government can work together to help government innovate, transform, and modernize.
  • Federal & Ontario Public Sector Business Committees – Bring together senior corporate business leaders whose companies focus on sales to government. Meetings involve presentations from key government stakeholders on procurement and government initiatives of interest to members.
  • Disrupting Government Procurement – We work closely with federal and provincial governments as they transform and procure more modern innovative technology. We advocate for fair, open and inclusive procurement by government jurisdictions for the benefit of our industry. Our input is consistently sought and heard by government – a tribute to our effective advocacy of well-founded industry positions.
  • Policy Advocacy – Our advocacy on policy matters range from privacy, cybersecurity, economic development, procurement, digital transformation – and more! Every year we also work with our members to present pre-budget submissions to both federal and provincial budgets, and we present to Finance committees when called upon.
  • Federal Hill Day and Queen’s Park Day – Annual events that enable members to engage directly with Cabinet Ministers and other senior officials, inside the Government of Canada and the Ontario Government respectively, on industry-wide issues and recommend solutions.
  • Industry Day – TECHNATION is committed to driving change and promoting collaboration between the public and private sectors in Canada. To achieve this goal, TECHNATION hosts Industry Days bringing key government leaders and industry together to address tech adoption and government procurement and explore ways that Canada’s tech sector and government can collaborate to develop a roadmap to accelerate digital government for Canadians.
  • Federal & Ontario Value of Procurement Modernization Working Groups – Consults with and advises  TECHNATION’s Government Relations & Policy (GR&P) team with recommendations for modernizing the approach to government procurement to both achieve needed policy direction, ensure equitable opportunity for all companies, and deliver value for Canadians.
  • Enabling Digital Government for Everyone (EDGE) Webinars – Focused webinars on thought leadership and practical approaches to help governments with the ‘HOW’ of successfully adopting and deploying enabling technology. The goal is to facilitate more frequent dialogue between government and industry to effect change and ultimately deliver better digital services to everyone.


Deliver programs that drive “access” and create business opportunities for technology companies in Canada

  • CIO + CCIO Events – These events offer an open and transparent value exchange between industry and provincial governments; increased awareness of current provincial challenges and opportunities; and identify opportunities for innovation, citizen-centric digital solutions to accelerate government modernization; and to identify tech enabled supports needed during recovery and rebuild and partner for future resilience.
  • Broader Public Sector CIO Briefings – Distinguished panelists will discuss critical issues and opportunities facing Broader Public Sector Leaders and their agencies. This series is designed to be an open and transparent value exchange and to encourage the sharing of information between industry and government as well as to jointly identify IT challenges and solutions.
  • Diversity & Inclusion – Initiatives that support women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and Persons with Disabilities in the workplace to ensure we are addressing current and projected labour shortages in the ICT sector.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities – Provides brand recognition, thought leadership and expanded exposure to key government and industry stakeholders.
  • Strategic Knowledge Exchange – Platform to bring together diverse global executives and government influencers for exclusive roundtable sessions.
  • International Trade Missions – Our funding subsidizes 50% of major costs for participating companies. We help you access international market intelligence and connect you to on-the-ground business and government supports and key contacts.
  • WITSA Global Business Exchange (GBX) – A robost B2B networking platform allowing your organization to establish and expand business partnerships all around the world.
  • Ingenious Awards – Celebrating excellence in the use of technology by organizations in all walks of Canadian life, in a way that solves problems, improves performance, introduces new services or helps a business to grow.
  • HR Forum – Specialized forum for sharing HR best practices


Drive national productivity and competitiveness through digital workforce readiness

  • Career Ready Program – Connecting industry and TECHNATION members with early talent pipelines through student engagement events including student challenges (hackathons), career fairs and workshops. Wage subsidies of up to $7,500.00 for each post-secondary student you hire.
  • Student Challenges – Work with TECHNATION to develop a student challenge that aligns with their business model and marketing needs. Students will work in groups to compete for cash prizes and gives you the opportunity to crowdsource ideas to solve real business problems or to create solutions for the tech industry.
  • TECHNATION’s CareerFinder Platform – A real-time online portal highlighting national job openings and labour market data for the key tech job categories of Cybersecurity, AI, Hybrid and pure Tech roles. This scalable tool is designed to support intelligent career decision making.
  • ADaPT Program – A skills development and work placement initiative that helps to bridge the employment gap for recent graduates by teaching them professional and digital skills, followed by work placement terms, to support their transition into technology and digital careers.
  • Global Talent Stream – TECHNATION is a partner of Canada’s Global Skill Strategy as a designated referral partner for the Global Talent Stream. If you are looking to hire unique and specialized foreign workers and meet the program requirements, TECHNATION can help with the application and provide a referral to help expedite the hiring process.


Influence policy on behalf of members, focus advocacy efforts towards nationally accepted standards, and support the adoption of innovative health technologies

  • Health Interoperability & Standards Committee – A committee to promote the adoption of internationally accepted standards for technology, nomenclature, data, and interoperability in the health sector; and to ensure our membership’s interests are being represented in key areas related to standards and emerging Provincial and Federal regulation
  • Health Advocacy Committee – Develops research and position papers that support industry partners as they make their case to various levels of government, with procurement issues often front and center
  • Health Procurement Task Force – The mandate of this task force is to continually streamline the procurement process of healthcare technology related goods and services in Canada
  • Health Membership and Program Committee – Develops relevant educational programming and partnership events to address emerging issues in digital medicine and health by bringing together members and potential partners.
  • Canadian Reception at HIMMS – A sponsored reception at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  • Health TECH Talks – At the request of Health Ministry leaders, seeking further information to provide them with a deeper knowledge on a variety of digital health technologies topics, TECHNATION organizes a series of Health TECH Talks.  This initiative provides TECHNATION members the opportunity to present their experts and expertise on various topics.


Collaborate with other national organizations to create and deliver programs that will engage our membership’s unique capabilities to enable digital transformation across all sectors in Canada

  • Cybersecurity Taskforce & Forum – This group of thought leaders in the cybersecurity space is leading the discussion on how to address the most pressing needs in Canada related to Cybersecurity.  Initially focused on the talent gap and crisis they will galvanize the TECHNATION membership to influence how best to address the most pressing issues in cybersecurity today.

Industry Impact – Thought Leadership

We are driving the adoption of digital transformation across Canada. Discover how we are paving the way for the future of Canada’s evolving economy through our #BackonTrack Podcast Series, research reports and annual reviews.

  • #BackOnTrack Podcast Series – new podcast series, featuring thought leaders in Canada’s tech ecosystem, including business leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, investors, and others – all tech influencers and change agents – focused on getting Canada back in the game!
  • Government’s Embracing Cloud – Best practices for moving toward a cloud environment have been established and can be leveraged by Canadian governments. This paper makes nine recommendations to help governments make this important step forward.
  • Accelerating the Adoption of Digital Health Technologies in Canada – a white paper highlighting barriers to the adoption of the emerging technologies that are required to accelerate the transformation of Canada’s current healthcare system.
  • Agile procurement program – a national program that leverages one of the most powerful economic levers that the Government has – its purchasing power – to drive economic recovery for Canada’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), implement ‘virtual shovel ready’ projects, and transform the way that government serves its citizens.