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New CIO Takes Mantle as Honourary Chair of GTEC 2009

Canada’s New CIO Takes Mantle as Honourary Chair of GTEC 2009
Corinne Charette to play a visible role in Canada’s Government Technology Event

July 28, 2009 -- Ottawa, ON: The newly appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Government of Canada, Corinne Charette, has assumed the role of Honourary Chair for GTEC, following on the stewardship of Deputy CIO, Peter Bruce, for the past 7 months.

According to GTEC’s Executive Director, Kevin d’Entremont, "The partnership between the CIO and GTEC helps to align our event with government vision and make it more relevant to attendees. It also helps create more opportunities to leverage GTEC for bilateral and other meetings between governments."

The role of Honourary Chair was formalized in 2007, when the Federal CIO at the time, Ken Cochrane, began working more closely with GTEC. The Federal CIO and Honourary Chair hosts many key functions at the event and delivers a keynote presentation on the opening day of GTEC, on the federal vision for IT services.

"I am pleased to accept this role of honorary chair," said Corinne Charette. "As CIO for the Government of Canada, I believe that a strong, informed, collaborative Information Management (IM)/Information Technology (IT) Community is the foundation for successful IM/IT investment and solution delivery across government. GTEC Week brings the private and public sectors together to share expertise, lessons learned, emerging priorities and best practices."

GTEC, the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference, is now in its 17th year and is produced in Ottawa by United Business Media. The event includes a professional development conference, a major exhibition, the Distinction Awards Gala and an international delegates program.

Over the past three years, GTEC has explored "Government 2.0" as a way for governments to integrate web 2.0 technologies into their service transformation efforts. This year’s theme, "Government 2.0 Service Mash-ups", applies the private sector concept of mash-ups to public sector services, using a Framework Deloitte has created for GTEC to drive common learning experiences for our delegates. On the final day of GTEC we will transition to our 2010 theme "High Performance Government".

More information on GTEC can be found at

About Corinne Charette:

Corinne Charette appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer of the Government of Canada, effective May 4, 2009.

Corinne comes to Treasury Board Secretariat from Transat A.T. Inc. where she was Vice-President and Chief Information Officer since May 2006. Previously, Ms. Charette was Deputy Director and Chief Information Officer of FINTRAC. During her 30-year professional career, she served as Senior Vice-President, Internet Channel, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and has worked for KPMG, IBM Global Services and Via Rail Canada.

Corinne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Concordia University.