Key management shifts – Caeerwatch

Two key IT management moves have been made at Royal Bank. Al Tinney has left his post as Senior Vice President RBC Banking Technology, Systems and Technology to take on the role of CIO of Moneris Solutions, a joint investment between Royal Bank and Bank of Montreal, providing advanced information management solutions linked to payment processing. Located in Toronto, he will be responsible for product development and information technology. Mr. Tinney told CIO Canada he is “looking forward to leveraging our Canadian platform as we expand our operation in the U.S.”

Irene Sobolewski takes over

Mr. Tinney’s former position. Prior to the move, she was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Client Information & Project Services, and a member of the Senior Executive Team managing Systems and Technology at the Royal Bank Financial Group. Also located in Toronto, Ms. Sobolewski’s challenges in the new job will include “pushing the envelope on integration (EAI), automation and re-use to support the RBC vision of being a leading provider of integrated financial services.”

Wilf Loewrigkeit, ISP, is the new Vice President of Information Technology at OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), based in Toronto. A key item on his agenda will be outsourcing. Mr. Loewrigkeit was formerly Vice President, Systems and Services, for National Life.

Peter Bruce is now Director General, Information and Knowledge Management Technology, for the National Library and the National Archives, based in the National Capital Region. Mr. Bruce returns to the Federal Public Service after a two-year leave of absence, during which time he worked with the Government of Ontario. His last year with the Ontario Public Service was spent managing the Information and Information Technology Strategy, Policy, Planning and Management Branch at Management Board. In his first year with the OPS, he was responsible for the information systems in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, College and Universities Mr. Bruce was formerly the Director General of the Information Management Services Branch at the Department of Justice. He has extensive experience with the Federal Public Service, having worked in six departments over sixteen years.

After 38 years of service, Louis Forget, Director General, Information Technology Services, for the National Library and the National Archives, has retired. “Mr. Forget’s contribution to libraries across Canada, and to the National Library in particular, has been inestimably realized through his vision, his management style and his unfailing belief in the potential of information technology,” states his retirement notice. Mr. Forget harnessed the power and reach of technology to the vast resources of libraries and, more recently archives, to offer Canadians information services that are robust, state-of-the-art and client-centred. Over the last two years, he successfully led a consolidation of IT services in the NA and the NLC, the consequences of which will benefit Canadians for years to come. Mr. Forget told CIO Canada that his retirement plans include volunteer work for a variety of organizations.

CareerWatch is compiled with the assistance of Douglas Weir, President of Weir Executive Search Associates Inc., a Toronto firm specializing in IT executive recruitment. He can be reached at dw@weirassociates.com.