CIO Association of Canada Peer Forum 2015 CIOCAN

At first, I was disappointed that a variety of work projects prevented me from making it to the annual Peer Forum hosted by the CIO Association of Canada. It’s usually one of the highlights of my year, providing me with contacts and stories for many months that follow. It’s one of the only events of its kind designed by its own audience. Plus, this year it was in Vancouver, which is always a great place to visit.

Now that it’s over, though, I feel like I was given a play-by-play commentary on the proceedings by several attendees via social media. Of course, live-tweeting at events isn’t new, but it’s very rare to see a group of CIOs in what looked like a race to out-tweet each other with insights from the keynotes and breakout sessions. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many IT leaders sharing their experience on social media in real-time before. Here’s just a sample of what caught my eye.

There were some overall comments on the business of leadership:

Some good advice on stick-handling other members of the C-suite:

And of course, an ongoing look at innovation:

There was a lot more, and many of them can be found in the Twitter feed that’s embed on the CIOCAN Web site. Think of it as a scrapbook put together by the association’s members of what sounded like a great conference — and a great way to make the business case for not missing out next year.

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