IT Skills In Canada – Part 4 (Final)

(This is part 4 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here) Here is the final part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 4 – Certifications Aren’t Worth It”.   

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IT Skills Shortage – Myths and Realities – Part 3

(This is part 3 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 3 – I have to leave to stay employed”. …

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IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities – Part 2

(This is part 2 of a 4 part series, you can read the first post here) Here is the second part of my discussion with Shane Schick on the Myths & Realities of the IT Skills & Talent landscape in Canada.  This part is titled “Myth 2 – There aren’t enough Skilled IT people in…

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IT Skills & Talent In Canada – Myths and Realities - Part 1

Working in today’s IT industry comes with a variety of challenges, especially in these tough economic times.  Jobs are becoming more complex, employers expectations are high and employees need more than just technical skills to grow their careers.  I had a chance to sit down with Shane Schick from itWorldCanada to discuss the state of…

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DreamSpark: Preparing the next-gen workforce

I have been thinking a lot lately about the IT skills shortage. According to the Information and Communications Technology Council, from 2008 to 2015, Canadian employers will need to recruit as many as 178,800 technology workers. But based on their projections we’ll likely fall short of hiring requirements in a number of areas. This is…

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National Forum for Women in Technology Builds Momentum with Microsoft Canada

National Forum for Women in Technology Builds Momentum with Microsoft Canada and Launch of BC Chapter CATA WIT Expands its Support to Women in Technology in Challenging Economic Times Vancouver, March 17 2009 – The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance – Women in Technology (CATA WIT) Forum, today announced Microsoft Canada as its newest national sponsor…

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Canada <Heart> IT. Vote Now – IgniteIT Awards

This year we brought together the MSDN and Technet Canada awards to create the IgniteIT Awards.  This is a special award in Canada as it recognizes the hard work and innovation of the members of our IT community across Canada. The submission periods is close and now we are on to the Voting phase.  It’s…

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Hey Canada Technology Professionals: Ignite Your Career!

We’ve launched a great new set of webcasts called “Ignite Your Career”.  It’s all focused on helping Canada’s ICT professionals be a successful as possible.  So, it’s all about you.  We’ve pulled together 6 great topics and a set of awesome guest speakers.  If you head to the site you will see a list of…

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It’s time to get creative

If you haven’t already, check out the Ontario in the Creative Age report released last week by Richard Florida and Roger Martin of the Rotman School of Management. It’s focused on Ontario, but it applies to every major city in Canada. It’s fascinating stuff, but also in-depth. Simply put it discusses how Ontario needs to…

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Techdays – A Revolution In Supporting Your Career & Developing Your Skills.

Techdays 2008 – our premier event for Canada’s Developers & IT Professionals – will soon be here.  Today I wrote this to be included in a newsletter we are sending out to the IT Professional audience.  I thought I would share it here on my blog as well: Techdays is a unique event in Canada…

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