Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

February 18, 2009 16:28 ET

PIPSC: The Future of Information Technology in the Public Service to Be Debated at Symposium

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - As the federal government prepares to bundle all its Information Technology services and outsource them to one provider, representatives of the labour movement, academia and the private sector will gather at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec on February 20, 2009 for a symposium on the future of Information Management and Information Technology (IM/IT) in the public service. The event is being organized by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the union representing over 16,000 IM/IT public service professionals.

The biggest gathering of unionized IM/IT representatives in Canadian history, the conference demonstrates the resolve of these professionals to address this, and other challenges they face in the non-union culture prevalent in the IT/IM world. Key topics to be discussed include:

- Issues related to the upcoming retirement of the baby-boomer generation and plans under way to recruit new IT professionals;

- The impact of next-generation, ground-breaking devices on IM/IT professionals;

- How IM/IT schools adapt their curriculum to keep pace with technological change;

- The impact of outsourcing IM/IT services on public sector employees and on the citizens they serve, such as the loss of security over Canadian content, the off-shoring of Canadian jobs in tough economic times, and whether or not the long-term use of contract IM/IT workers represents value for money for Canadian taxpayers.

During the morning session, participants will share their experiences, visions and ideas as they discuss anticipated developments in the IT/IM field. The afternoon session will feature a spirited discussion by labour representatives of the impact these developments will have on their members and on the Canadian public at large.

The symposium agenda will be available on the PIPSC Web site at starting as of February 19, 2009 a.m.

Contact Information

  • Pierre Villon
    613-228-9018, extension 2228
    613-794-9369 (cell)