President's Message

Dear Members,

The first year of my two-year term has been a humbling experience and a privilege, serving you the membership and advocating for the profession. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic Executive Team and Board of Governors, and increased engagement with IIA Canada and IIA Global Chapter Relations on chapter governance. During the past chapter year, a number of objectives were met or exceeded, as we responded to the challenges and opportunities thrust upon us by COVID, such as:

• Increased membership to over 2,800

• Increased certification by 10%

• We held over 10 Chapter Education Sessions, pivoting effectively and efficiently to virtual

• Collaborated with 4 other Canadian Chapters to deliver virtual programming

• More than 1,200 CPEs issued

• Continuation of value-add CAE round tables delivering 7 sessions

• Recognized as a Building Awareness Champion

• Implementation of virtual social events to enable members to network with each other and stay connected.

• Increased our volunteers to more than 88

• Advocacy advancements with regulatory bodies, plus industry-specific working groups

• Strengthened relationships with colleges and universities through Academic Relations

• Best-practice governance, delineating the Executive Team from the Board of Governors

As a result of our all the chapter activities this past year, the Toronto Chapter has achieved an operating status of Platinum. This means that we have achieved at least Gold status in 9 of the last 10 years.

We really appreciate the support of all our volunteers and offer our sincere thanks - it’s due to your volunteer support that the Chapter is able to do what we do for our members. It is a rewarding experience to volunteer and I encourage you to consider how you can get involved and support your Chapter, since there are many ways to contribute.

Also, we really appreciate the support of all our partners and sponsors. Their financial support has enabled us to put the member’s money to the highest and best use for programming. While uncertainties remain as we accommodate a new normal, post COVID and with important Diversity Equity and Inclusion work ahead, I am excited about the second year of my term, including chairing the Nominations Committee. With the support of all our stakeholders, I am confident that the chapter can continue serving the membership and advocate for the profession.

Colin Shaw

President, IIA Toronto Chapter​