Posted July 2, 2008
The Chairs’ Dinner 2008 was a glittering, well attended affair that honoured the achievements of the ITAC community and its outgoing chair David MacDonald on June 26. The dinner provided a showcase for the presentation of the IT Hero Awards. It also featured an excellent address by Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation. Tom’s presentation included a “hot-off-the-press” look at Compete to Win, the report of the federally appointed Competition Policy Review Panel.
Tom was a member of the five person panel which was chaired by Red Wilson. The panel made a number of recommendations to strengthen Canadian competitiveness. Many of their recommendations reflected ITAC’s own submission to the panel’s consultations and align with ITAC public policy priorities. For example, a key recommendation is to improve the development of Canadian talent through improvements to the post secondary education system and fast-tracked immigration. The panel also recommended the creation of a permanent Competitiveness Council to provide ongoing public policy input to Government. This was one of ITAC’s recommendations as well.