Management Training to be Offered for Municipal IT Technicians
July 8, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
Leaders of IT
departments need skills and knowledge that go beyond technical issues. Technicians who want to become leaders will
soon have access to a professional training course in management skills,
offered at favourable prices through a program endorsed by MISA/ASIM Canada.
More than 30 employees
of municipal information technology departments from Ontario,
Alberta and New Brunswick have taken the Emerging IT
Leader Program since it was first offered in November 2012, with positive
response. The four-day program is run by
the Leaders Beyond group of companies (www.leadersbeyond.com),
which has been conducting university-level courses for the development of IT
leaders since 1992.
has offered to deliver the Emerging IT Leader Program to employees of member
municipalities within MISA/ASIM Canada for a discounted price of $4,200 for
each student, instead of the standard price of $5,250, based on a minimum
attendance of 20.
The MISA/ASIM Canada
Board of Directors has accepted the offer and is promoting it to municipal
members of all five chapters across Canada.
Kathryn Bulko, president
of MISA/ASIM Canada and manager of client relationship management with the
I&T Division of the City of Toronto, reports that the first program
organized in collaboration with MISA/ASIM Canada will be
made available soon in the Toronto area.
Further details will be posted on this website.
The Emerging IT Leader
Program will be a special offer from MISA/ASIM Canada – meaning that there will
be a common discounted price for all municipalities, regardless of size or
location – and will be delivered wherever there is sufficient demand from
chapters anywhere in Canada. A French-language course will be offered if
Bulko commented: "Working with the municipal community is part of the
value statement for members within MISA/ASIM Canada associations. Members can obtain value from these special
offers if the vendors tailor them to the specific needs of local municipal
governments and price them competitively.”
The Emerging IT Leader
Program was described to the MISA/ASIM Canada board in a recent presentation by
Barry Clavir, managing partner of Leaders Beyond, and Mike Levy, director of
operations. Course instructors, all of
whom have experience as CIOs, deliver a series of three-hour classes and
workshops to instill in mid-level practitioners the skills in business
management, communication and team-building necessary to advance to
Class content is not
specific to municipalities. Nevertheless
municipal employees who attended the Emerging IT Leader Program in sessions
conducted in Toronto in November 2012 and Lethbridge, Alberta,
in March 2013 found it relevant to their situations. The program was recommended to the MISA/ASIM
Canada board by both Bulko and Sabina Visser, general manager for IT at the
City of Lethbridge
and president of MISA Prairies.
Visser commented on the
relevance of the program to today’s municipal IT challenges.
expectations for an online, citizen-centred municipality continue growing; as
current IT leaders move on or retire, and with increasing demand/competition
for qualified IT staff, all sizes of municipalities need to focus on developing
their Internal IT staff,” she said.
"The Emerging IT Leader
Program prepares IT staff to explore these environmental factors, and actively
participate in building business technology strategies.”