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March 2017

New CIO Announced

The Information Technology Services (ITS) portfolio within University Operations currently has eight directors in place, with a mandate to continue to enhance the alignment of information technology to the university’s mission. The University’s inaugural CIO, Robert Cook, took the helm in 2008. Since that time, the ITS team has collaborated with academic and administrative stakeholders to renew the central administrative data centre and the tri-campus wireless network; strengthened the profile of information security through Policy and services; expanded the Academic Toolbox and Online Learning professional services; initiated the Next Generation Student Information Services program; and introduced the university to cloud services. Following 8 years in the role, Bob signalled his intention to retire, and a Search Committee was struck, with broad representation across the University.

Scott Mabury is delighted to announce that Bo Wandschneider has accepted U of T's offer to join the University Operations team as CIO, effective May 1, 2017.

A respected IT veteran, Bo Wandschneider has spent 30 years in Higher Education Information Technology, first at the University of Guelph and more recently as CIO and Associate Vice Principal, Information Technology, at Queen’s University. His early years included a decade in an academic unit where Bo was embedded in the research enterprise and actively engaged in teaching and learning. These experiences have allowed him to develop a deep appreciation and understanding of the needs of the academic community.

During his career, Bo has been through two institution-wide email migrations; introduced an Administrative Systems Steering Committee to oversee the prioritization of enterprise administrative projects; and developed an ITS Strategic Plan. He has led and developed several partnerships around research data management, discovery and analysis, including a lead role in the formation of the ODESI project through Scholars Portal. Bo also has experience reorganizing an ITS leadership team, starting what Bo refers to as a “cultural change process”.   

A truly collaborative leader, Bo is well known across Canada for the breadth and depth of his knowledge, his desire to build partnerships, and his openness and willingness to share information and expertise with colleagues and staff. A frequent presenter at various professional forums such as Educause and CANHEIT, Bo is known as a visionary thinker and an effective strategist.

As our second CIO, Bo will take the helm from Patrick Hopewell who has been serving as Acting CIO since January 1. From May 1st, Bo will be located in the CIO office on the lower ground level of Simcoe Hall.

Please join us in welcoming Bo to ITS and to University of Toronto.

ITS Committees

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, April 12th - IT Leaders Forum


An InfoSec Digital Scavenger Hunt is coming soon!

Be on the lookout for a special Information Security digital scavenger hunt and contest to be released in the next week! Find the clues and enter a chance to win a $100 Gift Card. More details coming soon!

Follow @UofTCyberAware on Twitter! 

TechKnowFile 2017 Registration is open until Noon, April 17th


The full program for the conference is now available. We invite the community to review the program then proceed to the TechKnowFile Conference Registration page.

Can you be IT savvy and athletic?

Yep! Join #TKF17 and attend exclusive activities at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. When you register for TKF, you can sign-up for free activities at U of T Scarborough’s Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Learn more.

What’s on for TechKnowFile 2017?

This year, Bruce Kidd, Vice-President U of T and Principal UTSC will open TechKnowFile conference, followed by a keynote address by Michael Kaiser of the National Cyber Security Alliance on the topic of “Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity”.

The TechKnowFile 2017 organizing team is pleased to offer a variety of presentations and tutorials for this year’s program, including a fun game of Cybersecurity Jeopardy, an AODA Discussion Panel and exclusive sponsor presentations by Huawei, Dell, Shop3D, Coldfront Labs and EPSON.

Staff and faculty at U of T will soon have access to Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education suite. Office 365 includes e-mail, calendaring, data storage, online versions of Office applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, instant messaging via Skype for Business, video conferencing, and many other applications. “This initiative enables U of T’s faculty and staff to join over 227,000 students and alumni already benefiting from the Office 365 suite since June 2011,” says Scott Mabury, VP, University Operations.

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VoIP Coming to U of T
Starting in spring 2017, a new modern Voice over IP (VoIP) system provided by BroadConnect Telecom will be available for adoption by Divisions and Departments at the U of T.

This new service offering has been selected after extensive community consultation, needs analysis and technology evaluations with the goal of providing better services and advanced unified communications features for staff and faculty while also reducing costs.

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HR Technology Announcement
Beginning April 1, 2017 and over the next 12 months Cathy Eberts will assume the enhanced role of Director, EASI and HR Technology.  In this role, Cathy will continue to report to the Chief Information Officer, providing leadership to the Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration (EASI) department within the CIO portfolio as part of the Division of University Operations.  As a result of this strategic realignment across my senior leadership team, Cathy will now also formally report to me with a portion of her time dedicated to leading the  development and implementation of a University-wide HR Technology roadmap. 

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From the Thinking Architecturally Blog

"Diagrams and Models"


When was the last time you sat down to diagram your IT process, solution or idea? Frank Boshoff speaks to the critical task of diagraming solutions and understanding them in this issue of Thinking Architecturally Blog. 

Read more about Diagrams and Models

The Information Security Awareness & Education team is publishing a series of 2-minute educational videos on how to handle the security of your data.

This month, we are focusing on Phishing Indicators.

Watch them, share them! 

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