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Past Events

BCS UC -2015/16 Media & Technology, Radio with 'Mike Atom' 10/11/2015
PJ O'Briens Irish Pub and Restaurant
The Vintage Conservatory
The Future of IT in Manufacturing 09/06/2015
The Vintage Conservatory
Trends in Computer Aided Design and Digital Manufacturing 05/05/2015
PJ O'Briens Irish Pub and Restaurant
Manufacturing Quality 14/04/2015
PJ O'Briens Irish Pub and Restaurant
Chinese New Year Dinner and Talk 11/02/2015
Szechuan Szechuan
Manufacturing: The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) 28/10/2014
Cambridge Club, Oak Room
Annual General Meeting 17/09/2014
Why IT is not the answer to Innovation in Healthcare & Other fields 24/06/2014
Cambridge Club, Oak Room
IT and Patient-Centred Care 27/05/2014
C'est What

Welcome to the BCS in Upper Canada community portal.


"Upper Canada" is one of a growing number of overseas sections of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, promotes wider social and economic progress through the advancement of information technology science and practice serving over 70,000 members including practitioners, businesses, academics and students, in the UK and internationally.

The BCS is furthermore part of the Engineering Council UK (ECUK) the regulating body for engineers, technologists and technicians. The ECUK is affiliated with ESOEPE, FEANI, EurEta and the International Register of Professional Engineers.


We serve the BCS membership community in the Southern Ontario area of Canada.
The purpose of this web-presence is to inform our members, and the general IT community, of our activities in this region.

We also strive to provide services and facilities which are of interest for our members and allow them to stay connected in a geographically broad region.

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  • Multimedia Publishing
  • BCS HQ integration

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We have seen the Future of IT in Manufacturing, and in some ways, it is scary.



SAP Canada - The Future of IT in Manufacturing
Glenn Sawer, the SAPs National Director for SCM & Manufacturing provided us with an excellent and informative update on how SAP is providing IoT solutions in the mining and motorcycle industry. A very interesting presentation, full of audio visual delights of Harley motorcycle manufacturing and big earth movers. A well attended event with humourous discussion and debate between the 15 attendees.


Trends in Computer Aided Design & Digital Manufacturing.
Michael Gardiner,  Director Industry Strategy, Siemens Digital Factory provided an informative and engaging presentation on innovation and digitization strategies for Canadian manufacturers. CAD/CAM has come along way since the early 90s, the world of digitization presents many opportunities across the manufacturing sector. A well attended event, with great interaction with the speaker.




MANUFACTURING QUALITY - A Risk Management Perspective

John Penkala, President of the Sonic Group, provided an entertaining and informative lecture on Risk Management for manufacturing quality assurance. An overview of the ISO9001:2205 changes was given, along with a risk management and strategic perspective on quality risk management as a competitive necessity, with case studies. John's presentation was well received by our audience of 16.



Who would have thought that CAD/CAM could be fun AND informative?




CHINESE NEW YEAR - Moon on a Dime

We had Peter Visscher, PEng, BESc. Chief Technology Officer Argo Vehicle, Space, and Robotics @ ODG,  provided an insight to vehicle design and testing for space discovery missions, including a humorous exposé of testing in various regions of the world, such as Hawaii. A well attended February event with approx. 25 interested, future space evangelists enjoying the ambience and excellent talk. Peter kept it light hearted and on the upside, even though his team had many challenges to overcome.




ANDY BYFORD TTC CEO - Manufacturing Change           

 We had the pleasure of hearing Andy Byford at the Cambridge Club in October, with a record turnout of some 40 like minded professionals interested in how the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) is being transformed. Andy provided an overview of his career in London and Australia transportation services and how this influenced the TTC vision. for enabling change through new services, people, technology and culture. A very interesting and humorous account of everything from changing organization culture to his passionate focus on Customer Service.






Chinese New Year Lecture, a great success!

Our presenter Glenn Lanteigne CEO Tectonic Advisory Services Inc. Provided an excellent insight into Ontario's eHealth strategies and opportunities. Glenn's light hearted, yet very informative style engaged the audience. Glenn provided an overview of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association and the professional career paths and opportunites that are in demand across Canada.

The audience was made up of BCS members and also members from IMechE and the IET. 27 professionals in attendance. All in all a great event. The presentation is located under Meeting & Events, Chinese New Year.



For those who attended the October lecture, you will remember how the speaker referred to humans as being the only species able to capture and pass along knowledge.

Bletchley Park is a testament to how knowledge can be buried and forgotten. As can the accomplishments of some extraordinary people. Catch the TVO series on Bletchley Park to see how extraordinary people did extraordinary things, such as create the first electronic computer.

Now, ask yourself: how do you capture and pass along knowledge? And how do others pass along knowledge to you?



One of the highlights of visiting the National Museum of Computing at Beltchley Park is to see a placard highlighting the "firsts" in computing. The very first entry, looks like a bowling ball amongst some electronics. Probably because that is what it is!

This was the very first trackball. Built by Canadians:)

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