The Information Resource Management Association of Canada is a non-profit, vendor independent association of information management and business professionals.
Our primary objective is to provide a forum for members to exchange information, experiences and promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information and data as a key enterprise asset.
Purpose of the Association
- To supply to our members current information in the field of information management.
- To encourage and promote a professional attitude among members in their pursuit of the discipline of information management and in their relations to others similarly engaged.
- To facilitate a community environment for members to develop and enrich their professional network.
- To foster a greater understanding of the vital business role of information management and the enterprise value of well managed information assets among executives, the public, and the members of the Association.
- To promote information management education.
- To maintain close liaison with the vendors and developers of information management software, equipment and services and to co-operate with all organizations affected directly or indirectly by the Association.
Our membership consists of approximately 100-150 data professionals working in IRM or associated areas. Most are practitioners - though industry suppliers are also represented.
Amongst our current or recent Corporate Members are:
- Bank of Montreal
- CAAT Pension Plan
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- Ernst & Young
- Home Trust Company
- Humber College
- Manulife Financial
- Ministry of Education
- Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
- University of Toronto
- Yamana Gold Inc.
We are affiliated with the Data Management Association or DAMA International. Members of IRMAC enjoy full DAMA benefits. Please see http://www.dama.org for details. We encourage the establishment of new chapters in areas which can provide service to new groups of members.
IRMAC meets ten times a year from September to June. At each meeting, a presentation or panel discussion is followed by a question and answer period. Prominent past speakers have included Bill Inmon, Ralph Kimball, Ronald Ross, and John Zachman.
Presentations are made frequently by the association membership, who speak from personal experience about their plans, approach to problems, and tools and techniques they have tried.
The annual IRMAC luncheon, included in the yearly membership fee, is held in June and features a special guest speaker.
Topics covered during recent IRMAC meetings include:
- Practical Data Governance
- Big Data strategies
- Semantic web technologies
- Adventures in Agile BI
- Metadata and repositories
- Data journalism: ethics and pitfalls
Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month at an easily accessible location within the City of Toronto. Check our web site listings for details. Registration typically starts at 4:15 pm, with the presentation proper starting at 4:30 pm. Meetings are adjourned by 6:00 pm. with the opportunity to network following the meeting. The majority of our meetings (except for the Annual Lunch) may also be attended remotely via webinar.
Special Interest Groups
The purpose of a Special Interest Group (or SIG), as its name suggests, is to focus on a topic that is narrower than the interests of the main body to which the SIG is attached. From time-to-time interest in particular topics become so intense that closer communication is appropriate.
Our Data Warehouse Special Interest Group ran for almost 15 years and was instrumental in developing the specialty in the Toronto area. Other SIGs have focussed on Metadata and on Enterprise Information Management.