The Information Resource Management Association of Canada (IRMAC) is the DAMA International Toronto chapter. We are a non-profit, vendor-independent association of information management and business professionals.
We provide Data Management training and certification that help our members and businesses connect with each other to harness data as an asset. They are able to consider the definition and implementation of data and analytics solutions through key disciplines: access; trust; controls through data governance; data architecture; master data management; data quality; data integration; data engineering; metadata; reference data; and, associated best practices for modern data platforms.
Our membership consists of approximately 100-150 data professionals working in IRM or associated areas. Most are practitioners – though industry suppliers are also represented. We are please to welcome our new Enterprise Members:
We meet monthly and are now virtual! 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:
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.