Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is a widely respected executive with more than 20 years of experience in the leadership of information technology, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Facility Management for Vancity Credit Union. Previously, she was Sr VP of IT and CIO at Pacific Blue Cross and CAA British Columbia.
Catherine is the CEO and Chair of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) and Executive in Residence at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. She also an experienced board member having served on several boards, including those of Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, the Burnaby Board of Trade and is the Founding President of the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN). Catherine has a strong understanding of Board Governance and Oversight and received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Dr Boivie has been publicly recognized for her contributions, including the University of Waterloo Mathematics Alumni Achievement Medal and was named one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category and has recently received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for being a "catalyst for technology transformation".
Catherine believes that one has to “put back into society what one takes out”. Hence she was instrumental in establishing various funds to assist others: YWCA of Vancouver - to provide child care to support single mothers wishing to return to the workplace, Couchiching Institute in Public Affairs to sponsor those who otherwise could not attend the annual conference and University of Waterloo to provide financial assistance for graduate students in mathematics.