ISACA got its start in 1967, when a small group of individuals with similar jobs—auditing controls in the computer
systems that were becoming increasingly critical to the operations of their organizations—sat down to discuss the need for a
centralized source of information and guidance in the field. In 1969, the group formalized, incorporating as the EDP Auditors
Association. In 1976 the association formed an education foundation to undertake large-scale research efforts to expand the knowledge
and value of the IT governance and control field. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association,
ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.
Today, ISACA’s membership — more than 95,000 strong worldwide — covers more than 160 countries. ISACA® (www.isaca.org) is
a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance. ISACA sponsors international conferences,
publishes the Information Systems Control Journal®, and develops international information systems auditing and control standards.
Its Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification is recognized globally and has been earned by more than 70,000
professionals since inception. The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification uniquely targets the
information security management audience and has been earned by more than 12,500 professionals. The Certified in the Governance
of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) designation promotes the advancement of professionals who wish to be recognized for their IT
governance-related experience and knowledge and has been earned by more than 4,000 professionals. The new Certified in Risk
and Information Systems Control (CRISC) designation is for IT professionals who identify and manage risks through the development,
implementation and maintenance of information systems controls.
Serving Canada's Nation's Capital Region
The Ottawa Valley Chapter of ISACA is one of ten Canadian Chapters. The Chapter was chartered in 1978. Today
our membership spans the public and private sectors, including the federal government and the high-tech cadre of "Silicon Valley North." Our network of over 650
professionals (about 400 being Chapter members) work in the governance, security and assurance disciplines.
For more information about our Chapter's Vision, Mission, Strategic Objectives, Goals and KPIs, please click
The Chapter’s primary purpose, as described in the latest version of the
Chapter’s bylaws, approved by members
on May 18, 2010, is to promote education and leadership within the local area in IT governance, control and assurance.
Consistent with the Chapter’s objectives, Chapter members benefit from our program of member-priced technical
training sessions, seminars, workshops and professional development opportunities. In addition, local employers of choice often promote job opportunities on
our website and network with members at our events.
CISA, CISM, CGEIT and CRISC exam candates can get valuable information through orientation and information sharing
Subsequently, ISACA-certified individuals are encouraged to maintain their Chapter membership active in order to participate in our
program offerings, mentor upcoming candidates and satisfy their annual CPE requirements.
All our local events are open to members and non-members alike, as we encourage a broad spectrum of participation from public and private sector individuals. Members benefit through membership
discounts on event fees. We promote and encourage attendance at international conferences, professional development opportunities and training events. We work collaboratively with other professional
bodies to help deliver quality program events. Other advantages of membership include access to above-noted ISACA resources, a continuously updated Chapter website and engagement, through the
Chapter’s Board of Directors, with a progressive group of professionals and practitioners who are active in IM/IT governance, in IS Security and IT Auditing.
To find out more about membership please consult ISACA’s membership page or the Chapter's
The Ottawa Valley Chapter website has been running in maintenance mode pending board's decision on migrating from the current static HTML pages to Content Management
System (CMS). The website has received a Silver award for 2010 and a bronze award for 2009.
ISACA has again awarded the Ottawa Valley Chapter a gold-level award for the design, content and management of the Chapter’s 2008 web site.
Four out of the last five years the Chapter has received ISACA’s gold web site seal, denoting ours as one of only 16 outstanding chapter web sites
out of 170 ISACA chapters. In 2006 the Ottawa Valley Chapter website achieved a Bronze Award from ISACA.
Our 2007 Website
Our 2005 website
Our 2004 website.
The Board is always looking for ways to improve the content, design and management of the site using the talents and dedication of volunteers. If you have ideas to share please
contact the Webmaster or anyone on the Chapter Board.
We re-designed our website banner in early 2006 in line with the updated ISACA brand. As our Chapter members work in and around Canada's National Capital, our banner celebrates the symbolism and beauty of the Peace Tower,
pride in our nation's flag and service in IT governance through ISACA.
ISACA Ottawa Valley Chapter’s Board of Directors wishes to extend many thanks for the above-mentioned accomplishments
to our talented Webmasters:
Arnie Francis (2004-2008)
Bing Wen (2009- present)