IP3 is working on plans for an annual award to recognise professionalism and ethics at the highest level.

The David O’Leary Award, named in honour of a man who made an enormous contribution to the IFIP Global Industry Council and who embodied and was a role model for all the qualities of a true Professional.

David passed away in 2018. At the time, Stephen Ibaraki wrote a tribute to his extensive achievements:

“In communities, education, academia–Dave was awarded the nation’s highest academic leadership award, serving two terms government ICT Sector Council; Chair of the National Council of IT Deans (top leadership bodies); several terms as academic Dean, CIO, Vice-President; presenting papers and speaking at global conferences for the UN and IEEE.

“In science and government—Dave served on the UN-founded elite IFIP Global Industry Council, chief editor Global Skills Report; two terms with ACM Practitioner Board (PB) Professional Development Committee, Chair PB Marketing Committee; two terms as President CIPS BC (CIPS government-chartered IT organization representing Canadian IT professionals); Dave contributed to national privacy legislation and first nations programs.

“In industry—Dave served as founding CEO for award winning Igen Knowledge Solutions; top writer for IDG-IT World (largest IT media); founding general partner REDD Capital (Venture Investment Partners).”

After David’s death, IP3 made a proposal to the Kay Family Trust, requesting funds for a prize in his name. The proposal was successful and IP3 will have funding for a prize to acknowledge an individual or organization that has promoted and demonstrated Professionalism (Professional Practice), has worked as an Ethics Evangelist, and/or has made strides in fostering diversity.

The Award provides a vehicle to identify exemplars of best practice in the field, to give them the recognition they deserve and to provide a goal for other aspirant practitioners and entities. The funding received is enough for a cash award, as well as covering the cost for an individual to travel to the IFIP General Assembly to receive the award, for a period of three years.