Q4: You have many demanding roles. What are your key priorities for 2007 and 2008?
A: First I want to do a respectable job as the newly elected VP for the CAAS - Canadian Academy for the Advancement of Science, to establish a Strategic Plan for this coming year. I also want to complete the several activities I have with the IEEE Computer Society, (I represent Canada on its Board); and to complete my activities as Vice Chair with the IEEE Technical Field Awards.
In August I am going to Manchester, UK where I will be one of the Canadian delegates of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).
Q5: As indicated earlier, you have a long history of successes on both the technical and business side. This gives you a unique and rare perspective. If you were advising IT managers and IT professionals, what roadmap(s) would you provide them to support their decisions?
A: I do not have specific roadmaps I can suggest to follow. Every case has its own requirements, critical points and particular events that characterize it. I always suggest doing research - the Internet is a good place to start - and a lot of reading; libraries are a treasure chest where anyone can find the theories and case studies. The university libraries are certainly a good place to spend some time reading.
The IEEE Computer Society Digital Library should be a first place to start. http://www.computer.org/portal/site/csdl/
Q6: Does your advice change for business leaders and how so?
A: Not really. Once you are in management, the rules you have to apply are the same, be it in a scientific or business field, as we all have to deal with personnel and individual problems. Pure research, one individual alone doing work in an isolated environment, is a rarity. What I suggest is to be interested in our fellow human beings and their life, needs and character, because we are not alone in our work whatever this work might be.
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