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CIPS NS Dinner Meeting

  • 26 Apr 2011
  • 5:00 PM
  • Dalhousie University Club

CIPS NS Dinner Meeting

Topic:    Behind the scenes at the 2011 Canada Games:
          The technology that made the games work.
Speakers: Mark Brown and Brad Lyon,IT team for the 2011 Canada Games
Date:        Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Time:        5:00 pm for registration, 6:30 pm for dinner, 7:30 pm for presentation
Location:   Dalhousie University Club Dining Room, Off South Street beside Soccer Field
          See map at http://fm.dal.ca/campusmap/index.php?bldg=C440
Cost:        Members - $40.00, Non-members - $50.00
Dinner Menu: Regular and Vegetarian options
          Corporate tables available
To register: On-line, E-mail - Lindsay Le Grand or Phone 902-420-3070 x 2000
             When registering, please provide contact information and dinner choice
Registration deadline is Friday, April 22. 


Behind the scenes at the 2011 Canada Games: The technology that made the games work.

Halifax recently hosted the largest multi-sport games in its history. If you missed it you weren’t near Halifax in February.

Thousands of athletes, their coaches, trainers and families descended on Halifax and out came 5000 eager volunteers to support them.

What’s going on behind the scenes to make this happen and what technology was needed? Get a behind the scenes look at the games, the people structure and the technology that made the games work and if we had to do it all over again what we might do differently.


Mark Brown
Vice President Information Technology
Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
Halifax N.S.

Mark has been helping businesses grow by getting the most out of information technology for over 25 years. He joined the NSLC in 2003 to lead their renewal of technology systems.

Prior to joining the NSLC, Mark spent two years in Melbourne, Australia helping the Victorian WorkCover Authority get started with document and knowledge management.

Mark has also helped the Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia implement a multiyear business transformation program and held a number of IT positions in the financial services sector in Toronto.

Mark recently helped organize the Canada Winter Games as Volunteer Chair of the IT Division. He holds a degree in Computer Science from McMaster University and recently completed his MBA at SMU.

Brad Lyon
IT Manager
2011 Halifax Canada Games
Halifax, N.S.

Brad has been involved in the IT industry for over 14 years, starting out at ground level support and eventually getting involved with the Halifax 2011 Canada Games as Windows Server Administrator. He transferred his years of technical knowledge into a management role and as their IT Manager Brad was responsible for the planning of IT infrastructure set up and support while maintaining budget.

Past experiences such as Sobeys, RIM and the Province of NS built a solid foundation of IT knowledge which helped him lead staff and volunteers to execute a very successful Canada Winter Games.

In addition to managing the IT requirements for four offices and managing three staff members, Brad oversaw the IT needs at 13 sport and 35 non-sport Games time venues. He helped lead an IT organization consisting of 25+ planning & Games time volunteers. He also spearheaded the implementation of the initial configuration and setup of the Host Society servers, networks and desktop infrastructure.

Brad has also done independent consulting for local small business implementing and supporting their infrastructures as well as making sure their limited budget is spent wisely.

1301-1809 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3K8

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