2011 winner, BMath 1972
Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Inventure Solutions and senior vice-president of IT at Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union. Previously, Dr. Boivie was senior vice-president of IT at Pacific Blue Cross, and also served for eight years as vice-president of information services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). As the founding chair of the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN), Dr. Boivie played an integral role in establishing and growing a network of IT leaders. In recognition of her leadership work in IT, the CIOCAN, in collaboration with Ryerson University, announced the Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie Scholarship. Dr. Boivie was also selected by the 28,000 members of Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance as the recipient of the 2008 CIO Leadership Award for showing excellence in managing enterprise-wide information systems that yield the greatest returns to the organization and exemplifying community engagement and leadership. Dr. Boivie currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), Certified General Accountants (CGA, Canada) and Information & Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Dr. Boivie has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2009: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network. She received her award in the “Trailblazers and Trendsetters” category, which recognizes women who are either the first in their fields or have made a major impact on them, and who have made a great contribution to Canadian society.