Browse through the Information Technology sector outlook
On PEI, over 1,800 people work for over 60 Information Technology companies. An additional 500 IT specialists work in government and in other sectors.
Information Technology is a diverse industry that includes creating mobile applications for smartphones and tablets, video game development, and e-Health and business software solutions.
Information Technology companies on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
- Accreon Inc., Charlottetown, Fredericton, Toronto & Boston
- AlphaTech Business & Technology Inc., Charlottetown
- BamText, Charlottetown
- Buchanan Technologies, Charlottetown
- CareWorx, Summerside
- Carta Worldwide, Charlottetown
- CGI Atlantic, Stratford
- CONTAX PEI, Charlottetown
- Conversational Receptionists, Charlottetown
- DeltaWare Systems, Charlottetown
- discoverygarden inc., Charlottetown, PEI
- EasyPEI Software Inc., Charlottetown
- Electronic Arts, Charlottetown
- Funky Finger Productions Inc., Summerside
- Game Force Designers’ Bootcamp, Island-wide
- HGS, Montague
- IO Solutions Call Center Inc., Bloomfield
- Invesco, Charlottetown
- IT Shared Services, Charlottetown
- Precision Document Management, Stratford
- Queen Bee Games, Charlottetown
- Schieck Financial Software Inc., Charlottetown
- ScreenScape, Charlottetown
- Space-O Technologies, Charlottetown
- SpryPoint Solutions, Charlottetown
- Thinking Big, Charlottetown & Montague
- Timeless Veterinary Systems, Charlottetown
- toolboxexperts.com, Charlottetown
- ViTRAK Systems Inc., Charlottetown
- Worklinks, Summerside
Information and Technology employment forecast to 2021
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) released its labour market forecast for the next 5 years.
In the news release, it indicated there continues to be an increasing demand for adaptable, innovative workers with information and communications technology (ICT) and also more broadly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds. To increase the supply of ICT and STEM workers, it is important to engage all available talent.
For the Outlook 2012 report, visit https://www.ictc-ctic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ICTC_Outlook-2021.pdf.
Women who are IT Wavemakers
Human Resources tips
In addition to technical knowledge, employers often consider self awareness and emotional intelligence just as important when hiring Information Technology workers. Traits such as critical thinking, communication, and emotional intelligence, all of which can be described as soft skills or people skills, have become critical for career success.
Wendy MacIntyre, Owner of resolveHR, is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessment Administrator and Coach. She spoke recently at the NortheastPHP 2017 conference in Charlottetown.
“The economy has changed,” says Wendy. “It used to be a labour economy where people had to work really hard and have a strong back. Then it became a knowledge economy, where people had to know everything, and know how to apply it quickly.
“Now, we are moving into a relationship economy where self awareness and emotional intelligence are key. Whether it’s one-on-one in person, networking, or collaborating with coworkers, emotional intelligence is needed to develop great relationships.
“Your IQ, which measures the ability to do cognitive reasoning, find patterns, and do math equations, is determined by the time you are about 18, and does not change as you grow older. But you can always improve your emotional intelligence, which continues to grow.
“Some people are very gifted in one area, but they have to work on areas that are not as developed.
“In IT, there are people who are geniuses with coding, programming, and logic, but may have challenges with social relationships, because IT tends to attract introverts. Programmers and Developers are often very creative perfectionists, which can be a challenge when working with others.”
Aspects of emotional intelligence
- Self perception: How you see yourself.
- Self awareness: Understanding how people may interpret how you look and how you act.
- Self actualization: Setting goals and reaching them, and being willing to learn and grow.
- Independence: Dealing with other opinions and beliefs
- Problem solving: Are you using logic or emotion? Are you able to make up your mind?
- Reality testing: Checking to see if your perceptions are correct by asking people directly.
- Impulse control: Taking time to think things through before reacting.
- Stress management: Tolerating stress without letting it affect you physically or mentally.
- Optimism: Anticipating a good result.
- Flexibility: Do you need to follow a set plan or can you go with the flow?
- Interpersonal relationships: Interacting and getting along with others.
- Understand what you need and ask for it. This makes it easier for people to meet your expectations and limits disappointment.
- Empathy: Understanding what others are thinking and feeling
- Ability to listen: Speaking 30 percent of the time and listening 70 percent of the time.
- Social responsibility: Are you a constructive member of your social group? Do you value the greater good?
- Self regulation: Placing other people’s needs above your own so that you don’t rise to anger when things don’t go your way.
- Listen to your inner voice: Following your value system.
- Identify your physical responses to your emotions: Flushed face, shoulders around your ears, or sweaty palms and recognize it in others.
For more information about human resources issues, call Wendy MacIntyre at 902-393-6644 or visit www.resolvehr.ca.
In the near future, Wendy plans to launch a new service for managers and employers for online HR training called resolveHRhub.
Jobs in demand
- e-Health Worker
- Graphic Designer
- Video Game Developer
- Help Desk
- Software Developer
- Project Manager
Island Technology Professionals (ITP)
Island Technology Professionals (ITP) is a volunteer-run, independent certifying body for engineering/applied science technicians and technologists on PEI.
ITP represents 16 disciplines:
- Architectural and Building
- Geomatics and Survey
- Information Technology
- Mineral Resources
- Renewable Resources
The association has about 150 certified members.
The organization represents the designations “CTech”, “CET” and “AScT” which are symbols of achievement in engineering/applied science technology. The designations are recognized across Canada through the efforts of the provincial associations that make up the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).
PEI education options for engineering/applied science technicians and technologists
At the technologist level, Holland College offers Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Network Engineering Technology, Bioscience Technology, and Architectural Technology.
At the technician level, the college offers Construction Technology and Environmental Applied Sciences Technology programs. All programs are nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).
ITP President Bryan Burt is a graduate of Holland College’s Computer Engineering Technology and Information Systems Technology programs. He works with Network Operations at the provincial government’s Information Technology Shared Services. He is also the Chair of CTAB, which accredits engineering technology and applied science programs at colleges across Canada.
“Technologists and technicians need two years of experience in their field to earn a CET, CTech or AScT designation. With those designations, they are eligible to apply for jobs posted at the Canadian Technical Employment Network.”
Technologists and technicians are employed at companies such as Maritime Electric, Eastlink, BIO|FOOD|TECH and with the provincial government.
Trent Collicutt is past President and current Executive Staff Officer with ITP. He is also the provincial representative for CCTT.
Trent is the Infrastructure Operations Supervisor with the Provincial Government’s Information Technology Shared Services. He graduated from Holland College’s Computer Engineering Technology program in 1999, and then went on to the advanced Information Systems Technology program.
His on-the-job training with the province during college resulted in full-time employment. Trent has been employed there for over 15 years.
“The instructors in the Computer Engineering Network program are telling us their graduates are not having issues getting jobs,” says Trent.
Bryan says the majority of ITP’s members have a civil engineering technology or construction background. “They work with engineers and architects. Employers are looking for a lot of CAD specialists and industrial technicians.”
Promoting membership to ITP
Robert (Bob) Collier has an Electronics Engineering Technology background and spent 35 years with the Canadian Coast Guard in the technical services division, where he did maintenance and quality control.
He advanced to a superintendent role in Ottawa doing technical writing and purchasing national electronic systems. Since moving to PEI two years ago, he joined the ITP executive board.
“My role on the board is doing presentations to the public and encouraging Holland College students to apply to be members of ITP. I plan to set up a monthly gathering at a place of employment or other association. Attending these gatherings would help members network and find out what’s current with PEI companies.
“Also, we intend to let companies’ human resources departments know certification is a preferred qualification for technologists and technicians now, and ITP is the association to help with this process. Employers benefit by letting the public know they have certified people.”
Student membership benefits
Each year, ITP gives a Thesis Report Award to a student in each of the four technologist programs at Holland College. Also, the TD Meloche Monnex scholarship is awarded every January to a technician student.
“Students who come to our Annual General Meeting can meet with potential employers, and learn about projects in their field they may not be aware of,” Trent says.
ITP has met with the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada to promote career pathways to the profession.
“When people move to Canada, we check on an international database of programs from other countries to compare them to ours.”
For more information about Island Technology Professionals, visit www.techpei.ca.
Jobs are posted on the Canadian Technical Employment Network at www.cten.ca.