IRMAC - The Information Resource Management Association of Canada (IRMAC) is a non-profit, vendor independent association of information management and business professionals. As an integral Canadian chapter of DAMA International (www.dama.org), IRMAC is in a unique position to leverage and mobilize inputs and resources of the Toronto information management professional community. Our primary objective is to provide a platform for members to exchange information, experiences and promote the understanding, development and practice of managing information and data as a key enterprise asset.
- To empower members with current news and information in the field of information management. - To connect with accomplished professionals for mutual success and experience sharing. - To promote information management education. - To cultivate professional attitude among members in pursuit of their information careers.
Founded in 1971, the Database Association (Ontario) Inc., began as a local database user discussion group. By 1998, we changed our name to Information Resource Management Association of Canada to reflect our primary interest in information management. With the emerging growth of the data warehousing industry, a Data Warehouse Special Interest Group was also formed in 1995. In the following year, IRMAC became affiliated with DAMA international. Today our membership consists of over 100 data practitioners working in information management or associated areas. We have over 20 corporate member firms representing from different industries.
IRMAC delivers exciting schedules of seminars, workshops, and networking mixers from September to June featuring on variety of information management topics relevant to today’s revolutionary data industry. Our seminars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at an easily accessible location within City of Toronto. Seminars start at 4:30 pm with reservation and finish around 6:30 pm. Topics covered during recent seminars include:
- Data Governance - Metadata and repositories - Semantic web technologies - Data modelling and UML - Growth of data journalism
International experts such as John Zachman, Bill Inmon, Ralph Kimball, Larry English and Graeme Simsion are invited on occasion for special talks. Our networking mixers and open-house events are usually around the corner of spring time. This is an opportunity for existing members and newcomers to mingle and network casually after work. As a wrap-up of the year, we offer the annual IRMAC luncheon which is included in the yearly membership fee. This event is held in June of each year with a guest speaker and door prizes.
DAMA is the Data Management Association. Currently there are over 50 Member-chapters in the U.S. and worldwide. Over the years, DAMA has been offering us number of membership benefits such as conference discounts, vendor discounts, access to publications, participation in standards committees / ICCP certification, networking opportunities with other IRM professionals. IRMAC is the DAMA International Toronto Chapter.