About Ward Chapin


Ward Chapin Bio

Ward Chapin bio.pdf

Positions Held

  • Chief Information Officer ICBC (Insurance Company of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Chief Information Officer VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games)
  • Director, Global IT Operations, Investment Bank (HSBC Bank Head Quarters London, England)
  • Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations (HSBC Bank France Paris, France)

Expertise

  • Experience in working closely with Marketing to generate revenue opportunities.
  • Experience with Mergers and Acquisitions.
  • Expertise in centralizing Technology Services and cost reduction.
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership skills demonstrated through the ability to identify or recruit great talent and to mould them into a productive, effective and motivated team
  • Experience in working with a multinational workforce.
  • Experience in working with Unions.
  • Languages: French and English

Awards

Chapin has been recognized for professional, business and community achievements as a recipient of:

Awards:

      • 2010 BC Technology Impact “Person of the Year” Award
      • “Ordre Olympique” from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the success of the Technology program at the Vancouver Olympics. 
(Chapin is the first CIO in history to receive this high honour.)
      • 2010 Vancouver AM Wakeup Award for promotion of tourism
      • McGill Alumni Eleventh Annual Vancouver Stephen Leacock Luncheon ‘Guest of Honor’
      • 2009 Global Top Ten Leaders and Change Agent Award which honors CIO’s whose innovative responses to changing business needs have provided outstanding leadership in global IT management.

“Our…award goes to a CIO whose “go live” date is right around the corner…and it’s a deadline watched by millions around the world. I personally as one of the judges was so impressed by the magnitude of what this CIO has accomplished. It is one thing to say that your team has laid over 300 miles of a dedicated fiber network to connect broadcast and data centers, but then to consider that over 3 billion viewers worldwide are counting on your systems. That people who have dedicated their entire lives to these few days in time…are counting on YOU to create and manage a multitude of systems, standards and processes that ensure an equal and fair playing field. Accuracy and fairness are so important that you need a 100 seat control center to monitor infrastructure, security and systems throughout the events. This unique working environment requires multiple management systems for accommodations, transportation, workforce volunteers, among others. All implemented from scratch under the direction of this CIO. The team supports a workforce of 50,000 who rely on sophisticated, timely and changing communication needs. And it did take a village to build it. The partners are fully integrated into the “Technology Team” and our winning CIO is being recognized tonight for his leadership ability to create an integrated culture, plan and objectives. It brings me great pleasure tonight… [to] Congratulate Ward Chapin, CIO for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – Introduction by Thornton A. May – Global CIO Executive Summit, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

“We are thrilled to hear that Ward has been recognized amongst his peers as a leader driving change within the IT community. Ward’s leadership style empowers each and every member on his team to approach challenges freely and with creative thinking. This has led to so many incredible innovations that the Olympic Technology Team will give back to the Sport community as a lasting legacy…” Cathy Priestner Allinger, EVP of Sport & Games Operations for VANOC

Media and News
Endorsements

Endorsements

    • July 20, 2010 – Referencing the progress of the London 2012 Summer Games Technology Team:

      “Ward, … your one-team approach remains ;-) 
I still think it is a key success factor.”

      Jean-Benoît Gauthier, – Technology and Information Director at International Olympic Committee

    • “…Ward, One of my best decisions was hiring you. You are a class act. Thank you.”

      John Furlong, – CEO Vancouver 2010 Winter Games

    • “Within our Senior Leadership Team, Ward does a great job of communicating Technology’s challenges and immense scope in real, ‘non-technical’ terms – something which is not always an easy task! In these tough economic times, Ward has found ways to leverage Technology both to generate revenue and to cut costs and he has led his team to ‘do more with less’ while never losing sight of our goal of delivering flawless Games….”

      Cathy Priestner Allinger, – SVP of Sport & Games Operations for VANOC

    • “We are thrilled to hear that Ward has been recognized amongst his peers as a leader driving change within the IT community. Ward’s leadership style empowers each and every member on his team to approach challenges freely and with creative thinking. This has led to so many incredible innovations that the Olympic Technology Team will give back to the Sport community as a lasting legacy…”

      Cathy Priestner Allinger,- EVP of Sport & Games Operations for VANOC

Passion for Golf

Passion for Golf
Ward is as passionate about ‘play’ as he is about ‘work’. It is with great pleasure and gratitude that over his career he has played in professional Pro-Am Golf Tournaments.

 

 

 

 

Ward with his team’s Pro, Andres Romero. 
Romero finished third in the RBC Canadian Open 2011.

 

 

 

 

Golf Tournaments and Golf Events Ward has Participated In:

  • SAP Innovate Your Game with Paula Creamer 2012
  • SAP Gary Player Golf Day 2012
  • RBC Canadian Open Pro-Am 2011
  • Rolex Trophée Lancôme Pro-Am 2003
  • AT&T Canada Seniors Open Pro-Am 2000
  • BC Tel Open Executive Pro-Am 1999
  • Greater Vancouver Open Pro-Am1999

Paula Creamer and Ward

Gary Player and Ward

Chapin’s One Team Concept in Action Video

Chapin’s Executive Vision of Technology within the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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