Georges Cowan has the following certifications: Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP) from Disaster Recovery International Institute (DRII), Member of Business Continuity Institute (MBCI), Senior Auditor for the international standards for BCM (BS25999) and DRP (BS25777) of British Standards Institute (BSI) and he was member of the «BCM.01 et PSC.01 Standards Committee» for the preparation of security ISO standards of ASIS International. Georges is a licensed assessor for BCM maturity model (Business Continuity Maturity Model), Virtual Corporation. He had the CMC (Certified Management Consultant) certification from the Canadian Institute of Management Consultants. He obtained the CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) certificationfrom ISACA. He has been accredited by l’AQIII as an IT Expert TI for the SMB Market.
Between 1975 and 1979, Mr. Cowan was project manager for human and material resources for BADADUQ. He designed and implemented an integrated management system for a provincial network of university libraries (BADADUQ). He developed one of the first library consumer retrieval system. Implantation of a database of 1 000 000 documents in 14 libraries for 60,000 students and significant changes to user procedures. He gave lectures to masters students of Library Management School of McGill University. He was named to Who’s Who of the American Library Association in 1976. In 1982 he worked for the SOBECO Group to market the software under the multiLIS brand in North America.
Mr. Cowan started a new information technology presidency (CIO) in the health field with more than 1000 employees. Employees went from 10 to 54 and he completed and built the infrastructure of hardware, software, including SAP, office automation, telephony and videoconferencing. He integrated application management, validation, business analysts and super users. It set up video conferencing, business continuity planning and good IT practices. “In 2000, George Cowan was able to structure the Vice Presidency Information Technology for Héma-Québec and helped us move to the new millennium smoothly.” (CEO Héma-Québec – 2000)
For the CGI Group, he developed the enterprise business continuity policy, business impact analysis (BIA) and served as the SMU expert in the field for pandemic plans (enterprise) and best practices for the BIA worldwide (Services ECB, EU, Europe and Australia. He was the manager of the global professional practice for business continuity plans, disaster recovery plans and risk management for CGI Group. He developed a business solution for Sarbanes-Oxley.
In 2012, he served as project director for business continuity and IT recovery with other consultants for ArcelorMittal Mines Canada. He realized the Business Impact Analysis, Risk Assessment, Business Continuity strategy, functional continuity plans for business for the transport sector by train (ATDS) operating over a distance of 416 kilometers between Port-Cartier and Fermont.
Involvment in the community
George coordinated a shelter (Polyvalente Marcel-Landry) during the Ice Storm of 1998 in the Ice Triangle in the region of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He was an international judge in freestyle skiing (FIS international level B) and organized as president two World Cup freestyle ski at the Relais resort in Quebec City in 1993 and 1994. He was the founding president and chairman of the board a community center (Centre Trait-d’Union – Longueuil) in 1984 and 1985. He was secretary of the Regional Board of Health and Social Services Montérégie (south Shore of Montreal) between 1982 and 1984.