Vice President, Information Technology

April 3 2024
Expected expiry date: April 15 2024
Industries Public administration
Categories Executive, CTO,
Mississauga, ON • Full time

Closing Date: April 15, 2024

Are you an experienced leader looking for a challenging opportunity to lead the delivery of innovative Information and Information Technology (I&IT) solutions that support operational business needs? Consider this exciting opportunity to serve as the Vice President, Information Technology with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

A leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative and collaborative. A responsible leader demonstrates authenticity, accountability and courage. You model ethical behavior, are honest and capable of making difficult choices. An innovative leader leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. You inspire others, value continuous learning and encourage development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on others' growth, drive people-centered outcomes and promote inclusivity. You confront bias and systemic barriers and create a diverse and accessible workplace.

The Ontario Clean Water Agency is an agency of the Province of Ontario, dedicated to providing safe, reliable and cost-effective clean water and waste water technical services across the province for over 30 years. OCWA has more than 300 clients, including municipalities, Indigenous communities, institutions and private sector, and is the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario.

We are seeking an experienced executive to join our team to deliver innovative business solutions with a client focused approach. The Vice President, Information Technology will play a key leadership role in the development and execution of OCWA's corporate strategy ensuring alignment with the I&IT strategy and overall goals of the Agency. The successful candidate in the role will be able to consult and collaborate with the operational and business divisions to lead the design of solutions, related policies, business plans, operational standards and infrastructure frameworks. This role will lead a team who will work closely with OCWA's operations teams who are distributed across the province, corporate office teams, and key ministry stakeholders to provide service delivery and business results.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

The OPS is an innovative, responsive, and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable. Diversifying leadership teams is a top OPS priority with the goal to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) in leadership positions.

To advance this goal, the OPS is collecting socio-demographic information that will help to address potential barriers and achieve equity in hiring. You are requested to complete the voluntary survey and contribute to building a more diverse, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible OPS.

The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply. As an organization that promotes equity and diversity, the OPS encourages applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized, and persons with disabilities. The OPS offers employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. A dedicated team of employment accommodation specialists are available to discuss individual accommodation needs and ensure the hiring process is inclusive and free from barriers. Contact them at if you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. All information discussed related to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy, the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint and the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the President and CEO of OCWA, this role is accountable for the key activities and performance of OCWA's Information and Information Technology (I&IT) and for modelling OPS leadership values. This critical role will be responsible for:

• Provide honest, evidence-based advice to decision-makers and business advice to clients, partners and stakeholders at the executive level.
• Provide oversight and accountability for the development, plan, review, implementation, and evaluation of the enterprise-wide information and information (I&IT) strategy in alignment with the corporate strategy, business transformation program (BTP), infrastructure and business solutions
• Directing, overseeing and ensuring alignment of I&IT risk management solutions with enterprise-wide risk management strategies, including OCWA's cyber security strategy
• Leading the creation and development of opportunities to provide total solution IT products/services to water and wastewater municipal and industry clients in the areas of asset management planning; facility and process optimization, instrumentation and integration; and operational data management
• Leading the planning, design, development and delivery of customized technology solutions targeted for water and wastewater operations to meet a broad range of individualized and unique client technology needs and priorities
• Directing and overseeing OCWA internal I&IT systems/network infrastructure, systems operations, LAN/WAN architecture, security operations, and hardware and software support, enterprise-wide application integration strategy, customer support services, and the management of network systems/applications acquisitions, enhancements and problem resolution
• Directs and oversees the establishment and management of the OCWA enterprise-wide data management strategy and information management program
• Provides leadership in formulating opportunities that OCWA can tap into in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) and OCWAs overall digital journey
• Provides briefings, strategic, tactical plans and strategic advice to senior executives, and contributes to OCWA strategic planning, executive decision making and issues resolution
• Presents on the I&IT function and programs at OCWA at quarterly in person Board and Committee meetings alongside in person executive and senior leadership meetings throughout the year
• Accountable in managing I&IT leaders and staff with a growth mindset to assess future opportunities for successful delivery of program and also issues management as a business partner to OCWA operations and corporate teams

How do I qualify?

Executive Leadership:

  • You are a values-based and inclusive leader with a background in business transformation, change and innovation; leading multi-functional teams to deliver results in a complex organizational environment
  • You have experience implementing large complex IT operating systems and projects with a focus on change management
  • You are a skilled influencer and have deep experience building and fostering relationships inside and outside of your organization
  • You have experience in managing large I&IT budgets with both expense and revenue lens, and forecasts to ensure service delivery and resource management

Technical Knowledge/Expertise:

  • You have experience with the consultation, planning, design, development and delivery of l&IT infrastructure, systems solutions, artificial intelligence, and cyber security initiatives that align with business needs
  • You have the ability to handle the day-to-day operations to ensure integrity in the development and management of enterprise-wide IT initiatives
  • You take calculated risks and ensure cost-effective and efficient results that have integrity and that support corporate priorities
  • You have contract management and service level agreement experience from procurement to execution of contract with I&IT solution vendors

Relationship Management skills:

  • You are known as a strong business partner and enabler for promoting, developing and sustaining strong relationships with diverse internal and external partners
  • You have experience delivering strategic advice and briefing senior executives
  • You act with integrity and promote transparency and accountability

Communication and Political Acuity Skills:

  • You are a strong communicator with superior stakeholder relations skills to represent the agency and lead stakeholder engagements
  • You are proactive and have strong diplomacy skills to work collaboratively, fairly, openly and constructively with both internal and external stakeholders to identify technology related solutions, as well as resolve sensitive, contentious or complex issues

Bonus info section:

The OPS uses multiple methods to assess candidates for executive positions; these may include resume screening, interviews, assignments, psychometric assessments, simulations, and reference checks.

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online by visiting You must enter the job ID number in the Job ID search field to locate the job ad.
  2. Your cover letter and résumé combined should not exceed five (5) pages.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  5. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, contact the Executive Recruitment Unit at

Applicants to this competition may also be considered for other executive opportunities within the OPS.

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