Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services

CIO ensuring Queen's is a leader in higher education IT

Bo Wandschneider is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Associate Vice-Principal (AVP) for Information Technology Services (ITS) at Queen's University. He is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting policies, practices and technology investment strategies in support of the university's academic and research plans.

This summer, our CIO/AVP for ITS, Bo Wandschneider, has been busy ensuring that Queen’s is seen as a leader in the higher education IT field by meeting with and learning new strategies from his peers and professionals in the field. By attending conferences and seminars, Bo, as well as other directors and managers within ITS are able to use their networking and newfound knowledge to help shape the next generation of users by providing expertise on teaching, learning and research opportunities at Queen's.

From June 14 to 16, 2016, Mr. Wandschneider attended the Gartner CIO and IT Executive Summit, which brings together CIOs and senior IT executives across Canada to explore the opportunities and success factors within the evolving digital economy. While not presenting, this summit enabled Bo to gain fresh new insight from other CIO's and IT Executives that he can then bring back to be applied at Queen's.

Bo brings ITS representation with him to CANHEIT 2016

Bo Wandschneider presenting at CANHEIT 2016.

Queen’s University’s Information Technology Services had a great presence at this year’s Canadian Higher Education Information Technology (CANHEIT) Conference from June 19-22, 2016, hosted by the University of Alberta.

Bo Wandschneider participated in three panel events: “Embracing the change – preparing for a different future of IT service delivery”; “A moderated polemic on the demise of the Canadian Higher Education CIO”; and “Developing a Canadian national research data platform.”

“This type of conference allows us to stay on top of IT trends in higher education – how it affects what we can offer to our institutions and how we can shape the future of IT in the industry for our staff, faculty and students,” says Mr. Wandschneider. 


ITS CANHEIT Presenters

In addition to Mr. Wandschneider’s three panels, several ITS managers also took part by sharing their expertise in the conference:

  1. Jim Lesslie, Manager of Analytics and Assessment presented “Benchmarking and Metrics: Save your bacon with apples and apples”
  2. Keith McWhirter, Associate Director, presented “Getting ‘Fresh’: Professional development for higher education IT leaders”
  3. Brad Hannah, Project Manager with the Project Portfolio Office presented “Business needs come first” 

For more information about this year’s conference, visit the CANHEIT 2016 website.


CANHEIT 2017 is coming to Queen’s University! From June 13-16, 2017, Queen’s will be hosting Canada’s largest gathering of campus IT leaders and advanced research computing experts and researchers. The theme will be “HumanITy” and the focus will be on connecting technology with people as well as with one another. Preparations are already underway to make CANHEIT 2017 a great experience and showcase how wonderful our institution and city are to visitors in the higher education IT industry.

Did you know?

Bo Wandschneider also writes a blog about what’s happening within the Queen’s IT community as well as what he’s up to within the higher education community. Check out his blog on the Office of the CIO and Associate Vice-Principal’s website.