After all the fuss I was able to attend our Annual General Meeting last night – through the magic of video conference and a little help from Mathieu in Montreal and Kevin in Washington. I wish I could have been there in person to thank everyone for their kind wishes, and to wish our new president and executive vice-president the best and ‘bon courage’ to them both.
I first spoke with Daniel Nerenberg at our first board meeting in January 2005 and I immediately recognized his intelligence, passion, and willingness to contribute. He has been my right-hand man for the past two years, and was my only choice to succeed me as group leader. I know that our group is in good hands and look forward to seeing what changes he will bring to the group.
Majida Rhazi came to Montreal from North Africa via North Carolina where my friend Dave Sanders remembers her as a passionate advocate of community always willing to participate and contribute. During the past eighteen months we have worked together on the board, Executive Council, and Study Group, as well as collaborating on numerous client projects together. As Executive Vice-President I know she will give the group the discipline and structure needed to expand and thrive.
Richard Fagen and I have known each other through my former role as Little League Baseball Umpire for several years. He brings a passion to the group and has been an exceptional Secretary/Treasurer over the past year. He will continue in this position in 2007 and I know that he will continue to be a true asset to the community.
As the head of the Montreal Security User Group Francis Ouellet worked diligently with his colleagues and peers to bring security-related sessions and information to the Montreal IT community. As Vice President (Security) he will continue to do so to our broader united community with the help of Paul Johnson and more.
The common thread that these four share is what I hope I have instilled in you all over the past two years: passion. That is what it takes to make a community thrive. I know that they will continue to do that and hope that you all support them as you have supported me.
I want to be clear that I am not leaving, but will step back while I spend some time on the road. I look forward to seeing you all in the spring!