Dave Manning, B.Eng.Mgt, MBA

Technology Leader, Enterprise Architect, Strategy, Innovation



Technology Leader and Enterprise Architect with more than 15 years of demonstrated success leading Application, Infrastructure and Solution Architecture as well as extensive IT transformation and modernization experience. A well respected leader who provides valuable insight and guides key technical and business decisions. Inspired to learn and work with new, leading edge technologies and to invest himself in the success of his clients. Expertise in business process and technical consulting across public sector, financial and technology industries. Sees the big picture, making decisions that solve immediate business issues and long-term strategy.


GTA, Public Sector, CGI Inc. – July 2015 to Present

Director, Consulting – Enterprise Architecture, Technical Strategy, Innovation

As a CGI Enterprise Architect within the GTA Public Sector, responsible for leading teams to develop and deliver comprehensive systems and solutions and the supporting infrastructure required in a combination of business sectors and technical domains. Evaluates business goals, provides assessments, sets direction, conceives systems architectures and designs, develops proposals and provides consulting. Accountable for independent recommendations and decisions affecting a broad range of enterprise architectures and business applications together with enabling IT and the corporate infrastructure to provide it.

  • Provide council to account leadership and executives, tying technology details to business decisions in easy to understand terms

  • An account leader who can leverage technical breadth and depth in solutions, contract development and negotiations, resulting in multi-million dollar renewals and extensions

  • Understand and evaluate the underlying business goals of the client

  • Provide new directions in operational processes and infrastructure architectures

  • Develop tactical plans to migrate from the existing base to the target architecture, allowing for hybrid (on-premise/cloud) and multi-cloud solutions as appropriate

  • Develop/sell proposals to Client’s senior management and technical staff

  • Evaluate technology opportunities for new Customer product offerings and recommend to Clients the business/technology potential

Provide Technical Solutions Architecture on many successful RFP bids across the GTA as needed. Lead Infrastructure assessment engagements for clients as required as they position themselves for future cloud infrastructures and architectures. Impact award winning leadership and excellence in consulting (COVID 19 mobilization response)

Experience Snapshot


  • Public Sector

  • Financial

  • Technology

  • Education


  • Technology Leadership

  • IT Management

  • Program Management

  • IT Strategy

  • Digital Transformation

  • Enterprise Architecture

  • Infrastructure Architecture

  • Cloud

  • Virtualization

  • Contract Management

  • Negotiations

  • OS, Middleware, DB

  • Optimization

  • Automation

  • Networks

  • Load Balancing & Failover

  • ITIL



Custom Hosting Services, IBM Canada – 2008 to 2015

Senior IT Architect

Worked closely as part of the Senior Team to manage a hosting business of 180 applications on 800 servers in 5 data centres. Supported a consistently profitable portfolio with a total contract value of $110M for a variety of internal IBM clients such as Express Portal, Global Solutions Architecture Repository (GSAR), World Wide Events (WWE), Edge Information Warehouse (EIW) and World Community Grid, as well as commercial clients like BMO, CIBC, Cummins, The Co-operators and WSIB.

  • Led a team of 20+ Architects globally and governed end to end technical hosting solutions, working with clients and the delivery teams from the engagement phase through to production, resulting in a profitable portfolio.

  • Guided team to effectively gather, clarify and validate solution requirements, build the solutions, and ultimately obtain sign-off on the solutions. Reviewed architecture and led the delivery teams ensuring timely builds, implementation, configuration and security compliance to our global security standards: ITCS104 and GSD331.

  • Developed common, consistent deliverables for transition projects including Solution Design Documents, Architecture Diagrams, Network Diagrams, Implementation documentation and cutover plans, ensuring standard deliverables across projects on the accounts and alignment with industry standards like TOGAF.

  • Provided guidance and direction to the other Architects, specifically focused on transforming the business using automation, virtualization, driving changes in process, technology and standards and generated annual profits of up to $4M and cost savings of $2M as a result.

  • Influenced the team to adapt behaviors and processes that strengthened partnerships with clients, solving challenges that surfaced as a result of corporate change.

  • Created Intellectual Capital in the team room, supporting knowledge sharing.

  • Resolved technical issues and provided thought leadership to a team of over 200 service delivery professionals from 10 different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland and United States) resulting in projects and changes being delivered successfully and on time and in turn very satisfied clients.

Common Development and Test Centre, IBM Canada – 2003 to 2008

Technical Lead and Architect

Lead Architect for CDT Release Projects, which involved technical decision making and co-ordination of major upgrades to Operating Systems and software on servers in the CDT. Planned the technical scope, provision, co-ordinate and test. Reviewed install documents, liaised with other global architects as issues were discovered and worked them to resolution. Assisted with test plans, documented upgrade sequence.

  • 100% successful upgrades during my tenure and no failed changes.

  • Chaired weekly Capacity Planning and Performance Monitoring calls, ensuring the overall environment could grow as new clients boarded and that applications responded within service level agreements.

  • Automated build & upgrade process for 300+ servers, automated ID password resets and developed probe and monitoring tools to page out when there were issues, reducing costs to build and maintain substantially.

  • Created Intellectual Capital for build requirements supporting knowledge sharing.

  • Tested, debugged and evaluated new software before deployment, ensuring no failed changes.

  • Educated teammates on complex application issues that Level 2 Subject Matter Experts could not solve.

  • Cross-Teamed with global technical architects, resulting in best practice adherence across the company

Portals, Content Management and e-Commerce, IBM Canada – 2002 to 2003


Demonstrated consulting prowess assisting State Farm in the evaluation of software packages. Reviewing product specifications and other vendor material, identifying gaps and fit against functional and non-functional requirements and gathering costs for inclusion in the cost model.

  • By working closely with business users and vendors, was instrumental in gaining the client’s approval and buy-in to move ahead with the proposed solution to the multi-million dollar implementation phase of the project.

Additional Positions Held:

Portals, Content Management and e-Commerce, IBM Canada

Financial Planning Solutions Consultant

Lotus Notes and Domino Developer

Corporate Intranet, Kraft Canada

Project Leader / Intranet Architect


MBA, McMaster University, 2001 (Managing Innovation and New Technology)

B.Eng.Mgt (Computer Engineering and Management), McMaster University, 2000


  • Ensuring Quality through the CGI Management Foundation - For Managers, 2020

  • Contract Risk Management, 2016

  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions, 2016

  • Member Partnership Management Framework and other related CGI New Hire Training, 2015

  • Professional training at IBM including teaming, meeting effectiveness, presentation and negotiation skills, and solution design and delivery. Basic e-business Strategy, Knowledge as Strategy

  • Consulting: Introduction to Consulting, Data Collection & Analysis Techniques, Effective & Logical Presentations, Intro to Organizational Change, Negotiating in the Consulting Environment, Consulting Approaches, Consulting Fundamentals, Signature Selling Fundamentals, Signature Selling Sales Aids

  • Certified Lotus Professional, IBM Professional Training, 1997

Other Technical Courses:

  • AI for Everyone

  • Azure Fundamentals, 2015

  • Domino / Notes: Application Development I, II, III, System Administration I, II, Advanced Lotuscript, Developing Internet Applications in Notes, Domino Web Development R7

  • Javascript for Domino, Domino Web Programming with XML, Java, and JavaScript

  • MQSeries, DB2 Essentials, AIX / UNIX Shell scripting

  • Net.Commerce Implementation, TCP/IP Architecture and Workshop, Internet Security and Firewall Concepts, IBM Firewall Implementation, e-Business fundamentals

  • Java: Java for the OO Programmer, Java for Domino, Server-Side Java Programming, Client-Side Java