May 25, 2017

Tech Leaders Call on Canada’s Prime Minister to reset ‘ Innovative Solutions ‘

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From Left to Right: Michael J Kelly, Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Dan Wasserman, CATAAlliance, Procurement Advocate,  Sir Terry Matthews, National Spokesperson, CATAAlliance, and John Reid, President & CEO, CATAAlliance.

CATAAlliance tables 3 page game plan for changes to the federal Innovative Solutions program in  order to empower SME’s to strengthen Canada’s knowledge based economy.

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Ottawa, On, May 25, 2017…CATAAlliance, Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group has called for the newly created Innovative Solutions program to be reset with clauses to ensure a portion of government spending is allocated to advancing commercially viable research, plus an added mandate that the government procure from small businesses (SME’s). Such changes would parallel the highly successful U.S. SBIR and Set Aside programs as enshrined in the U.S. Small Business Act of 1953.

The call for a reset was officially tabled in a brief entitled, “ The case for the creation of the Next Version of Innovative Solutions Canada “  by Michael J Kelly, Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Dan Wasserman, CATAAlliance, Procurement Advocate, John Reid, President & CEO, CATAAlliance, and Sir Terry Matthews, National Spokesperson, CATAAlliance.

See full details at: http://cata.ca/2017/next-version-innovative-solutions/

CATA’s leadership group members, said, “ In the recent Canadian federal budget, there is a $50 million provision for the creation of Innovative Solutions Canada, stating this new program would be based on a U.S. precedent and quoting the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program as best practice. We are calling for U.S. SBIR and Set Aside best practice to be enshrined in final legislation of the Innovative Solutions program.”

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Contact: CATAAlliance CEO, John Reid at email jreid@cata.ca, tel: 613-699-8209, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovative Solutions, SBIR, Advocacy

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