Canadian Red Cross Seeks Technology Collaborations and Partners
January 09, 2007

  • Collaboration opportunities with the Canadian Red Cross
  • For Canadian Advanced technology enterprises, academia and government
  • Targeting Telecommunication & Wireless firms, Software developers, Hardware manufacturers, Data and call centre outsource providers, e-Business & e-Learning firms
  • Respond by: January 26, 2007

Call to Action:
Confirm your interest in doing business with the Red Cross by email to Muriel Debroy.

Ottawa, January 09, 2007... the Canadian Red Cross is looking to form partnerships and alliances with vendors who have technologies and capabilities strategic to their mandate and future vision.

The Canadian Red Cross is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. It helps people affected by emergency situations ranging from an individual house fire to a flood that disrupts an entire region of the country. A leader in injury prevention, the Red Cross provides a wide range of community-based services which enhance the well-being and dignity of all people, be they frail or elderly, children at risk, disabled, or palliative patients.

Quality Red Cross programs and services are delivered across the entire country by qualified Red Cross staff members complemented by over 20,000 dedicated and highly trained community based volunteers. Since it was established more than 100 years ago, the Canadian Red Cross has become part of the nation's social fabric, and enjoys the reputation of being one of Canada's most respected institutions.

The Red Cross is looking to form partnerships and alliances with vendors who believe in their mandate and who would like to work with them to develop and realize its vision for the future - help the Red Cross build capacity at the community level and to respond to future disasters.

For more information on the Canadian Red Cross, please visit their website at http://www.redcross.ca.

CATAAlliance will also provide Vendor Outreach Forums (VOF) that will review high level details regarding five capital projects being released by tender this year by the Canadian Red Cross and facilitate business networking between the parties. Also discussed will be the Red Cross Gateway to the 185 countries comprising the global Red Cross network with a view to increasing international opportunities. Vendors will be advised of event date and locations shortly.

Priorities and Focus Technologies:

In November 2006, the Information Services / Services d'Information (IS/SI) team at the Canadian Red Cross kicked off a 360° strategic planning review. The aim of this planning exercise was to review the society's business, programs, priorities and needs, in the short, medium and long term and to look for cost effective and innovative ways to lead and support the society through to 2010.

In terms of looking at technologies and services from Canada enterprises, areas of interest and priority include:

  • Consolidation, integration and/or provision of portals for key applications with a view to reducing redundancy and duplication (e.g., data/sound/video, eCommerce, e-Learning, Intranet, Portals, Content and Document Management, Call/Contact Centers)

  • Enhancements of data center support with adoption of best practices to improve overall customer experience

  • Hosting renewal, including equipment and WAN (in-house versus outsourcing)

Qualification of Interests

  • Review the Red Cross Priorities and Focus Technologies List (see above) and determine your organization's area of interest.

  • Ensure that your organization has relevant published scientific papers, presentations and/or patents that can be reviewed by the Red Cross evaluation team.

  • Contact CATAAlliance with your expression of interest, providing key contact and background information. Your organization will then be provided with a simple template for completion.

  • Confirm your CATA membership status. Processing fees may apply.

  • All expressions of interest must be submitted by January 26, 2007, 17:00 EST by email to Muriel Debroy

Next Steps:

  • The Red Cross will review information from selected candidates to determine which areas are of specific interest for future follow-up.

  • The Red Cross will coordinate internally to make sure that each selected Canadian company would be able to meet with the appropriate Director. Follow-up could take several forms including teleconference, videoconferences and site visits to determine the appropriate vehicle for collaboration.

CATAAlliance acts as the primary conduit and facilitator of the IT procurement process for the Canadian Red Cross.

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About the Canadian Red Cross
The Red Cross is one of the world’s most respected symbols. It is a symbol of protection, hope, and assistance. The Canadian Red Cross is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The Red Cross helps people affected by emergency situations ranging from an individual house fire to a flood that disrupts an entire region of the country. A leader in injury prevention, the Red Cross provides a wide range of community-based services which enhance the well-being and dignity of all people, be they frail or elderly, children at risk, disabled, or palliative patients. Quality Red Cross programs and services are delivered across the entire country by qualified Red Cross staff members complemented by over 20,000 dedicated and highly trained community based volunteers. Since it was established more than 100 years ago, the Canadian Red Cross has become part of the nation’s social fabric, and enjoys the reputation of being one of Canada's most respected institutions. For more information on the Canadian Red Cross, please visit their website at http://www.redcross.ca.

About CATAAlliance
Advancing The Business of Technology
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is the biggest business development association for producers and users of advanced technology. The only organization representing all sectors of the economy, CATA's umbrella of special-interest, municipal, provincial and allied organizations directly reaches 20,000 technology executives and an additional 22,000 technology users. Dedicated to making Canadian organizations world-class makers and adopters of technology, CATA creates strategic partnerships, strengthens communities and networks, and promotes supportive public policy. For more than a quarter of a century CATA has been stimulating growth, driving commercialization and growing the advanced technology export industry for the Canadian economy. More information about CATA can be found onthe CATA Web site: www.cata.ca