You only have to invest a small amount of time with CATA’s Katherine Thompson before you realize that she is very passionate about the innovation, business and research excellence. So passionate that she believes Canadians need to be less modest and more bold about what why they are global leaders.
I first interviewed Katherine last September and in her introductory video remarks she talks about being a life long entrepreneur, with the by line “an effective business and partnership builder.” That has proven to be the case in spades.
Entrepreneurship is something she believes in, lives and talks about at every opportunity. I understand that she has being doing so for over 20 years.
As a former syndicated radio host, Katherine has had the opportunity to meet and interview some of Canada’s most influential business leaders including John Sleeman, Heather Reisman, Jimmy Pattison and Izzy Asper. She has challenged government and the banking industry on the contentious issue of access to capital for women owned business and has been a strong voice for the support of youth and aboriginal entrepreneurship. This is why she was our natural choice to lead CATA’s partnership with Telfer School of Management, CANWIT (Women in Tech) and US based Springboard Management looking at the gender entrepreneurship gap. Here are a few background details on that project:
Katherine has also been instrumental in the development of CATA’s new Cybersecurity Strategy which includes the following:
That’s quite a package of projects completed and underway. Any interest?
Through Katherine’s leadership many private and public sector leaders have help us advance the CATAAlliance mission. To name a few in the fold:
Koos Lodewijkx, CTO for IT Risk for IBM; Gus Hunt - Former CTO of the CIA; John Proctor - VP, Global Cyber Security, CGI; J. Paul Haynes, P.Eng. Chief Executive Office, eSentire; Nadya Bartol, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist, CISSP, CGEIT, Utilities Telecom Council; Jeffrey P. Tracey, Director of Business Development, VENUS Cybersecurity Corporation; Valarie Findlay, President, HumanLed; Jonathan Raymond, National Lead Cyber Analytics, SAS; Alex Manea, Manager, Security Services, Blackberry; Scott Montgomery, Public Sector CTO & VP, Intel Security, and Ahmed Etman, General Manager, Cyber Security, Cisco Canada.
CATA has successfully made strategic introductions and fostered business development – for existing players, start-ups and cybersecurity and public safety professionals!
++ Action Item: Please reach out to Katherine Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org and get involved in 2015 initiatives as we further our advocacy, research and business development activities. Let's turn up the volume together!