The CATAAlliance is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Vendor Outreach Forum (VOF) with the Canadian Red Cross. We invite your participation on February 13th at our Forum in Ottawa.
The VOF will allow leading Canadian ICT providers and solution consultants to meet with the top executives and IT Managers of the Canadian Red Cross for a half-day, interactive forum of information sharing, discussion and networking.
The VOF will review high level details regarding over 15 capital projects being released by tender this year by the Canadian Red Cross, as well as identify plans to have CATAAlliance act as the primary conduit and facilitator of their IT procurement process.
The briefing team from the Canadian Red Cross will include, Hélène Mousseau, CIO, Michele Piche, CFO, Allen Iverson, Senior Manager IT, Donna Dewar, Director Web and Enterprise Application Services, Jody Jeffrey, Manager, Web Services, John Keller, Manager, Enterprise Applications and Tim Hoswitschka, Fund Development, and Stephen Morris, Public Affairs and from CATAAlliance, VP of Research, Kevin Wennekes.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with their peers from Telecommunication & Wireless firms, Software developers, Hardware manufacturers, Data and call centre outsource providers e-Business & e-Learning firms and IT consulting firms.
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.
Over the next few weeks, the input will be aligned with the business and operational plans, and the gaps and opportunities will be reviewed with the senior management and IS/SI teams, to create a high level strategy document.
"The last step in the process is to get an outside view, a vetting and/or reality check, from industry experts," says Hélène Mousseau, the CIO for the Canadian Red Cross. "We want to get external IT and industry experts to examine, evaluate and provide additional insight and recommendations into our plans. More than that, we are also looking to form partnerships and alliances with vendors who believe in our mandate and who would like to work with us to develop and realize our vision for the future - help us build our capacity at the community level and to respond to future disasters. This can come in many forms from providing strategic input and direction, helping feed into our RFP process, to cash and in-kind donations.
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The VOF will take place on February 13th in Ottawa (location will be confirmed via email).
08:15 - Registration & Networking breakfast
08:50 - Introduction of Red Cross Team - John Reid, President, CATAAlliance
09:00 - Red Cross Executive Presentations
10:15 - Town hall Q&A
10:30 - Refresh - networking
10:45 - Break-out groups (rotating tables every 15 minutes)
11:55 - Closing remarks
12:00 - Finish
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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.