Innovation Nation Gets Boost: New CATA National Leadership Council Advisor to Help Advance Canada's Digital Agenda: Michael (Mike) Kedar
February 16, 2013

Please review the resume and view the video of Michael Kedar who is joining the CATAAlliance National Leadership Advisory Council with an immediate focus on Canada's Digital Leadership in the 21st Century in the area of mobility health care. Mr. Kedar is leading a CATA Advocacy Campaign known as m-Health Real Time.

About  Michael Kedar

Michael (Mike) Kedar has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 40 years. His tenacity and perseverance to provide competitive telecom business services to Canadians is almost legendary in the Canadian telecom industry. A son of Czech and Yugoslavian parents who fled the Nazis in WWII to arrive in Israel, Mike Kedar is today rightfully hailed as an entrepreneur of persistence and diplomacy.

Mike served in the Israeli military in the 1960s and went on to university in Geneva, Switzerland where he graduated as an electrical engineer. He came to Canada in 1966, and first worked for Motorola, an important training ground for his career in telecommunications. Concerned that Canadian businesses were not taking full advantage of their monopoly-supplied telecom services, Mike and a business partner began a successful telecommunications consulting practice to help optimize network and feature usage.

In 1986, he launched Call-Net Telecommunications Ltd. with the objective of providing value-added telecommunications services to small and mid-sized businesses. Call-Net pioneered the alternative telecommunications service provider industry in Canada through its wholly-owned resale subsidiary, SPRINT Canada, (now Rogers) which has captured over 20 percent of the Canadian telecommunications services market.

Mike spearheaded Call-Net’s participation in the early 1990s long-distance regulatory proceedings, where he was instrumental in the issuance of the landmark Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Decision 92-12, which ended Bell Canada’s and the provincial telcos’ 100-year longdistance monopoly.

From 1992-1997 he was actively involved in a number of telecom business launches. He founded and was strategy advisor to Canada Popfone Corporation (Microcell Telecom/Rogers), one of four Canadian companies awarded a public wireless (PCS) licence by the federal government to bring PCS services to the Canadian market. Mr. Kedar also works as an independent international telecom entrepreneur and was instrumental in
obtaining TeleBermuda International Limited’s international telecommunications facilities licence. GlobeNet Communications Group Ltd. (TeleBermuda’s holding company) laid several cables between USA, Venezuela, Bermuda and Brazil, and was sold to 360networks in 2000.

CATA National Spokesperson, Sir Terence Mathews, also CEO of Wesley Clover, said, "We are delighted to have an executives of the stature of Mr. Kedar on the Innovation Nation team and look forward to his leadership in helping advance the mission."

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If you have an interest in mobile/e health care technologies, services and solutions, please contact CATA CEO John Reid at
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