GTEC to Strengthen CIO Leaders in Mentorship Program
February 22, 2007

GTEC Week and CATAAlliance Join Forces to provide ‘best practices’ education, research and networking

From Left to Right:
John Reid, President, CATAAlliance
Kevin d'Entremont, Executive Director, GTEC

Ottawa, Ont. (Feb. 25, 2007) - GTEC Week (The Government Technology Exhibition and Conference) and CATAAlliance (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance) announced today a partnership between the two organizations that aims to strengthen Canada's CIO community through a joint program of education, research and events networking.

The program will culminate on October 15-17 at Government IT's Main Event, the 15th Annual GTEC Week 2007. GTEC is a week-long meeting of government and the IT industry. The event includes a major exhibition of IT solutions, an international delegates program, a professional development conference and a national awards program and gala for IT in government.

Kevin d'Entremont, Executive Director for GTEC and CATAAlliance Director said, "The role of the CIO is an integral and pervasive one in most organizations; almost every employee is touched in one way or another by the CIO's performance."

He added, "CATAAlliance and GTEC Week will co-host a program geared to mentoring the next generation CIOs as part of GTEC Week. The program will be an extension of the CIO Bootcamps run by GTEC's sister event INTEROP, and will consist of best practice educational sessions by Canadian public and private sector CIOs. Together, our goal is to build a program that supports the public sector value chain by providing value-added education to IT professionals who aspire to be IT leaders."

Working with industry and government partners, GTEC and CATAAlliance are planning, among other things, to:

  • Host community building events across Canada and through ICT webinars;
  • Undertake collaborative Surveys and research to help create best practice management, a mutual interest to both private and public organizations; and,
  • Host a CIO Boot camp at GTEC 2007, focusing on leadership imperatives, such as driving innovation while managing costs, proving the strategic value of IT and managing CXO expectations;

CATAAlliance has been a longstanding partner in the development and promotion of GTEC Week, since the event's inception 15 years ago. An integral part of CATAAlliance's participation in the event each year is the support it lends to evaluation of nominations for GTECs prized Distinction Awards for Excellence in the application of IT in government. The Distinction Awards are championed and managed by SCOAP, a CATAAlliance partner.

Research and Events-Now Available

  • Interested parties can now obtain a copy of a Report from the CATAAlliance sponsored Executive Roundtable on "Implementing 'Accountability' in Government," designed to provide insight into building a government structure that is transparent, effective and delivers value. The Report is based on the views of a cross section of senior IT executives in federal department and agencies as well as senior high tech executives, and conducted in collaboration with CATAAlliance member company, The Access Group, using their dynamic kitchen table roundtable format.

  • On April 4th 2007, CATA Alliance/GTEC and The Access Group with Ryerson University's School for IT Management are putting together a unique executive roundtable for CIOs, discussing the challenges in creating and delivering Strategic Value in today's complex business environment. We estimate the presence of nearly 150 CIOs, involved in intense peer-to-peer roundtable conversation. For details and to register as our guest please see: CIO Peer to Peer Roundtable.

CATAAlliance President, John Reid, said "Globalization and ensuing competition from global players is forcing many Canadian companies to focus their efforts on enhancing productivity. In 2007, the Canadian government will provide a number of tax and other incentives to improve productivity levels and the competitiveness of our Canadian industries. As we shift towards redefining the meaning and process surrounding organizational productivity, the roles of senior executives will also need to shift, including that of the Chief Information Officer."

This not the first time that CATAAlliance has joined forces with GTEC. In 2006, CATAAlliance in conjunction with GTEC week developed a venue for the CATA membership and invited business leaders to meet with executives attending from 50 countries, senior trade and investment officials. The focus was Global Trends, the New Flat World, and Public Sector-Private Sector partnerships. In 2005, both organizations co developed a special Trade Show and seminar on advanced security, attended by a cross section of public and private sector delegates. GTEC also utilizes the SCOAP, a division of CATAAlliance adjudication methodology for selecting the federal government Distinction Awards.

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Executives interested in engaging with GTEC/CATA to provide guidance on the CIO program and GTEC week or receiving the Impementing Accounability in Government Roundtable Report should contact John Reid at johnreid@attglobal.net.

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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.

About GTEC Week:
Now in its 15th year, GTEC Week is recognized as Canada's most significant forum on the use of technology to improve government services and operations. The event features an annual Distinction Awards program and gala, a comprehensive Professional Development Forum, and the GTEC Exhibition. The conference program and extensive trade show are attended annually by an estimated 7,000 professionals.