A look at Canada's champion for profitable tech innovation.
Before you ever hear a government stand up and announce an exciting business or economic policy decision, there's a good chance some of the dry research work (and yes, some of the lobbying) informing it was done by an industry group. The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is one such group and has been working to advance the commercial opportunities of the country's tech companies since 1977. That's when founders including Terry Matthews and Bill Hutchison hatched the idea on a napkin over a restaurant meal. Three decades later, executive director Barry Gander has picked up the torch, part of a dedicated team representing about 7,000 companies, from large enterprises like Bell to smaller outfits such as DragonWave. Author of a couple of best-sellers on government and business, Fast Lane and The Parliamentary Handbook, Gander joined CATA in 2003, bringing with him 25-years of experience in public policy and communications. He says CATA's focus going forward will be on its i-Canada program which seeks to improve the country's public high-tech communications infrastructure.(Read the full article online: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/innovation/article.jsp?content=20110316_144224_9684)