Accenture Joins the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
April 06, 2006

Ottawa, April 6, 2006 -- Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, is adding its expertise in international best practices to the Canadian high-tech community through a new membership in CATAAlliance, Canada's largest advanced-technology community.

"We view Accenture's addition to the CATA family as a great added strength for our research capabilities and export promotion programs, such as E-Profile," said Kevin Wennekes, VP of Research for CATA. "Accenture has offices across Canada and its Canadian Delivery Centre is part of their Global Delivery Network operating in 48 countries. Accenture will greatly strengthen Canadian high-technology development as companies look globally for new business opportunities."

Dennis Melnbardis, Managing Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, will join CATAAlliance's Board of Directors

"Accenture is taking a very active role in CATA and advancing the strategic role and importance information technology needs to have for Canadian business," said Mr. Melnbardis. "Canada has the opportunity to be a world leader in using technology and outsourcing expertise to create business innovation and productivity. It may appear to be a lofty goal to some, but it is one that Accenture believes Canada can attain."

"We are very pleased to have such a prominent and respected firm joining our ever-expanding alliance of advanced technology organizations," says CATAAlliance President, John Reid. "Our Board will greatly benefit from Dennis' keen insight on the issues affecting the communications industry as gained through his 20 plus years of consulting experience among Canada's greatest organizations. Furthermore, as our organizations have already been working together on the Global Sourcing Action Roadmap and Women in Technology forums, it became clear that a more integrated and coordinated effort would result in greater gains not only for our own mandates, but for the competitive benefit of all of Canadian hi-tech enterprises."

"At Accenture, women are encouraged to deliver innovation to our clients and succeed in their careers," says Mr. Melnbardis. "WIT is a great fit with Accenture's Great Place to Work for Women initiative to increase the, recruitment retention and advancement of women in our industry."

"CATAAlliance has become Canada's largest technology association precisely because of our commitment to providing members with more than just a passive interest in their business' success," explains Mr. Reid. "We go the extra distance and ensure that we clearly identify the unique benefits each membership opportunity provides and capitalize on the delivery of programs and events that reinforce these."

In addition to Accenture, CATA also welcomed 3M Canada, Monster.ca, Rockwell Collins, Optosecurity Inc., Iridian Spectral Technologies, Meriton Networks, Newtrax Technologies, iOmniscient Canada Inc., Hewitt Associates, Ipsos Reid, Just-In-Time Resources,Ryerson University Office of Research Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Neotel Inc., McMaster University Office of Research Contracts, Paretologic, PackagingOne Corporation, Davinci Broadband Inc., and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, to its membership community.

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About CATAAlliance: The business of technology
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is the biggest business development association for producers and users of advanced technology. 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. More information about CATA can be found on the CATA Web site: http://www.cata.ca

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills, and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 126,000 people in 48 countries, including 5,000 in Canada, the company generated net revenues of US$15.55 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2005. Its Canadian home page is http://www.accenture.ca.