June 15, 2010
3rd Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum Launched - RCMP CTO to Provide Keynote
Calgary Forum Report also now available
Contact: Emily Boucher, Media Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-236-6550
Ottawa, June 14, 2010 CATAAlliance has launched it's third annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum, this year taking place in the Atlantic Canada region and being headlined by an opening keynote by Michael Doucet, Chief Technology Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Forums provide a dynamic, interactive environment where ICT vendors get the rare opportunity to meet exclusively with leaders from Canada's First Responder and Public Safety and Security (PSS) community as the groups work towards ending Canada's interoperability crisis and technology gap. The Forums apply a unique "Dragon's Den" approach coupled with a series of first responder led dialogues has proven to be a valuable format for all who participate.
"These CATA Forums have proven to be an outstanding environment to facilitate open and honest discussion among vendors and Canada's public safety practitioners," says Inspector (Ret'd) Lance Valcour with the Canadian Police Research Centre and Project Manager for the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). "Both first responders and vendors derive tremendous value through the Forums, with industry receiving a unique opportunity to demonstrate their product or service to a key group of our technology and procurement stakeholders, while we gain from getting a better understanding of what's out there and share our needs and procurement approach in an open and transparent way."
With many vendors reporting point of sale returns at the previous Forum, and the majority indicating they plan on returning for future events, it is anticipated that Boardrooms and registration space will fill up fast. First Responder organizations already committed to participate include: Halifax Regional Police, Cape Breton Regional Police, Truro Police, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Fire Services, Halifax Regional Municipality Emergency Management Organization, and the Canadian Forces.
Related Resources:Visit the Forum's Website (click here) for details on:
ICT executives, First Responders and Public Safety & Security leaders in public and private sectors
September 28 & 29, 2010
Four Points by Sheraton, Halifax, NS
CATA member discount:
40% off registration fee
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Calgary Forum Report Now Available
Also released today is the Calgary Forum summary report, which identifies the challenges, technology needs, and next steps in addressing the current nation-wide interoperability crisis among Canada's First Responders, while further providing competitive insights into their procurement practices as well as current and future ICT needs. The 25-page report summarizes the presentations and key themes from the Calgary Forum and outlines the current challenges faced by Canadian First Responders, such as:
Action ItemThe summary report and presentations are free of charge for CATA members and Research subscribers, or available for purchase separately or in a special bundled offer for all others. You can obtain your copies by visiting the CATA Research Repository at: CATA First Responder VOF 2009 in Calgary – Summary Report
Special Offer - Order the Calgary Forum Report, and receive the Toronto report and presentations for free! The Toronto Package will be automatically sent to all those who order this report.
Sponsor or register to attend the Atlantic Canada Forum and receive this entire package for free! Upon registering, contact CATA's VP Research, Kevin Wennekes, at email@example.com for details.
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance)