Mobility for a stronger Canadian communications Future: CATAAlliance appoints, Jean-Guy Rens, as Sr. Vice President
August 1, 2008

++ Action Item: CATAAlliance has launched an industry-wide workshop program and a think tank on mobility aimed at achieving world-class mobility content development in Canada both for corporate and consumer needs. Companies and individuals wanting to join the program and the think tank should contact jreid@cata.ca with Mobility in the header.

Ottawa, August 19, 2008…CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca) announced today the appointment of Jean-Guy Rens, one of Canada’s specialists in Communications, as the Alliance’s Senior Vice President, Mobility & Telecom. 

CATA President, John Reid, noted, “Jean-Guy Rens aims are to foster insight into Canada’s standing in mobility and to encourage through information transfer between industries the development of high value mobility content and business growth, supported by sound public policies.” 

The plan is to achieve these objectives through the organization of workshops and focus groups for industrial and public sectors. Throughout his mandate, Jean-Guy Rens will help create a bridge between the content producers and the users. 

Author of many landmark studies and books in telecommunications, Internet, security and mobile, Jean-Guy Rens base, is highly respected by his peers, bringing with him a host of renowned contacts and a team of mobility enthusiasts integral to the success of the mandate. Jean-Guy Rens will be supported by CATA’s Survey and Research Division and by a Special Advisory Group drawn from the membership. 

Jean-Guy Rens will be regularly updating the community on Mobility & Telecom Content for private and public use through video presentations and the adoption of social networks for added outreach and value to the global community.   

Reid added, “To help unify the industry’s voice, we will create an Advisory Group at the completion of the workshop program under the direction of Dr. Rens. Each of our core members will be putting forward executive representative to assist with the one voice mandate. It’s a model that has proved very successful with our SR&ED Advocacy. ” 

Past Roll with CATA 

Over the past five years, Jean-Guy Rens has played a key role in initiating and developing studies and projects in the field of telecommunications, security and mobility. In his related fields of work, he has pursued research both for private and public clients. This experience will be instrumental in the development of the user-industry workshops.

For further details of Dr. Ren’s career, see below.

 Biography  

Jean-Guy Rens is an information-technologies consultant specializing in public policy analysis and marketing assistance for the introduction of new products and services.  

Rens has produced several independent studies on the information-technologies market in Quebec market:

-          "Management of Web sites and the birth of Internet e-business in Quebec enterprises" (1999),

-           "Perspectives on e-business and public policy" (1998), and Perspectives on the multimedia and Internet industries and markets in Quebec" (1997).

-          He has also conducted a number of studies on telecommunications for industry: "The Enabling Effect of Telecommunications on the Canadian Economy" and "The Global Impact" for Bell Canada, and "Local rates in Canada" and "Universal service and interfinancing in Canada" for France Telecom.  

From 1980 to 1989, Rens was director of technological information and marketing assistance at Bell Canada. He launched Bell's first marketing-oriented communications program, and he went on to assume responsibility for relations with opinion leaders.  

Jean-Guy Rens is a member of the executive committee of the UNESCO-Bell Chair in communications and international development at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) 

++ Action Item: CATAAlliance has launched an industry-wide workshop program and a think tank on mobility aimed at achieving world-class mobility content development in Canada both for corporate and consumer needs. Companies and individuals wanting to join the program and the think tank should contact jreid@cata.ca with Mobility in the header.