Government Relations Expert Joins CATA to Promote Business
August 28, 2006

Largest High-Tech Association Grows Again: Government Relations
Expert Joins CATA to Promote Business

Ottawa, August 28, 2006…CATAAlliance announced today the addition of Peter Thomas to its management team. Mr. Thomas has over 35 years experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Treasury Board’s Expert Project Consultant Program has recognized Mr. Thomas as one of the top-ranking ICT architects consulting to Government.

Peter Thomas MA, CMC

Prior to joining CATAAlliance as a Government Relations Executive, Mr. Thomas has been a successful independent consultant in Ottawa focusing his practice on the Federal Government and Crown Corporations. In this role he has worked extensively on the development of strategies and plans for optimizing his clients’ management and use of their information management and technology environments. Mr. Thomas’ work emphasizes the effective use of Information Technology to support the organization.

His previous work experience included serving as Director of Technology Consulting for Fujitsu Consulting in Ottawa and partner at Information Systems Group. In addition to his consulting work he has held responsible positions in the Banking sector both in Canada and overseas, and has also worked with the manufacturing sector.

Mr. Thomas' expertise covers the business and architectural views of information technologies, and their successful introduction into organizations. His areas of competence include ICT Strategy and Planning; Governance and Organization; Enterprise Architecture; ICT Value and Consulting Practice Development and Management

Mr. Thomas graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a major in History and Political Science. He also has a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Aston. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants for whom he has worked to assist small businesses in understanding the Federal Government’s procurement processes. He also holds the Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management (ITIL).

John Reid, CATAAlliance President, said “We have received 400 responses to our VendorAct Survey and countless emails and calls from companies across Canada asking us to be their voice on procurement reform. Peter will be a great help in responding to this call as we set out the impact of procurement processes and reforms on Canadian companies and obtain additional recommendations on where improvements are needed.”

VendorACT Campaign:

Since 2005, CATAAlliance, the largest high tech association in the country, has been directing a VendorACT Campaign on behalf of the ICT vendor community to present its issues and concerns on the government-wide review of procurement and shared services initiative. The Campaign has included survey and research work, meetings with vendors, briefings of government and political representatives, media relations and development of communications materials.

Contact:

Barry Gander, CATA's EVP Communications, at 613-220-1368 or bgander@cata.ca to arrange interviews or for further background materials.