Sir Terence Matthews: Global Trends Threaten Rapid Decline of Canada's Advanced Technology Industries: Innovation Nation Updated: Confirm Your Interest in Conference Call Briefing
October 28, 2011

CATA's National Spokesperson makes recommendations to avoid 'Perfect Storm' that is eroding Canada's A Technology Prospects 

October 28, 2011....CATAAlliance released today a comprehensive update of its 'Innovation Nation' Campaign,  developed in partnership with its National Spokesperson, Sir Terence MatthewsThe set of recommendations includes a 40 page overview, entitled, "The Challenge of Survival for Canada's Technology Sectors: A Review of Canada's Problems & Prospects in Today's Flat World -- Can We Do Better?" 

'Innovation Nation' was established by CATAAlliance three years ago and is updated annually through Surveys, Research & Partner collaboration. It sets out numerous recommendations that at aim at nothing less than making Canada the Number One Innovation Nation.

According to CATA President, John Reid, " Mr. Matthews sets out a compelling case for Government & Private Sector action, both in policy and program terms, if Canada is to retain any hope of being a 'global player' in the next generation of the advanced technologies that are revolutionizing our world."

Key areas addressed in the 'Innovation Nation' materials include: SR&ED tax credits, lack of venture capital, basic to applied research, hiring tech talent, export promotion, government procurement, business credit, foreign market penetration, R&D expenditures levels, and management personnel.
 
For more information on the 'Innovation Nation' Campaign, please contact John Reid at jreid@cata.ca

CATANet TV Interviews

Mr. Reid provided context to the 'Innovation Nation' program in a recent CATA Net TV Interview, part of a series of thought leadership interviews on what it will take to move Canada to1st place in Innovation, Competitive & Quality of Life Performance.

Please tune into:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTF8rlppR3g

CATA as a Political Party

Reid added, "In many respects CATAAlliance is a political party, the party of the Canadian high tech industry. Our election platform is built from policy planks which will ensure success for Canada in the global economy. We actively encourage all of Canada's political leaders to better understand and embrace what it takes to create a knowledge based Canada."

Matthews concluded, "If Canada is to become an Innovation Nation, we've got to do a better job of supporting, growing and retaining our high tech companies and the people that power them. Canada's technology companies are facing their most Serious challenges in at least 25 years."

++ Action Item: we encourage executives to contact us at  jreid@cata.ca  with any issues, concerns or guidance they might have for CATA's 'Innovation Nation' Campaign.
 
If you are interested in joining a Cross Canada Conference Call on the subject of "A Challenge For Survival for Canada's  Technology Sectors", please send an email to cmalette@cata.ca with 'Innovation Nation' in the subject line.  Mr. Matthews will share his perspectives and be available for Q&A with callers, in addition to subject area experts from the CATA management team and membership.

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