Dan Dodge, Co Founder and CEO, QNX Software Systems champions the Innovation Nation
November 6, 2009

Innovation Champion, Dan Dodge, Co Founder and CEO, QNX Software Systems joins a growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity


" As the global economy evolves, Canada and its enterprises must adapt to remain competitive. They will have to innovate to win markets. They will need to find new ways to leverage Canada's competitive advantages. And they will need to create products and services that will be highly valued by consumers around the world.
Much of the national debate on Canada's economy centers on how productivity can drive  competitiveness. Although productivity is one of keys, innovation is much more important driver. Canada lags global competitors in its ability to innovate," says Dan Dodge, Co Founder & CEO, QNX Systems in regards to the core planks of the Innovation Nation Campaign.

"Setting the Gold Standard" - An Innovation Nation Agenda for Growth

Ottawa-- CATAAlliance announced that Dan Dodge, Co Founder & CEO, QNX Software Systems and recognized innovation leader, has endorsed the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, as a compelling model to improve the nation's competitiveness and prosperity.

Dan Dodge joins a growing list of business and community leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Dr. James Goodnight, CEO, SAS, Rod Bryden, President & CEO, Plasco Energy Group, Samantha S. Sannella, President & CEO, the Design Exchange, Rob Ashe, President & CEO, Cognos, Lionel Hurtubise, former CEO & Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture, Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, the Hon. John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Mike S. Zafirovski, past President & CEO, Nortel, Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse, Dr. Marc Garneau, MP Westmount, Villle-Marie Canada's first astronaut, Dr. Charles Despins, President & CEO, Prompt and Arvind Chhatbar, President & CEO, Enablence Technologies Inc., to call for the adoption of the Innovation Nation Platform.

"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that lead the world in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Mr. Dodge, "These countries will attract and retain investment and talent. For nations to prosper they must become leading innovation nations; we all need to do our part to get there."

Dan Dodge
Co Founder & CEO , QNX Software Systems

Dan Dodge is a true pioneer of embedded systems technology. Together with business partner Gordon Bell, he created one of the world's first message-passing operating systems - the forerunner to the revolutionary QNX® Neutrino® microkernel RTOS.

To encourage and support embedded systems studies in post-secondary institutions, Mr. Dodge established the QNX-in-Education program, which offers colleges and universities around the world free software for classroom work and research projects. He also funded the first chair for computer science at the University of Waterloo in 1998.

Mr. Dodge is a passionate advocate of standards for the embedded industry, and in 2001 was invited to sit as a founding steward of the Eclipse consortium, an open-source software initiative. Mr. Dodge has garnered several tributes, including the prestigious J.W. Graham medal in Computing and Innovation from the University of Waterloo, an honor shared by a select group of industry luminaries that includes Bill Reeves (Pixar Studios) and Jim Mitchell (Sun Microsystems). In 2002 Dodge and Bell were acclaimed as Heroes of Manufacturing by Fortune magazine.

Mr. Dodge holds a Master's degree in mathematics.

Innovation Nation Core Planks

Among the core planks in Innovation Nation are developing a national brand for Canada based on regional advantages, creating an industrial strategy based on strategic approaches to government procurement and global supply chains, adopting best innovation tax credit (SR&ED) practices, removing trade barriers as part of responding to the flat world and attracting and training and retaining the best talent.

CATAAlliance is also looking for measures that would advance executive leadership and promote the adoption of high technology tools in government and the private sector.

John Reid, CATAAlliance President, concluded, "We are living through an economic revolution created by technology, global interdependence and increasingly open markets" adding, "Canada is already a leader in many business sectors. But to maintain and grow this leadership, we have to expand our markets and be the best in the world. We are calling on all Canadians to work with us to create the necessary entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and public policies for the Innovation Nation."

ACTION ITEM

Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and/or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at jreid@cata.ca call 613-236-6550.

Please circulate the communiqué internally and also send to your business, media and community network of contacts as part of mobilization behind the Campaign.