Lionel Hurtubise, joins growing list of Canadian Business Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity
November 09, 2006

Lionel Hurtubise, a champion of innovation, was honoured by induction into the Hall of Fame of the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) at their recent Gala celebration. Mr. Hurtubise has joined the call for Innovation Nation.

From Left to Right:
William G. Hutchison, Chairman and CEO, Hutchison Management International, Lionel Hurtubise, past CEO and Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., and Roger Mahabir, President - Chair, Technology Innovations Inc., and Assurent Secure Technologies

"Setting the Gold Standard" -- Technology Agenda for Canadian Growth Aims at Building on Success

Ottawa, November 9, 2006… CATAAlliance announced that Lionel P. Hurtubise, past CEO and Chair of Ericsson Canada Inc., and Canadian technology leader has joined the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, a strategy to improve Canada's competitiveness and prosperity.

Mr. Hurtubise joins a growing list of business leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, to call for the adoption of a platform that would result in competitive advantage for Canadian companies.

"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that can generate international confidence in their ability to lead in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Mr. Hurtubise. "These countries will attract and retain investment. For Canada to prosper we must become a leading innovation nation; we all need to do our part to get there."

Mr. Hurtubise became President and CEO of Ericsson Canada Inc. in 1986 and was appointed Chairman on July 1, 1994. He holds a number of positions in national and regional institutions dedicated to high technology and is past Chair of organizations, such as the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE), the Société Innovatech Grand Montréal, the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA) and the Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM).

Mr. Hurtubise is the recipient of numerous leadership Awards including the Canadian Technion Society for his contribution to the promotion of telecommunications in Canada and most recently the CIPA. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Montreal, Ryerson Polytechnic University and Concordia University.

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, removing trade barriers and attracting and training the best talent.

CATA is also looking for measures that would advance executive leadership and promote the adoption of high technology tools in government and the private sector, with an emphasis on small and medium businesses.

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."

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Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at johnreid@attglobal.net or 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 Innovation Nation Campaign.