CATANet TV interview: Sir Terence Matthews speaks to the State of Canada's Innovation Nation
December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009

CATANet TV interview focuses on recommendations to avoid the 'Perfect Storm' that is eroding Canada's Innovation Nation performance

Contact: Emily Boucher, Media Adviser at eboucher@cata.ca or 613-236-6550


OTTAWA, CATAAlliance released today a TV interview by its National Spokesperson, Sir Terence Matthews, who spoke to the "perfect storm" facing the IT and Telecom industry in Canada, and made recommendations for moving us from 14th to first place as the Innovation Nation.

Mr. Matthews is Chairman of Wesley Clover and also serves as Chairman of Mitel and March Networks, two companies active in developing Internet Protocol (IP) systems for enterprise applications. He is recognized as a role model for entrepreneurship and business creation.

According to CATA President, John Reid, "In his interview, Mr. Matthews sets out a compelling case for Government 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 Information and Communications Technologies that are revolutionizing our world."

Mr. Matthews spoke to key areas, such as: the Impact of the Recession on Canada's Tech Industry; Loss of Canadian Flagships; Lack of Venture Capital; Low Level of Business Funded and Managed R&D; Opportunities in Broadband and Wireless; Issues for the Government to Tackle, including SR&ED tax credits, Matching R&D Funds, IRAP/NRC, SADI program; and, Government Procurement; and Technology Test Beds.

The CATANet TV interview is combined with a set of Recommendations for Innovation Nation and Economic Stimulus: six areas for immediate action

CATANet TV Interview, Sir Terence Matthews

CATANet TV Interview, Sir Terence Matthews

Mr. Matthews provides insight and adds urgency for taking immediate action to help move Canada from 14th to 1st place in Innovation and Competitive Performance.
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CATA as a Political Party
Reid added, "In many respects CATA 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."

++ Action Item
We encourage executives to review the Video TV Interview, including the set of Innovation Nation recommendations and then contact us at jreid@cata.ca with any issues, concerns or guidance they might have for adding to CATA's Innovation Nation Campaigns.

Related Resources:
An Open Letter and Video on Why Join CATAAlliance


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