RDP President Joins the Innovation Leadership Council
December 18, 2015


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Ottawa, On... CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca), a recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship, today announced that Brian Cookson, President RDP Associates has joined the CATA Innovation Leadership Council (ILC).


The ILC serves as an advisory body, providing guidance on the implementation of the CATAAlliance mandate to support the global competitiveness of its members and the advancement of Canada as a competitive Innovation Nation, in addition to offering a community peer network to assess share insights into needs, trends and achievements.


CATA CEO John Reid said “Mr. Cookson brings considerable experience to the Council from interfacing with hundreds of SME’s and large companies in RDP’s business practice. His passion and view that innovation, linked to strategy is key to prosperity fully aligns with CATA’s CATA’s mission, mandate and core policy planks.”


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According to Mr Cookson, “ RDP is fully behind the CATA goal of cultivating Canada’s considerable strengths and eliminating every barrier to inhibiting their full contribution to competitiveness.”


He added, “ Similar to benchmarking an enterprise’s management performance , we need to benchmark Canada’s innovation performance and then benchmark it against other leading countries.” Reid concluded, “In today's world, effective innovation does not happen through accident - it is achieved by careful design and stellar execution of a plan. Mr. Cookson embraces this view and is a great role model for advancing Canada’s innovation metrics.”


Brian Cookson, President, RDP Associates


As President of RDP, Brian has been assisting a wide variety of companies to obtain R&D tax credits for over 20 years worldwide.


Brian initiated and grew RDP’s practice in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has lectured and written extensively on R&D tax credits, including SR&ED, and has presented seminars to industry groups and tax conferences. Brian’s role is to ensure RDP is providing value added service to its clients.


Brian also consults with companies that have significant R&D tax credit issues and negotiates on behalf of clients with government representatives. Brian is a chartered accountant and worked with Ernst & Young in their high-tech services group from 1982 to 1987.


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