CATA is a trusted industry alliance with a mandate to help Canadian innovation thrive. We focus on commercial capabilities and market access for Canadian HQ small and medium technology businesses. The alliance brings together industry thought leaders with academe and policy makers to advocate for Canadian competitiveness. We’re amplifying a bold, confident podium culture amongst Canadian innovators. CATA is home to the National Innovation Leadership Council, a joint body with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - the CACP/CATA E-Crimes Cyber Council, and is launching a President's Council this Fall. Call for applications open now.

Look Back 2020 – Leaping Ahead with CATA

January 11, 2021

  LOOK Back 2020 – Look Ahead

2021 CEO Message & Download North

January 10, 2021

January 2021 CEO Message & Download North Newsletter  

Participate in 2021 ISED Cyber Industry Report – closes 15 Jan

CATA is partnering with ISED and StatsCan on the 2021 Cyber Industry Study connecting hundreds of cyber companies in our network to study organizers. A few more days (15 Jan) to get your company included in the ISED/Stats Can 2021 Cyber Industry Study. For reference here is the 2018 study report

Ottawa’s Industry Strategy Council Calls for $35B Fund, Policy Overhauls

Ottawa’s Industry Strategy Council Calls for $35B Fund, Policy Overhauls

Members News & In the News

Alliance Highlights / In The News   Accenture: How AI Boosts Industry Profits and Innovation Boast AI raises $23 Million to help businesses get their R&D tax credits Saleschoice in Forbes – Building AI Braintrust for Boards and CEOs The CATA/Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police E-Crimes/Cyber Council contributed to the 2019 Stats Can Cyber […]

Federal Procurement 2020 Small Business Trade Show/ Expo 25-26 Nov

November 17, 2020

 This virtual trade show will be presented by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises November 25th and 26th.  The Government of Canada has brought together key business support programs in financing, innovation, skills, sales and marketing and much more! Program representatives will take direct questions on how they can support your business via a […]

New Download North – People, Community, Policy & Money in Tech

People, Community, Policy, Money in Tech #DownloadNorth

Where’s the money?Creating a Channel to Boost Your Sales

Webinar V in Reaching Your Everest  – A CATA How to X dot Oh program  Kim Caves & Associates recently delivered Creating a Channel to Boost Your Sales in partnership with CATA.  Kim brings 20 years winning enterprise tech sales from the US and Canada to the world. She’s delivered  complex sales deals in Cyber, […]

Did you see Download North Magazine Edition on People & Policy?

Incase you missed it. The inaugural issue of Download North – People & Policy Magazine highlighted CATA’s COVID19 first half year advocacy efforts.  The Download North Media Suite, includes a monthly newsletter.  The Fall Issue reviews CATA’s advocacy focus that kicked off with a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on 3 April. These efforts led […]

Boast Capital Ai Featured in Download North

Download North – BOAST – Fall 2020

New Data for Canada’s fastest growing tech vertical

CATAAlliance and leading national associations joined ISED and StatsCan to compile the 2018 Statistical Overview of Canada’s Cyber Industry. The report revealed cyber to be the fastest growing technology vertical in Canada. Additional information is available for members. Statistical Overview of Canada’s Cybersecurity Industry in 2018 – Final – EN

8-9 Dec – The Great Canadian Data Centre Symposium, GCDCS20 #CATAPerk

Canada’s leading event (and community) for data centre and IT service delivery professionals and executives is launching in a new “better than live!” format. The Great Canadian Data Centre Symposium, GCDCS20,  has more than 30 leading Canadian (and global) thought leaders speaking, and hundreds of registrants who will get to learn, share and network on […]

Lazaridis Institute’s ScaleUp Program Accepts Largest Cohort Yet

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, part of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, welcomed 13 of Canada’s highest-potential growth-stage tech companies for the sixth cohort of the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program. We see CATA friends in the cohort list. Check them out – get business done with […]

Wage subsidies for healthcare organizations to hire students

CATAAlliance Ecosystem Collaboration  As a direct response to COVID-19 and the need for additional healthcare workers, BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) has been extended to include Canada’s healthcare sector. The subsidy covers up to 75% of a student’s work placement to a maximum of $7,500. BioTalent Canada has placed over 1,500 students within […]

CATA Partners with TECHNATION in Gov Digital Marketplace – Launches 19 Nov

The TECHNATION Digital Marketplace Launches Nov 19th. CATA Members get a 25 percent Launch event discount.

Click Armor’s “Home Alone” Game Boosts Cyber Awareness for Remote Teams. FREE for CATA community and members through November.

  Cyber crime is exploding and most attacks target employees with phishing or social engineering. Attackers use emotional triggers and leverage “open source information” about your organization to launch convincing attacks. Can your team recognize and defend against these attacks?  Click Armor engages employees with interactive, dynamic and visual challenges and real world simulations. CATA […]

CATA in partnership with Lighthouse Labs and the Ontario Government Level Up the network for New Canadian Women in Tech

November 14, 2020

Following the first Level UP cohort, we’ve seen experienced New Canadian Women in Tech, graduates of Full Stack up-skilling at Lighthouse Labs, land their first tech jobs in Canada. “We couldn’t ask for better Ambassadors” says CATA CEO, Suzanne Grant. Grant knew instinctively the CATA Level Up Ambassador pilot program made sense. She drew on […]

CATA Member Lloyed Lobo’s Bloomberg Tax Column in Support of Small Business Tax Credits

September 23, 2020

A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Mass. Startups usually don’t benefit from the R&D tax credit. Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg   INSIGHT: The Real Problem With Amazon’s Tax Bills Sept. 23, 2020, 4:00 AM You shouldn’t have to be a corporate giant to benefit from R&D tax breaks. Lloyed Lobo […]

CATA’s policy approach recommended to nation leaders by OECD Chief Economist

  Click the cover to open the magazine, or  View via Issuu Download North – CATA – D17.pdf In these fresh Fall days we embark on new beginnings, and for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, that includes the inaugural Issue of Download North Magazine – People & Policy. Download North will reach the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, MPs […]

Accounting & Artificial Intelligence

September 21, 2020

An Interview With Eli Fathi, CEO CATA Alliance member Cindy Gordon’s most recent Forbes article explores AI in the financial sector. Cindy is CEO of Saleschoice, an AI firm that helps sales teams make better prospect predictions using advanced analytics. Eli Fathi’s firm, Mindbridge AI,  is a leader in the ai enabled audit space […] : Stories of Survival from Canada’s Tech Innovators

September 8, 2020

Since the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) was created 42 years ago we have represented the interests of Small and Medium science and technology-centric enterprises. Today these Canada headquartered businesses are in the tens of thousands and have grown to be the heart of the Canadian economy generating $188B in annual revenues. We are over […]

AFTIA: Stories of Survival from Canada’s Tech Innovators

August 26, 2020

Since the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) was created 42 years ago we have represented the interests of Small and Medium scienceand technology-centric enterprises. Today these Canada headquartered businesses are in the tens of thousands and have grown to be the heart of the Canadian economy generating $188B in annual revenues.  We are over 150 […]

CATA Letter of Support from SREDucation

August 23, 2020

CATA is pleased to recognize the latest letter of support for our campaign seeking more assistance for Canada’s most innovative tech firms. This letter comes from SREDucation, the largest single online source of information and resources about Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development federal government program. To learn more about SREDucation click here. Read the […]

Oliver’s Story: Stories of Survival from Canada’s Tech Innovators

Since the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) was created in 1978 we have represented the interests of Small to Medium science and technology-centric Enterprises. Today these Canada headquartered businesses are in the tens of thousands and have grown to be the heart of the Canadian economy. In April of this year, as the COVID-19 impact […]

Simplifying cyber hygiene best practices at home

August 20, 2020

George Y. Al-Koura, recently accepted media interviews on behalf of  CATA. Here are some “be digital safe” at home tips he shared.  By George Y. Al-Koura, CD,  Director of Advanced Cyber, Intelligence & Security at ADGA Group Inc. We all have the power to improve cyber hygiene for ourselves and for our households.  Cyber […]

Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

20Leadersin20Days - Virtual Shift on The Business Leadership Podcast

Weekdays at 0900

We are working with CATA community members and partners to share insight and reassuring guidance for leading virtually through a crisis. We have invited the 20 leaders to be the face of the Virtual shift social media and podcast series. Each weekday, for 20 consecutive days, advice and inspiration for today’s challenges, and an outlook for the other side of COVID-19 will be shared by technology leaders.
Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

Next session April 27, 2020 to November 27, 2020

The Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership provides business and public-sector leaders with the critical innovation strategy leadership competencies to help their organizations execute creative responses to tough business challenges. (CATA Members save 10% on program fee.)
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Please help CATA put together a list of priority tax reforms; legislative clarifications and modifications to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on tax reform. We need a short list of your thoughts on critical improvements to the tax system that will assist you in capitalizing on your firm’s innovations; and promote your firm’s growth as an internationally competitive, viable Canadian business.

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