In August this year, I was honoured to be appointed as the CATAAlliance CEO. I bring international and Canadian entrepreneurial experience, from technology to strategic and brand communications, and a lifetime of philanthropic leadership to the role. My deep respect and belief in the talent, potential and capabilities of Canadian innovators to impact our world, and deliver a resilient economic future, drive my commitment to CATA’s remarkable legacy. A trusted technology industry alliance since 1978, CATA has been a voice for Canadian small and medium tech businesses, with a big vision of Canada as a thriving and competitive Innovation Nation.CATA’s essence and mandate are evergreen. Building upon industry-changing contributions, and looking to the evolving future, we are mapping out and continue to discover the most impactful way to serve our community over the coming decade. As we reach out to 62,000 touch points, charting an evolving ecosystem, and having consulted with hundreds within our community, we’ve landed on a fresh approach for 2020.
We focus on the commercial (Get Business Done) elements of the innovation continuum. Through core pillars of access, advocacy and leadership, we’re strengthening capabilities, connecting networks, amplifying the success and brand of Canadian innovation and advocating for Canadian competitiveness.
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Watch this space for announcements about new partnerships, programs and leadership appointments in early 2020. On behalf of the CATA team, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. May all your holiday celebrations be joyous.
See you in 2020.
Suzanne Grant is the CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). She is a veteran with a military communications, engineering and intelligence background. Before her position at CATA, she founded a digital publishing and strategic communications agency in Qatar, and co-founded an award-winning brain-machine interface med tech company developing a retina implant to return sight to blind people.