December 23, 2019

A little gift for you – the download on CATA’s Innovation Community

December ’19 issue –  

The Download North

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year

From our CEO, Suzanne Grant
Suzanne Grant, CEO CATAAlliance
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.
Have something to say? You’re invited to join the conversation.

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.

ECC members at EPIC2019
The 4th Excellence in Prevention and Investigation of Cybercrime (EPIC) Summit & Awards
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) joint advisory body, the eCrime Cyber Council, organize
the annual Excellence in Prevention and Investigation of Cybercrime (EPIC) Summit and Awards.

The 4th EPIC Summit and Awards were held in Calgary in November. While the speed and complexity of growing technological cyber threats drive the need for greater private – public collaboration, EPIC provided a timely, trusted environment to explore partnerships between innovators, technology providers, CIOs, CISOs, law enforcement and intelligence experts, academe, and policy makers.

This year’s summit saw a shift in approach. Organizers created a balance between private sector cyber /IT innovators and thought leaders with LE intelligence, investigative and IT leaders. The success of the EPIC Innovation Den inspired CATA to develop more access to customer programs as catalysts to “Getting Business Done”. Jim Love, CIO at IT World remarked; “I attend conferences frequently, and rarely see the level of collaboration and engagement as witnessed at EPIC”. LE leaders have advised they are now working with several innovators who participated at EPIC.

A moment of silence for John Reid
On the 5th of November 2019, technology providers, law enforcement and intelligence experts, academe, and policy makers gathered at the Excellence in Prevention and Investigation of Cybercrime Summit for a moment of silence to remember the late John Reid, CATAAlliance CEO since 1987. Chief Scott Todd, North Bay Police Service, honoured John Reid at opening day of EPIC2019.Listen now »

Paul Vallee / Julie Clegg
CATA’s Editor Compares Innovator and Investigator Notes on Cybercrime #EPIC2019
Paul Vallée, Founder and CEO, Tehama is building our next line of defence with data protection. “Criminals that are attacking enterprises are borderline uncatchable, and those enterprises need to wake up and defend themselves by adopting a suite of better technologies and strategies to secure their infrastructure.”

Tehama is creating secure virtual workspaces where users can work on highly secure and highly valuable data systems.

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Since her early days as a detective in the UK, before the rise of the internet and social media as we know it today, Julie Clegg, Founder and CEO, Human-I Intelligence Services Inc. has been interested in how to use the internet as a tool to support law enforcement.

For Julie, collaboration is the key to moving forward successfully and being prepared for what the next few years of combating cybercrime will look like. “Everybody has something to teach everybody else, and we’re going to have to step outside our comfort zone. Technology transcends all borders.”

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And the EPIC Award Goes To …ECC
Thank you to our sponsors
EPIC2019 Thank You to our sponsors


Diversity as a Strategic Advantage

CATA’s Suzanne Grant has leveraged inclusion & diversity as a strategic advantage in businesses she’s built in Canada, Australia and Qatar over the past 20 years. She recently shared insight at ICTC’s Women in the Digital Economy panel held at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. “Let’s take the exception out of the exceptional. Women are exceptional tech entrepreneurs & leaders.”Watch here: Women In the Digital Economy Panel Video

The session was moderated by Lisa Leblanc, CEO of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Panelists included Thusha Agampodi of Magnet Forensics, Sheila Harris, Farmers Edge, Dimple Thomas, Ericsson and Eli Fathi, Mindbridge AI.

After 17 years of The Sara Kirke Award, Alumni winners draft a declaration for women in tech
Sara Kirke Award winning alumni, Dr. Cindy Gordon, Founder and CEO SalesChoice, Inc. and Fawn Annan, President & CMO IT World Canada have co-authored the Sara Kirke Declaration. Following consultation with hundreds of leaders in the North American innovation sector, the Declaration will be officially published in early 2020. CATA is in discussions with Sara Kirke Program partners. Reach out to for partnering enquiries.

Innovators Face Increase in SR&ED Audits
A recent article in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) outlines a case study of Milton Ontario based Coretech Engineering and concludes that the current SR&ED process dampens ambitions and innovation.

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Note from Russ Roberts: We are participating in the CRA exercise on how best to manage the SR&ED program and we will provide an update in 2020 when we have additional information.

We are seeking volunteers to contribute to the following:

  • Content and Engagement Think Tank
  • Podcast and video channel production
  • Content creation and production
  • Voice of the user, audience relationship & reach
  • Visual and digital excellence
  • Volunteer leadership

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Watch for Download NORTH in January
More on SR&ED and an opportunity to provide inputCyber report – CATA Commissioned, compiled & published by Jean Guy Rens, CATA Volunteer & President Science Tech

The Sara Kirke Declaration

Roll out of CATA’s new expert & leadership council profiles

Discovery & CATA ahead – several exciting partnerships and appointments to be announced in early 2020

Call for Leaders, Experts & Advisors