Micheál J. Kelly joins growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity
January 04, 2007

Micheál J. Kelly, a champion of innovation, celebrates a partnership sponsored by Cognos Inc., to advance research and education in the area of performance management. Dr. Kelly has joined the call for Innovation Nation.

From Left to Right: Gilles Patry, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ottawa, Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the School of Management, University of Ottawa and Robin McNeal, VP, Portfolio Development, Cognos Inc.

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Ottawa, January 04, 2007... CATAAlliance announced that Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the School of Management, University of Ottawa, and highly respected Executive, advisor, teacher, researcher, and author has joined the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, a strategy to improve Canada's competitiveness and prosperity.

Dr. Kelly joins a growing list of business leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Lionel Hurtubise, past CEO and Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., and Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture to call for the adoption of a platform that would result in competitive advantage for Canadian companies.

"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that can generate international confidence in their ability to lead in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Dr. Kelly. "These countries will attract and retain investment. For Canada to prosper we must become a leading innovation nation; we all need to do our part to get there."

Dr. Kelly has been Dean of the School of Management since 2000. During his tenure, he has helped to transform the School into a leading centre for management education and research, and a unique and stimulating learning environment for students.

In addition to his duties as Dean, Dr. Kelly is a professor of strategic and international management. He has authored several dozen monographs, articles and studies and produced the video Building Successful Strategic Alliances. His recent research on alliances, in cooperation with Professor Jean-Louis Schaan, has been published by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) the Journal of Small Business Strategy and the Journal of R&D Management. He and Professor Schaan also co-authored the 4-part cases series Strategic Alliances that Work produced by Ivey Publishing and Cases in Alliance Management published by Sage Publishing.

Dr. Kelly has also advised technology companies around the world on foreign investment strategies, alliance management and financing international expansions. Dr. Kelly was previously Chairman of the Six Countries Program, a European research network on innovation and technology policy. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley Roundtable in California and was a member of its annual "Valley Business and Economic Forecast" panel. He is past Chairman of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans and has also served on the boards of several companies and organizations. Dr. Kelly is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma the international honour society for business schools.

Dr. Kelly is a featured speaker at international conferences and executive seminars on strategic alliances, strategic leadership and venture capital, and a regular contributor to various business publications and television programs on management issues.

He is a graduate of Assumption College (AB), the University of Ottawa (MA) and Carleton University (PhD).

Among the core planks in Innovation Nation are developing a national brand for Canada based on regional advantages, creating an industrial strategy based on strategic approaches to government procurement, removing trade barriers and attracting and training the best talent.

CATA is also looking for measures that would advance executive leadership and promote the adoption of high technology tools in government and the private sector, with an emphasis on small and medium businesses.

John Reid, CATAAlliance President, concluded, "We are living through an economic revolution created by technology, global interdependence and increasingly open markets" adding, "Canada is already a leader in many business sectors. But to maintain and grow this leadership, we have to expand our markets and be the best in the world. We are calling on all Canadians to work with us to create the necessary entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and public policies for the Innovation Nation."

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Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at johnreid@attglobal.net or call 613-236-6550.

Please circulate the communiqué internally and also send to your business, media and community network of contacts as part of mobilization behind the Innovation Nation Campaign.