CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities January 7, 2011
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Venture Capital (VC) for Canada Campaign: B.C. shows exemplary leadership, will others follow?

Members asked for input to move Canada to top ranking as an Innovation Nation

Thought leaders engaged through the industry's social networks to provide advocacy guidance on how to increase the availability of Venture Capital funding for new and growing companies.

CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association today launched an advocacy Campaign aimed at increasing the availability of Venture Capital funding for new and growing companies.

Known as the "Venture Capital (VC) for Canada" campaign, it is part of the industry's Innovation Nation program, developed under the tutelage of Canada's leading entrepreneur, Sir Terence Matthews that lays out what we must do as a nation to move us from a 13th place ranking to first place in innovation rankings.

More on the VC Campaign:
Attracting venture capital a challenge: Peter Lindfield reports in the Telegraph: the BC model for Atlantic Canada.

Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

Nitido Inc.: New CATA sponsor: SR&ED Advocacy:
Nitido Inc. provides consumer-centric network applications and infrastructure for network service providers to drive new revenues and increase operational efficiencies

Pratt & Whitney Canada: CATA's newest member: SR&ED & Innovation Advocacy:
Founded in 1928 and a global leader in aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada is shaping the future of business aviation with dependable, high-technology engines. Every second, a Pratt & Whitney Canada-powered aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world. Pratt & Whitney Canada's engines, with more than 500 million hours in the air, are an industry benchmark for innovative design, dispatch reliability, operating economics and easy maintenance. Pratt & Whitney Canada is firmly committed to ensuring that its products are designed, produced and operated while minimizing environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.

CompTIA: CATA's newest member: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & HR Excellence:
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy.

Become a Member today!

Welcome to New CATAAtlantic Members/Sponsors:

CATAAtlantic is a new regional division of CATAAlliance serving Atlantic Canada's advanced technology sectors. We would like to welcome the following member company to the CATAAtlantic team!

Watchword Learning Inc.: When employees have weak writing skills, it's hard for them to share ideas and information with colleagues, supervisors, and clients. Anxiety about writing leads to procrastination, poor document planning, and reluctance to revise and edit drafts. Watchword Learning Inc. provides coaching-based approaches so writers can learn how to examine their individual writing process and identify what "good writing" looks like in their organization. They delve beneath the surface of writing tasks to discover the issues that are really interfering with clear communication and develop situation-specific strategies for solving them. You expect your employees to be high-performers, and so do they.

Become a Member today!

CATA News and Events:

CATA Teleforum: ICT Business Opportunities & Trends: Special notes on the Public Safety & Advanced Security Sector:
A one hour Teleforum Conference Call with Mr. Matthews, sponsored by CATAAlliance will take place on Thursday, January 13th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Pre Register now as space is limited.

CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards 2011: Call for Nominations Now Open!
The 2011 Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala Dinner will take place May 18, 2011 at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Paul Brent, host of CJOH TV's Tech Now will be our guest MC. Full details and nomination forms

National CanWIT, a division of CATAAlliance, "Ask the Expert" Teleforum:
Create a Personal Brand And Stand Out From the Crowd! Wednesday, Jan. 12th at 12:00 p.m. EST (10:00am MST, 9:00am PST)

Business coalition supports the federal government's opposition to a levy on digital devices: CATAAlliance advocacy:
The Business Coalition for Balanced Copyright (BCBC) strongly supports today's statement by Industry Minister Tony Clement and Heritage Minister James Moore confirming the government's opposition to a new levy on digital music players, smart phones and similar digital devices.

Broadband for Public Safety: New Technologies: Alcatel-Lucent & the Alexandria Police Department Live Demonstration:
Canada Must Say Yes to Broadband for Public Safety -- Public Safety Will Run Out of Data Spectrum in the Near Future... Please view the video provided by Alcatel-Lucent, in cooperation with the Alexandria Police Department, as it demonstrates data capabilities for first responders using the LTE Public Safety Broadband (PSBB) spectrum in Alexandria, VA.

Public Safety & Advanced Security Update:
Kevin Wennekes, VP of Research Outlines Activities for Comment, Guidance and Engagement for 2011 provides his final update for 2010 – and a critical one given some important advocacy efforts that are taking place on the first responder and public safety and security fronts.

Mackenzie Gas Project: the missing ICT link for Canada's Innovation Nation: NWT Finance Department Responds Positively with MacKenzie Valley Fibre Link - Feasibility Study: CATA Advocacy Win:
The 16.2 billion dollar Mackenzie Gas Project was given a go-ahead last December 30th by the Joint Review Panel - an independent body with a mandate to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed project on the environment and lives of the people in the project area.

Canada's High Tech Sector in 2011: CTV Tech Now interview with CATA CEO, John Reid:
CATA regularly speaks out on issues of concern to Canada's High Tech Sector: Watch the latest CTV Tech Now interview of CATA CEO John Reid, by CTV host, Paul Brent as they discuss Tech Job Prospects, Capital Flows & Customer Accounts, Upswing for 2011, Internet as the Brand, Digital Strategy & the Innovation Nation.

Call for Expressions of Interest in launching a Private Concierge Medical/Wellness Center in Canada:
As part of a Medical, Financial, Architect and Specialty team, CATAAlliance wishes to identify Canadian organizations with an interest in participating in the launch of a Private Concierge Medical/Wellness Center. Currently, two Centers are planned in Canada for 2011.

Innovation Nation Gets Advocacy Boost: New Executive in Residence to Help Advance Agenda: Dr. Sorin Cohn:
Please review the resume of Dr. Sorin Cohn, who is joining the CATA Team, as an Executive in Residence. Dr. Cohn’s immediate focus will be on Innovation Nation issues in the areas of Broadband, Mobility and Commercialization.

Shape the future of the Internet: Apply to join the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's (CIRA) Nomination Committee. :
The Nomination Committee helps build a CIRA Board of Directors that represents a wide range of views and interests as it defines the strategic direction of .CA and contributes to Canadian Internet policy. It plays a critical role in soliciting and selecting qualified Candidates for the Nomination Committee Slate of CIRA's Board of Directors Election. Interested individuals are invited to submit their application between January 4 and January 21. For more information or to apply, please visit

Closing the Innovation Gap :
Join us at the next meeting of the One Million Acts of Innovation movement: Closing the Innovation Gap, January 19th,2011, from 8 am to 11 am at Miller Thomson, 40 King Street West, Suite 5800 Toronto, ON. The One Million Acts of Innovation movement was created to foster better collaboration and to inspire all generations to work on issues that will inspire technology, academic, government, community, cultural and business leaders to think differently and contribute to a better future for all Canadians.

CATA research repository:

American Growth Funds Looking for Canadian Investment Opportunities
Teleforum recording now available at the CATA Research Repository

Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China
Teleforum recording now available at the CATA Research Repository

CATAAtlantic Information Briefing Teleforum
Teleforum recording now available at the CATA Research Repository

CATA in the News:

Innovation: Breakfast series speaker urges business leaders to let the world know what they're doing By: Jon MacNeill, Telegraph-journal


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