CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities January 10, 2012
January 10, 2012


CATA National Spokesperson, Sir Terence Matthews, CATA CEO, John Reid, and i-CANADA Chair, William Hutchison Call for adoption of Competitive Innovation Nation Plan: Community mobilization for a new Vision of Canada

We are requesting that executives embrace and help advance the 2012 Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign. Our research team and advocates have finalized supporting materials, which you can view at this URL:

MP and Community Mobilization 2012
Please send electronically and/or print out and fax the above materials, including the Innovation Nation submission and follow up with a phone call to your local MP at the federal and provincial levels, elected officials, such as, the Mayor of your City and Counselors, media and network of public and private sector contacts, inclusive of posting on your social media. This will help us get across the need for change and the consequences to your firms and communities if actions are not taken.

Organizational Mobilization 2012
Please circulate all materials internally to your employees and alumni and ask them to engage in the MP and Community Mobilization.

Join the Conversation
Dr. Russ Roberts, CATA's Sr. VP, Tax & Finance moderates a social media discussion Group at this URL: Join the conversation to network with peers, provide guidance and receive critical alerts. Joining Dr. Robert's Group will also link you to the core CATAAlliance Group of 3700 members who are now benefiting from instant alerts and advisories.

Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

Intel Canada:
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at and Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

BDO Canada:
BDO in Canada is the country's fifth largest single national accounting and advisory partnership, with more than 3,000 partners and professionals. BDO's services run from assurance, accounting and taxation services to financial advisory and corporate recovery. Whether it's bringing your tax load down to the minimum, preparing financial statements the marketplace can trust, or helping you overcome financial hurdles, BDO is the accounting services firm for you.
We are very pleased to announce that, has joined the growing ranks of new CATA members, supportive of the industry's Innovation Nation Campaign and utilizing CATA Resources to help grow their business. With 100,000+ customers, is the enterprise cloud computing company that is leading the shift to the social enterprise. Social enterprises leverage social, mobile and open cloud technologies to put customers at the heart of their business.

Become a Member today!

CATA News and Events:

Critical First Responder Business Insights Now Available through Briefing Presentations:
We are now making the expert presentations from the CATA 4th Annual VOF Forum available for download through our Research Repository. If your organization plans to market to or needs information on First Responder verticals, these presentations will provide terrific insights into their technology needs, pending procurement opportunities, and how to most effectively do business with them.

Mark Your Calendar: Embedded Systems Readiness Seminar: for Research Insights, Business Networking & Advocacy:
Mark your calendar for a half day event on January 27th in Toronto at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen St. West) where Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) will announce the results of a national Embedded Systems Study that is part of its Innovation Nation Platform. CMC Microsystems in its role managing the Embedded Systems Canada R&D initiative will host the event.

Linking Capital to Advanced Security Companies: Join the TSX – CATA Capital Connections Series 2012 Advance Notice:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and member partner TSX are pleased to announce the second of a new and innovative series of investment opportunity events aimed at aligning Canadian providers of advanced security technologies with interested capital investors from some of Canada's leading Technology Investment Banks. This is an advance notice to enable companies to book their space early for April 2012 meetings (tbc) in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo.

The Leadership Forum: Telfer School of Management and Partners Advancing Community Leadership & Innovation :
CATAAlliance regularly alerts the community to initiatives that foster innovation leadership in Canada. To this end, we are partnering with Telfer School of Management in the Leadership Forum, a program that engages Ottawa's top talent in best practice education and peer networking to make participants better leaders, both within their organizations and communities. Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the importance of leadership in helping Canada become a Competitive Innovation Nation.

Enable the Emerging Workforce - Crises in Canadian Government Roundtable: Insights from next generation leaders set the stage for February 9th peer to peer event in Ottawa :
The Roundtable (February 9th in Ottawa) has been created by One Million Acts of Innovation and CATAAlliance with the generous support of Avayla, the Access Group,, and the Telfer School of Management. The leadership and vision of these organizations continue to contribute to building a vibrant and diverse local and national economy. For further information on the Rountable please go on-line at this URL:

Intel & CATA Advance the Innovation Nation: Small Business Showcase: Interested in having your company featured? :
CATAAlliance regularly alerts the community to programs, initiatives and resources that support the growth of advanced technology enterprises and innovation leadership in Canada. To this end, we are partnering with Intel on a Small Business Showcase. Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the importance of sharing best practices as a driver to reduce costs and improve business productivity and complete a short Survey to be considered for the Showcase.

Alcatel-Lucent Looking for Companies to Match its Innovation Focus with the ng Connect Program :
The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent, wishes to identify innovative Canadian and global organizations developing leading-edge technologies and capabilities in a variety of markets. This outreach for new member companies, in partnership with CATAAlliance, is conducted in that spirit of innovation, building competitive success and customer value across the digital value chain, allowing companies the chance to be involved in the ecosystem from content and device to service provider.

Help shape our Internet, our future: 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. How to apply: Interested individuals are invited to submit their application between January 3 and 20. For more information or to apply, please visit

Harnessing Currency Volatility for International Growth Webinar: The WMode Story Reveals Best Financial Practices :
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST.Western Union Business Solutions and CATAAlliance cordially invite you to join us as our guest on February 21, 2012 for a unique view into some of the financial best practices that helped to propel an award-winning Canadian technology company to phenomenal success in international markets.

Shared Services Canada Forum Update from the Desk of its Chair, Kevin d'Entremont: Enable the Emerging Workforce New Video from next generation leader :
Of the three videos produced so far for the Enable the Emerging Workforce - Crises in Canadian Government Roundtable (Feb. 9th in Ottawa) this is perhaps the most compelling. You can now view at this URL:

2012 - Technology Trends and Forecast Webinar :
Join leaders from Google, IBM, Salesforce, RIM, Concur and others for their annual predictions for software, IT and related tech. What are the trends in SaaS, Mobile, Social, Cloud, and Gaming that will affect you? With complete valuation metrics and predictions for all 26 market sectors.Hear speakers from around the world on trends and predictions that will affect your tech company. Don't miss it. Register for Forecast 2012 on January 12 at 1 PM (NY Time) --

CATA in the news:

I-Canada : Richard Goulet à la Table des gouverneurs: La Voix d'Est:
par Marie-France Latourneau. (Granby) De son propre aveu, le maire de Granby, Richard Goulet, n'est pas un wiz de l'informatique. Cela ne l'a pas empêché d'accepter de siéger à la Table des gouverneurs de i-Canada, un organisme qui se consacre à la création de communautés intelligentes à travers le pays...

Federal program aims to can spam:
BY JASON FEKETE, POSTMEDIA NEWS. Federal program aims to can spam 'Freezer' to launch soon; $700,000 a year set aside to help rid phones, email of annoying missives: CAIP Chair & CATA Director, Tom Copeland Comments...


Ps A Note from the Desk of CATA CEO, John Reid, to all our email subscribers: Join the CATA Social Network on Linkedin:
CATA is now providing a number of social networking forums for executives to connect, inform and inspire others to individual and organizational success. In order to benefit and be first in line for critical updates, please join the CATAAlliance main social networking group (3600 current members) on Linkedin at: