Export Opportunities In Japan:
CATA to keynote prestigious Global Information Summit
February 07, 2006

CATA Co-Chair, John Kelly (left), meets with Nikkei Senior Editor, Sekiguchi San and CATA President John Reid (right) to discuss global business growth strategies and Canadian innovation leadership.

"One of our goals is to encourage and support the growth of Canada's advanced technology industries by showcasing products and service capabilities and interests in international markets, said Mr. Reid, adding "This will help Canada be branded as a world leader in innovative technologies."

Ottawa, February 07, 2006... CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association, announced today that it will present the Canadian keynote at a Summit being organized by Japan's most influential newspaper, presenting opportunities for Japanese-Canada business expansion, according to Mr. Sekiguchi San, Senior Editor of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) and event host.

The Nikkei newspaper, with a circulation of 3 million copies, will run a special morning edition covering the Global Information Summit (GIS), containing an article about Canada's ICT leadership in its front page. The Nikkei supplies comprehensive business and economic coverage through a variety of vehicles, ranging from electronic media and data services to broadcasting, publishing and events.

The 8th Annual Global Information Summit (GIS) is focusing on the theme of the digital work model and will take place in Japan on February 23, 2006. The audience will comprise more than 1500 business and community leaders.

Mr. Sekiguchi San, Editor of the Nikkei said, "The expanding use of digital electronics presents a host of business opportunities for Japanese and Canadian companies, but creating new services and new markets will be vital to tapping the full potential of the marketplace. We can work together on this objective."

CATA Co-Chair and Chair of NexInnovations, John Kelly, is making a keynote presentation at the Summit. Mr. Kelly noted "GIS is a place where IT leaders/experts gather and exchange views on contemporary challenges in the world of information communication technologies. The summit's theme fits well with Canadian capabilities and strengths."

Mr. Kelly will be joining a senior level group of panelists at the 2006 summit, including Howard Hartenbaum, member of the Board, Skype Technologies; Jeffrey Nick, Senior Vice-President and CTO, EMC; and Gregory Armstrong, COO, Jupiter Telecom.

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CATA has been requested to focus its presentation on ICT technologies and how the technologies are applied in and a have positive impact on real life settings in Canada, in areas encompassing e-commerce, e-banking, e-health, e-business, cell phones and blackberries, among other digital technologies. We will be forwarding this information for media review.

Companies interested in providing case study examples for the GIS Summit and the Nikkei should contact johnreid@attglobal.net

Kelly concluded, "Our participation in GIS is the first in a series of projects we are undertaking in 2006 to expand international business to business collaboration, identify export obstacles to business growth and create an increased awareness of Canada's advanced technology leadership."