The Honourable John Manley joins growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity
February 12, 2007

Our high tech community leaders are committed to keeping Canada at the forefront of job creation, exports and innovation.

The Honourable John Manley, P.C. (left) with CATA President, John Reid, has endorsed the call for Innovation Nation, a technology agenda for the nation's prosperity.

"Setting the Gold Standard" - Technology and Educational Agenda for Growth
Hon. John Manley joins growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity

Ottawa, February 12, 2007... CATAAlliance announced that the Honourable John Manley former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, international statesperson, and highly respected community leader and public policy advisor, has endorsed the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, as a workable model to improve Canada's competitiveness and prosperity.

Mr. Manley joins a growing list of business leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Lionel Hurtubise, past CEO and Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture and Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the School of Management, University of Ottawa to call for the adoption of the Innovation Nation Platform.

"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 Mr. Manley. "These countries will attract and retain investment and talent. For nations to prosper they must become leading innovation nations; we all need to do our part to get there. Canada and the U.S. are natural business partners in the quest to respond to global competitive challenges and achieve gold performance standards."

The Honourable John Manley, P.C. 

The Honourable John Manley is senior counsel with McCarthy Tetrault LLP.  Mr. Manley provides strategic advice in matters relating to public affairs, including trade, telecommunications, security and finance. He is also consulted by clients on matters concerning foreign governments.

Mr. Manley was first elected to Parliament as a Liberal in 1988 and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2000 he served as Minister of Industry and also as Minister for each of three regional economic development departments of the federal government.

Mr. Manley served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2002. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was named Chairman of a new Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism and counterpart to US Homeland Security Chief, Governor Tom Ridge. For the role he played following 9/11, he was named TIME Canada Magazine's "Newsmaker of the Year" in December 2001.

In January 2002, Mr. Manley was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Political Minister for Ontario, Minister of Infrastructure and Crown Corporations, and Chairman of the principal Cabinet committees. He added the role of Finance Minister in June 2002 and presented the Government's federal budget in February 2003.

After leaving the federal Cabinet, Mr. Manley advised the Ontario Minister of Energy on the future of the provincially owned electrical power generation company. He also co-chaired an independent Task Force on the future of North America for the Council on Foreign Relations.

He sits on the Boards of Directors of Nortel Networks, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Canadian Pacific Railway as well as a number of advisory Boards and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Manley is a graduate of Carleton University (BA 1971) and University of Ottawa (LLB 1976) receiving the gold medal of his graduating class. He articled as a law clerk to the Rt. Hon. Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada, and was called to the Ontario bar in 1978. He was granted the designation C. Dir. (Chartered Director) by McMaster University in February 2006 and has received Honourary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Innovation Nation Core Planks

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 and global supply chains, removing trade barriers as part of responding to the flat world and attracting and training and retaining 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.

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 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.