New Businesses Get Face Time with Government IT Professionals
February 13, 2006

Ottawa, February 14, 2006 - As part of a strategic alliance, GTEC Week and the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) will collaborate on a New Business Pavilion at the 14th annual technology mega-event in October, 2006.

GTEC Week is Canada's largest annual gathering of public sector technology professionals and a week-long celebration of innovation in the public sector. The event comprises an extensive exposition of IT products, services and solutions for the public sector, featuring hundreds of exhibits and demos, a three-day professional development conference, and national awards program and gala.

GTEC will take place on October 23-25, 2006 at the Ottawa Congress Centre and Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Canada. Attendance is expected to be approximately 8,000 visitors to the Show, 1,200 conference delegates, plus international delegations from over 50 countries.

Eric Davies, Executive Director of GTEC Week and CATA Board member, commented, "We are committed to affording Canadian SMEs with new business opportunities for their products and services. And we think we've put together a truly cost-effective way to get face time with government buyers with minimum risk." Exhibiting companies in the Pavilion don't have to worry about investing in booth structure or signage, one of the barriers to entry for new businesses. Event organizers will provide turnkey packages for a one-stop exhibiting opportunity to exhibit side by side with more established organizations.

"This new initiative will enable leading entrepreneurs to launch their products and exploit their new business opportunities," says Davies.

CATAAlliance President, John Reid concluded, "Through our involvement, CATA will lend its considerable expertise in advancing our shared innovation agenda, expand the industry's contribution to the exhibit and conference content, as well as marketing GTEC Week to key stakeholders in Canada and abroad."

With the encouragement and support of Public Works and Government Services Canada, CATAAlliance is also surveying vendors to understand and quantify the impact of procurement processes and reforms to date on Canadian companies, and obtain recommendations on where improvements are needed. Government vendors can provide their input at "Providing Industry A Voice On Procurement Reform."

To learn more about participating in this GTEC Week feature, call Patricia Beaucage at (613) 736-9851, ext. 113 or email


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About GTEC Week:
Now in its 14th year, GTEC Week is recognized as Canada's most significant forum on the use of technology to improve government services and operations. The event features an annual Distinction Awards program and gala, a comprehensive Professional Development Forum, and the GTEC Exhibition. The conference program and extensive trade show are attended annually by an estimated 7,000 professionals. For more information on GTEC Week please visit To learn more about participating in GTEC Week as an exhibitor, contact Patricia Beaucage at (613)736-9851, ext. 113 or