CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities February 22, 2012
February 21, 2012


The Future of Startup Financing: A North American TeleForum on Crowd funding: Reserve your spot today

Register today (Tuesday, March 6th, beginning at 11 am EST)

Register On-Line to Reserve your spot on the Call

Join a group of your colleagues in Canada and the U.S. on Tuesday, March 6th beginning at 11:00 am EST for an important Teleforum Conference Call on the future of seed and growth financing for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The briefing team will be lead by the founder of the Crowd funding movement, Sherwood Neiss , Chief Advocate for The Startup Exemption. Mr. Neiss will describe the advances in technology, the Internet and Social Media to allow an entrepreneur to raise a limited amount of capital from his friends, family & community under a framework that provides for investor protection.

Also attending the call to provide background and guidance will be members of the CATA Crowd funding Action Committee, including,
Tom Houston, Partner, FMC Law, Andrea Johnson, Partner, FMC Law, Peter Andrews, Regional Director, Corum Group, Steven Hurwitz, Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, John Reid, CATA, CEO, Gary Stairs, CEO of Stellar RHL., Michael Turner, VP, Wesley Clover, Jordan Smith, B.Sc., Senior Manager, Deloitte and Paul Dombowsky, CEO, Ideavibes.

Crowd funding is local vesting and community vetting where only the winning ideas receive not only funding but shared knowledge, experience and marketing power. Crowd funding makes it easier for business to obtain investment by selling stock to small investors. A new Bill is currently in the U.S. Senate to exempt crowd funding from State regulation of securities offerings.

Who Should Participate:
    - Entrepreneurs seeking start-up and growth funding
    - Financial advisors dealing with SMEs
    - Government officials responsible for financing
    - International trade officers and those concerned with export policy
++ Action Items: How do I sign up?

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Please note that spots on this call are limited.

Your local call in number and access code will be sent to you via email. Callers have local dial in numbers in all major Canadian and U.S. cities and free access worldwide using Skype.

Note that the Call-in Registration fee is $45 for Non Members; CATA members (no charge) have preference as we limit caller numbers to encourage active discussion. Fees are reinvested in our Competitive Innovation Nation research programs. Questions:

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General Overview of Canadian Securities Laws Relating to Raising Capital By Early Stage Companies: Briefing note for the CrowdFunding Campaign:
As CATA undertakes an advocacy campaign encouraging securities regulators to adopt rules to facilitate crowdfunding, CATA must bear in mind that the securities regulators are dealing with the following two, often conflicting, policy objectives. There follows a six page page General Overview of Canadian Securities Laws Relating to Raising Capital By Early Stage Companies prepared by FMC Law, members of the CrowdSourcing Advocacy Committee. Please contact CATA CEO, John Reid at to receive a copy of the Briefing Note.

Crowd Funding: Securities Legislation: Expert Commentary: Will Canada Keep Up with the U.S.?:
Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview as CATA CEO John Reid, interviews securities lawyer, Andrea Johnson, Partner at FMC Law. Ms Johnson discusses some of the complexities of securities legislation in Canada and the process for potential change. Will Canada keep up with the U.S.?

Real Clients. Real Projects. Real EMBA: Telfer Executive MBA Event!:
The Telfer Executive MBA at the University of Ottawa invites you to join us for a networking session to learn more about our applied consulting processes. The evening showcases projects, the student consulting experience and how graduates have gained a practical and relevant knowledge of consulting upon the foundation of the Telfer Executive MBA. Real Clients. Real Projects. Real EMBA. Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

Scientific Method versus Engineering Design:
Policy guidance for shaping Innovation & Commercialization incentives from the desk of Dr. Russ Roberts, Sr. VP, Tax & Finance, CATAAlliance.

Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong, April 12 - 17, 2012 :
The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (HKETO) in Canada, would like to invite Canadian companies to join the Canadian ICT Partnering Mission to Hong Kong scheduled for April 12 - 17, 2012. The main objective of this mission is to assist Canadian ICT companies to diversify their business to Hong Kong, China mainland and the Asian market.

REMINDER for 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.

Intel & CATA Advance the Innovation Nation: Small Business Showcase: Interested in having your company featured? :
CATAAlliance is 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.

What best describes your view of the recently released Taxpayer's Ombudsman's Report on SR&ED?: Take the Mini Poll today :
Please take the Poll on the Taxpayer's Ombudsman's Report on SR&ED, posted on the CATA SR&ED On-Line Group at this URL: The Group is moderated by CATA's Sr. VP, Tax & Finance, Dr. Russ Roberts.

Upcoming Events and initiatives from the i-CANADA program. February Issue.

CanWIT BC - Starting your Start up:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Founding your own tech company can be a daunting and elusive task. Speaker Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch knows this first hand as she has launched two of them: Silicon Sisters and Deep Fried Entertainment.

MorningScoop: Crocodile Kundra, Vivek Visits Australia: former federal CIO that saved the U.S. government millions of dollars will keynote the CATA Innovation Awards Gala :
Vivek Kundra was recently a guest on ABC News... in Australia. Yes, that's right, the former Federal CIO who is now an executive vice president at is making the rounds down under this week.

CanWIT Atlantic Presents: 'SEO Success for Women in Tech' Teleconference Tues., Feb. 28th at 11 a.m. AST Join this 1-hour teleconference and learn how to advance your search engine optimization skills!

CATA in the news:

Innovation funding for smaller companies threatened as PMO signals discontent over SR&ED program: CATA Comments:
By Julie King, For approximately 24,000 companies in Canada in virtually every sector of the economy, the government's Science Research and Experimental Development tax credit, SR&ED (pronounced 'shred'), has been an important indirect source of financing....

One Million Acts of Innovation: CBC Radio interview: CATA Comments on Government Modernization:
Julie Ireton reports, CBC News Ottawa. Listen to the interview at this URL:

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