CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities March 5, 2012
March 5, 2012


Canada faces commercialization gap, not innovation gap: CATA Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance's white paper urges fed to overhaul SR&ED and streamline commercialization

By Chris Plecash, the Hill Times Online
Published: Monday, 02/27/2012
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A leading national industry association representing Canada's technology sectors is urging the federal government to rethink the country's so-called "innovation gap" ahead of the 2012 budget.

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance's recent white paper, Canada as a Competitive Innovation Nation: What Needs To Be Done, formed the basis of the organization's 2012 pre-budget submission to Industry, Finance and PCO officials in December.

'I think where we're at, an annual budget can not only shape some of the key changes that can immediately be achieved, but it can also provide the ongoing framework for that change to evolve through other budgets and programs as consensus and leadership develop," said Russ Roberts, CATA vice president for tax and finance.

While Canada's innovation record continues to be disparaged in policy circles, the CATA paper identifies a commercialization gap as the real drag on the Canadian economy. The problem is not the quality of research and development in Canada- the country is a world leader in the public funding of R&D at post-secondary institutions, and innovation clusters such as Vancouver, Toronto, Waterloo, and Montreal are hotbeds for small and medium enterprises. The problem is that little of the innovation actually gets commercialized in Canada.

Review CATAAlliance background content:

Pre-budget Advocacy--Update, including SR&ED Alert: Russ Roberts, Senior Vice President, Tax and Finance, CATAAlliance

Canada as a Competitive Innovation Nation What Needs to be Done: CATAAlliance 2012 Pre-budget Comment

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

Join the 24th annual PROFIT 200: a CATA partnered Profile Opportunity:
Every year the PROFIT 200 turns successful entrepreneurs into the heroes of Canadian business. You can be one of them! If your business has achieved good growth in recent years, apply now at, or visit for more information.

ORION President Joins i-CANADA Governors Council:
Dr. Darin Graham, President and CEO of ORION, has been named to the i-CANADA Governors Council, announced i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison. "Dr. Graham's vision for ORION will fit perfectly with the high-energy contributions of other leaders who are opening Canada's door to the future," said Mr. Hutchison.

Information Flow Among Municipal IT Directors/CIOs:
How can information sharing among municipal IT Directors/CIOs help improve ICT impacts on the performance of your organization? Do Government CIOs need different support for advice networking than CIOs in for-profit firms? CATAlliance and McMaster University are asking our member municipal IT Directors/CIOs to participate in the study by completing the web survey available at:

A Letter from John Reid to Tech Community Executives:
On behalf of the CATA Board of Governors, we encourage you to work with us in advancing the CATA mission and to requesti the use of our resources to help advance your success in the marketplace. Many large and small companies alike are doing so and benefiting through audience acquisition, marketing insight, advocacy and sales.

Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability Updates:
Updates from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, CATA's VP of Research.

Linking Capital to Advanced Technology Companies: Join the TSX - CATA Capital Connections Series
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and member partner TSX and TSX Venture Exchange are pleased to announce the continuation of a new and innovative series of investment opportunity events aimed at aligning Canadian technology providers with interested capital investors from some of Canada's leading technology investment banks.

Announcing the Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign, a contest for start-up Canadian companies and a year-long editorial and mentoring campaign.
The Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign is about finding inspired Canadian technology ideas, and helping entrepreneurs bring those ideas to the marketplace. The product or service can focus on any sector and use any type of technology. Full details

"Crowdfunding" Meets The Arts:
The current rush towards "Crowdfunding" for start-up enterprises is being adopted by the arts community, as a way of getting funding for artistic productions. Those interested in the uses of social media and the new incarnation of Crowdfunding could check into an independent project called Prison Dancer, a fictionalized story of the Youtube viral phenomenon the "dancing Inmates of cebu" -- the Filipino prisoners who took the Internet by storm in the mid 2000s when they danced in synch to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

CanWIT BC Presents: Managing Your Personal Brand in the Social Media Age:
Please join us on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 for a presentation by Carey McBeth, a nationally recognized etiquette and networking protocol trainer, where she will provide the tips to guide your personal branding activities in the social media age

CanWIT Toronto presents: Pub Night:
Bring a friend and make a friend! Don't miss out on this opportunity for some informal Networking! Tuesday, March 27th Registration and more info.

CATA in the news:

Le financement collectif par l'internet: Alain McKenna, collaboration spéciale, La Presse: CATA Comments:
Popularisé par le récent succès du site américain Kickstarter, le financement collectif par l'internet, ou crowdfunding, intéresse les technos canadiennes. ....

System Center 2012
Welcome to New Members/Sponsors

Bruce Street Technologies Limited (BST Limited)New CAIP Member:

Bruce Street Technologies Limited (BST Limited) was founded in 2004 and provides services for a number of charity, private and corporate customers in the Georgian Triangle area. We strive to to provide industry standard, economical, reliable and comprehensive solutions.

Become a Member today!
Post-a-Job Talent Finder
General Manager... AMITA Corporation is looking for a General Manager. Reporting directly to the President, the General Manager will be responsible for achieving quarterly and yearly objectives with the management team. ... [Applications accepted now]


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 (4200 current members) on Linkedin at: