CATA Connections: CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities for March 26, 2012
March 26, 2012


TSX Investment Matching and Capital Funding Series: Applications Still Being Accepted for Ottawa & Waterloo

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and member partner TSX and TSX Venture Exchange are continuing 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.

The unique format for these events allows for strategic meetings to take place between leading CATA companies and elite professionals from the capital markets focused on growth oriented technology companies. Each event will feature 10-minute, private meetings between the CEO's and the capital market professionals, and offers an opportunity post-meeting to develop relationships and network with other leaders in the advanced security sector.

Download the recent webinar featuring Robert Peterman, Head of Business Development-Technology, with the TSX and Dennis Meharchand CEO of Valt.X Technologies Inc. who secured a $7 Million placement offer through their company's participation in the inaugural launch.

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Linking Capital to Advanced Technology Companies: Join the TSX - CATA Capital Connections Series


Tech Corner
Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Many of you emailed me asking for more info on what Cloud Computing is, including the distinction between "Public Cloud" and "Private Cloud"... read more
System Center 2012
CATA News and Events:

i-CANADA Backs UN Declaration: Broadband a Basic Human Right
A Canadian movement to create an "Intelligent Nation" through the visionary use of communications technologies has fully endorsed a UN resolution to have broadband considered a basic human right. i-CANADA, backed by Canada's largest high-tech organization - the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) - praised the UN resolution as affirming today's reality, according to Barry Gander, Co-Founder of i-CANADA.

Emergency Responders Buyer Group: Advisory Board Nominations Sought - Webinar Recording Now Available
Register Now for a Conversation with RCMP CIO on March 28 - April Webinar to Provide Exclusive LMR Study Results. An advisory board consisting of industry, government, and first responder volunteers is actively being sought to help in setting the direction and development of a newly proposed Emergency Responder Buyer's Group.

CATA on Minister Goodyear's Keynote Address on 'Jobs, Growth and Prosperity...':
Minister Goodyear's keynote address March 6th to the Economic Club of Canada reiterates Prime Minister Harper's commitment toward a new approach for supporting business innovation driven by collaboration and commercialization.

CanWIT Ottawa Chapter Presents Invest in You: Using a Career Coach to get the most out of your career
Thursday, March 29, 2012 This panel discussion brings together career development experts, with a focus on providing you with practical tools to help you move your career forward.

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

CanWIT BC Signature Lunch Event The Talent Advantage: How to Thrive in the Face of Change
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Are you top talent? Discover five strategies that you can employ immediately to help you become top talent during turbulent times.

New U.S. Bid Opportunities:
All U.S. Federal agencies and all branches of the U.S. military use GSA Federal Supply Service Schedule Contracts and Government wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) to make purchases. These pre-approved contracts are used to buy products, services and solutions needed to fulfill their missions and day to day operations.

Atlantic CATA News and Events:

CanWIT Atlantic Chapter presents Girls Talk Tech "Strength Finding - Guiding Your Personal Brand":
March 28th, 2012 Join the conversation at this Girls talk Tech session to learn how to better understand your strengths and create your personal brand in Atlantic Canada's growing tech sector!

Women in ICT NB Luncheon:
A Women in ICT NB luncheon will be held at Isaac's Way, Fredericton, on Wed, April 25, from noon until 1 p.m. Our guest speaker for this spring gathering will be Kathleen Howard. To register please go to .

Centre for Women in Business 'Exploring your Entrepreneurial Potential' Webinar:
Take the first step towards becoming an entrepreneur: this workshop is an excellent starting point for individuals considering launching a new business

Tech South East Tech Talk Seminar: Best Practices for Building Revenues: Customers, Partners and Channels
Thursday March 29, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM ADT Sales is a contact sport where one success begets another, and sales leadership can make or break a business. First customer engagements and understanding your value proposition is paramount for the growth of your company.

CATA in the news:

CBC Interview: What are the jobs of the future? CATA Sr. VP, Russ Roberts Raises 'Innovation Nation' issues with Karin Kassen, host of CBC Type A
Dr. Russ Roberts, Sr. VP with CATAAlliance, and executive lead for our SR&ED and Tax & Finance advocacy, was recently interviewed by Karin Klassen, host of the program, Type A. Episode Eight, focused on an important Innovation Nation topic, "What are the jobs of the future?" ....

Jump-starting Canada's Venture Capital Industry: VC advocacy to help grow Canada's Innovation Nation
Stephen Hurwitz is a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston and an Executive Member of the CATAAlliance, Crowdfunding Advocacy Campaign. Mr. Hurwitz recently published an article in Private Capital Magazine, entitled, "Jump-starting Canada's VC Industry: Why only a bold government move can boost the country's supply of VC financing." ...

CATAAlliance singles out embedded systems as key to reindustrializing Canada Written by MA Staff
More than 72,000 people work in the field of embedded systems in Canada, according to a new Sciencetech report released in partnership with the Canadian Alliance for Advanced Technology (CATAAlliance)...

FINANCING: LEGISLATION - Push on to relax rules around crowdfunding- GRANT BUCKLER Special to Globe and Mail Update: CATA Advocacy Comments
The push is on south of the border to relax the rules around crowdfunding - a new way of raising smaller individual amounts of money from a larger pool of investors through the Internet and social media...
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