CATAAlliance Newsletter April 21, 2006
April 21, 2006

  1. Research & Development Collaboration
  2. Public Safety & Security Resources
  3. CANARIE Research Grants: Gst/Pst Update
  4. Outsourcing: Roadmap & SR&ED Alert
  5. Innovation Awards Gala (June 20th)
  6. New WIT (Women in Technology) Chapter
  7. Nominations for Sara Kirke Award being accepted until April 30th
  8. CATA/AceTech CEO Community
  9. ITC World Telecom (Canadian Pavilion)
  10. CATA (China) Expands Business Support
  11. Events of Interest
  12. Doing Business in Latin America Study
  13. Future of Health Care Roundtable
  14. A Special Welcome to New Members

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1. Research & Development Collaboration

Hewlett - Packard (HP): 22 requests for collaboration were received and are now being forwarded to HP for review. No further submissions are being accepted at this time.

3M Corporation: 58 requests for collaboration were received and all prospect partners have been contacted regarding the review process. A summary communiqué provides a full overview of the project. New submissions can now be submitted for consideration.

Rockwell Collins Inc.: 12 requests for collaboration have been forwarded for review and an additional six requests are in final draft stage. Companies are in the process of being contacted regarding their review status. Rockwell Collins remains open to receiving new requests for R & D collaboration.

AMI Semiconductor: requests for collaboration can be submitted up to May 30th at which time a first phase report with be forwarded to the AMI Director of Business Development.

Pfizer, SRA International and Proctor & Gamble: Discussions are currently underway to finalize new R & D Collaboration projects. Members will be advised of the status through email advisories.

++ Action Item: please contact for details on how to submit your request for collaboration to any of the above companies

2. Public Safety and Security Resources

CATA has accelerated its advanced security community activities to educate organizations about security compliance requirements and standards; contribute to the development of public safety policy by government; and, encourage awareness of Canada's advanced security and technology communities as contributors of Canada's economic well-being. We have also outlined a set of National Security Priorities for discussion with the new government and encourage business leaders to continue to provide us with guidance on desired changes to policies.

++ Action Item: Now available, Sellers to Canada's Emergency Response Sector Identify Needs, Challenges Report, U.S. Northeast Homeland Security Market Study, and a Repository of thirty documents, including case studies on research and innovation, new security technologies, human factors and intelligence. Please contact to receive these materials.

3. CANARIE Research Grants: Gst/Pst Update

Further to our February legislative alert and advisory concerning the possible Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assessment of Gst/Hst on CANARIE research grants, we have identified several additional cases where the Appeals Branch of the CRA has actually vacated assessments in similar instances. Inconsistent treatment by CRA in their Gst audits has created some confusion to CANARIE and to recipients of CANARIE funding as indicated by the recent alert. Read our new CANARIE Advisory.

4. Outsourcing: Roadmap and SR&ED Alert

  • Outsourcing Roadmap: CATA VP of Research, Kevin Wennekes will present "A Global Sourcing Action Roadmap for Canada" on Wednesday, April 26th at Linux World and Network World Canada 2006. The Roadmap draws on Survey work and the advice of a working group of over 60 leading industry, government and academic knowledge leaders It focuses on identifying the challenges and opportunities for Canada in executing on the groundwork of the Action Roadmap and help further lead Canada to becoming an even more dynamic and better recognized sourcing location for advanced technology work.

  • SR&ED Alert: Recently Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced new policies on the application of SR&ED tax credits associated with expenses related to contracts with third parties and/or contracts with placement agencies for the performance of some or all of the company's SR&ED activities. If you contract for your SR&ED work, these changes may be important to you.

  • Outsourcing Opportunity: An Atlanta-based IT company serving several vertical markets with a variety of IT services (e.g., Application Development, Data Integration, Interactive marketing management, Infrastructure management, E-commerce management) is seeking to outsource several functions on an on-going basis. Projects and skills vary as client driven demand dictates.

++ Action Item: Please visit (members only) the CATAAlliance online SR&ED Tax Credit Center at for important information or contact Cathi Malette at for a copy of the SR&ED Alert, the Outsourcing Roadmap Report and contact information on the Outsourcing Opportunity.

5. Innovation Awards Gala: Terry Matthews keynote

For two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala Dinner has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology.

At the Awards evening (June 20th at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa) the Winners will be recognized for their innovation, expertise, and leadership in Canada's advanced technology community. Awards will be presented for Outstanding Product Achievement (ICT), Outstanding Product Achievement (Nanotechnology), Emerging TechnologyExcellence in Science and Technology Reporting, Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology, Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology IT Strategic HR Management and the Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship

++ Action Item: Please review Gala Event Details and reserve your seat early. Also you may wish to nominate candidates for the various Award Categories, no later than May 1.

6. New CATA WIT (Women in Tech) Chapter in Toronto

Celebrate the Toronto Chapter launch of the CATA WIT (Women in Technology) Forum with us on June 15 at the Mars Collaboration Centre in Toronto. The CATA WIT Forum is an initiative with the goal of helping women in technology and growth companies and women entrepreneurs advance in their careers through mentoring, professional development, networking and advocacy.

++ Action Item: Register for the Toronto Chapter launch of the CATA WIT (Women in Technology) Forum with us.

7. Nominations for Sara Kirke Award being accepted until April 30th

The CATA WIT Forum is looking for nominations for the Sara Kirke Award for Canada's Leading Woman High-Tech Entrepreneur.

The Sara Kirke award is presented annually to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership -- leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.

The winner of this year's Sara Kirke Award will be announced at CATA's Innovation Awards Gala in June.

++Action Item: To nominate a leading women tech entrepreneur see

8. CATA/AceTech CEO Community

CATAAlliance and AceTech have joined forces to support programs, services and research aimed at strengthening Canada's CEO leadership community. The initiative is being led by CEO's currently participating on both organizations' Board of Directors.

Please join CEOs and presidents of technology companies as our guest for a networking reception in Toronto on Thursday, April 27 at the St-Andrew's Club (150 King Street West, 27th Floor, Toronto). Our guest speaker is David Ossip, Founder, President & CEO of Workbrain Corporation.

++ Action Item: For further details, including on-line registration details see CATA/AceTech Peer Networking Event.

9. ITU World Telecom (Canadian Pavilion)

Please be advised that companies/organizations can now participate in the Canadian Pavilion at ITU Telecom World on 4th-8th December 2006 at Asia World Expo, Hong Kong, China. The event, hosted by the Chinese government, offers access to its high growth markets. The city of Hong Kong as the host city is geared to facilitating business networking to potential partners and customers throughout China and region.

Through a special offering organized by CATAAlliance, Industry Canada and International Trade Canada, Canadian based companies can take advantage of a preferred pricing package for their trade show space and benefit from a range of enhanced business promotion services. In some cases, companies may qualify for travel cost support.

++ Action Item: For further information please contact Muriel Debroy at or call 613-236-6550.

10. CATA China Expands Business Support

CATA China is expanding its database of qualified Chinese firms that have an interest in doing business with Canadian ICT companies, partnering for opportunities in the China marketplace or providing foreign direct investment in Canadian ICT firms. Please direct enquires for matchmaking services to: Qu Sun, Chief China Representative, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (China), through contacting

11. Events of Interest

  • PDMA Ontario Conference on "Research, Innovation and Commercial Success: How to Connect the Dots." Experts focus on the development of new world-class technologies and innovative products & services, attributed to the knowledge that is gathered through research. The importance of research - either in-house, at Canadian universities, colleges, and research institutions or external R&D labs - is one of the key themes.
    Mark your calendar for Wednesday May 10, McMaster University, Hamilton. This is an excellent opportunity for you to hear about the current developments in the areas of research, innovation and commercial success and a chance to interact with your peers and share your experiences. Registration On-Line.

  • GTMA Business Mission to Australia: The Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA) and the Canadian Consulate in Sydney invite you to travel to Australia from May 8-17 to discover new business opportunities, develop new business relationships and to help attract new investment to the Greater Toronto Area. CATA members receive partner rates. Contact: John G. Jung, VP, International Marketing, GTMA at

  • Implementing 'Accountability' in government: Discussions will be led by Rex Murphy (Social Commentator and Editorial Journalist) with a focus on: How to build an effective structure that is transparent and delivers value and how leading government business units are delivering value while maintaining a transparent structure. In order to help respond, we are inviting public sector decision makers as our guest at a leadership Roundtable with other government executives on May 18th 2006 in Ottawa.

12. Doing Business in Latin America Study

The market study will result in the production of a comprehensive guide that will allow its users to determine, among other information, which of the primary Latin America countries their company should be targeting, what the barriers to entry are, what the penetration rate of existing Hi-Tech business is, which market segments are under serviced, the kind of financing required in setting up a Hi-Tech business in Latin America, and how CATA members can tap into some of this social and institutional funding available to them.

++ Action Item: To assist with the Study, please complete a short on line Survey now.

13. Future of Health Care Roundtable

Please confirm any interest you might have in meeting with Canadian Healthcare CEOs and CIOs at a Leadership Roundtable on June 6, 2006 to discuss:-- What changes are needed to see breakthrough results? -- How to better align hospitals, physicians, nurses and management? -- How health care CIOs can build a bridge between business units and their IT departments? -- Attracting and retaining talent; what internal processes can we automate in order to make the most effective use of our existing resources?

++ Action item: Limited openings, white paper to be developed for more general distribution. CATA members only, please.

14. A Special Welcome to New Members

We are asking you to demonstrate your interest and corporate leadership by getting involved with CATAAlliance and its mission to promote the growth of advanced technology industries. Many of you are members and we thank you for your support. But, if you have not yet made the commitment, please join with your peers and increase membership support and corporate involvement. Be counted as one of our leaders.

These companies have recently joined CATAAlliance to be able to reap the benefits quickly, simply and first-in-line:
Accenture, AceTech, 3M Canada,, Rockwell Collins, Optosecurity Inc., Iridian Spectral Technologies, Meriton Networks, Newtrax Technologies, iOmniscient Canada Inc., Hewitt Associates, Ipsos Reid, Just-In-Time Resources, Ryerson University Office of Research Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Neotel Inc., McMaster University Office of Research Contracts, ParetoLogic, PackagingOne Corporation, SRA International, Davinci Broadband Inc., and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.


About CATAAlliance
Advancing The Business of Technology
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is the biggest business development association for producers and users of advanced technology. The only organization representing all sectors of the economy, CATA's umbrella of special-interest, municipal, provincial and allied organizations directly reaches 20,000 technology executives and an additional 22,000 technology users. Dedicated to making Canadian organizations world-class makers and adopters of technology, CATA creates strategic partnerships, strengthens communities and networks, and promotes supportive public policy. For more than a quarter of a century CATA has been stimulating growth, driving commercialization and growing the advanced technology export industry for the Canadian economy. More information about CATA can be found onthe CATA Web site: