CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities for April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012


Governing a National Public Safety Broadband Network: Confirm today for both the Forum and Webinar consultations

Canadian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) firms are invited to register now for a three-day Forum being held between May 22-24 in Ottawa to provide input and feedback on a proposed governance and business model, the planned development of the architecture of the nation-wide public safety mobile broadband network, and basic charter of incorporation for a not-for-profit organization to manage the 700 MHz spectrum dedicated to Canada's public safety communities use.

Organized in collaboration with Public Safety Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada/Centre for Security Science, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the Forum will allow participants an opportunity to share in group and private discussions with the drafters of the Charter for the newly proposed national entity to own the spectrum and set standards for the creation of an interoperable, national public safety broadband network.

Due to limited capacity, certain restrictions apply regarding the registration approval process: these are described in more detail on the Forum site.

This consultation is the first in a series being planned for Industry, First Responders, and other public safety stakeholders. The focus on this particular consultation is principally to solicit feedback from the vendor community and therefore industry registrants will be provided with priority consideration over all others.

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Tech Corner
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is Here! Now What?

February 29th was a really important date in the evolution of Windows. It was the day Microsoft Corporation released the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, and Windows Server "8" beta. Like most of you, I'm going to find a machine to install each of them on but then what else can I do to understand how both of these will impact our organizations? ... read more

CATA News and Events:

Celestica's Mike Andrade on Canada's Commercialization Gap:
Please view this video from CATAAlliance...Mike Andrade's Toronto based technology company Celestica Inc., with US$9 billion revenue in 2009, is dedicated to delivering innovative supply chain solutions that drive its customers' success. As an Innovation Nation Champion, Mike speaks to some of the reasons we are not tuning enough of our great ideas into great products, resulting in the creation of more global companies or Canadian flagships.

CATAAlliance 2012 Federal Budget Responded to Canada's Commercialization Gap: A work in progress?
Update from Russ Roberts Vice President, Tax, Finance and Advocacy, CATAAlliance.

Wanted: Innovation & Collaboration Makeovers
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Call for Expressions of Interest in and Recommendations for a "Profit-Right-Now Portal" of preferred products and services for Canada's advanced technology industries:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) wishes to identify organizations with services, technologies and capabilities which are a strategic to the competitive success of Canada's advanced technology industries. Please respond to this call for expressions of interest should you wish to be part of a "Profit-Right-Now Portal" of preferred services, resources and products offered to the industry.

CATA Teleforum Conference Call series on Shared Services Canada (SSC)
Please join a group of your colleagues on Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 11AM EST for our next Teleforum Conference Call. Moderated by CATA CEO, John Reid, the Call will feature Forum experts who through an interview format will engage us in information sharing and updates on the activities of Shared Services Canada and related Ministries.

Mono Ontario and iCANADA working towards Sustainable Rural Community in the Global Digital Economy:
Mono Ontario, under the unanimous leadership of its council headed by Mayor Laura Ryan, has begun working with i-Canada to develop the premier example of a safe, "Intelligent" and sustainable rural municipality where environment, community and natural heritage flourish in harmony with the new digital economy and economic development can focus on becoming a magnet for the knowledge and creative industries.

Attention CIOs: Rise to A Higher Cloud Roundtables (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary locations) Register now as a guest of CSC & CATAAlliance:
CATAAlliance is partnering with our world leading corporate member, CSC, on a CIO focused "Rise to A Higher Cloud" Roundtable in Montreal (May 1), Toronto (May 2) and Calgary (May 3). Please note venue details and then register today for your spot at the CIO Roundtable of your choice at this URL:

Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability Update:
Kevin Wennekes, VP Research, CATAAlliance, updates on ongoing initatives with CATAAlliance.

Entrepreneurs @ Play :
Join the Telfer Executive MBA Program for a special event with local entrepreneurs and learn first-hand how the program has helped transform their careers. Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Alcatel-Lucent Award for Emerging Technology Achievement - CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala:
CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association, and the traditional champion of Canadian Innovation, Research and Development announced that its long-standing award for the best emerging technology of the year has been named the 'Alcatel-Lucent Award for Emerging Technology.'

Crowdfunding: Urgent Call for MP Leadership in Making Canada the Destination for Emerging Growth Companies
CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association, and the traditional champion of Canadian Innovation, Research and Development announced that its long-standing award for the best emerging technology of the year has been named the 'Alcatel-Lucent Award for Emerging Technology.'

Session 2 of CanWIT Toronto's 2012 Professional Development Series -- May 10, 2012 -- Sound Bites, Not Terrabytes: Giving Confident Tech Presentations:
This is second of six-part speaker series on Leadership includes discussions facilitated by local experts. The series will include sessions that will help you refine leadership, management, presentation and negotiation skills. Participants will hear about current leadership approaches on a variety of topics and benefit from discussions with local experts and CanWIT members.

CATA in the news:

Small biz seeks SRED improvements in federal budget:IT World by Nestor E. Arellano: CATA Comments
The Scientific Research & Experimental Development program is so complicated that more consultants than tech businesses are benefiting from it according to one economist ....

Startup news roundup: IT World: CATA reacts to U.S. crowdfunding law
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) issued a statement exclusively to reacting to the recent passage of crowdfunding legislation in the U.S., which allows startup firms to directly solicit equity financing from consumers over the Internet. ...

Commercializing R&D to be a key focus in federal budget by Rebecca Lindell, Global News
It's the way the federal government would like to see innovation happen. An idea for a micro-surveillance helicopter borne in the minds of remote control enthusiasts at the University of Waterloo takes flight over Libya where rebels use it to gather intelligence as they overthrow a dictator. ...

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...

Crowding in for charity: A project focused on raising funds for charities highlights growing market for services to help raise funds through social media: by Vito Pilieci, The Ottawa Citizen: CATA Leads Crowdfunding Campaign
(Excerpt) Using social media to raise money for businesses is a growing trend. In Washington last week, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that calls for new crowd-funding provisions. The latter allow small startups to bypass financial markets and traditional methods of attracting investment and sell small amounts of equity in their businesses to large pools of individual investors....

CATAAlliance CEO Speaks Out: by Christine Dobby, Financial Post
Recent changes to legislation in the United States mean that private companies will soon be able to solicit investment from the crowd. The shift to permit non-accredited investors to take small equity stakes in private companies has some suggesting Canada's own startup scene will be left behind if similar changes aren't enacted north of the border. ...
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