Rod Bryden, President & CEO. Plasco Energy Group, joins growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity
June 07, 2007

Our high tech community leaders are committed to keeping Canada at the forefront of job creation, exports and innovation.

From Left to Right: Terrence Kulka, Director, Executive MBA Program, University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management, Peter Cleveland, Executive in Residence, University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management, Rod Bryden, President & CEO, Plasco Energy Group, and John Reid, President, CATAAlliance, discuss innovation at a recent Executive Forum for next generation leaders

"Setting the Gold Standard" -- Technology and Educational Agenda for Growth

Ottawa, June 7, 2007... CATAAlliance announced that Rod Bryden, President & CEO Plasco Energy Group, a highly respected community leader and innovator, has endorsed the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, as a compelling model to improve Canada's competitiveness and prosperity.

Mr. Bryden joins a growing list of business leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Lionel Hurtubise, former CEO & Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture, Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, the Hon. John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, and, Mike S. Zafirovski, President & CEO, Nortel to call for the adoption of the Innovation Nation Platform.

"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that can generate international confidence in their ability to lead in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Mr. Bryden, "These countries will attract and retain investment and talent. For nations to prosper they must become leading innovation nations; we all need to do our part to get there. Canada and the U.S. are natural business partners in the quest to respond to global competitive challenges and achieve gold performance standards."

Rod Bryden
President & CEO
Plasco Energy Group

Rod Bryden is the President and CEO of Plasco Energy Group which has developed a proprietary energy recovery solution, Plasco Conversion System, that converts carbonaceous materials such as municipal solid waste into an energy rich fuel or 'syngas' and a commercially useful solid called 'slag'. Syngas will be used to generate electricity from a renewable source and slag can be used in road aggregate or for building material. This energy recovery solution is the result of thirty years of experience in applying plasma technology to solid waste and energy recovery.

Along with his duties as President and CEO of Plasco, Mr Bryden is Chairman of SC Stormont Inc. which participates in the development of small to mid-sized Canadian business, the Chairman of the board of PharmaGap Inc. and on the Board of Directors of Clearford Industries and Gallium Software Inc.

Rod Bryden began his career as a Professor of Law at University of Saskatchewan and went to found Systemhouse Ltd, Paperboard Industries Corporation, until becoming the principal owner of the Ottawa Senators in 1992 and chairman and Governor of the club. In 1996 The Palladium Corporation owned by Mr. Brydenopened the Corel Centre and the same year Mr. Bryden co-founded World Heart Corporation where he was President and CEO until 2004

Innovation Nation Core Planks

Among the core planks in Innovation Nation are developing a national brand for Canada based on regional advantages, creating an industrial strategy based on strategic approaches to government procurement and global supply chains, adopting best innovation tax credit (SR&ED) practices, removing trade barriers as part of responding to the flat world and attracting and training and retaining the best talent.

CATA is also looking for measures that would advance executive leadership and promote the adoption of high technology tools in government and the private sector.

John Reid, CATAAlliance President, concluded, "We are living through an economic revolution created by technology, global interdependence and increasingly open markets" adding, "Canada is already a leader in many business sectors. But to maintain and grow this leadership, we have to expand our markets and be the best in the world. We are calling on all Canadians to work with us to create the necessary entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and public policies for the Innovation Nation."

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Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at or call 613-236-6550.

Please circulate the communiqué internally and also send to your business, media and community network of contacts as part of mobilization behind the Campaign.