"Setting the Gold Standard" - Technology and Educational Agenda for Growth: Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse
June 12, 2007

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse, joins growing list of Canadian Community Leaders calling for technology agenda for prosperity

"We can accomplish great things when we use innovation to drive vision" says Aon Reed Stenhouse, President & CEO, Chris Fawcus, in regards to achieving the core planks of the Innovation Nation Campaign.


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

Ottawa, June 12, 2007 -- CATAAlliance announced that Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse, a highly respected 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. Fawcus 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. Fawcus, "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."


Chris Fawcus
President & CEO
Aon Reed Stenhouse

As President and CEO of Aon Reed Stenhouse, Chris Fawcus leverages Aon's considerable Canadian and global risk management resources to provide distinctive value to clients in Canada. Chris has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry in senior corporate and regional roles. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

According to Mr. Fawcus, delivering distinctive value means understanding the opportunities and issues facing high tech companies today, so they can overcome challenges tomorrow.

"Aon's goal is to partner with the high tech sector, providing solutions for issues including increasing working capital and customer confidence and attracting strong directors and employees, " he said. "I think we can accomplish great things when we use innovation to drive vision.

"As Canada's leading insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Aon Reed Stenhouse services commercial and personal clients through a national network of 27 offices. An organization with strong Canadian roots, our specialists have been meeting the insurance and risk management needs of Canadians for more than a century.

Aon Reed Stenhouse is committed to developing superior financial and insurance products and improved, more cost-effective ways of dealing with risk. Our determination to create new opportunities for our clients puts us at the leading edge of our business and sets the standard for our industry.

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."

Action item

Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at johnreid@attglobal.net 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.