Community Leader and R&D Champion, Arvind Chhatbar, endorses the Innovation Nation, calls for Broadband leadership in Canada
June 12, 2009

Arvind Chhatbar

"In Canada's advanced technology economy, one of drivers of competitive performance is ease of access to the high-speed data networks, most importantly the Internet. As the Internet evolves towards a richer, more pervasive medium, so grows the importance of broadband-high-throughput, high-availability-Internet access at home. Regrettably, Canada's leadership in broadband adoption has eroded in recent years, putting in jeopardy our ability to reap the full rewards of a connected economy." says Arvind Chhatbar, CEO & Chair, Enablence Technologies Inc., in regards to achieving the core planks of the Innovation Nation Campaign.

"Setting the Gold Standard" - An Innovation Agenda for Growth Requires Broadband Leadership

Ottawa, June 12, 2009...CATAAlliance announced that Arvind Chhatbar, CEO & Chair, Enablence Technologies Inc .and recognized community leader, has endorsed the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, as a compelling model to improve the nation's competitiveness and prosperity.

Arvind Chhatbar joins a growing list of business and community leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Dr. James Goodnight, CEO, SAS, Rod Bryden, President & CEO, Plasco Energy Group, Samantha S. Sannella, President & CEO, the Design Exchange, Rob Ashe, former President & CEO, Cognos, Lionel Hurtubise, former CEO & Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture, Micheàl J. Kelly, Dean of the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, the Hon. John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Dr. Charles Despins, President & CEO, Prompt, Mike S. Zafirovski, President & CEO, Nortel, and Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse, Dr. Marc Garneau, MP Westmount,Villle-Marie and Canada's first astronaut, to call for the adoption of the Innovation Nation Platform.

"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that lead the world in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Mr. Chhatbar, "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."

Arvind Chhatbar
CEO & Chair, Enablence Technologies Inc.

Mr. Arvind Chhatbar is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Enablence Technologies (TSXV: ENA), a leading global optical communications solutions provider headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Enablence Technologies Inc., Arvind was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enablence Inc. which he co-founded in December of 2003.

Prior to Enablence, Arvind had a distinguished career with the National Research Council of Canada. Arvind was responsible for the creation of several NRC technology spin-off companies, including Sige MicroSystems, Iridian Spectral Technologies, CrossLight Software, Toth Information Systems, and several other successful companies.

In 1996, Arvind founded Vitesse Re-Skilling and held the position of President from its inception until the launch of Enablence. Arvind is a previous Executive Director of the Ottawa Regional Innovation Forum and in December 2005, Arvind was elected to be Director and Chair of the Ottawa Business Council's - Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Arvind has an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Arts (Development Economics and Administration) degree from Carleton University. In addition, Arvind is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in London, United Kingdom and he has a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Finance Management.

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.

CATAAlliance 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."


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