CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities July 25, 2011
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CATA Special Feature:

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): Make the Most of the Cloud Computing Opportunity: Sign Up Now to Boost your IT Skills and Advance your Career:

The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA): Make the Most of the Cloud Computing Opportunity: Sign Up now to boost your IT skills and help advance your career.

Cloud computing! It's one of the biggest opportunities for IT professionals in recent years.

But wouldn't it be great if there was a simple, effective way to get the skills and training you needed to take advantage of this opportunity - and get the recognition and rewards you deserve?

CATAAlliance is partnering with Microsoft Canada to increase awareness of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), a fully cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud Technologies. The MVA can be part of improving your IT skill sets and helping give your career a boost.

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Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

Miller Thompson:: new CATA sponsor: i-CANADA & Innovation Nation leadership
We are very pleased to announce that Miller Thompson has joined the growing ranks of new CATA sponsors, supportive of the industry's Innovation Nation Campaign and utilizing CATA Resources to help grow their business. Miller Thompson is proud to be named as a "Go-to Law Firm" for the fourth year in a row in Corporate Counsel magazine's international reference directory, In-house Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies. This puts Miller Thomson in an exclusive group of law firms performing exceptional work for the Fortune 500.

Become a Member today!

CATAAtlantic is a new regional division of CATAAlliance serving Atlantic Canada's advanced technology sectors.

News and Events in Atlantic Canada:

CATAAtlantic Member receives nomination for first annual Atlantic Canada CSR Awards:
Fredericton-based Stellar Learning Strategies was recently nominated for the first annual Atlantic Canada CSR Awards, presented by Atlantic Business Magazine in partnership with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management. The awards program recognizes Atlantic Canadian companies that are committed to corporate social responsibility and sustainable prosperity.

CATA News and Events:

SR&ED Update & Consultation Deadline Alert on SR&ED Eligibility: Dr. Russ Roberts, Sr. VP, Tax & Finance, CATAAlliance:CATA regularly provides advocacy updates to Canada's high tech community on topics of interest. Watch the CATAnet TV interview of Russ Roberts, Sr. VP, Tax & Finance, CATAAlliance, by CATA CEO host, John Reid as they discuss SR&ED concerns, including the importance of SR&ED eligibility consultations launched by the CRA.

The Embedded Systems Study: please complete the Survey and help us promote the sector:
CATAAlliance is performing a Study on embedded systems. Our goal is to actively promote this important segment of the microelectronics industry. In order to be successful, we simply need to know who is doing what and then using market-based community insights we will launch initiatives supportive of the growth of this important sector of the economy. You can help us by answering our questionnaire, thus providing valuable guidance for our mission.

Alcatel-Lucent Looking for Companies to Match its Innovation Focus with the ng Connect Program:The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent, wishes to identify innovative Canadian and global organizations developing leading-edge technologies and capabilities in a variety of markets. This outreach for new member companies, in partnership with CATAAlliance, is conducted in that spirit of innovation, building competitive success and customer value across the digital value chain, allowing companies the chance to be involved in the ecosystem from content and device to service provider.

Alberta Center for Analytics Products: Seeking to establish an Analytics Advisory and Tenants for its Business Centre:
The world is swimming in data from sensors, cameras and conversations all around us. Analytics is the science of extracting knowledge from data, and Alberta has some of the world’s top experts in this area. The Alberta Center for Analytics Products “ACAP” is an industry-focused facility to create economic benefit in Alberta based on this opportunity and expertise. ACAP has met with great support, and continues to seek partners and external leadership. Please review the briefing note presented below and then contact a confirming your interests.

Extended support network for CATA study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada:
We are pleased to announce that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has joined the growing ranks of CATA supporters of the Innovation Nation Campaign and the 2011 study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada.

Heavy Hitters in Business, Government, Academia Launch Industry Study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), is working with the University of Waterloo (UofW) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), with funding support from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), the Export Development Canada (EDC), the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) and in partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises of Public Works Canada (PWGSC- OSME), the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC), the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC), ACCT Canada, Springboard West (SBW), the Centre of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (C3E), the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), BioTech Canada and the Rx&D (Pharma) associations.

Call for Expressions of Interest in a new Affinity program providing products and services to 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 "Supply Chain" of preferred services and products offered to the industry. Respond by Sept 4, 2011 by confirming your interest in being part of the CATA Affinity Supply Chain by email to Cathi Malette.

CanWIT Waterloo Region presents: Tuesday Summer Social:
Join us for the CanWIT Waterloo Region Summer Social to be held on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at McCabe's Irish Bar and Grill in Kitchener. This is an open and informal event for all current CanWIT members, those of you interested in becoming a member and those who'd just like to learn a little more about the CanWIT organization and our plans for the local chapter.

2011 Medical Device Summit:
The 2011 Medical Devices Summit will be held in follow-up to the 2010 Medical Devices Summit that was held in Ottawa in May 2010 and involved over 150 senior officials (Presidents, CEOs, Directors, etc.) from more than 80 Canadian organizations engaged in the medical devices sector. Building on the outcomes and recommendations from last year's Summit, the 2011 Medical Devices Summit will continue on the path towards the creation of a national medical devices strategy for Canada. Details

CATA research repository:

Critical First Responder Research & Business Insight
If your organization plans to market to, or needs information on, this First Responder opportunity, the CATA documents could be part of your "success map."

The Advanced Security in Canada – Industry Profile: 2010 to 2012 (also available in French) contains a detailed analysis of this fast growth, new market. The report will be interesting to those who work in the security domain – both as vendors and users –, and more particularly computer industry, business service providers, governments, universities who are interested in understanding the opportunities presented by this new, high-growth platform.


Ps A Note from the Desk of CATA CEO, John Reid, to all our email subscribers: Join the CATA Social Network on Linkedin:
CATA is now providing a number of social networking forums for executives to connect, inform and inspire others to individual and organizational success. In order to benefit and be first in line for critical updates, please join the CATAAlliance main social networking group (2600 current members) on Linkedin at: