CATAAlliance News Events & Opportunities October 16, 2011
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i-CANADA Responds to Industry Minister Paradis: Uses of Advanced Technology by Small-scale, Entrepreneurial Organizations:

i-CANADA and its parent organization the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada's largest high-tech organization, were challenged on September 16th to present examples of the use of advanced technology by small-scale, entrepreneurial organizations that typically are not noted for their use of advanced technology. The request was made in order to help the Minister advance the Department's Innovation programs.

Our goals were to:
  • Obtain examples of the use of advanced technology to target support to similar organizations and areas;
  • Bring the sample companies into further conversations with the Ministry, for additional insights; and,
  • Set up an enriched information hub that will act as an access enabler for companies that may want to get involved with the Minister's program.

CATAAlliance sent out a call for examples 12 hours after receiving the request for help. Responses have come in steadily, resulting in a on-line Report as of October 15, 2011.

  • Technology is being used creatively by Canadian SMEs in a variety of sectors;
  • Benefits from the use of technology include increasing profitability, enhancing market share, achieving faster business processes, and creating new products and services; and
  • Almost every region of the country reported an example
The Full Report can be viewed at this URL:

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CATA News and Events:

CISC2011: Defend Against Espionage :
CISC2011 is unique event bringing together some of the top people in the Intelligence Community to discuss issues of corporate espionage. Come learn from actual""spies" the tools and techniques your competitors may be using to access your valuable data! Special discount for CATA supporters available.

CanWIT Waterloo Region Presents: Ask the Expert - Tap into the Power of Women in Technology:
Join us on October 26, 2011 for our Ask the Expert - Tap into the Power of Women in Technology event for some candid dialogue on the issues that are most important to you. This is your chance to ask questions and meet with strong mentors in the tech industry in the K-W region, as well as to network with other women seeking out mentorship.

CATA Partner Expands European Mobile Competition :
CATA partner the Network of Automotive Excellence (NoAE) is expanding the number of categories in the fifth year of its NoAE Innovations Competition.

NRC President Joins i-CANADA speakers list: Building an Intelligent Nation: See It, Touch It, Know How to Become It: First-ever comprehensive "GPS Locator" for Intelligent Communities:
John McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada, has accepted an invitation to be a Keynote Speaker at the upcoming i-CANADA Advisory Board Summit in Windsor Ontario.

Mayor of Waterloo Announces Support for i-CANADA, "Intelligent Communities": Canadian leaders focus on Building an Intelligent Nation Launch Event :
A program to create a Canada composed of world-class Intelligent Communities is a boost for Canada, said Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran. "I heartily endorse the Vision of i-CANADA," said Mayor Halloran. "I applaud the drive to have Canada acknowledged as the world's leading Intelligent Nation because a sufficiently broad base of Canadian communities, large and small, have all won international awards as the world's leading Intelligent Communities..."

London Mayor Joins Leadership Group of i-CANADA, Endorses "Intelligent Communities" Event::
A skilled workforce and a creative cultural environment are two strengths that the City of London Ontario brings to the i-CANADA program, said London Mayor Joe Fontana on accepting an invitation to join the i-CANADA Governors' Council. "London is a global city," noted the Mayor, "and we see the value in engaging in a movement to make all communities into "Smarter" cities".

Invitation to the Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series:
François Julien, Dean, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and John Reid, President, CATAAlliance are pleased to welcome our guest speaker: Louise Wendling, Chief Impact Officer & General Manager Senior Vice President, Country Manager - Canada. Costco Wholesale. Discussing: Costco: Who we are and what we stand for This presentation will provide an overview of the company's history, philosophy and people, as well as taking a look at the present status and the future challenges. Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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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.

CanWIT BC Signature Lunch :
Growing a Technology-Based Business, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU 500 Granville St. (@Pender), Vancouver, BC

CATA in the News:

Finland's teleco czar coming to Canada next month
By Rafael Ruffolo for ComputerWorld Canada: One of the politicians responsible for making Finland the first country in the world to entitle every one of its citizens with high-speed Internet access is coming to Canada to inspire politicians in the Great White North to do the same. Suvi Linden, one of the politicians responsible for getting "broadband as a fundamental right" passed in Finland, will be taking her story to Canada at a CATA Alliance event next month.


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