CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities November 2, 2011
November 2, 2011

Your look at CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities

TechNet IT that Works For You CATA Feature:

Sir Terence Matthews: Global Trends Threaten Rapid Decline of Canada's Advanced Technology Industries: Innovation Nation Updated:  Confirm Your Interest in Conference Call Briefing:

CATA's National Spokesperson makes recommendations to avoid 'Perfect Storm' that is eroding Canada's  Technology Prospects

Please review the 'Innovation Nation' Campaign, and provide feedback and guidance to John Reid at

CATANet TV Interviews

Mr. Reid provided context to the 'Innovation Nation' program in a recent CATA Net TV Interview, part of a series of thought leadership interviews on what it will take to move Canada to1st place in Innovation, Competitive & Quality of Life Performance.

Please tune into:

CATA as a Political Party

Reid added, "In many respects CATAAlliance is a political party, the party of the Canadian high tech industry. Our election platform is built from policy planks which will ensure success for Canada in the global economy. We actively encourage all of Canada's political leaders to better understand and embrace what it takes to create a knowledge based Canada."

Matthews concluded, "If Canada is to become an Innovation Nation, we've got to do a better job of supporting, growing and retaining our high tech companies and the people that power them. Canada's technology companies are facing their most Serious challenges in at least 25 years."

++ Action Item: we encourage executives to contact us at  with any issues, concerns or guidance they might have for CATA's 'Innovation Nation' Campaign.
If you are interested in joining a Cross Canada Conference Call on the subject of "A Challenge For Survival for Canada's  Technology Sectors", please send an email to with 'Innovation Nation' in the subject line.  Mr. Matthews will share his perspectives and be available for Q&A with callers, in addition to subject area experts from the CATA management team and membership.

CATA News and Events:

CanWIT Atlantic Chapter's Official Launch Event Celebrating Atlantic Canada's Women in Technology :
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, is pleased to launch its Atlantic Chapter! Join us on November 3rd at the Fredericton Convention Centre, as part of the NRC's New Brunswick Innovation Forum, where we will feature a panel discussion from some of the regions' most inspiring women in technology. We'll also share the objectives of the chapter for the coming year and how you can get involved. A cocktail reception will follow after the panel and group discussion. The fun begins at 2:30 p.m. Spaces are limited, confirm your spot today!

CATAAlliance: 2011 Pre-budget Discussions, Call for Advocacy Guidance :
Call to Participate in CATAAlliance Roundtable Discussions": Join John Reid, CEO; and Russ Roberts, Senior Vice President, Tax and Finance, in three Round Table discussions via teleconference. The goal is to hear your thoughts and ideas on how funding for business innovation can be made more productive and identify appropriate advocacy responses. The first round table will focus on the implications of the Jenkins, Mowat Centre, C. D Howe reports for SR&ED and take place on Nov. 11th at 11:30 a.m. EST.

Communities@Peace: Draft Declaration: Calling for Community Guidance as we finalize for i-CANADA launch :
The Canadian Peace Service is a partnership comprised of the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), the Civilian Peace Service Canada (CPSC), and i-CANADA. For them, 'pragmatic peace' is the practical implementation of peace initiatives. Please review the Draft Declaration and then provide your comments on our Social Media Forum at or send an email to

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.

New SubGroup on HPC (High Performance Computing) formed to help advance market research & advocacy on HPC driven innovation & competitiveness: Please join today :
You will see that we have created a subgroup for HPC (High Performance Computing) as part of CATA's expanded market research & advocacy programs. We invite all interested members to join and invite their peers with an interest in HPC. Please go to:

i-CANADA: Community & Stakeholder Focus: A video interview with Barry Gander, Executive VP, CATA ::
CATAAlliance regularly promotes initiatives that celebrate and advance innovation leadership in Canada. Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA Executive VP, Barry Gander, as he discusses the community and stakeholder focus of i-CANADA and then calls on citizens to help create the New National Dream of Canada as the Intelligent Nation. i-CANADA is a nation wide program designed to boost Canada's innovation, competiveness & community values rankings.

Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, December 4th to 7th:
The Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC), and the Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC) and in conjunction with the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) is proud to present the Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, being held in Ottawa between December 4th (Special Social Media session in the afternoon and an evening reception) and 7th (ending at noon), 2011.

Call to complete the HPC (High Performance Computing) Survey: new study to provide keys to boosting the Canadian Commercial Adoption of High Performance Computing (HPC): Respond today:
Please participate in this study if you can speak to the business value of computing. We are asking that you provide your guidance by completing the online HPC Survey today. Time required is 10 minutes.

IBM TO FEATURE "Intelligent Operations Centre" for Smarter Cities AT i-CANADA EVENT: Join Us for the launch:
A solution that gives community planners and administrators a "dashboard overview" of community operations will be featured to enthusiasts of the "Intelligent Community", at "The New National Dream" summit in Windsor in November 16 and 17. The IBM Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) will be accompanied by presentation of a new "assessment tool" for mapping a community's progression towards Intelligent Community status.

Don't Miss CanWIT Toronto's Networking Event with Don Tapscott!:
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011. Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on innovation and technology, will join CanWIT Toronto for an evening of insight and inspiration.

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.


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 (3200 current members) on Linkedin at: