Innovation Lobby Group Turns to the Crowd as an Innovation Partner to Help Guide the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Digital Guru Michael Geist sets the stage for Consultations
February 10, 2016


“ We actively engage a world of creative and diverse on-demand executives to generate novel ideas and solve important problems. It’s part of our 21st Century consultation model."  (CATAAlliance)

Ottawa, ON... CATAAlliance  has launched an online set of hearings on whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) makes sense and, if not, what should be done to modify its terms and conditions to Canada’s advantage. The TPP, a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries was signed on February 4th, 2016 after seven years of negotiation but has not entered into force, thus providing a consultation window. For full details of the TPP please see:

The TPP Crowd-based consultation is part of the Alliance’s Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign that aims at moving Canada to number one ranking in innovation and competitiveness. Canada's rankings lag behind many other nations.

According to CATA CEO, John Reid,  “Our advocacy initiatives are based on crowdsourced ideas, guidance and support from Social Media Groups now comprising 20 thousand opt in members across the nation and in key global markets. We further outreach to hundreds of thousands executives in Canada and across the world with content postings, also generating expert guidance to help frame our guidance. ”

Setting the Stage

Speaking as a CATA National Commentator and Spokesperson, Dr. Michael Geist, Ottawa U, Research Chair in Internet Law & E-Commerce Law observed, “ The TPP may put Canadian enterprises at a disadvantage. IT -it’s technology- our engine of growth seems to be missing from the agreement. ”

Dr. Geist, in a TechNOW video interview, speaks to five areas of digital policy that require input from Canada’s innovation citizens, namely, copyright, intellectual property, privacy rules, internet and internet governance. The fundmental questions is whether we should opt out of the TPP?

View this 8 minute interview, including hot links to documents at:

Giest.jpg Dr. Michael Geist, Ottawa U, Research Chair in Internet Law & E-Commerce Law

Reid and Geist concluded, “ Crowdsourcing is distributed problem solving. By distributing tasks to a large group of people, you are able to mine collective intelligence, assess quality and process work in parallel towards a shared goal. In this case the goal is to ensure that TPP benefits the innovation sector and Canada’s national economy generally."

++ Action Item: Please provide your comments and guidance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at CATA’s main moderated opt in Social Group at: or send an email to CATA CEO, John Reid at

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CATA has released a seven-point working agenda for advancing Canada's Innovation and competitiveness rankings. Ideas and guidance were crowdsourced from the CATA One Voice for Innovation Group comprising thousands of opt in members in social networks across the nation and in key global markets.

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The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) is Canada's One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsourcing ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. (No Tech Firm Left Behind)