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Intel & CATA Advance the Innovation Nation: Small Business Showcase: Interested in having your company featured?

CATAAlliance regularly alerts the community to programs, initiatives and resources that support the growth of advanced technology enterprises and innovation leadership in Canada. To this end, we are partnering with Intel on a Small Business Showcase.

Our goal is to profile SME's (Small to Mid-sized enterprises) in Canada that exemplify the smart use of technology, overcomes business growth obstacles with innovative approaches, and successfully adopt technology to improve their competitiveness.

Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the importance of sharing best practices as a driver to reduce costs and improve business productivity and complete a short Survey to be considered for the Showcase.

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Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

General Dynamics Joins CATA Alliance: The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is pleased to announce that General Dynamics Canada has become its newest corporate member. "General Dynamics Canada is an international leader in developing and implementing mission-critical secure communications and information systems. as well as producing mobile-rugged computing products." says CATA President John Reid. "We are honoured that one of the world's most innovative companies has turned to CATAAlliance to continue building relationships. find partners and collaborate with other companies working in the public safety and first responder marketplace."

Become a Member today!

CATA News and Events:

An Invitation from CATA CEO John Reid to federal Civil Servants to participate in a Canadian Government Roundtable :
Enable the Emerging Workforce --The Roundtable will address three key questions: What is the work culture that can best attract and retain talent? How can government enable the emerging work force? What technologies/policies and new ways of thinking and operating could make a difference? February 9th from 7:30 am to 12 pm

Mark Your Calendar: Embedded Systems Research, Business Networking & Advocacy Event:
Embedded Systems Readiness: Mark your calendar for a half day event on January 27th in Toronto at the Sheraton Hotel where CATAAlliance will announce the results of a national Embedded Systems Study that is part of its Innovation Nation Platform.

CATA, i-CANADA Partner with Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Summit :
CATA and i-CANADA have announced a partnership with Strategy Institute's Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Summit, to be held in Toronto, February 2012.

CATA member, Mississauga-based WinMagic, named the Encryption Innovator of the Year by SC Magazine:
WinMagic (, the global innovator in disk encryption, has been named the Encryption Innovator of the year by SC Magazine. The December, "Innovator," issue recognizes companies that have the vision, imagination and creative management that reflects leadership in the security industry.

Critical First Responder Business Insights Now Available through Briefing Presentations :
The CATA First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum was created for the purpose of getting the right technology into the hands of Canada's First Responders through interaction, open discussion, and community building with Canada's ICT vendors and other national and international experts. We are now making the expert presentations from the CATA 4th Annual VOF Forum available for download through our Research Repository.

CanWIT from Coast to Coast - Dec. 2011 National Newsletter:
Welcome to our 2011 Fall newsletter, a look-back at one of CanWIT's most successful seasons yet and an exciting glimpse of what to expect in the New Year!

Linking Capital to Advanced Security Companies: Join the TSX – CATA Capital Connections Series 2012 Advance Notice :
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance and member partner TSX are pleased to announce the second of a new and innovative series of investment opportunity events aimed at aligning Canadian providers of advanced security technologies with interested capital investors from some of Canada’s leading Technology Investment Banks. For more information on this initiative, please contact John Reid at with “TSX Capital” in the subject line.

New Shared Services Canada (SCC) Forum Launched: Join with its Chair, Kevin d'Entremont in helping chart Canada's ITC Directions
CATAAlliance, opened a new Forum for executives to access briefing materials, share information and provide guidance on matters relating to the mission, mandate and operations of Shared Services Canada (SSC).

Canada's High Tech Community: Re-Direct a Billion Dollars to Fuel Commercialization Success
CATAAlliance released its White Paper on "Canada as a Competitive Innovation Nation: What Needs to be Done."

Shared Services Canada Engagement with the Private Sector Teleforum - Recording and Presentation Now Available!
This 1.5 hr exclusive CATA teleforum recording provides insightful high-level industry discussion on Shared Services Canada's (SSC) mandate and initial plans.

Canadian R&D is Feedstock for Other Nations' Growth
CATA National Spokesperson, Sir Terence Matthews Calls for adoption of Innovation Plan: community mobilization for a new Vision of Canada.

Experts Agree: Leadership the Key to Creating Smart Community
Leadership, Infrastructure and Collaboration were the most important elements in becoming an Intelligent Community, say a team of 70 leaders from across Canada.

CATA in the news:

Life on MaRS: Help for over 2,000 startups and counting: Six years after opening its doors, the largest startup incubator facility in Canada is expanding yet again::
Christine Wong, IT Business: CATA Comments : That pause has ended and the MaRS facility continues to grow along Toronto's College Street and University Avenue corridor.

High tech community calls for $Billion re-fuel for commercialization success.:
CATAAlliance released its White Paper with the objective of spurring an eco-system that encourages Canadians to lead as "creators, innovators and adapters of next generation technologies"


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 (3600 current members) on Linkedin at: