June 18, 2019

How We Can Create More Sara Kirke Women Entrepreneur Stories: Andrea Pavia, Director, Marketing, Box Inc.

How We Can Create More Sara Kirke Women Entrepreneur Stories: Andria Pavia, Director, Marketing, Box Inc. from CATAAlliance on Vimeo‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity

Join CATA CEO, John Reid for a 3 minute interview with Andrea Pavia, Director, Marketing, Box Inc.,  to discuss how today we can create new Sara Kirke stories. Her key focus is educational, classroom excellence.

Read all about Lady Sara Kirke: https://cata.ca/2019/sara-kirke-declaration/

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About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

A 2 Question ‘Sara Kirke’ Survey Form for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises

Dear Community members, please help us advance ‘Sara Kirke’ advocacy by completing the Survey Forum below, only two questions, but valued guidance.

Related:

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

Happy Dancing for Your ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration Support for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises

Happy Dancing for Your ‘Sara Kirke” Declaration Support for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises from CATAAlliance on Vimeo‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity.

Declaration URL for Sharing: cata.ca/2019/sara-kirke-declaration/ and then ask your peers to please sign the ‘Sara Kirke’ Petition: https://cata.ca/2019/sara-kirke-petition/

Related:

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

June 17, 2019

Add your signature to the Sara Kirke Petition to advance Diversity & Women-led Enterprises

Sign Here Todayhttps://cata.ca/sara-kirke-petition-signing/

Dear Community members,

Please read The ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises. It outlines five modern day guiding principles that if adopted, will help promote and accelerate diversity and the growth of women-led enterprises in Canada:

  1. Secure a 40-50 percent Representation of Women on Boards of Directors in Public & Private Sector Organizations
  2. Move Beyond Talking About Women In STEM and accelerate Attracting, Developing and Retaining Women in STEM
  3. Removal of the 51 Percent Cut Off Limit to Access Growth Resources for Women-led enterprises
  4. Removal of the Crowdfunding Barrier Limiting Startup and Growth Capital
  5. Women Friendly Social Net Policies & Career Mentorship

If you believe that the private sector and government have a responsibility to declare we need to dig deep and advance new legislative changes, modernize our practices, and hold our leadership teams, and board of directors accountable, then add your signature to the Sara Kirke Petition.

Sign Here Today
https://cata.ca/sara-kirke-petition-signing/

Sincerely,

Cindy Gordon, Co Chair, Sara Kirke Caucus
Founder & CEO, SaleChoice
cindy@saleschoice.com

Fawn Annan, Co Chair, Sara Kirke Caucus
President and Group Publisher of IT World Canada/IDG Canada
fannan@itwc.ca

Related:

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

Spark your imagination | RS Components: a CATA Outreach to Customers, Partners & Media

Spark your imagination | RS Components: a CATA Outreach to Customers, Partners & Media from CATAAlliance on Vimeo.

URL: https://www.electrocomponents.com/
Contact: Cameron Ward, SVP Global Electronics for RS Components

Email: Cameron.Ward@rs-components.com

Market: End-to-end solutions across the design, build and maintain product life cycle.

Overview:

What did you want to be when you were young?

At RS, we’ve been helping engineers to achieve their goals since 1937.
As the leading global distributor of industrial and electronics products, we work with our customers and suppliers to turn their dreams into reality and support the future engineers who’ll transform our world.

We’re here for every one of your lightbulb moments.

We’re here ‘for the inspired’.

CATALOG is a CATAAlliance service designed to boost marketplace profile to customers, collaborators, investors and media. Work with us to tell your Story!

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Opt-In: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 16, 2019

CATA’s new Advocates-for-Change Caucus Now Deployed to Support ‘Sara Kirke’ Advocacy for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises

Ottawa, ON...CATAAllianceCanada’s One Voice for Innovation lobby group has announced that its new Advocates-for-Change Caucus, a crowdsourced 1,527 member activist group, has been mobilized to reach out to decision makers at all levels, in order to help advance the Alliance’s CanWIT (Women in Tech) advocacy campaign, entitled, the ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises (open draft for consultation).

According to Dr. Cindy Gordon, National Spokesperson for CATAAlliance & Founder & CEO, Saleschoice ” True guiding principles need not be viewed as gender specific. Rather these principles focus on encouraging inclusion of all, self awareness – particularly for dominant groups (sometimes gender and sometimes not), emotional intelligence and the behaviours that make an organizations successful.”

She added, ” Increasing equitable entrepreneurial forces in order to attract, develop and retain more women in STEM is an economic imperative. And to create Sara Kirke inspired women to become entrepreneurs, the private sector and government have a responsibility to declare that we don’t need more research, we need to dig deep and advance new legislative changes, modernize our practices, and hold our leadership teams, and board of directors accountable.”

Read Full Details: https://cata.ca/2019/sara-kirke-declaration/

CATA CEO John Reid said, “ CATA’s 4.0 business transformation, has embraced a full suite of digital and Ai resources now being deployed to advance Canada’s innovation and competitiveness rankings, and to help address specific business growth issues identified through crowdsourcing and guidance from our Board members and now using leverage from the CATA Advocates-for-Change Caucus.”

Related: By signing the CATA E-Petition you become part of a Caucus of Executives who will act as CATA Advocates-for-Change. The Caucus can be instantly mobilized to reach out to decision makers at all levels and to build peer support, in order to advance present and future advocacy campaigns.

Exchange information with  Tech and Innovation peers at the CATA Competitive Innovation Nation Social Group on Linked (14,167 members) where you can now opt in at: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/37239/

About CATAAlliance

Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Opt-In: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

The ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises (open draft for consultation)

Lady Sara Kirke (1660)

The above letter written by Lady Sara Kirke to the King of England and was a request for one of her son’s to be given all the titles and recognition that had been enjoyed by her late husband. The appeal was unsuccessful so Lady Kirke simply carried on successfully managing her husband’s many business interests. 

Sara Kirke is considered by many to be North America’s first entrepreneur. Sara Kirke arrived in Newfoundland in 1638 with her husband David Kirke, who was soon recalled to England. Sara, however, continued to reside in Avalon, and conducted business as usual from the Pool Plantation. After the death of her husband she assumed full responsibilities for the family business.

Lady Kirke was a remarkable individual as she managed affairs at the Pool Plantation for 30 years and became one of the most successful merchants on the English Shore — and was almost certainly North America’s first and foremost woman entrepreneur.

Read More on Sara Kirke in this study by Robert W. Sexty, Faculty of Business Administration and Suzanne Sexty, Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The’ Sara Kirke’ Declaration

The ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration outlines five modern day guiding principles that if adopted, will help promote and accelerate diversity and the growth of women-led enterprises in Canada.

These five principles were derived from consultations with past Sara Kirke Award winnerssenior men and women, leading both public and private organizations from coast to coast, available research studies and advice from public policy groups, as well as from CATA Board Advisors and members.

Our goal is to establish a best practices model for governments and industries of all sizes, and across all sectors both today and tomorrow. Entering the age of Industry 4.0 will require bolder steps and more courage, as a more diversified workforce is not only good for business, it is imperative that advancing Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Robotics that our future world be designed without bias.

We believe these five principles, when combined with data-driven decision making, will significantly help reverse many lagging trends and patterns that are negatively impacting the Canadian economy.

      1. Secure a 40-50 percent Representation of Women on Boards of Directors in Public & Private Sector Organizations

Having more gender and racial diversity in the boardroom is positive for business.

Studies show that the presence of women in the C-suite improves performance, and that among profitable companies, a move from no women leaders to 30 percent representation is associated with a 15 percent profit boost as well as an increase in market valuations.

Some European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and France, have quotas and fines requiring to add women to their boards. Norway in 2008 required companies listed there to give at least 40 percent of their director seats to women. 

The State of California in late 2019 signed California Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly held companies based in California to have a minimum of one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019. From there, women’s representation will have to increase: By the end of July 2021, companies have to have at least two women on boards of five members and at least three women on boards with six or more.Companies that don’t comply will be fined $100,000; subsequent violations will draw a $300,000 fine.

A similar model should be developed, refined and adopted in Canada. We don’t need any more studies. We don’t need to keep being polite and nice. We need to modernize our business world to advance our economy. More women in business is simply smart business. 

     2.  Move Beyond Talking About Women In STEM and accelerate Attracting, Developing and Retaining Women in STEM

While nearly 60 percent of university graduates in Canada are female, less than 40 per cent of those women graduate with math and science degrees.

Only 22 percent of all Canadians working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are women.

Having STEM skill sets provides access to higher salaried positions, more financial independence, the ability to influence the direction of new projects and recognized as a leader. 

In order to develop the STEM pipeline for women in our ICT Sector, we must not only support effective interventions to advance women in science, technology engineering, and math but also develop innovative pathways for women from other disciplines to expand careers into STEM, and be ready for new jobs such as: Digital Curologist, Analytics Designer, Ethics AI Officers, Data Scientist, etc.

Overall, there are very few senior female role models in STEM business, and a lack of access to sponsorships and peer networks. CATAAlliance has been building an inventory of role models in STEM and their mentoring videos can be found here at the ‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity.

   3. Removal of the 51 Percent Cut Off Limit to Access Growth Resources for Women-led enterprises

Government policy places an emphasis on “women owned” business, defined as 51% equity in the company, rather than on women-led or women-founded companies and how this guidance affects access to growth capital and related resources.

In the early stages of setting up a company, a 51 percent rule makes some sense. However, scalable company owners are often in the position where they have to seek equity-based investment to get the capital needed for rapid growth. Given that there are proportionally few women investors in the market (estimated at about 14 percent of the total), this places women-led and founded companies at a disadvantage to access resources to enable growth needs, capital, talent acquisition, etc.

The unintended result reduces the capital supply pool and resources available to women led businesses or to forces owners to opt to dilute their company and thus loose their status for extra consideration for contracts and export opportunities.

We must avoid creating legislative brick walls that set up unconditional ownership and control of 51 percent, a barrier exacerbated by the skewed high ratio of men leading venture and angel investing.

This artificial barrier reduces resources available to women-led business and it should be removed. A potential solution would be to limit the 51 percent requirement to the equity structure after excluding investors.

    4. Removal of the Crowdfunding Barrier Limiting Startup and Growth Capital

Linked to Principle 3, entrepreneurs, whether male or female, are generally underfunded and limited by select crowdfunding barriers.

The majority of Canadians are legally barred from investing in private companies, by legislation called National Instrument 106-45 —Prospectus Exemption. The document states that in order to be an “accredited investor”, an individual must earn a yearly income of $200,000, own financial assets worth at least $1 million, or own total assets of at least $5,000,000. Anyone who doesn’t meet one of these thresholds is disallowed from investing in private companies.

The law creates a two-tiered system of financial freedom, where those who meet the financial requirements can profit off early-stage companies, and those who don’t can’t.

But there’s demand to invest coming from retail investors: Crowdfunding is a $5 billion industry in Canada, and enabling them to invest directly can only grow the pipeline of funding for women led enterprises. This barrier should be removed to accelerate crowdfunding for startups.

This crowdfunding rethink is needed to help increase flow considerations, for both men and women to increase their entrepreneurial choices.

     5. Women Friendly Social Net Policies & Career Mentorship

Private sector industry must develop and commit to policies and practices that assist women to advance.

The Federal Government invests hundred of millions into venture capital funds, angel funds, with limited focus on equitable allocations to women. 

Friendlier social policies for women also need reviews to include:  affordable childcare, educational programs aimed at all school levels, work sharing, portable benefits, taxable expenses associated with childcare, and career mentorship.

SUMMARY

For Canada to be successful in the Industry 4.0 economy, and to move from mediocre grades in innovation and commercialization, we must address each of these five shortcomings.

True guiding principles need not be viewed as gender specific. Rather these principles focus on encouraging inclusion of all, self awareness – particularly for dominant groups (sometimes gender and sometimes not), emotional intelligence and the behaviours that make an organizations successful.

Increasing equitable entrepreneurial forces in order to attract, develop and retain more women in STEM is an economic imperative.

To create Sara Kirke inspired women to become entrepreneurs, the private sector and government have a responsibility to declare that we don’t need more research, we need to dig deep and advance new legislative changes, modernize our practices, and hold our leadership teams, and board of directors accountable.

Your daughters and granddaughters are depending on our leadership. They deserve a better social and economic system where diversity is not just given lip service, rather it is authentic, kind, and equitable. 

 

We now reach out to harness the power of all Canadians in a call to young and old in all walks of life to support the ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration, as we together address difficult challenges of achieving diversity and the growth of women-led businesses.

Interested in being part of the ‘Sara Kirke’ Video Channel or writing an Op-Ed?  then please confirm your interest to adebroy@cata.ca

June 15, 2019

CATAAlliance is proudly crowdfunded by people like you

Dear Community members,

CATAAlliance (https://cata.ca/) is proudly crowdfunded by people like you, community members from coast to coast.

Please read about the advocacy we now have underway on your behalf, some 17 active campaigns being advanced: https://cata.ca/advocacy/

As a not for profit organization, we rely on the generosity of concerned citizens – rather than government funding or annoying ads. Each contribution we receive means our small team can help win campaigns to advance Canadian innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

We believe in the voice of the people – that’s why we built a CATA 4.0 industry platform that is a 100 percent independent, crowd based and now being deployed to create changes they want to see.

Become a CATAAlliance Supporter today by making a donation at the CATA Crowdfunding site! Go to: https://chuffed.org/project/cata-advocacy

Sincerely,

John Reid, CATA CEO

Ps How To Make Your Crowdfunding Donation: ( go to: https://chuffed.org/project/cata-advocacy and pick a Perk or click Donate Now, and enter one-off or monthly amount. You will then enter payment details). Thanks for tipping Chuffed.org (optional).

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

 

June 14, 2019

CATA’s Advocates-for-Change Caucus Grows to 1,527 members

Now 1527 members

By signing the CATA E-Petition you become part of a Caucus of Executives who will act as CATA Advocates-for-Change. The Caucus can be instantly mobilized to reach out to decision makers at all levels and to build peer support, in order to advance present and future advocacy campaigns.

Ottawa, ON...CATAAllianceCanada’s One Voice for Innovation lobby group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry has announced that its Advocates-for-Change Caucus has now reached 1,527 members, who can be instantly mobilized to reach out to decision makers at all levels, in order to advance competitive innovation nation advocacy.

Advocates-for-Change enables companies to leverage multiple social media sites, targeted email lists, RSS feeds in Canada and across the globe and Mobilization of the new CATA Caucus, with E-Petitions,  Op-Eds, Legislative Briefs, Surveys, and advocacy Video Commentaries.

View CATA’s Full Advocacy Program & then add your name to the CATA Caucus here: http://chng.it/QKg7tVFCzv

CATA CEO John Reid said, “ We have worked at CATA’s 4.0 business transformation, embracing a full suite of digital and Ai resources. We are now deploying these resources to advance Canada’s innovation and competitiveness rankings, and to help address specific business growth issues identified through crowdsourcing and guidance from our Board members and now our Advocates-for-Change Caucus. ”

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 13, 2019

CanWIT (Women in Tech) Executive in Residence, Rima Aristocrat on Transforming Hopes & Dreams into a Life Long Success

CanWIT (Women in Tech) EiR, Rima Aristocrat on Transforming Hopes & Dreams into a Life Long Success: Tune into CATA TECHNOW from CATAAlliance on Vimeo,’Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity

CATA TECHNOW joins Rima Aristocrat at Elevate International for a 2 minute video interview on “Transforming Hopes & Dreams into a Life Long Success”.

Rima has joined the CanWIT team as its newest EiR (Executive in Residence) with a mandate to advance ‘Sara Kirke’ women in tech leadership as well as educational training through certifications and degrees for today’s labour market.

Ms. Aristocrat also said, “We should focus on taking care of mother earth, protecting the environment and making education the key. I simply want to make a difference in people’s lives and help others realize their dreams.”

Read: cata.ca/2019/rima-aristocrat-canwit/

Related:

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

CanWIT (Women in Tech) Takes on a New Executive in Residence to Help Drive ‘Sara Kirke’ Agenda & Educational Excellence

Ottawa, ON...CanWIT (Women in Tech), a division of CATAAlliance, announced today that community leader, Rima Aristocrat has joined the CanWIT team as its newest EiR (Executive in Residence) with a mandate to advance ‘Sara Kirke’ women in tech leadership as well as educational training through certifications and degrees for today’s labour market.

CATA CanWIT recently announced the formation of a powerful ‘Sara Kirke’ Women in Tech Caucus, comprising the past winners of the Sara Kirke Award for women entrepreneurship and other award winner women leaders in tech entrepreneurship. Read full details.

Rima Aristocrat has served as president of Canada’s longest established career college, Willis College, for 31 years where her focus was on helping graduates transition into careers in business, health care, technology and clean energy.

A concert pianist, Ms. Aristocrat earned a Masters in Education and Harmonize Education. She remains updated in her field through affiliations with Industry, the Business & Professional Women’s Group, International Student Exchange, The Smiths Falls Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Council, Willis Talent, Willis International, TeKnoWave Inc., the National Association of Career Colleges and Ontario Career Colleges. She also serves as an honorary chair of Immigrant Women Services.

Ms. Aristocrat said, “We should focus on taking care of mother earth, protecting the environment and making education the key. I simply want to make a difference in people’s lives and help others realize their dreams.”

CATA TECHNOW joins Rima at Elevate International for a 2 minute video interview on “Transforming Hopes & Dreams into a Life Long Success“.

Sara Kirke Caucus Co Chair, Cindy Gordon, winner of the AI Leader of the Year Award (2019) and Founder & CEO, SalesChoice concluded, “ Rima’s 31 years of experience in the education sector, her leadership abilities and community credentials will service CanWIT well in advancing the Sara Kirke Declaration on issues of diversity, education and entrepreneurship “.

Related:

Bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rima-aristocrat-a567562/?originalSubdomain=ca

About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

 

Calling for WISE 50over50 Award Nominations: a CATA Outreach to the Community

Dear Community members,

CATAAlliance is now supporting #50over50Awards to celebrate entrepreneurs with experience & wisdom. Information and the application form for the can be found at www.50over50awards.ca

Are you over 50 years old? Have you started a business as an encore career prior to or after retirement? Or did you finally decide to take the leap and start the business you had always wanted? If you have, you will be interested in applying for a 50 over 50 Award.

The Awards program is open to Canadian residents who started their business after turning 50, applications/nominations must be submitted by June 30. A group of past winners of the 50 over 50 Award winners, will be your judges. The awards will be presented in the Fall, 2019. Submissions will be accepted from founders of new businesses, purchasers of existing businesses and franchises, and initiators of family and intergenerational businesses – as long as the entrepreneur is a majority owner of the business and the head office is in Canada.

50over50 is the fastest growing segment of business start-ups in Canada, and it’s time to celebrate and recognize their accomplishments. Apply today!

Sincerely,

Wendy Mayhew
Founder, Business Launch Solutions, WISE – Seniors in Business,
WISE 50 over 50 Awards

John Reid, CATAAlliance, CEO

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 12, 2019

Cybersecurity Students Available for Co-Op (Willis College), a CATAAlliance Partner Outreach to the Community

Dear Community members,

Willis College has established partnerships with many high-tech, multinational fortune 500 companies in Canada and is now establishing a new partnership with CATAAlliance, in order to help the College’s graduating students find practicum placements and employment opportunities in their field of studies. Companies also come to Willis College with job opportunities and in turn provides highly-trained, skilled workers.

As part of many of the College’s curriculum, students have mandatory practicum hours to graduate. Below is the list of programs with co-op placements, along with the duration of hours.

Practicum Co-op Placement Hours
Course Title Hours Weeks
Human Resources with Payroll (HRP) 150 6 weeks
Executive Business Administration (EBA) 150 6 weeks
Mobile Software Development (MSD) 200 6 weeks
Cyber Security Analyst (CSA) 240 8 weeks
Personal Support Worker (PSW) 145 10 weeks
Medical Office Administration (MOA) 100 4 weeks
Addictions and Community Services Worker (ACSW) 280 8 weeks

The next group of CyberSecurity Analyst (CSA) co-op students are completing their course work by the end of August 2019 and getting ready for practicum placements in the field of System Administration, Server Management, Network Security, Technical Support, Ethical Hacking and Penetration testing.

If you can host Willis College students within your organization, then it would be a great win for you, the Co-Op students and community at large.

Please reach out to the undersigned in order to be a valued talent pipeline for future hirings.

 Sincerely,

Ranjith Mathew |  Manager – Student Co-op & Employment
GetaGraduate@williscollege.com
Willis College – Celebrating 150 Years of Excellence!
1200 St. Laurent Boulevard, Suite 20, Ottawa, ON K1K 3B8
(St. Laurent Shopping Centre, Entrance 5)

T: 613.233.1128 | D: 613.656.1227 | F: 613.233.9286

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

 

 

CATA CanWIT (Women in Tech) is proudly crowdfunded by people like you

Dear Community members,

CATA CanWIT (Women in Tech) is proudly crowdfunded by people like you, community members.

Please read: The ‘Sara Kirke’ Declaration for Diversity & Women-led Enterprises (open draft for consultation).

As a not for profit organization, we rely on the generosity of concerned citizens – rather than government funding or annoying ads. Each contribution we receive means our small team can help win campaigns to advance Canadian innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness.

We believe in the voice of the people – that’s why we built a CATA 4.0 platform that is a 100% independent, crowd based and now being deployed to create changes they want to see.

Become a CanWIT Activator today by making a donation at the CATA Crowdfunding site! Go to: https://chuffed.org/project/cata-advocacy

Sincerely,

Fawn Annan, President and Group Publisher of IT World Canada/IDG Canada
Cindy Gordon, CEO & Founder, SalesChoice
Co Chairs, Sara Kirke Caucus

Ps How To Make Your Crowdfunding Donation: ( go to: https://chuffed.org/project/cata-advocacy and pick a Perk or click Donate Now, and enter one-off or monthly amount. You will then enter payment details). Thanks for tipping Chuffed.org (optional).

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The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

 

Innovation Dens at EPIC 2019, Excellence in Prevention & Investigation of Cybercrime Summit (Nov 5/6,Calgary, Alberta)

Innovation Dens at EPIC 2019, Excellence in Prevention & Investigation of Cybercrime Summit (Nov 5/6,Calgary, Alberta) from CATAAlliance on Vimeo, the Public Safety & Security Channel

CATA TECHNOW joins Deputy North Bay Chief, Tod Scott for a 3 minute discussion of the benefits of the Innovation Dens, an integral part of EPIC 2019 – Excellence in Prevention and Investigatin of Cybercrme Summit (November 5 – 6 2019 Calgary – Alberta)

The Innovation Den program provides police cybercrime experts a unique opportunity to interact with leading industry solution providers who will engage with you in either a demonstration or focus group type discussion.

Each session will be precisely 25 – 45 minutes in length (depending on sponsorship level) and allow for demos, Audio/Visual presentations, and Q&A. Instead of the standard Tradeshow Floor, the Innovation Den is the Summit’s principle offering to its Sponsors and as such is a critical aspect of the entire 2-day Summit.

You will be in the company of approximately 20 of your peers. You will occupy a U-shaped table in a spacious, comfortable meeting space offering continually-serviced refreshments throughout the day.

Read all about it at: cata.ca/epic2019/innovation-den-guide/

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 10, 2019

Overcoming Gender Bias – Careers for Women in Cybersecurity

Overcoming Gender Bias- Careers in Cybersecurity from CATAAlliance on Vimeo‘s ‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity

CATA TECHNOW,  joins Willis CyberSecurity Academy & Partners (National Defence, Calian & Veteran Friendly Transition Program)  in a 3 minute video offering insights into career opportunities for women in the cybersecurity industry.

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CanWITAbout CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

How We Can Create More Sara Kirke Women Entrepreneur Stories: Suzanne Grant, EiR CanWIT (Women in Tech)

How We Can Create More Sara Kirke Women Entrepreneur Stories: Suzanne Grant, Eir CanWIT (Women in Tech) from CATAAlliance on Vimeo, ‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity

Join CATA CEO, John Reid, on CATA TECH NOW for a 4 minute interview with Suzanne Grant, CEO -Success Insights “Shepreneur to Watch 2019”, WISE 50 Over 50 & Evolocity Female Founder Awards receipient and WiR, CATA CanWIT (Women in Tech) to discuss how today we can create new Sara Kirke stories.

Read all about Lady Sara Kirke: https://cata.ca/2019/sara-kirke-declaration/

CanWITAbout CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

June 9, 2019

Suzanne Grant, EiR, CanWIT (Women in Tech) Talks About Meeting Big Challenges & Strengthening Eco-Systems on CATA TECHNOW

Suzanne Grant, EiR, CanWIT (Women in Tech) Talks About Meeting Big Challenges & Strengthening Eco-Systems on CATA TECHNOW from CATAAlliance on Vimeo‘s ‘Sara Kirke’ Channel for Mentorship, Career Advancement & Diversity

CanWIT (Women in Tech), a division of CATAAlliance recently announced that Suzanne Grant, CEO – Success Insights “Shepreneur to Watch 2109”, WISE 50 over 50 and Evolocity Female Founder Awards recipient is on board as an EiR (Executive in Residence) to help advance advocacy for women in tech.

CATA TECHNOW joins Suzanne at Techopia as she shares advice in this 4 minute video for meeting big challenges and how Ottawa can further strengthen its eco-system to support entrepreneurship.

Read Morecata.ca/2019/eic-canwit/

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About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 8, 2019

CanWIT (Women in Tech) Takes on a New Executive in Residence to Help Drive ‘Sara Kirke’ Agenda

Ottawa, ON...CanWIT (Women in Tech), a division of CATAAlliance, announced today that Suzanne Grant,  CEO – Success Insights “Shepreneur to Watch 2109”, WISE 50 over 50 and Evolocity Female Founder Awards recipient is on board as an EiR (Executive in Residence) to help advance advocacy for women in tech.

CATA CanWIT recently announced the formation of a powerful ‘Sara Kirke’ Women in Tech Caucus, comprising the past winners of the Sara Kirke Award for women entrepreneurship and other award winner women leaders in tech entrepreneurship.

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Ms. Grant said, “Advocating for women in business is part of my DNA . The Sara Kirke Declaration for Diversity and Women-led Enterprises is a mandate I live and support daily. I am committed to moving the women in business success story from the exception to celebrating the exceptional.”

Join Suzanne on CATA TECHNOW for a 4 minutes video interview on ” Meeting Big Challenges.”

Sara Kirke Caucus Co Chair, Cindy Gordon, winner of the AI Leader of the Year Award (2019) and Founder & CEO, SalesChoice concluded, “ Suzanne brings 13 years CEO experience at bootstrapped and equity financed companies, and has built startup and growth projects ranging from inception to profitability. Her background spans creative and strategic communications, digital publishing, innovative medical technology commercialization, philanthropy, change making, social movements, and Canadian military engineering. It’s a perfect fit for the CanWIT mission and mandate and our new ‘Sara Kirke’ initiatives.”

Susan Grant, EiR, CanWIT

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About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.

June 7, 2019

Sara Kirke Political Caucus Announced at the CATA Gala: Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada

Sara Kirke Political Caucus Announced at the CATA Gala: Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada from CATAAlliance on Vimeo.

Join CATA Innovation Gala Host MC, Paul Brent and 2108 Sara Kirke Award Winner, Fawn Annan, President & CMO, IT World Canada as they provide background to the Awards, announce the Sara Kirke Political Caucus, and the 2019 Sara Kirke Award Winner, Dr. Wendy Cukier.

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About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

June 6, 2019

Call for Community Support: 2nd Annual Rideau View Inspirational Golf Classic (Monday, Sept.16th) in support of mental health research, a CATA Healthcare Outreach

Dear Community members,

We are calling on you to participate in the 2nd Annual Rideau View Inspirational Golf Classic on Monday, September 16th in support of mental health research.

This year’s event  honours the memory of one of our own – local high tech entrepreneur, Antoine Paquin, who died by suicide in May 2017.

For those of you who knew Antoine, he was many things to many people. He was a brilliant and confident high tech entrepreneur; an academic; a musician; an athlete; a leader; a loyal friend; a loving father; a devoted family man. And he was a fighter. Through many years, Antoine suffered silently with mental illness. In his last months, it made him vulnerable and quickly overshadowed the joys of his everyday life.

We urge you to lend your support to this event either as a participant, donor, or sponsor. To learn more about the Inspirational Golf Classic or to register, click here.

Please join us at Rideau View Golf Club for an enjoyable day in support of this worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

The Inspirational Golf Classic Committee
The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research
CATAAlliance

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

May 30, 2019

Georgia Cyber Center brings their $100M Cyber Success Story to Canada

Georgia Cyber Center brings their $100M Cyber Success Story to Canada

Toronto – Leadership from Georgia Cyber Center (GCC), Augusta University and state government will be in Ottawa and Waterloo June 5-7th meeting with government, industry and academia discussing the recent launch of the $100M cyber institute and exploring ways to collaborate with Canadian leaders going forward.

“What we saw when we were in Augusta in March of this year was beyond impressive” says Katherine Thompson, Principal with HFS Cyber and Chair of CATA Cyber. “Not only were they able to get the first two buildings built in less than two years, they were able to rally the support of industry, all levels of government, the defence sector and academia” adds Thompson.

During their time in Ottawa, they will be meeting with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security along with conducting industry focus groups around the issues of skills and labour market development for cyber security, touring L-Spark in Kanata, attending a briefing from the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries and learning more about the National Capital Region’s Cyber Security Ecosystem at a reception at Pythian-Tehama offices.

“We are pleased to be hosting the Georgia Cyber Center at L-SPARK and Wesley Clover. We are looking forward to learning more about what is happening in Augusta as well as demonstrating the activity that is being generated around cybersecurity here in Ottawa. We know that this is an incredibly important area of focus for Ottawa so having CATA Cyber bring the world to our doorstep is both needed and appreciated,” says Leo Lax, Executive Managing Director of L-SPARK.

Then it’s off to Waterloo where they will be learning more about the growing (and global) buzz around Waterloo innovation from Waterloo Economic Development, Communitech, a tour of the new eSentire Head Office including new global Security Operations Centre (SOC) and meetings with faculties at the University of Waterloo.

Augusta, Georgia was recently voted one of the Top 10 Hubs for Cyber Security by CSO Magazine and the Georgia Cyber Center is poised to be a key component to their continued success going forward. “Both of the cities they are visiting have the potential to take their place on the global cyber security stage and my hope is these meetings are the beginning of a collaboration that will help them both get there” says Thompson.

Related: Excellence in the Prevention and Investigation of Cybercrimes (EPIC) Awards (2019), a CATA/CACP partnered outreach for nominations

Media Contact:  Katherine Thompson
Mobile: 647.202.0624

About CATAAlliance
Interact with your Innovation Peer Group Now (No Tech Firm Left Behind)
Op-In Groups: https://cata.ca/communities/

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group and ‘political party’ for Canada’s tech industry, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.

Support CATA Advocacy Today through Crowdfunding
10 Ways to Quickly Advance Agendas with CATAAlliance

Contact: CATAAlliance at email info@cata.ca, tel: 613-236-6550, website: www.cata.ca, tags: Innovation, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy

Cindy Gordon, AI Leader of the Year Award Winner (2019) speaks to AI & Women in Tech leadership at IMPACT AI

Cindy Gordon, AI Leader of the Year Award Winner speaks to AI & Women in Tech leadership at IMPACT AI from CATAAlliance on Vimeo.

CATA TECHNOW joins Dr. Cindy Gordon, Founder & CEO, SalesChoice, winner of the AI Leader of the Year Award (2019) and Co-Chair, CanWIT Sara Kirke Women in Tech caucus on Facebook Live for her two minute perspective on the why the AI Award is important. Cindy cites three keys: the importance of leadership behaviour and role models, a responsibility to share knowledge widely and the imperative to advocate for STEM and diversity. Cindy concludes with the Sara Kirke Women in Tech go forward rallying cry, with commercialization as one of the focus points.

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About CanWIT (Women in Tech)

Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3307815/

CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.

CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.

Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.