July 5, 2019

John Reid CEO CATAAlliance

John was 69 years old and died June 24 while on holiday in Geiranger, Norway with his wife of 30 years, Carol Beere. He died suddenly and unexpectedly.

John was the driving force behind CATA for 32 years, joining the organization in 1987 and helping it to grow and prosper. Under his leadership he made CATA one of the strongest voices for Canada’s high tech industry.

Many tributes have already been written about John:

Canadian tech community mourns loss of John Reid, the tech sector’s tireless advocate: Alex Coop, IT World Canada
Carleton mourns loss of John Reid: Carleton Newsroom
Obituary: Remembering John Reid, a lobbyist with a mission: James Bagnall, The Ottawa Citizen
Canadian tech community mourns loss of CATA’s John Reid: David Sali, Ottawa Business Journal
Canada’s tech industry loses champion John Reid: Judy Trinh, CBC News
Obituary: Pioneer, visionary and promoter of Silicon Valley North, John Reid: Christopher Guly, Cartt.ca

Video tributes were recently made by Sir Terry Matthews, long-time CATA supporter and serial tech entrepreneur as well as Michael Tremblay, CEO of Invest Ottawa.