"Setting the Gold Standard" - Technology and Educational Agenda for Growth
Ottawa, July 17, 2007 -- CATAAlliance announced that Samantha S. Sannella, President & CEO, the Design Exchange, with a vision to establish Canada as design leader worldwide, has endorsed the call for the adoption of the CATAAlliance Innovation Nation Platform, as a compelling model to improve Canada's competitiveness and prosperity.
Ms. Sannella joins a growing list of business and community leaders, including Terry Matthews, Chair of March Networks, Rod Bryden, President & CEO, Plasco Energy Group, Lionel Hurtubise, former CEO & Chair, Ericsson Canada Inc., Dennis Melnbardis, Lead Partner, Communications & High Tech, Canadian Practice, Accenture, Micheál J. Kelly, Dean of the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Rob Ashe, President & CEO, Cognos, the Hon. John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Mike S. Zafirovski, President & CEO, Nortel and Chris Fawcus, President & CEO, Aon Reed Stenhouse to call for the adoption of the Innovation Nation Platform.
"The award of national prosperity will go to those countries that lead the world in the design, development, production and distribution of goods and services," says Ms. Sannella, "These countries will attract and retain investment and talent. For nations to prosper they must become leading innovation nations; we all need to do our part to get there. Canada and the U.S. are natural business partners in the quest to respond to global competitive challenges and achieve gold performance standards."
Innovation Nation Core Planks
Among the core planks in Innovation Nation are developing a national brand for Canada based on regional advantages, creating an industrial strategy based on strategic approaches to government procurement and global supply chains, adopting best innovation tax credit (SR&ED) practices, removing trade barriers as part of responding to the flat world and attracting and training and retaining the best talent.
CATA is also looking for measures that would advance executive leadership and promote the adoption of high technology tools in government and the private sector.
John Reid, CATAAlliance President, concluded, "We are living through an economic revolution created by technology, global interdependence and increasingly open markets" adding, "Canada is already a leader in many business sectors. But to maintain and grow this leadership, we have to expand our markets and be the best in the world. We are calling on all Canadians to work with us to create the necessary entrepreneurship, innovation, risk taking, and public policies for the Innovation Nation."
Executives interested in assisting CATA with its Innovation Nation Campaign and/or who have recommendations to add should contact CATA President John Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-236-6550.
Please circulate the communiqué internally and also send to your business, media and community network of contacts as part of mobilization behind the Campaign.