“For Canada to prosper we must adopt a Competitive Innovation Nation mindset and culture. Let's set the gold standard."
Canada's lack of innovation, or a D Grade in Innovation Performance, among 16 advanced OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) economies, is leading to mediocre socio-economic performance compared to other developed countries.
The 2015 Startup Ecosystem Ranking (Compass) which ranks the top 20 startup ecosystems around the world places Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in the lower quadrant. The index is produced by ranking ecosystems along five major components: Performance, Funding, Talent, Market Reach, and Startup Experience.
To help address the above shortcomings, please read CATA's White Paper on Canada's Innovation and Technology leadership: Others do better. Can Canadian governments improve on our investments in innovation?
The mission of CATA’s Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign is to move Canada to 1st place or an A grade in Innovation and Competitiveness.
Our goal is to cultivate every advantage and eliminate every barrier to competitiveness, a goal that is vital to realize the improvements that will let Canada rank amongst the highest performers as an innovation based economy.
Developing a Competitive Innovation Nation, National Brand for Canada based on Regional Advantages;
Creating a new Strategy for industry that perceives and exploits parallel physical, digital and intangible value streams, linked to strategic approaches to the growth of our innovative businesses through effective commercialization of products and services, supply chains, exports, increased international mandates and government procurement;
Responding to the Flat World of global competition with the removal of trade barriers, provision of support to equal the playing field for Canadian competitors and investment in the infrastructure needed to preserve and expand market strength;
Leveraging the best practice aspects of Canada's SR&ED tax incentive program to create the environment that promotes the commercialization of our innovations and the growth of firms to their full potential;
Advancing measures to speed ICT adoption by the public and private sectors, particularly for small to mid sized (SME) businesses.
Fostering executive leadership, including a commitment to lifetime learning, Mentorship and Diversity;
Developing through Mentorship the IT capacity of women and encouraging women to join the technology market and enroll in technology-related studies;
Creating best practices for Public Safety and National Security with an eye to protecting privacy, including fostering the growth of the advanced security sector; and,
Attracting, retaining and training best talent;
As we receive direction from the community, recommendations are continuously updated and then communicated to decision makers as part of ongoing advocacy.
We actively encourage all of Canada's political leaders to better understand and embrace what it takes to create a knowledge based Canada.
And CATA gets results (e.g., Certificate 116, Crowdfunding adoption, Cloud First for Canada, Reversal of Reverse Auctions, Canadian Test Beds, Broadband for Public Safety, among other advocacy successes). Take a few minutes to hear about CATA's Advocacy Leaders, recognized by CEO John Reid at the 2016 Innovation Gala.
The system does respond if the issue is legitimate, well researched and documented and the timing and targets are well-chosen.
We are drawing on the community network of business and community leaders, to develop and implement the Platform, including:
Accomplished entrepreneurs with the vision, and tenacity to drive the knowledge-based economy
Smart investors who place confidence in these entrepreneurs
Valued customers who trust the ability of these companies to solve problems and satisfy needs
Strategic partners who provide advice and add value
Even if you're not able to provide financial support at this time, you can be an important contributor.Consider submitting a leadership video as part of adding to our advocacy targets. We can set up for the video through Google Hang Outs or you can create the video at your locale and then forward to us.
We have already developed a new Advocacy Leadership Channel with more than 400 Executive advocacy interviews.
Please post this Campaign page to your social networks and encourage your colleagues to support our work and share it with others.
Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting our Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign. We hope you'll join us starting today!
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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). Contact: CATA CEO, John Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org