CATAAlliance is hosting a private luncheon with Industry Canada Minister Prentice on Jan. 30th in Ottawa, as part of advancing Innovation Nation.
January 03, 2008


Attn: CEO’s, Deans & Managing Directors

Re: Private Luncheon with Industry Canada Minister, Prentice

(January 30th at the Rideau Club in Ottawa)______________________________________________________________________

As part of advancing our Innovation Nation Platform, CATAAlliance is hosting a private luncheon with Industry Canada Minister Prentice on January 30th in Ottawa at the Rideau Club. If you have an interest in participating, as part of the CATA group carrying forward the messages relating to the challenges of growing a business in Canada, then please contact our offices to discuss how you can best be involved.

Context for the Meeting:

In many ways CATA is a political party, the party of the Canadian high tech industry. Our Innovation Nation Campaign is built from policy planks which will ensure success for Canada in the global economy. These include:

  • Developing a National Brand for Canada based on Regional Advantages;
  • Creating an Industrial Strategy for Canada, linked to strategic approaches to government procurement, commercialization, supply chains, outsourcing, exports, and increased international mandates;
  • 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;
  • Maintaining the best practice aspects of Canada's SR & ED tax incentive program;
  • Attracting, retaining and training best talent;
  • Fostering executive leadership for industry growth, including a commitment to lifetime learning;
  • Developing 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
  • Advancing measures to speed ICT adoption by the public and private sectors, particularly for small to mid sized (SME) businesses.

We have already confirmed a cross section of CEO’s, University Deans and Managing Directors to help advance the various policy planks.

In advance of the meeting with the Minister, and one of the benefits, are the briefing materials provided to his staff and related Ministries. Thus a one page of any special interests you have would be included in the briefings with officials prior to the meeting.

We will be supporting Executive participants with briefing materials. Barry Gander, CATA’s EVP is handling the communications and logistical aspects.

Yours sincerely,

John Reid, President, CATAAlliance