Public Safety, Advanced Security & Interoperability Updates from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, CATA's VP of Research.
January 17, 2012

Monthly Launch of Public Safety Webinars – January Features Steve Palmer

Join us Friday, January 20th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST for the first of a series of monthly Webinars featuring noted public safety leaders. The launch of the series features Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the Canadian Police Research Centre and points for discussion will include plans for the February launch of the First Responder Technology Roadmap. (No cost for members, annual research subscribers, or enlisted First Responders.)


See this link for more information:


5th Annual Vendor Outreach Forum – Ottawa

Takes place October 16 & 17th in Ottawa and certain to again sell-out. Welcome to our newest sponsor to confirm their Dragon’s Den opportunity, Litco Systems Inc. Did you notice that the Vancouver Forum presentations as provided by speakers including Les Fisher, Chief Operating Officer, British Columbia Ambulance Service,  Chief Jim Chu, Vancouver Police Department, Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle and Karen Fry, Deputy Chief, City of Surrey Fire Services, among many others, are available for download?


Click here for more information:


Women in Security Lecture Series  

The National Capital Security Partners Forum (NCSPF), ISSA Ottawa and WiDS are pleased to present Marene Allison as keynote speaker for our inaugural event in the Women in Security Lecture Series. This series will recognize the significant roles women are playing in the security industry and related communities. Marene’s insightful presentation is entitled"Malware, Bots, APTs… oh my".


The Canadian Women in Technology Network (CanWIT – a division of CATAAlliance) is a proud supporter of this event. Use the link below for more info on how to register:


First Responder Membership

Let me start off here by saying that CATA’s commitment to helping Canadian First Responders address their technology issues will always come with an open and free access policy for any individual emergency responder. CATA has never charged a Canadian Responder to access our relevant research, attend our Forums, or participate in our webinars. This will continue to be first and foremost our policy in working with you. That said, I have recently, and with some growing frequency, been asked how a responder can contribute in a more direct and financially meaningful fashion.


Being a membership-based non-profit organization, we definitely rely on the contributions from our members in order to be able to offer the research, advocacy, and educational services that we do.  Therefore, we are pleased to announce a very unique membership category allowing individual First Responders or Public Safety representatives an opportunity to support our mandate in these areas. The cost, a suggested $95 a year. Suggested because in fact, we would gladly accept any offering that our Responder stakeholders would consider bestowing upon us.


CATA’s commitment is to use all monies from these funds to help grow our breadth of public safety and security services and offerings. Perhaps these funds could help us conduct a second Forum each year, or conduct a research project that might otherwise be passed up due to a lack of funding, or allow us to act more holistically on a hot-button policy issue requiring immediate public awareness and support.


Again, whether you join or not, your level of access to our offerings as a First Responder will not change.


For those of you who make a contribution – regardless of the amount – we will establish a stand-alone recognition page on the CATA main site to recognize your membership status, and other unique benefits might include even earlier notice regarding free access to our research/events, be approached first to participate and/or lead our panels or webinars, and perhaps hold a special event for you alone.


If you are interested in supporting us this way, please send me an email and we’ll make it happen – with many great thanks for your support!

Profile of the Month

This month, say hello to Division Chief Michael Sullivan of the Ottawa Fire Service. This link provides a recent headshot and brief bio: For those of you who know him, I think you’ll agree that he is approachable, affable, and able (my own Triple A rating criteria) and with his leadership as the representative for the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) on the 700 MHz Broadband for Public Safety Advisory Panel (, this Country’s First Responders’ interests in this mission critical issue are being strongly advanced and well-protected. Naturally, his partners representing the police and EMS in this triumvirate are also core to their progress, but DC Sullivan is getting a special mention this month as he’s also my Ottawa VOF recruitment partner who will be responsible for helping secure the speakers and ‘investors’ for the Dragon’s Den portion of the event. Therefore, if you are a First Responder who is thinking you’d like to participate in this year’s Forum, please contact him directly. If you’re a vendor and would like to reach out and say hello, let me know and I’ll be glad to make the introduction!


Other Notes of Interest

·         CATA Membership keeps growing, but in this case, it’s represented by the healthy arrival November 30 of Lucille Weeden, to Cynthia Weeden of Futureshield! Congratulations Cynthia and thanks for helping create the next generation of CATA members!

·         Hearing the rumours about a new First Responder Buyers Group we’re creating? Keep your eyes peeled to these updates for more information and you might want to be sure you’re involved in next month’s Public Safety Webinar where this will be more fully revealed!

·         Lots of information on other initiatives coming soon, including more on the Technology Roadmap, Public Safety Data Interoperability, the Tri-Services technology Capability Assessment, and many others. Contact me for more information directly if you don’t want to wait for details.

·         Hope to see you at the CACP Informatics Workshop in Toronto on Feb-22 to Feb-24-2012. This year’s theme is Maximizing Technology Partnerships in Challenging Economic Times – see this link for more info:



Kevin Wennekes