CATA Connections: Your look at CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities
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Your look at CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities


POWERFUL NEW "CROWD FUNDING" MODEL FOR START-UPS -- Will Canada Keep Up with the U.S.? Will Next Generation Start-ups Get Their Financial Wings?

"The process of aggregating small amounts of money from a large number of people to accomplish great things" (Lee Barken, San Diego, CPA)

U.S House of Representatives has passed H.R., 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act as a new capital formation pathway

The Social Media paradigm is now extending to the funding of start-up companies, according to Canada's largest high-tech organization, and Canada is in danger of falling behind the U.S. in enabling small business to access capital.

"Today CATA has launched an advocacy Campaign to encourage provincial securities legislators to adopt approaches similar to the H.R. 2930 U.S. Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act," said CATAAlliance President John Reid.

Read the full details at:

Peter Andrews speaks on Crowd Funding

Peter Andrews, Regional Director, Corum Group Ltd. & Access to Capital Champion speaks to this issue in a recent CATAnet TV video interview. 

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++ Action Required: MP and Community Mobilization
Please send electronically and/or print out and fax the Access to Capital: The Crowd Funding Campaign communiqué and follow up with a phone call to your local MP (federal and provincial members), Mayors, media and network of contacts, inclusive of posting on your social media. In support of the communiqué, we are also providing support documentation upon request.   Please email with Access to Capital: the Crowd Funding Campaign in the subject line.

We will be sending shortly details of a TeleForum Conference Call to discuss the Campaign, provide updates and offer a Q&A with industry experts.

CATA News and Events:

January--Important Pre-budget Advocacy--Update, including SR&ED Alert: Russ Roberts, Senior Vice President, Tax and Finance, CATAAlliance:
CATAAlliance, under the leadership of John Reid, CEO of CATA; Russ Roberts, Senior Vice President, Tax and Finance; and member executives issued a white paper in early December 2011 to help promote a more informed dialogue on all of the various, often conflicted, proposals floating around about what should be done with the SR&ED Program and the recommendations of the Expert Panel led by Thomas Jenkins on how the federal government should make its investment in support of business.

Shared Services Canada (SSC) & the Federal Landscape: Updates & Q&A:
Monday, February 6th at 3 pm EST, As a follow-up to our inaugural Teleforum with Shared Services Canada executives, we created a Shared Services Canada (SSC) Forum for executives to access briefing materials, share information and provide guidance on matters relating to the mission, mandate and operations of Shared Services Canada (SSC) Register for this important Teleforum Today

27th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala Dinner:
May 30, 2012 at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa: Celebrate the best of Canadian innovation and see the world's most adopted technologies! For over two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala Dinner has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology. This year's theme is "Building an Intelligent Nation! i-CANADA" Vivek Kundra, the architect of the Obama Administration's Cloud First policy and accomplished technology leader with a track record of driving innovation, joins us as a special keynote speaker.

Maximizing Technology Partnerships in Challenging Economic Times:
CACP Informatics Workshop, February 22 - 24, 2012 at the The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, ON

2012 Sustainability Summit:
Wednesday February 15, 2012, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport. This one-day summit is designed to help organizations of any size to get started with the right steps that will accelerate their journey to success by incorporating sustainability thinking that will enhance their ability to compete and win in the global marketplace - now and in the future.

Public Safety Perspectives Webinar - Steve Palmer of Canadian Police Research Centre Recording Now Available: Register for Next Session led by Dan Elliot, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority: a First Responder Buyer Group :
The Public Safety Perspective Series is a continuation of CATA's "Bridging the Gap" campaign linking Canada's First Responder and Public Safety communities with the national and international vendors who seek to serve them. Registration for Next Session (February 29th at 1PM EST) Featuring Dan Elliot of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority with discussion of a First Responder Buyer Group

CATA in the news:

Ottawa entrepreneur develops museum apps: CATA Comments:
by Candice So, Centretown News: When Centretown entrepreneur Chris McLaren stepped into the Louvre in Paris, France, three summers ago, he was taking in its huge exhibitions and famous works of art...

The innovation challenge - and the misallocation of capital: CATA Comments:
by Barrie McKenna-Globe & Mail: Stephen Harper's Davos manifesto is the Throne Speech he never delivered at home. Better late than never. Best to know what's coming. It's now clear that innovation - or more precisely, the dearth of it - has rocketed to the top of the Harper government's agenda....
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Ps A Note from the Desk of CATA CEO, John Reid, to all our email subscribers: Join the CATA Social Network on Linkedin:
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