CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities March 1 2011
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CATAAlliance Announces Additional Recommendations for Innovation Nation and Economic Stimulus

CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high-tech trade association, is pleased to announce additional recommendations to Section 4 of its Innovation Nation platform. Approved by CATA's Governing Council, the recommendations focus on recognizing the importance of continued government support and investment to successful R&D and commercialization programs already in place across the country.

"While we seek to improve the current economic landscape by challenging the government to provide much needed investment into new programs, we also need to emphasize the continued support necessary to maintain federally funded labs and programs that have a successful track-record," says CATA CEO and President, John Reid. "Our high tech leaders are committed to keeping Canada at the forefront of job creation, exports and innovation, and these recommendations seek to fulfill those commitments."

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Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

Humanled Inc: new CATA member: Advanced Security, Public Safety & Innovation:
HumanLed Inc. focuses on developing and instituting solutions that are driven by business needs and human-interaction and address key areas for success which include methodology and approach, documentation, training, success measurement and continuous improvement.

Western Union Company New CATA member: Innovation Nation leadership:
Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders.

The Impact Group: new CATA member: Research, Innovation Nation leadership & i-Canada:
The Impact Group helps organizations concerned with science, technology, and innovation perform in today's knowledge economy. The Impact Group and its sister companies RE$EARCH MONEY and RE$EARCH Infosource, which includes the The Innovation Atlas of Canada, provide a full range of integrated consulting services to companies, government agencies, higher education, and non-profit institutions.

ING DIRECT Canada: new CATA member: new CATA sponsor: Innovation Nation Leadership & i-CANADA:
ING DIRECT is Canada's lead bank with over 1.7 million Clients and more than $29 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges, and low rates on mortgages. Low cost, index based mutual funds are sold through ING DIRECT Funds Limited. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997.

Become a Member today!

CATAAtlantic is a new regional division of CATAAlliance serving Atlantic Canada's advanced technology sectors.

CATAAtlantic News:

Premier of New Brunswick and Mayor of Fredericton to Provide Leadership for i-Canada, the New Canadian "Intelligent Communities" Program :
Premier David Alward has agreed to Chair the Governors' Council of i-CANADA, working with other Provincial Premiers, business leaders, and community stakeholders across the country in developing i-Canada, the "Intelligent Nation." Premier Alward signed the leadership agreement with Bill Hutchison, Chair, i-CANADA, at a ceremony in Toronto. Also present at the signing were Barry Gander, Executive Vice President, CATA, and Gary Stairs, Principal of Stellar Learning Strategies, and CATAAtlantic Ambassador.

CanWIT forms newest chapter :
CanWIT, a Division of CATAAlliance, has launched an Atlantic Chapter: To get involved in the executive planning committee, please contact Emily Boucher, Director of Communications, CanWIT, at

CATA Supply Chain Opportunities:

Call for Expressions of Interest in launching a Private Concierge Medical/Wellness Center in Canada:
As part of a Medical, Financial, Architect and Specialty team, CATAAlliance wishes to identify Canadian organizations with an interest in participating in the launch of a Private Concierge Medical/Wellness Center. Currently, two Centers are planned in Canada for 2011.
Respond by: ASAP.

CATA News and Events:

Nominations for 2011 CATAAlliance Innovation Awards remain open until March 15th - Nominate today!:
The CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards are the most prestigious annual awards conferred on individuals and corporations by Canada's advanced technology community. They are presented in recognition of exceptional contributions made to the creation of science and technology-based industrial strength in Canada. Criteria for each award is explained as part of the category description in the Nomination Guide.

IBM Supports i-CANADA Program to Help Build Intelligent Communities:
i-CANADA and IBM Canada are announcing today that IBM is becoming a Diamond Sponsor of the i-CANADA program, designed to spur the development of Intelligent Communities across the country.

Usage-based billing opens up a much larger debate about public broadband: i-Canada Chair, Bill Hutchison speaks out
The very serious debate about usage based billing on the Internet cannot be resolved by a mere “yes or no”. It is part of a larger issue around investment and who should be investing. Notwithstanding claims to the contrary by some in Canada, anyone who travels internationally, or reads credible international evaluations knows that Canada is well behind other countries when it comes to our global position with respect to the performance and related cost of public broadband in Canada.

The Importance of Effective Tax Based Support for Innovation—SR&ED Engagement Campaign: Act Today
We have prepared an Open Letter regarding the importance of effective tax based support for innovation to The Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, The Hon. Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, The Hon. Tony Clement, Minister of Industry; and The Hon. Dr. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Tom Jenkins, Chair, Expert Panel Review of Federal Government's Research and Development Support for Private Sector Innovation.

CATA and Microsoft: The Future of Productivity Virtual Summit:
An Invitation to join CATAAlliance & Microsoft Canada on-line on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 for 'The Future of Productivity' Virtual Summit!: Special Keynote, Dr. Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist - MIT Sloan School of Management

Are you interested in Critical First Responder Research & Business Insight? Get access to expert presentations :
We are now making the expert presentations from the CATA 3rd Annual VOF Forum (September 2010 in Halifax) available to interested parties. If your organization plans to market to, or needs information on this First Responder opportunity, the CATA documents could be part of your "success map."

CanWIT Ottawa Chapter Presents - Setting Yourself Up For Success Series:
The Portable You: How to Get and Keep Doing the Work You Want: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Invitation to the Alumni Breakfast Speaker Series:
François Julien, Dean, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and John Reid, President, CATAAlliance invite you to join us for a thought leadership discussion March 8, 2011 with Don Smith, 2010 Ottawa Business Journal CEO of the year, and Former CEO of Mitel.

Supplying Municipalities with "Ultra Broadband" through Data Utilities:
A Teleforum on how Municipalities can supply super-networks through Data Utilities, with William (Bill) Hutchison Chair, i-Canada; Paul West, Rhyzome Networks; and Adrian Ma, Alcatel Lucent. March 9, 2011, 11:00am – noon, EST. Pre Register Today, space is limited.

CanWIT Toronto Networking Event:
Don’t miss out on this opportunity for some informal Networking! Bring a friend or meet a friend. Tuesday, March 8th, 2011, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Granite Brewery & Restaurant, 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON Register Today.

Innovation Nation Gets Boost: Peter Bowie, New Executive in Residence, to Help Advance Agenda:
Please review the resume of Peter Bowie, former CEO and Senior Partner Deloitte China who is joining the CATA Team as an Executive in Residence and National spokesperson. Mr. Bowie’s immediate focus will be on Innovation Nation issues in the areas of international competitiveness and those actions needed to facilitate and encourage the international success of Canadian high tech enterprises.

Creating 1 million acts of Innovation
Please join us for the next meeting of the One Million Acts of Innovation movement on March 23rd as senior leaders, professors and students are invited to collaborate and strengthen the partnership between business and academia towards increasing Canada's innovation capacity. Date: March 23, 2011 Time: 8am-11am Location: Miller Thomson, 40 King Street West, Suite 5800,(Scotiabank Tower)

CATA research repository:

Critical First Responder Research & Business Insight
If your organization plans to market to, or needs information on, this First Responder opportunity, the CATA documents could be part of your "success map."

CATA in the News:

Ottawa to reverse CRTC Internet billing decision
OTTAWA-- A controversial CRTC decision that effectively imposed usage-based Internet billing on small service providers will be reversed, the Toronto Star has learned. CATA Comments...
By: Richard J. Brennan: Toronto Star


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