CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities March 17 2011
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CATA Celebrates Innovation with Technology Futures! Innovation Gala

Planning is well underway for the 26th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala Dinner, May 18, 2011, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.

Highlights include:

Motorola Outstanding Product Achievement Award Recognizing Excellence in Public Safety Technology

The Ericsson Award for Outstanding Product Achievement Recognizing Excellence in the Content and Application Mobility Industry (MoCo) in Canada

The Peter Brojde Award for Canada's Next Generation Executive Leadership

The Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship recognizing outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership by a woman in technology

The CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards are the most prestigious annual awards conferred on individuals and corporations by Canada's advanced technology community. Criteria for these and all the awards are explained as part of the category description in the Nomination Guide.

Support and Celebrate Canadian Innovation!
For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact John Reid at
Limited seating is available to attend the Gala. For tickets and information contact Emily Boucher at

Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

FDM software: new CATA member: Advanced Security, Public Safety & Innovation:
With a team dedicated to public safety software, FDM has been implementing FDM RMS and/or FDM CAD for over 20 years at more than 120 client sites across North America, from single department to multi-jurisdictional/multi-service agencies. Implementation services for Client's Emergency Services include project management, application integration services, technical and end-user training and on-going support to ensure the final integrated solution meets client requirements.

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.

Become a Member today!

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:

CanWIT a Division of CATAAlliance, announces Status of Women Canada Funding for Mentorship:
CanWIT is pleased to announce a significant project with funding from Status of Women Canada to develop a national online mentoring program for women tech professionals. Minister Rona Ambrose made the announcement at an International Women's Day event in Ottawa on March 8th.

Join the 23rd annual PROFIT 200: Nominate Your Candidates Today:
Every year the PROFIT 100 turns successful entrepreneurs into the heroes of Canadian business. You can be one of them! Now in its 23rd year, the ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies is expanding to give full recognition to 200 of the nation's most entrepreneurial enterprises-which is why it has been renamed the PROFIT 200. Get on the ranking, and you'll join such notable alumni as Research in Motion, Globalive Communications and WestJet Airlines.

CATA Public Safety Updates: Advanced Security & Interoperability
Kevin Wennekes, CATA VP of Research, Outlines Updates on Activities for Comment, Guidance and Engagement for 2011.

Women and the Executive MBA
Are you interested in pursuing your Telfer Executive MBA? Attend a special networking event and information session featuring a moderated panel on "Women and the Executive MBA". Hear first-hand the benefits of the Telfer Executive MBA Program and the impact that it has had on these successful women's lives. March 22, 2011 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Western Union Business Solutions and CATA present: Surviving and Thriving in a Changing World:
Western Union Business Solutions & CATA are pleased to invite you to a free seminar April 7th, 2011. You should attend If you are an owner, CFO, a CEO, a controller, or treasury personnel of a tech company, interested in managing currency risk and turning foreign exchange into a key competitive advantage.

Supplying Municipalities with "Ultra Broadband" through Data Utilities: Recording Bundle Available Now! :
This exclusive CATA Teleforum Recording Bundle provides critical insights into how Municipalities can supply super-networks through Data Utilities. Municipalities today are searching for a way to obtain fast and affordable communications.

CIBC, OpenText Add Power to CanWIT Program for Gender Diversity -- Goal: Increase role of women in Finance, Information Technology
CIBC and OpenText have joined the leadership team of Canadian Women in Technology to increase the leadership involvement of women in IT in the financial and software sectors.

Insight Information Presents: Convergence And Competition: The New Reality
Convergence is here – but what impact will it have on the marketplace and on your organization within it? Find out by joining us at this event and hear from industry experts. March 28 – 29, 2011 at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto.

Canadian ICT Trade Mission U.S. Air Force August 2011:
The Canadian Consulate General/Atlanta is pleased to encourage Canadian ICT companies to participate in the annual U.S. Air Force (USAF) IT Conference & Expo. Aug 29- Aug. 31, 2011. This event has taken place for the past 25 years in Montgomery, Alabama, the home of Maxwell Air Force Base. Last year the booths sold out and there was a large waiting list of exhibitors.

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."


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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