CEO’s Question: How Can Canada Handle “The Biggest Transformation The World Has Ever Seen”?
April 19, 2007

Terry Matthews and the next generation of successful Canadian CEOs join
CTV's Paul Brent at 22nd Annual CATA Innovation Awards Gala

Ottawa, April 16, 2007 -- Sir Terrence Matthews and four of Canada's most successful young CEO's will give their views on whether Canada is capable of taking advantage of the coming boom in the high tech sector, according to the host of the CATAAlliance Innovation Gala Dinner, John Reid.

"Terry Matthews believes that we are right at the beginning of the biggest transformation in Information Technology that the world has ever seen," said Mr. Reid, President of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. "Yet there are signs that Canada, instead of being poised for take-off, is floundering: we have slipped to 11th place rather than sixth place in terms of technological readiness.

"The best people to give us the success formula are those who are exemplary successes. I asked my CATA Board to find the four 'next generation' Terry Matthews CEOs, and they did!"

Hosted by Paul Brent, of CTV's TECH NOW, the Gala Dinner panel consists of "success icons", states Mr. Reid.

Sir Terence Matthews

The inspiration is Sir Terry Matthews, Chairman of Wesley Clover and Chairman of Mitel and March Networks, two companies active in developing Internet Protocol (IP) systems for enterprise applications. Prior to joining March Networks, he served as CEO and Chairman of Newbridge Networks Corporation, a company he founded in 1986. Providing leadership and vision for 14 years, Terry helped Newbridge become a leader in the worldwide data networking industry. When France-based Alcatel acquired Newbridge in May 2000, the company employed more than 6,500 employees and recorded FY 1999 revenue of $1.8 billion.

Wayne Purboo

Wayne Purboo is CEO and Co-Founder of QuickPlay Media Inc., recognized as the Canadian New Media Company of the Year in 2006. Wayne is responsible for the overall management and execution of the company's mission to deliver rich media experiences to mobile device users. His extensive experience in the telecommunications industry comes from working with many of the largest and most innovative carriers around the globe. In his previous role, he was the Vice President of Strategy for Amdocs, a supplier of integrated customer management solutions to leading communications companies. Before that, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Solect Technology Group, which was acquired by Amdocs for $1.2 Billion (USD) in 1998.

Leila Boujnane

Leila Boujnane is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Idée Inc. Leila has been instrumental in making Idée the leader in visual search solutions for digital imaging. She is responsible for all aspects of the company's strategy and operations. Before founding Idée, Leila held positions in international organizations in the commercial and public sectors, including Algorithmics, Infinity Financial Technology and Bank of Montreal. She also founded a new media company and was a pioneer in the early development of multilingual web solutions. She is an active mentor for young women in technology, and belongs to CATA's Women in Technology program. She blogs at Hyperbio (, is an avid runner and a budding ultra distance marathoner.

Albert Lai

Albert Lai is a serial entrepreneur who sold his first internet company, the MyDesktop Network, for  7 digits in cash while still in his teens to JupiterMedia (JUPM). Being a relentless entrepreneur, Albert has been involved in founding, launching, or funding nearly a dozen technology companies. Most recently, Albert was the founder and CEO of BubbleShare, a company he sold to Kaboose (KAB) this year in a deal worth several million dollars at age 28. He has passion for seeking out "what's next," and co-founded the first DemoCamp series of "Unconferences" Albert enjoys spending time helping aspiring young entrepreneurs, and blogs about disruptive simplicity and other random thoughts at

Matthew Rapoport

Matthew Rapoport is CEO and Founder of Allaris Technology Solutions - a Toronto-based software company that has developed an affordable Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution for small and medium sized manufacturers. Prior to starting Allaris, Matthew was an Infrastructure Manager in Accenture's Global Architecture & Core Technologies group. In his 5 years with Accenture he gained valuable experience designing, building and implementing a variety of solutions for small and large businesses. Although his career has centered primarily on his technical abilities, Matthew's education was focused on business and he is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business.

Winners are "Prime Movers"

"The Gala event this year is a celebration of the fact that 'Information' itself has become the main event in business," said EVP Barry Gander. "When we started these dinners in 1985, a PC had a floppy drive and communicated over a phone coupler. Now, the value of almost everything we buy is determined by its information content -- and the people who provide the information services are the most important catalysts to economic growth. We are confident that at this Gala, we will be celebrating the people who are the prime movers of our economy."

The prestigious Innovation Awards Gala has become one of the most eagerly awaited events in Canada's business calendar. At the Awards evening, the Winners will be recognized for their innovation, expertise, and leadership in Canada's advanced technology community. Awards will be presented in the following areas:
  • Outstanding Product Achievement (ICT)
  • Outstanding Product Achievement (Nanotechnology)
  • Emerging Technology
  • Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting
  • Private Sector Innovation and/or Leadership in Advanced Technology
  • Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology
  • IT Strategic HR Management
  • Sara Kirke Award for Woman Entrepreneurship

The CATA Innovation Awards Gala Dinner is being held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa, on Tuesday, June 19th.
For more information and to register, contact:
Muriel Debroy, Project Manager, CATAAlliance,
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