CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities May 11 2011
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Technology Futures! -- 26th Annual CATA Innovation and Leadership Awards Gala Dinner May 18, 2011

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. It has become one of the most eagerly awaited events in Canada's business calendar. The 26th Annual Gala celebrates the best-of-the-best award-winners across the spectrum of advanced technology areas.

This year's theme is "Technology Futures!"
You'll hear perspectives from an Executive Panel of keynotes who will help you gain industry insights for charting the future for your organization.

May 18, 2011

Conference Room (fourth floor),
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa,
Demarais Building, 55 Laurier St. E,
Ottawa ON
Dress is business attire.

5:15pm - 6:00pm: Gala Reception
6:00pm - 9:00pm: Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony

Only limited ticket available. See full details

Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

General Dynamics Canada: new CATA member: Public Safety, Security, Interoperability and Innovation Nation leadership
General Dynamics Canada provides technology-based electronic systems, systems integration, and in–service support to defence organizations and public security markets in Canada and abroad. As Canada’s largest and most established defence systems integrator we have the capacity to take on multi-year projects of strategic national significance, scope and scale, and deliver cost-effective, mission-critical systems.

Airwave Solutions: new CATA International member: Public Safety, Security, Interoperability & Innovation leadership
Airwave provides high quality critical voice and data communications to organisations that provide vital services to the public – the emergency services, local authorities, health, utilities, and transport. Airwave owns and operates the Airwave TETRA network that allows emergency service personnel to communicate seamlessly on one national network. It is secure, reliable and covers the entire UK population and is the biggest public safety radio network in the world. UK-based Airwave provides consultancy, training and technology solutions for emergency services around the world.

FutureShield: new CATA International member:
CATAAlliance is pleased to announce FutureShield as its most recent member. FutureShield Inc is a software solution provider for security, emergency management and critical infrastructure protection, helping visionary customers find the right applications for their projects. With the ability to offer an holistic approach to their needs, FutureShield offers end-to-end solutions that will help them achieve their goals in the area of preparation, mitigation, response and recovery. Applications are chosen for their ability to integrate effectively with current solutions, so that optimal performance, quality and value will be achieved in the final results.

YOUMANO: new CATA member: Innovation Nation leadership
We are very pleased to announce that UMANO has joined the growing ranks of new CATA members, supportive of the industry's Innovation Nation Campaign and utilizing CATA Resources to help grow their business.

Become a Member today!

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

Upcoming News and Events in Atlantic Canada:

4th Annual SEUS-CP conference: The 4th Annual SEUS-CP conference will take place in Fredericton on June 12-14, 2011 for over 200 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders. These conferences are a great opportunity to build linkages with key international leaders. In addition to the Annual Joint Meeting of the Governors and Premiers or their designees as part of a Head of Delegation program, a Trade Mission as part of a robust Business Delegation program.

Stellar Mobile vaults ahead thanks to German IT contract:
CATAAtlantic member, startup Stellar Mobile Experience, has landed a star of a contract. The Fredericton technology company will now produce all mobile platforms for its German partner, Heidelberg mobil International Gmbh.

Innovacorp presents Business Over Breakfast: Women in Technology:
Our preeminent lineup of women will share their experiences, successes and challenges in the technology industry. Hear their lessons learned and get advice for your career and business. Moderator - Shelley Hessian, Manager of Entrepreneur Programs, Innovacorp-- Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 8:45 am - 10:00 am. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.Please RSVP to Samantha Mosley at by Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

CATA News and Events:

Input sought of CATA membership on the cost firms incur when using the SR&ED Program: Innovation Nation Advocacy:
The Government of Canada has set up an independent expert panel to undertake the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development (R&D).The questionnaire assumes a relatively hands-on knowledge of how your firm develops its claims and your experiences with the CRA. For input to be effective, we suggest that the individual or individuals in your firms who are most knowledgeable of current experiences with the SR&ED Program complete the questionnaire.

Innovation Nation Gets Boost: New Executive in Residence to Help Advance Agenda: Ron Van Holst:
Please review the resume of Ron Van Holst, principal consultant at High Performance Computing Insights Canada who is joining the CATA Team as an Executive in Residence. Mr. Van Holst’s immediate focus will be research into Canadian commercial adoption of High Performance Computing technology as a driver for competitiveness and innovation.

Innovation Nation Leadership in Advanced Security, Public Safety & Interoperability: Tri-Services Tech Capability Assessment (TTCA) Launched by New Tri-Services Steering Committee: Engage today:
CATAAlliance launched a major research project and community initiative today aimed at identifying how broadly and effectively First Responders (i.e., Police, Fire & EMS) are using existing technologies to carry out their mandates, including the identification of First Responder near and mid-term technology needs.

Helix Commerce: Innovation Conference:
Intelligent Canada: Creating a Smarter and More Collaborative Nation. If you are looking to engage with leading thinkers in industry innovation, join us at Intelligent Canada: Creating a Smarter and More Collaborative Nation this June 1st. We hope to see you at this exciting event! CATA members discounted pricing available. To register, or for more information, please click the following link:

Mayor Tony Van Bynen Joins i-Canada's Council of Governors
Mayor Tony Van Bynen has accepted an invitation to join the i-Canada Council of Governors - a group of influential municipal, provincial and national leaders setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy through the use of high speed ultra fast networks. Chaired by Premier David Alward of New Brunswick, this group includes the Chair of i-Canada, Mr. Bill Hutchison (also Chair of the Toronto Waterfront Re-Development Foundation).

CanWIT Spring 2011 Newsletter
It was a very busy winter for CanWIT, and looks as though spring will keep it that way. Our Executive Director, Joanne Stanley, dedicated much of her time during the winter months to obtaining funding from Status of Women Canada for an exciting e-Mentorship program initiative; be sure to check out details below on this exciting achievement!

Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson Joins i-Canada’s Council of Governors:
STRATFORD, ON – Mayor Dan Mathieson has accepted an invitation to join the i-Canada Council of Governors. i-CANADA is an initiative to raise Canada to Intelligent Nation status by stimulating the development of smart communities across the country. Its Council of Governors is an influential group of municipal, provincial, corporate and national leaders setting the vision and direction for boosting the Canadian economy by building on a foundation of the most advanced information technologies and broadband communications. Chaired by Premier David Alward of New Brunswick, this group includes the Chair of i-Canada, Mr. Bill Hutchison (also Chair of Waterfront Toronto’s i-Waterfront Advisory Council), and Barry Gander, EVP of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Plugs into Waterloo Region :
You’re smart. You’re committed. You're passionate. And you have a career in advanced technology in Waterloo Region. CanWIT's Canadian Women in Technology, in Waterloo Region, wants to support you! Join us on May 12 at 5:30pm at the Tannery Event Center for an evening welcoming the Canadian Women in Technology Alliance to Waterloo.

The Forgotten Dimensions of Success and Failure of Projects: Complete the Survey Today
PRO5, a research group whose team members are students of graduate studies in Project Management at the Université du Québec, are conducting research on "The Forgotten Dimensions of Success and Failure." While the survey should only take a few minutes of your time to complete, the data collected will yield rich results in support of project management research, and will be shared with the participants.

Brenda Halloran, Mayor of Waterloo Adds Positive i-CANADA Comments on CATA Social Network
The City of Waterloo has the great honour of being named the Intelligent Community for 2007. As Mayor of Waterloo, I am extremely supportive of the i-CANADA initiative and wholeheartedly endorse the great visionary work of Bill Hutchison and all of you, who are determined to make Canada a leader as an Innovation Nation. I am currently the Chair of the Intelligent Communities Association and look forward to working together with all our Intelligent Communities, to create a strategy linking like minded communities. We have so much to be proud of as Intelligent Canadian Communities. Congratulations to Windsor and Stratford for being named in the Top 7. I look forward to cheering you on at the ICF conference in June.

ING DIRECT CEO Joins i-CANADA Council of Governors; ET Group Partner Jim Gragtmans Joins Advisory Council: Program to spur intelligent communities gains support from banking, media sectors :
Bill Hutchison, Chair of the program to speed the development of Intelligent Communities across Canada, has announced two new additions to the i-CANADA team: Peter Aceto, President and CEO of ING DIRECT Canada, who joins the Council of Governors, and Jim Gragtmans, Partner with ET Group, who joins the Board of Advisors.

CanWIT BC Breakfast Club presents :
Join us for a breakfast seminar on business etiquette featuring the expert, Carey McBeth. Carey is Vancouver’s leading etiquette and protocol trainer and is dedicated to helping individuals increase their professionalism, improve their people skills, and enhance their personal brand. Since graduating from The Protocol School of Washington® in 2002, Carey has provided training programs, keynotes and executive coaching to Fortune 500 companies, universities and international conferences. She currently delivers business etiquette training programs at SFU Beedie School of Business and UBC Sauder School of Business.

CATA and Accretive Advisor: an evening with one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People: Confirm your participation today:
An Invitation to Join CATAAlliance & Accretive Advisor as our Guest for an evening with one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Canada on Monday, May 16th (Toronto) and Tuesday, June 14th (Vancouver) Special Keynote, Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, Harvard Professor

Nominations for the GTEC Distinction Awards 2011 are being accepted!:
We are calling on you to nominate candidates for the GTEC Distinction Awards Program. It is a truly unique opportunity to recognize and reward those public sector individuals and teams, who through their leadership achieve excellence in the implementation of IT in government.

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."

The Advanced Security in Canada – Industry Profile: 2010 to 2012 (also available in French) contains a detailed analysis of this fast growth, new market. The report will be interesting to those who work in the security domain – both as vendors and users –, and more particularly computer industry, business service providers, governments, universities who are interested in understanding the opportunities presented by this new, high-growth platform.

CATA in the News:

RIM’s "rejuvenation" of Ottawa’s tech scene: CATA Comments
Should the PlayBook succeed, it will bring jobs to a cluster of local firms. The ghost of Nortel still follows Blair Patacairk around when he talks about Ottawa’s tech sector in the United States and other international markets....
By: Elizabeth Howell, Ottawa Business Journal

Why CATAAlliance is pushing for a Chief Marketing Officer for Canada: Digital trade walls could impact IT services, CBOC says
A new Conference Board of Canada report argues that the federal government needs to lift the restrictions on data flow, services, people movement and technology investment. Plus, why CATAAlliance is pushing for a Chief Marketing Officer for Canada. By: Rafael Ruffolo: ComputerWorld Canada


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