CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities May 26 2011
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Fredericton Executive Attributes Success To "Winning in Steps"

Move on National, then International, stages, says Stellar Mobile's Gary Stairs

Being a finalist in a prestigious national technology competition helped pole-vault local technology company Stellar Mobile Experience onto the international stage, according to company principal Gary Stairs. Stellar Mobile Experience has just scored a major contract with a German firm. "Being considered for a national award helped us break into the international arena," said Gary Stairs, Principal at start-up Stellar Mobile Experience. "My advice to local technology companies is to prepare well at the regional level first, then join the national hub, then expand internationally."

Stellar Mobile was one of the top four contenders for the 2011 "Content and Application Mobility" award from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). "It was pretty scary to put yourself up against the best in Canada, in the country's largest high-tech association" acknowledged Mr. Stairs, "but the exposure can give you international consideration. Our technology is being considered by many European partners."

Related article:
Stellar Mobile vaults ahead thanks to German IT contract
by Polly Leger, Telegraph Journal

Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

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.

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:

Virtual Reality: The truth about Microsoft’s Interoperable Virtualization Stack:
Join Rick Clausfrom Microsoft for a demo intensive 90 minute session that builds a solution from scratch and gives you the skills to bring this technology into your organization or customer environments for a fraction of the cost of the competitors offerings. This session will cover the story of an organization looking to enhance their current infrastructure and virtualization solutions. June 6, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Location Delta Sydney Hotel.

Southeastern United States-Canadian Provinces Alliance: 4th Annual Conference :
Join more than 200 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders to enhance business relationships between our two regions. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is currently organizing a delegation of Nova Scotia companies and senior government officials to participate in the upcoming Southeastern United States--Canadian Provinces Alliance 4th Annual Conference from June 12 to 14, 2011.

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:

Scientific Research and Experimental Development SR&ED: Evolution and Opportunities: Russ Roberts, Sr VP, Tax and Finance: Calling on the community for feedback and guidance:
Please review Dr. Robert's Report to the CATA AGM and provide feedback and guidance, either by email to or through the CATA SR&ED Group on Linkedin (500 members).

26th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala Winners:
Ottawa, May 19, 2011...The winners of the CATAAlliance 26th Annual Innovation Awards were announced last Wednesday night at a sold out Gala Dinner, emceed by Paul Brent, host of CTV Ottawa's TechNow. For over two decades, the CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala has been celebrating the best in Canadian advanced technology from coast to coast.

Insights into Future Tech Trends: CATA Innovation Gala Executive Panel: Open Text, Redline Communications, Cisco Sytems Inc., IBM Canada, RBC Capital Markets:
In keeping with the theme of the Gala, a panel discussion of industry experts provided insight into the exciting realm of upcoming technology trends. Moderator, Paul Brent, CTV Host Tech Now engaged the Panel in lively discussions. The panel included: Patrick K. Horgan - Vice President, Manufacturing, Development and Operations, IBM Canada; Trina Alexson - Service Delivery Executive, Cisco Systems Inc.; Lynda Partner - Vice President, Marketing, Redline Communications; Lubor Ptacek - Vice President, Open Text; Craig Wright - Chief Economist, RBC Capital Markets. View the video of Panel members

The Art of Leadership: Register now:
Please join CATA, a partner with Knightsbridge, for on an inaugural one day conference on "The Art of Leadership." The event takes place on Monday, June 6th at the Toronto Convention Centre beginning at 9:00 am to 4:45 pm.

CATA and Accretive Advisor: an evening with one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People:
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 Tuesday, June 14th (Vancouver) Special Keynote, Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, Harvard Professor

Stellar Opening of CanWIT (a Division of CATAAlliance) in Kitchener-Waterloo: Mayor Halloran, among many community leaders get behind the Women in Tech mission:
A Note from the desk of Joanne Stanley, Executive Director, Women in Tech (WIT) on the opening of the Waterloo region Can WIT chapter.

4th Annual SEUS-CP conference: CATA CEO Leads Innovation Panel:
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 will match delegates from across the 13 Alliance jurisdictions in a B2B matchmaking program.

Help Shape our Internet and our future: Apply to join the Canadian Internet Registration Authority's (CIRA) Board of Directors:
Canada and Canadians must take a leadership role in the development of the Internet of the future to ensure it continues to be an open and accessible public resource. CIRA's Board of Directors has a unique role to play in setting policy and strategy to help CIRA continue to be a leading-edge organization that strives for excellence as the .CA registry and supports Canadians in building their online presence in the global digital economy.

Advanced Security, Public Safety & Interoperability Updates from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, CATA's VP of Research.
CATAAlliance VP Research gives his update on items such as Public Safety and Security Winners at last night’s CATA Gala Awards, the Tri-Services Technology Capability Assessment (TTCA), 4th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum and other programs in progress.

A Canadian Study on Embedded Systems: When intelligence flows through our material environment: Contact Us Today:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) has initiated a major research in the field of embedded systems, a market representing over $100 billion globally.

CATA First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum:
The Forum will take place on October 18 & 19 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver and will offer two unique conference tracks running concurrently. This fourth annual Vendor Outreach Forum (VOF) brings top Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies together with Canada’s First Responders and Public Safety and Security (PSS) community to help shape the future direction of industry R&D efforts and contribute to the development of a technology roadmap for First Responders nationwide.

Telfer Executive MBA Special Event "Experience Entrepreneurship :
Join us for a unique gathering that showcases entrepreneurs and innovators from the National Capital Region who have successfully achieved their business potential based upon the foundation of the Telfer Executive MBA. Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 5:30 p.m .

Get Hired! Guerilla Marketing for Job-Hunters 3.0:
John Reid, President, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), talks about “Guerrilla Marketing for Job-Hunters 3.0”, the newest version of the highly acclaimed Guerilla Job-Hunting series: "If you want a job today you’ve got to be a 'digital diamond': standing out for the online search engines that employers are using as tools of choice for finding the perfect candidate. The world has moved online. CATA itself has a social network of more than 500,000 leaders around the world, and we know the value of the online community. David Perry confirms that corporate human resource experts are now using the online networks as their primary means of recruiting. To get discovered, and to get hired, you need to be able to shine clearly amid the databases. David Perry will show you how to do this. Start now , using his recommended on-line strategies."

Reminder: Intelligent Canada: Creating a Smarter and More Collaborative Nation:
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:

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:

Réalisation d'une enquête canadienne sur les systèmes embarqués:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), an organization promoting the industry of advanced technology, will perform in the coming months, a survey on Canadian embedded systems, case studies and workshops involving suppliers and users of these systems....
By: Jean-François Ferland -- Direction Informatique


Ps A Note from the Desk of CATA CEO, John Reid, to all our email subscribers: Join the CATA Social Network on Linkedin:
CATA is now providing a number of social networking forums for executives to connect, inform and inspire others to individual and organizational success. In order to benefit and be first in line for critical updates, please join the CATAAlliance main social networking group (2400 current members) on Linkedin at:

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