Public Safety & Advanced Security Update: Kevin Wennekes, VP of Research Outlines Activities and Opportunities
May 31, 2012


Recording & Briefing Notes Now Available - Public Safety Perspectives Monthly Webcast: Featuring First Responder LTE Testbed

Re:  May 31 @ 1 PM EST for a webcast to discuss the development of a First Responder LTE testbed currently under development in Ottawa.


Again co-hosted by Steve Palmer, Executive Director of the CPRC and I, join Division Chief Michael Sullivan, Ottawa Fire and CAFC representative on CITIG board; Claude Bélisle, Vice President Satellite Communications and Radio Propagation of the Communications Research Centre; Barry Gander, Chair of the Networked Vehicle Association (NVA); and Rick Turner, Account Director–Strategic Industries, Alcatel-Lucent, as they discuss the development of a First Responder LTE testbed currently under development in Ottawa.


The First Responder Test-Bed is a corridor of some 20 kilometers in length, running along roadways in the Kanata area of Ottawa and open for the participation of all vendors and First Responder organizations, as this partnership has been formed in order to plug First Responders into the facilities of the major research organizations of the public and private sectors.


Always free for all CATA members, research subscribers, and Emergency Responders:


New Zealand-Canada Public Safety & Defence Forum – June 11

In collaboration with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the New Zealand High Commission, the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, and CFN Consultants, CATA is hosting a unique public safety information and networking event in Ottawa on June 11.


The New Zealand government is facilitating the visit of a group of approximately 30 representatives from 25 different organizations to North America where they will be taking part in a series of information sessions, networking events, and one-on-one matchmaking sessions with prospective new clients and/or potential business-to-business collaboration opportunities.


With speakers from noted public safety organizations such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Greater Toronto Airport Authority, National Search and Rescue Secretariat, City of Ottawa Emergency Management, Department of National Defence, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and including presentations by international trade and investment experts, Canadian industry executives are invited to attend to benefit from the competitive insights being shared and explore the potential B2B and supply chain opportunities that exist among the visiting New Zealand delegates. A unique ‘Speed Networking’ session and formal VIP reception also planned.


Seating is limited – register your interest now:


5th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum – Minister Goodyear Confirmed Keynote

I am very pleased to confirm that the Honourable Minister of State Gary Goodyear will be providing the opening keynote for our 5th Annual VOF.


We’re still putting the final agenda together but already share a very impressive line-up with confirmed speakers including: Michael Doucet, Chief Information Officer, Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Lance Valcour, Executive Director, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group; Chief Mario Harel, Gatineau Police; Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan, Ottawa Fire; Chief Michael Nolan, President Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada; and Deputy Chief Bill Moore, Halifax Regional Police, to name only a few.


Welcome to our newest Silver SponsorCassidian Communications! There are now only a handful of unique “Dragon’s Den” Boardrooms remaining – sponsor now to obtain one.


For more details including registration process, current agenda, and sponsorship, please visit:


National Capital Security Partners' Forum – National vs. Corporate Security

CATA is pleased to be a sponsor of the inaugural event of the National Security Lecture Series, hosted by the National Capital Security Partners' Forum.


For those of you who could not get tickets to tonight’s sold-out CATA Gala Awards, this would be a great event to consider filling the gaping maw in your calendar: A panel discussion on National Security versus Corporate Security;

What the Two Can Learn From Each Other.


Panel members include: Major - General Doug Dempster (Ret'd)-Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa & Former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management & Former Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army; Mivil Deschenes, CD-Chief Security Officer RioTinto & Former  VP CSO Alcan & LCol (Ret'd) Military Police; Mike Howard - Chief Security Officer Microsoft Corporation & Former Section Chief of Station Central Intelligence Agency; Moderator Lynn Mattice - Managing Director, Mattice and Assoc., Senior Fellow at George Washington University; Jeffrey Miller - VP and Chief Security Officer National Football League (NFL) & former Commissioner Pennsylvania State Police; and Julie Myers Wood - CEO at ICS Consulting, Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security at DHS-ICE, Former Special Assistant to the President at Executive Office of the President, The White House.


Register here:


The Sixth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop

The Sixth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop aims to again bring together a broad base of public safety and emergency management practitioners to develop a mutual understanding of the key voice and data interoperability issues facing today's public safety sector. With a focus on information exchange, topic-specific discussion and interactive break-outs, the Sixth national workshop aims to support and promote the transfer of best practices and experience, and the development of a more unified approach to public safety interoperability across the country, between nations and internationally.


Take place December 2-5 in Toronto. CATA will again be sponsoring a booth and as those in the know will attest, it’s always worth dropping by to say hello!


The Workshop sell out every year, so don’t delay in your registration.


Profile of the Month – Motorola Solutions

This month, we pay tribute to leadership executives at Motorola Solutions. Motorola has a been a long-standing CATA member and public champion of many of our public safety initiatives. They have been Sponsors of our annual Vendor Outreach Forums since our first one in Toronto back in 2008, were one of the first companies to lend their support and backing for the acquisition of the 700 MHz spectrum for public safety, and owner of the CATA Award for Public Safety Technology of the Year. And this is just the public profile, behind the scenes, many of the Motorola team have been instrumental in helping us shape our advocacy platforms, share advice with our executive team, and generally always assign executive representation at our public safety events, such as last week’s Governing a National Public Safety Broadband Network consultation our regular webcasts.


We apologize in advance for missing anyone on this list of notable Motorola talent as there have been so many of you involved, but please recognize, George Krausz, Suzanne Beyba, Derek Prada, Mike Barker, Al Ittner, and Rula Gogas as some of those with whom CATA has had the distinct pleasure of getting to know on a first name basis!


For those who think they know Motorola’s products and services, we encourage you to take a look at their full spectrum of products and service at this URL:



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