CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities September 14, 2011
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Opportunites to Participate in the i-CANADA initiative: Engage with us today in advancing innovation, competitiveness & quality of life in all Canadian Communities:

CATAAlliance regularly takes on a lead role in nation building initiatives, typically led by CATA Directors and subject area thought leaders. We also reach out to the community to mobilize support and seek guidance.

In that vein, we are calling on all Canadians to join with us in advancing i-CANADA a nation building initiative designed to move Canada to first place in innovation, competitiveness & quality of life.

Over the past several months we have worked with more than 1000 executives, including i-CANADA Governors, Premiers, Mayors, CEOs, expert advisors, and other supporters who are debating issues on the i-CANADA social network. Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the i-CANADA Vision and confirm your interest today.

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Welcome to New Members/Sponsors:

General Dynamics Joins CATA Alliance:
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is pleased to announce that General Dynamics Canada has become its newest corporate member. "General Dynamics Canada is an international leader in developing and implementing mission-critical secure communications and information systems. as well as producing mobile-rugged computing products." says CATA President John Reid. "We are honoured that one of the world's most innovative companies has turned to CATAAlliance to continue building relationships. find partners and collaborate with other companies working in the public safety and first responder marketplace."

Become a Member today!

CATA News and Events:

CanWIT Ottawa Chapter Presents: CIO or CTO? The Path to Next Generation Technology Leadership :
Whether you're aspiring to the role of CIO, responsible for ensuring an organization's IT investments align with the company's business strategy or that of CTO, designing and recommending the proper technology solutions to deliver on the IT strategy you won't want to miss this session's kickoff. Thursday, September 22, 2011

CanWIT Joins the Canadian Delegation at the APEC Women in the Economy Summit:
Joanne Stanley, CanWIT Executive Director will participate in roundtables and briefings on women’s leadership and fostering innovation. Joanne will represent Canada on issues impacting women in technology and attraction of girls into leadership and knowledge based industries.

Sustainable IT :
The Centre for Environment, University of Toronto, in partnership with IT in Canada (publisher of the Sustainability Platform website), is presenting Sustainable IT, a 2-day workshop to provide both IT and business managers with the tools to plan and implement a decisive sustainable IT strategy. Oct. 3-4, 2011 at Hart House, U of T. and the Business Information Group Extend support for CATA study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada :
We are pleased to announce that, an industrial news hub owned by Business Information Group (BIG), has joined the growing ranks of CATA supporters of the 2011 study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations in Canada and the Innovation Nation Campaign.

Letter to Ministers regarding the effectiveness of Canada's SR&ED program in advancing Canada's Innovation & Competitiveness Performance:
As part of advancing CATA Innovation Nation advocacy, our SR&ED team led by Dr. Russ Roberts, Sr. VP of Tax & Finance, CATAAlliance is providing key Ministers with a status report on the SR&ED program in the form of a letter to Ministers, including, Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister; Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business; John Baird Foreign Affairs Minister; Ed Fast: International Trade Minister, Gary Goodyear: Minister of State (Science and Technology); Ted Menzies: Minister of State (Finance); and, Chrian Paradis, Industry Canada Minister.

Private meeting opportunities with Capital Investors: TSX/CATA Capital Connections for Advanced Security Companies:
CATAAlliance regularly faciliates meetings between investors and CEO's from companies seeking growth capital. Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the TSX - CATA Capital Connections Series and confirm your interest today.

Canada-U.S. spectrum agreement will eliminate interference in border areas: Industry Canada: This Week In The Wire Report: CATA Speaks Out:

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new arrangement with Canada to share the 700 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum bands in border areas will help eliminate interference and strengthen public safety' Industry Canada says. "The arrangement with the U.S. ensures that future Canadian 700 MHz operators will have equal access to spectrum within 120 km of the border and provides clarity on the international coordination requirements in force in that area," Industry Canada spokeswoman Lauren Hebert told The Wire Report in an email response to questions.

High Tech Gets New Job Board and Search Engine: CATA continues with build out of its Bedouin, 'full mobility' office:
CATAAlliance has added a High Tech Job Board and Search Capability to its growing suite of business' services' utilizing the Alliance's LinkedIn application as the hub for the new application. Users can now enter a job title, add details and then follow responses to their posting. There is also features that help them find a job. The new Job Board is part of CATA's full-mobility business infrastructure model which was started in June 2008, aka the "Going Bedouin" full mobility program; a program that has seen CATAAlliance fully embraced cloud applications and social media to deliver value to the community customers.

Participate in Study on Effective Commercialization of Innovations: Goal is to create the environment for more effective practices,and programs leading to globally competitive commercializations of Canadian innovations:
Canadian company executives are offered the opportunity of participating in the 2011 study on Commercialization with their own perspectives and ideas for a more effective commercialization environment in Canada. This study is meant to help Canadian industry and Government executives to develop better practices, policies and programs for ensuring Canadian competitiveness on the global stage. Answer the survey

Announcement from Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA): Benefit from the new CATA Partner Program:
We wish to make the community aware of the opportunity to take advantage of the new CATA Partner program. Please review the above for your organization and also send to any of your network of contacts who may wish to participate. Contact: with your interests.

CATA's Joanne Stanley Recognized for WORLD OF DIFFERENCE AWARD: The International Alliance for Women honor 100 Awardees at Global Forum on October 27:
CAN WIT, has been selected by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) as a recipient of the 2011 TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards. Along with fellow award recipients, Joanne will be recognized October 27, 2011 as part of the TIAW Global Forum at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Opportunities to participate in the Ng Connect Program, a digital business hub and accelerator founded by Alcatel-Lucent: Confirm your interest today:
The ng Connect Program ecosystem brings together a wide range of companies, collaborating on everything from research and service concept development to marketing. In terms of looking at technology and services from Canadian and global enterprises, areas of interest span the entire digital value chain from network infrastructure to devices, applications and rich content.

Please join the CATA Social Network on LinkedIn to receive and add to Canadian high tech news, innovation nation advocacy and critical updates.:
Please join the CATA Social Network on LinkedIn to receive and add to Canadian high tech news, innovation nation advocacy and critical updates. This open complimentary forum (with 2800 current members) is set up to help executives to connect, inform and inspire others to individual and organizational success. You can also choose to opt into Sub Groups dealing with areas such as tax & finance, public safety & security, broadband, women in tech etc.

Communications A "Legal Right" - Suvi Linden To Speak at CATA Event:
The Communications Minister who crafted Finland's ground-break legislation that made Broadband a legal right for every citizen, is going to be a keynote speaker at the i-CANADA Advisory Council Meeting in Windsor in November. The legislation makes access to Broadband as important a human right as food, shelter and health care.

Advanced Security, Public Safety & Interoperability Update:
from the desk of Kevin Wennekes, CATA's VP of Research, read about 4th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum, First Responder Mission to China, teleforum news and other ongoing security related programs and initatives .

An Open Letter to Canada's Communities and their Citizens, regarding the i-CANADA Initiative from i-CANADA Chair, Bill Hutchison: Engage with us today in advancing innovation, competitiveness & quality of life:
We have updated the i-CANADA Vision document making use of the feedback and guidance received over the past several months from more than 1000 executives, including i-CANADA Governors, Premiers, Mayors, CEOs, expert advisors, and other supporters who are debating issues on the i-CANADA social network and we are looking for your feedback on the i-CANADA Vision. You can provide this through the i-CANADA Social Network at or directly by email. We also need your assistance in mobilizing Canadians, so please circulate the i-CANADA Vision to your network of contacts in private & public sectors as well as universities.

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

Welcome to New CATA Atlantic Members/Sponsors:

Tech South East Joins CATA Atlantic:
CATAAtlantic is pleased to announce that Tech South East has joined the growing ranks of new CATA members. Tech South East believes that increasing the cooperation and collaboration of local technology and health and life science companies will create an environment where companies thrive. Whether you are a ready to launch a new venture or are an established company, Tech South East provides education, networking, and advisory services to accelerate your business growth, and advocates in the interest of South East New Brunswick's technology and life science sectors.

Become a Member today!

News and Events in Atlantic Canada:

Supporting Female Entrepreneurs: Tech South East partners with CanWIT Atlantic:
The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, and Tech South East Inc. are pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership to promote the advancement and growth of women in technology in the South East Region of New Brunswick.

CanWIT Atlantic Presents its "Ask the Expert" Teleforum: Creating a Personal Brand to Stand Out from the Crowd:
Wednesday, Sept. 27th at 11:30 a.m. ADT Do you want to lead a powerful, passionate, productive life that maximizes your talents so you can do things with greater ease? Would you like to attract our region's most exciting job opportunities and projects, or extend your reach to projects based elsewhere?

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.


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 (3000 current members) on Linkedin at: