CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities September 29, 2011
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TechNet IT that Works For You CATA Special Feature:

Bridging the First Responder and Vendor Communities:

Join CATAAlliance on October 18 & 19 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver for the 4th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum. This Forum brings together a seminal and exclusive gathering of the region's First Responder and public safety leaders with some of North America's most innovative providers of security technologies for the primary purpose of creating discussion and forging professional relationships between these normally distant groups.

Topics shared by the speakers will include:
  • inside information on over $500 Million in immediate U.S. interoperability procurement opportunities
  • panel discussion on the Canadian Broadband Public Safety Network
  • updates pertaining to the 700 MHz Broadband advocacy campaign
  • personal insights into the day-to-day technology challenges and needs as offered by some of the senior-most emergency responders in the region, across Canada, and even the U.S.
This year's Forum has attracted over 30 distinguished emergency responder leaders including Deputy Commissioner Peter German of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Chief Jim Chu of Vancouver Police, Chief John McKearney, Vancouver Fire Rescue Service, Bill Schrier, CTO for the City of Seattle, and Almin Surani, CIO, Canadian Red Cross, to name only a few.

The innovative two-day Forum blends the traditional trade show approach with a "Dragon's Den" opportunity. Along with having traditional showfloor space, gala reception, and critical information sharing sessions through plenary discussion, the Forum uniquely provides an exclusive opportunity for vendors to obtain a private audience with over 30 of the Forum's emergency responder guests, at one time, and post-session feedback forms providing instant insights on who is interested in being further engaged.

Act now! The Forum is open to only 125 registered guests to allow for more intimate networking and only a limited number of seats and Boardroom sessions remain.

To learn more about the Forum including speaker agenda, identities of the 30+ Dragon Den 'investors', and Boardroom costs, please use the following link:

CATA News and Events:

CATA/U.S. Commercial Service Webinar Reveals $500 Million+ in Immediate Public Safety Network Procurement Opportunities: National Teleforum Recording Now Available :
Please contact Kevin Wennekes, CATA's VP of Research at in order to obtain your free download of an MP3 recording of the recent National Teleforum held regarding the 4th Annual First Responder Vendor Outreach Forum and hear from our speakers on topics including: large U.S. public safety network procurement opportunities currently accepting tenders; how past companies have realized success through the Forum's unique 'Dragon's Den' format; and, what value the First Responder and vendor communities obtain through their participation. Mr. Wennekes can also brief you on our extensive work it the areas of interoperability, public safety and security.

Getting to the "Intelligent Community": See it, Become it: CATA I CANADA Advisory Board Meeting Invitation: Register Today as space is limited :
The New National Dream: Building an Intelligent Nation brings together i-CANADA's experts from Canada's "Islands of Excellence" like Calgary, Fredericton, Moncton, Stratford, Waterloo and Windsor, which have all been recognized for excellence globally by the Intelligent Community Forum, plus corporate contributors like IBM, Cisco, ING DIRECT and others. They have put together the first comprehensive Intelligent Community Assessment Tool - a "GPS Locator" for discovering where your community fits on the evolutionary scale towards Intelligent Community status. This massive analysis and survey has been field-tested in Windsor-Essex, Ontario.

Canada's Industry Minister wants your story! Engage with us in providing examples of technology adoption success in SME's:
We are helping to structure a fund to amplify clever uses of technology for businesses that you don't normally think of as "high tech" -- retail stores, restaurants, service businesses, and so on. To do so, CATAAlliance is working with Industry Minister Paradis to seek the guidance of the community. If you are a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME), please provide us with a short description of how you are using advanced technology in your business.

An invitation to join CATAAlliance, Compute Canada and Microsoft for an executive round table discussion on High Performance Computing (HPC aka Supercomputing) in Canada: Space is limited, please confirm today:
Keynote speakers; Susan Baldwin, Executive Director Compute Canada; Mark S. Staveley PhD, Software Development Engineer in Test within Microsoft's HPC Product Engineering Tea and Earl Dodd, CTO and Chief Cloud Officer for Ideas And Machines. Friday, October 7th, from 9am to noon at the Microsoft Canada office: 100 Queen Street, Suite 500, Ottawa.

Canadian delegation attending the first APEC Women in Economy Summit under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton:
An Update on Women in Tech (WIT) participation from Ex. Director, Joanne Stanley.

Making the Netherlands Your Business Gateway to the United Kingdom :
CATA developing a business guide to the Netherlands - Survey Now Open: The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new study today that will help guide the development of a comprehensive business Guide on the Dutch market for Canadian high tech companies and organizations. This study is being led by Angela Hooijmaijers, an international business student of NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda, the Netherlands, who is undertaking her internship with CATA with a mandate to deliver this Guide.

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.

The Art of Sales:
Canada's Sales and Innovation Conference, November 22, 2011. Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

THE NEW NATIONAL DREAM: Building an Intelligent Nation: Important call for leadership engagement to Canada's business, government & educational communities:
Watch the latest CATAnet TV interview of CATA CEO John Reid, as he discusses the i-CANADA launch event on THE NEW NATIONAL DREAM: Building an Intelligent Nation (Nov. 16-17, 2001, Windsor, Essex ON) and the importance of learning from best Community practices, the Intelligent Community Assessment Tool and leadership engagement.

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

News and Events in Atlantic Canada:

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Atlantic Chapter's Official Launch Event at the New Brunswick Innovation Forum
Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, is pleased to launch its Atlantic Chapter! Join us on November 3rd at the Fredericton Convention Centre, as part of the NRC's New Brunswick Innovation Forum, where we will feature a panel discussion from some of the regions' most inspiring women in technology.

Innovacorp - Nova Scotia Provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition Launched
Nova Scotia start-ups have a chance to compete for up to $200,000 in investment through Innovacorp's provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition. The I-3 competition finds and supports high-potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurial activity across the province.

Tech South East Oct. 12th Tech Talk Seminar: Building and Attractive Target for a Technology Major. Sheer good luck or smart planning?
Recent acquisitions by Google, Intel, and others provides interesting insight into what the majors really value, and how to drive further value into the company. Anthony de Fazekas of Miller Thomson LLP will present case studies of acquired MTech Program client companies and will lay out strategies for technology companies to live by.

Scholarships awarded in non-traditional training programs
Wage Gap Action Plan Scholarships Scholarships awarded in non-traditional training programs to 45 students enrolled in one of New Brunswick's community colleges or private colleges. 31 of these students are women and 7 of the 31 are entering programs relating to engineering or technology.

Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Open for Business
The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism is launching the fourth year of the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program. "The voucher program continues to be a successful program that receives a lot of interest from small- and medium-sized businesses around the province," said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "This program is an example of how jobsHere, the plan to grow our economy, is helping businesses become more competitive."

CATA in the News:

After Canada has slipped two spots in global competitiveness rankings, the Centre for Business Innovation will explore why Canadians aren't leaders and why they are underperforming.
By: Christine Wong: CATA CEO Comments: "We've been very weak in Canada in flowing growth capital to new and emerging SME companies. So that's a primary drag if you don't have the financial wherewithal to actually advance your business and grow," adds John Reid, President and CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance."


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