CATAAlliance News, Events & Opportunities November 9, 2011
November 9, 2011

TechNet IT that Works For You CATA Feature:

Terry Matthews: Nortel is Gone, Here's How we Get Over It: November 3, 2011 By Cantech:

CATA Spokesman Terry Matthews: "The Nortel ecosystem is still there. There is still lots of research and development capability in Ottawa. But the ecosystem has a shelf life of seven years at most. This is a really good time to start a new company before the talent disappears..."

CATA recently released a comprehensive update to its 'Innovation Nation' Campaign, an effort to bolster technology in this country that distinguishes itself with its detail. The campaign has the very specific objective of creating ten domestic companies in the information and communications technology sector with annual revenues exceeding $5 billion by the year 2020.

John Reid, who is CATAAlliance's President & CEO, says Matthews and Wesley Clover are one of the main drivers of CATA's Innovation Nation, especially since 2009 when Sir Terry became national spokesman. Reid says while senior government bureaucrats tends to shy away from committing, the group is gaining grassroots political support. "We're starting to see a very strong buy in" says Reid. "All our social media advisory groups are increasing significantly; premiers, mayors and thought leaders are joining our Governing Councils..."

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CATA News and Events:

The Business Case for Team Diversity - Exclusive National CanWIT "Ask the Expert" Teleforum:
Join host Anne Raymond from, and Dr. Wendy Cukier, the Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University for this one hour teleforum. They will discuss reasons you may want to consider in order to attract, manage and retain diversity on your team, including serving your customers better, overcoming the labour shortage, improving team productivity and fuelling innovation, to name just a few. Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Reach More than 1.5 million Candidates Using the CATAAlliance new 'Post-a-Job Talent Finder':
CATAAlliance, Canada's largest high tech association, is pleased to announce a new business service called 'Post-a-Job Talent Finder.' This new service enables companies to post jobs to multiple social media sites, targeted email lists, RSS feeds in Canada and across the globe. Companies have the opportunity to reach more than 1.5 million executives through posting job openings on this service.

CanWIT Ottawa Chapter Presents: You've Got a Great Idea! Now What? Protecting Your Intellectual Property :
You've invested a lot of time and energy in your business and your ideas. Do you know what you need to do to protect them both? Intellectual property establishes a right and identifies ownership of intellectual creativity -- join us for this illuminating session filled with useful information from IP experts. Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network, offers Canadian Small-to-Medium sized companies (SME's) a unique opportunity to tap into testing and commercialization resources: Confirm your interest today:
CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network, offers Canadian Small-to-Medium sized companies (SME's) a unique opportunity to tap into testing and commercialization resources through its new DAIR (Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research)program.

Industry Leaders Take 'Innovation Nation' to the Hill: Call for community guidance on how to improve Canada's innovation eco-system :
CATA Executive VP, Barry Gander, & Dr. Sorin Cohn-Sfetcu, Executive in Residence for Commercialization, will meet with members of the House Standing Committee on Industry, Science & Technology on November 14th to advance the industry's 'Innovation Nation Campaign.'

Ontario's mobile content, services, and application companies: Please complete the ten minute Survey today to help strengthen the province's mobile media industry :
The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is calling upon content producers and ICT companies in Ontario with mobile offerings to complete the 2011 Mobile Innovation Survey. Please take ten minutes to comploete the on-line Mobile Content, Services and Applications Survey at:

President of "University of the Imagination" Joins i-CANADA Governors' Council:
Dr. Sara Diamond. President of OCAD University in Toronto. has accepted an invitation to join the i-CANADA Governors' Council. i-CANADA is an initiative to raise Canada to Intelligent Nation status by stimulating the development of smart communities across the country.

Don't Miss CanWIT Toronto's Networking Event with Don Tapscott!:
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011. Don Tapscott, one of the world's leading authorities on innovation and technology, will join CanWIT Toronto for an evening of insight and inspiration.

Call to complete the HPC (High Performance Computing) Survey: new study to provide keys to boosting the Canadian Commercial Adoption of High Performance Computing (HPC): Respond today:
Please participate in this study if you can speak to the business value of computing. We are asking that you provide your guidance by completing the online HPC Survey today. Time required is 10 minutes.

CanWIT BC - Working with influencers in the age of social media :
Please join us on November 23rd in a session led by CanWIT BC's Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Barron. Jennifer runs the Vancouver office of High Road Communications, one Canada's leading marketing-communications agencies specializing in technology and digital lifestyle PR. She has more than 13 years of experience providing media relations strategy and support to companies of all sizes - from bootstrapping start-ups to global enterprises.

CATAAlliance: 2011 Pre-budget Discussions, Call for Advocacy Guidance:
Call to Participate in CATAAlliance Roundtable Discussions: Join John Reid, CEO; and Russ Roberts, Senior Vice President, Tax and Finance, in three Round Table discussions via teleconference. The goal is to hear your thoughts and ideas on how funding for business innovation can be made more productive and identify appropriate advocacy responses.

John Campbell Joins Intelligent Community Program:
Waterfront Toronto CEO John Campbell has accepted an invitation to join the Governor's Council of i-CANADA, announced i-CANADA Chair Bill Hutchison today. "John has been instrumental in putting together the partnerships that have launched one of the largest community revitalization projects in the world," said Mr. Hutchison.

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

News and Events in Atlantic Canada:

Innovacorp - Business Over Breakfast
On Thursday, November 24, come to our Business Over Breakfast to learn about great social media practices that are happening right here in Nova Scotia. From charities to coffee shops, many local ventures are making the most of social media. Anita Hovey of Twirp Communications will show you some local social media superstars and give you inspiration you can translate to your own brand.

Discovery Centre Awards
Nova Scotia's Science and Technology Leaders will be celebrated at the upcoming 2011 Discovery Awards for Science and Technology on November 17th, 2011.

Digital Nova Scotia Tech Lounge
Join us for the Digital Nova Scotia TechLounge on the third thursday of every month!

CATA in the News:

i-CANADA initiative intends to make innovation a priority:
Published by the Telegraph Journal: Peter Lindfield: The need to communicate across enormous distances was at the heart of Canada's creation as a nation. Canada's original "National Dream" was to create a railway that united people. In fact, at the time when the national railway was constructed, a national telegraph line had preceded it by a decade...

Making Canada smarter:
By Grace MacAluso, The Windsor Star: Windsor's success in being shortlisted last year as one of the top seven most intelligent communities appears to be paying off. The city will play host next week to the first-ever national conference aimed at establishing Canada as one of the world's leading intelligent nations....


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 (3200 current members) on Linkedin at: