CATA participation confirmed

May 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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OCTIE welcomes the participation of the Canadian Advanced Technology Allianice (CATA).

Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) grows the revenues of its members by creating a collaborative edge — a chain of expanding value that ripples across Canada’s Innovators, Commercializers, Users, and Professionals.

The largest high-tech association in Canada, CATAAlliance matches businesses with opportunities across almost every sector, so that we can all do business together. Reaching out from Canada, CATAAlliance members are connected with investment and partnership opportunities with the major global companies. As 80% are exporters, CATA’s members are the arrow-head for global growth.

Through its “Innovation Nation” program, CEOs come together to catalyze the development of the Canadian business environment. CATA is the foundation for commercialization, market research, networking, events, access to other associations, and professional development, across the nation.

Management Team & Executives in Residence:

Peter Bowie is an Exeutive in Residence. His immediate focus is on Innovation Nation issues in the areas of international competitiveness and those actions needed to facilitate and encourage the international success of Canadian high tech enterprises.

Dr. Sorin Cohn is an Executive in Residence. Dr. Cohn’s immediate focus is on Innovation Nation issues in the areas of effective Commercialization of Innovation, the development of intelligent communities as the i-Canada drivers for global competitiveness, and the forward development of broadband mobility. He is leading major research and development projects with industry, communities and university partners.

Kevin Wennekes is Vice President, Research responsible for developing and executing research projects for the advancement of the technology industry and Canadian economic growth. Kevin has conducted over 40 different studies and published white papers on innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. He regularly issues Communiques on Advanced Security, Public Safety & Interoperability, one of CATA’s core interest areas.

Dr. Tom Koplay is Executive in Residence. As an alliance builder, Dr. Koplay has championed cooperatvie relations between Universities and business and economic development organizations.

Dr. James Bowen is an Entrepreneur & Author. His most third and recent book “The Entrepeneurial Effect” is a collaborative effort drawing upon input from some of the leaders of Ottawa’s technology industry.

Dr. Russ Roberts is Senior Vice President, Tax & Finance and a recongized thought leader in the area of innovation tax incentives ( such as the SR&ED program). His expertise in regulatory reform helps focus advocacy programs on obtaining regulation and tax measures from both a policy and a business perspective. Russ regularly issues Update Communiques .

Jean Guy Rens is an Executive VP in CATA (Quebec) specializing in public policy analysis and marketing assistance for the introduction of new products and services. He has authored numerous studies and reviews in fields of telecommunications, innovation and security.

Barry Gander is CATA’s Executive VP. He specializes in advanced technology, and the public impact of the changes that innovation and change create. Barry is leading a major transformation innovation project know as i-CANADA.

Joanne Stanley is a CATA Vice President, leading the Women in Technology (WIT) initiative, a six year old national volunteer network for the attraction ( and advancement of women in technology. With over 25 years experience in marketing communications in the technology industry, Joanne is expert in building strategic partnerships, and developing brand strategies.

Micheál J. Kelly joins the CATA Team as an Executive in Residence and National spokesperson. Dr. Kelly’s immediate focus is be on Innovation Nation issues in the area of new distributed R&D business structures and how they affect the success of Canadian high tech enterprises.

Ron Van Holst joins the CATA Team as an Executive in Residence with a focus on research in the area of High Perfornance Computing.

In addition to the wealth of experts in the management team, CATA’s leadership council and international advisors includes some of the leading experts and innovators in a broad range of fields.


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