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Peter Morand, former Dean of Science and Engineering, University of Ottawa, past President, NSERC, former CEO Canadian Science and Technology Growth Fund and CATA National Commentator is interviewed on TechNOW by CATA CEO, John Reid. The topic: new Minister of Science, Technology and Business Innovation.

Background Media Release:

Major Industry Group calls for Canada’s elected Liberal government to consolidate the current Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Minister of Industry positions into Minister of Science, Technology and Business Innovation

“Newly refocused department would send a message that the federal government is serious about making business innovation the keystone of its economic policies. The New Minister would have a shared responsibility with Finance’s economic development portfolio in order to assure proper evaluation, integration and evolution of mandates. Key investment criteria and evaluation criteria should include the demonstrable potential of the investment instruments to promote the growth of Canadian business for the full potential of the Canadian economy.”

Ottawa, On...CATAAlliance (cata.ca) a recognized champion of Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship has issued a call today for the elected government to consolidate the Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Minister of Industry into a Minister of Science, Technology and Business Innovation.

CATA CEO, John Reid, said, “ The bottom line in advancing this recommendation for a new ministerial position is toprovide the necessary leadership for improving Canada’s business innovation performance and this must begin at the political level.”

Reid added, “A newly refocused department would send a message that the federal government is serious about making business innovation one of the keystones of its economic policies.”

Last week CATAAlliance released a White Paper on Canada's Innovation leadership: Others do better as part of its Competitive Innovation Nation Campaign that aims at moving Canada to number one ranking in innovation and competitiveness. Canada's rankings lag behind many other nations and much has been proposed to reverse this trend.

The White Paper research was combined with a Video Sharing Channel for Advocacy Leadership where community leaders were challenged to present their best guidance. Please view our recent interview with Peter Morand, National Commentator for CATAAlliance, former Dean of Science and Engineering at the University of Ottawa and past President, NSERC. Mr. Morand makes the case for a new ministerial position:

TechNOW Video (3 minutes): Peter Morand, National Commentator, CATAAlliance

Reid, concluded, “Our present system of government is flexible enough adopt this recommendation quickly. The challenge would be to appoint a highly qualified and credible person to this new ministerial position. Such an appointee could then restructure the Department of Industry into an arm of government that focuses on business innovation as one of the keys to advancing Canada’s lagging competitive innovation nation performance.”

Media Contact: CATA CEO, John Reid at jreid@cata.ca

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CATAAlliance is an active participant in the formation and delivery of government framework tax policies, regulations and activities that are critical to the success of Canada's high-tech industries. Your corporate guidance and participation are needed and appreciated as we can leverage the industry voice to be both clear and accurate for maximum effect.

In many respects CATA is a political party, the party of the Canadian high tech industries. Similar to a political party, our Platform is built from Policy Planks linked to Specific Recommendations which will ensure success for Canada in the global economy. We actively encourage all of Canada's political leaders to better understand and embrace what it takes to create a knowledge based Canada.

As we receive feedback and direction from the membership, recommendations are continuously updated and then communicated to decision makers as part of ongoing advocacy.

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