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NORTH JUSTIN TRUDEAU PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
CATA TO PM: We Need Your Help CATA.CA PREPARED FOR GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
KEEP OUR YOUTH AND JOBS IN CANADA "Like all Canadians, I have been following your government's actions related to the COVID-19 crisis. While the wage subsidy program is to be applauded, I echo grave concerns of many business groups and others." "I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) with an urgent new proposal of $3.6b to assist 13,000 Canadian-owned small tech and highly innovative companies using data from the tax credit program as a simple, fast and auditable method to distribute funds now."
SUZANNE GRANT, CEO
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, on April 3rd in a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
NEW FINANCE MINISTER BRINGS HOPE TO SMALL TECH
When Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Chrystia Freeland as Finance Minister, it brought great relief to the small tech sector. "Minister Freeland understands a compettive economy needs a resilient ecosystem" said Suzanne Grant, CEO of Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. "Small and medium tech companies are great hopes to lead us out of the stalled economy. If we don't look after our tech SMEs, the expansion of the very largest international firms will feed the 1% divide. Opportunities for ourÂ middle class will continue to shrink.
Chrystia Freeland is the first woman to serve as Canadaâ€™s finance minister, appointed August 18th.
CATA IN THE NEWS
Over the last four months, Suzanne Grant, CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance has been quoted broadly across Canada. Here she is being interviewed by Amanda Lang on BNN Bloomberg, April 15 2020.
OUR WAY FORWARD THE CANADIAN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE (CATA) SOLUTION
STORIES OF SURVIVAL WHAT CANADIAN IP LOOKS LIKE
THE DECISION MAKERS WHO WE'VE MET, WHO WE
TIMELINE MARCH 2020
Government shuts down
CATA inks letter to Prime Minister
NEED TO REACH
ASSOCIATION LEADERS RALLY BEHIND CATA
CATA'S VOICES BUSINESS AND
CATA meets with Ministers and MPs $200M in stalled SR&ED claims expedited
Industry gets behind effort
Prime Minister's Office identifies Minister Bains as lead on file CATA briefs CIGI*/ Minister NG Digital Trade Round Table
*CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE INNOVATION
Meeting scheduled between Minister Ng & Minister Fortier
CATA Alliance has been featured in 25+ unique publications and extensively covered in 55+ articles since the beginning of April. Coverage spans the efficacy of CATA solutions to the scope of the problem Canada is facing. Below are four publications highlighting CATA’s reach in the media. A comprehensive list of media coverage is included at the end of this publication.
"If companies are unable to rely on SR&ED payments, that will mean job losses for highly skilled engineers and developers, he said. Mr. Watson said he has already seen signs that large, U.S.-based companies such as Amazon are ready to swoop in and hire that talent away... I’m petrified that we’re going to wake up three months from now and no one’s going to be left in it – and all those jobs will be gone," he said. “Smaller companies don’t have the deep pockets to necessarily even weather two or three weeks of this with no, or reduced, revenue coming in..."
"CATA said it is continuing to work on its second recommendation, that the federal government create a Resilience and Rebound fund of $3.6 billion. The fund would provide zero-interest loans for firms that have proven track records and are pre-qualified for programs like SR&ED. “We want to ensure we don’t lose hundreds of billions in past investments for research that developed intellectual property...” Brent told BetaKit."
Bryan Watson, Flow Ventures Written by Greg McArthur Globe and Mail, April 12, 2020
Paul Brent, CATA Written by Isabella Kirkwood Betakit, April 14, 2020
"...They need to know there is something for them [Tech SMEs], one size fits all doesn't really work in a very complex business arena, we have companies that are in growth stages or in the beginning of innovation, [any of these companies] could be the next shopify, and there's really nothing for them to stay alive or open in the future without help now."
"Doing what is good for business to try to reflate this economy, and to try to understand what is actually happening to the business community, in all of its complexity, is going to be one of the chief agenda items, or should be, of any government going forward."
Suzanne Grant, CATA In an interview with Amanda Lang BNN Bloomberg, April 17, 2020
Eugene Lang, Queen's University Written by Kevin Carmichael Financial Post, July 17, 2020
" DEAR PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU,
... I SHARE YOUR CONCERN AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY."
SUZANNE GRANT CEO, CANADIAN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE LETTER SENT ON APRIL 3RD CATA.CA
OUR WAY FORWARD Growth to Keep Bright Young Leaders, Jobs, and IP In Canada
THE DATA SOLUTION RR FUND – DATA SOLUTION
Proportionate assistance, delivered at market pace and scale can help exploit new opportunities. Existing programs have delivered proportionate support to hundreds of companies but fall short of deploying assistance equitably at scale or pace. Existing audited Government data, and due diligence, can simplify liquidity assistance eligibility needed to bridge toward the future. The RR Fund – Data Solution can bring people and GDP back to work while protecting sovereign IP. Adoption would provide scalable assistance to help up to 13,000 innovators fuelling 4,000,000 jobs. Funds would finance growth expansion and development of new opportunities. They could help bridge stressed COVID19 induced issues for these firms, and help those that need quick cash to respond to opportunities created through the shifting paradigm.
THE CONSTITUENTS OF ALL 338 MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT BENEFIT
Liquidity stimulus is recommended for technology SMEs supporting vital sectors and critical infrastructure such as agrifood, clean tech, digital industries, health/biosciences, autonomous vehicles and space, advanced manufacturing as well as supply chain. These growth sectors are reliant on innovation to restart competitively.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS OF CANADA
"KEEP GOING." HON. CHRYSTIA FREELAND Deputy Prime Minister CATA.CA
Countries around the world are increasingly investing more and more into their technology sectors. In early March Angela Merkel pivoted Germany's entire economy to technology, investing €100 billion euros in non-traditional businesses. Weeks later, Germany and France proposed a €500 billion innovation grant-based recovery fund for the European Union . The strategic and economic importance of technology as foundational to their recoveries is clear. Canada’s innovators have repeatedly punched above their weight. The nation has top tier education and talent with entrepreneurial drive to compete in the new world. In 2019, Canada marked its strongest innovation investment year with a global first-place finish for commercial sophistication. In order to retain global relevance in the post-Covid economy, clear and bold decisions are quickly needed.
REGIONAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT STATISTICS
Statscan data reveals that 13,000 vetted science and technology centric companies have been established and successfully met rigorous conditions of the SR&ED program for over eight years on average. These trusted companies have directly employed 760,000 people paying $35B in annual salaries. Rolling in downstream jobs, they are responsible for the livelihoods of 4,000,000 people and contribute $188B in revenues to the economy. That's almost one third of Canada's export revenues. The proposed $3.6 B Canada Resilience and Rebound (RR) Fund of partially forgivable loans, is equivalent to approximately two times the annual payroll tax of those firms, hence the investment will be returned to Canadian revenues.
NET ECONOMIC GAINS ($) PER YEAR** BENEFIT 217,449 (STABILIZED FULL TIME JOBS) 335,375 23,766
REGION # OFÂ APPROVED CLAIMS
ITC 2018* ($)
PROPOSED INVESTMENT $ (ONE TIME) 71,994 NET ECONOMIC GAINS ($) 111,407 OVER 5 YEARS** 760,000
STORIES OF SURVIVAL WHAT CANADIAN IP LOOKS LIKE ADAPTED FROM A CATA STORY
Danny Dalla-Longa is CEO of Calgary-based FluroTech. He is a former provincial Liberal politician in Alberta. Right now he says it is the hardest time he’s ever faced in trying to raise money. He calls this an economic pandemic that is costing the North American economy $150 Billion every month. The CATAAlliance has proposed using SR&ED data to right size assistance for up to 13,000 SMEs. The simple formula is based on a multiplier of average annual SR&ED returns and is a reliable indicator of company scale. Dalla-Longa says that kind of money would enable a significant advance for this groundbreaking test method for COVID-19 and help bring this technology to market swiftly.
PIVOTING TO SURVIVE
In comes FluroTech, a shining example of the ability of Canadian firms to innovate and adapt using technology. FluroTech began three years ago and with a heavy investment in research and development, produced a machine that can in seconds accurately determine if a sample is marijuana or hemp. In many jurisdictions, there is a huge need for the test because one can be legal and the other illegal. The product is called Completest™ and interest from buyers was rising as COVID-19 hit. But in a fascinating twist, the drug testing machine can also be used to test for COVID19 antibodies and determine if you are currently infected and what is your viral load… meaning how high risk are you of spreading the virus. But all is not well for the development of the machine, FluroTech partnered with the University of Calgary, they gained 58 patents, the company went public but they were still at an early stage where they were posting a loss.
DANNY DALLA-LONGA CEO of Calgary-based FluroTech
WHAT WE STAND TO LOSE
This testing has a massive market potential as we all want to know our medical status. The company aims for a $20 per test cost to take and test a blood sample with results in about 15 minutes. It would allow us to determine who is safe and so who can come to the office, who could come into a sporting event, who could visit with family and friends. Dalla-Longa sees people getting tested 4 to 7 times a month meaning millions of tests per year. Sports teams have already contacted him to learn more about the possibilities. The hunt is on for money and partners to do more development and testing for the COVID19 application. This venture is called FluroTest. Dalla-Longa says it looks like it will be US money and US labs that will be the primary solution. If the Canadian government doesn't step in soon, this is just one of many Canadian firms that we will lose to the US and foreign interests.
Boast.AI is helping the tech sector get quicker access to SR&ED refunds minus the grunt work.
CANADIAN COMPANY LEADS DEVELOPMENT IN TAX CREDIT SOFTWARE The popularity of Boast.AI’s ground-breaking R&D Tax Credit Software recently got another boost. Lakehead University software engineering alumni Alex Popa and Lloyed Lobo started the company eight years ago. Today Boast.AI has four offices in Canada and the US where governments provide billions of dollars in research and development (R&D) tax credits. The Pandemic has increased the need for quicker access to capital leading to significant business growth for Boast.AI. The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit program is the lifeblood of Canada’s ecosystem. The application process is time-consuming and cumbersome. Boast.AI streamlines and automates US and Canadian applications, leading to more successful refunds. Boast.AI also integrates with project management, payroll, and bookkeeping systems to further reduce manual work. Boast.AI’s mission is to help innovative companies become successful. “In addition to expediting access to capital through our product, we’ve been hosting events and programs with leaders and top investors from the fastest growing companies to share advice on business growth. The pandemic has enabled us to take our mission further and create a bigger impact for thousands of companies," said Mr. Lobo. In 2020, the company also collaborated with other entrepreneurs to offer free mentorship to over 2,000 Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and Under-Represented Communities over virtual meetings.
" WE NEED TO September 2020
ANTICIPATE THE ACTIONS NECESSARY TO ACCELERATE RECOVERY AND DIMINISH THE IMPACT OF THE STRUCTURAL AND " SYSTEMIC DAMAGE
PAUL LABARGE CATA BOARD CHAIR CATA.CA
WHO WE'VE MET SO FAR
Since April, the CATA team has been encouraging conversations with MPs and senior staff from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) regarding the RR proposal. These conversations pertained to the key ministries of Finance, and Small Business & Innovation, and Science & Economic Development. If Canada wants to keep our brightest minds and good jobs for youth and to continue fuelling immigration, bold decisions are needed. Future-ready investment, intellectual property and a talent base is foundational to the paradigm shifting technology race. Canada’s innovators have repeatedly punched above their weight. The nation has top tier education and talent with entrepreneurial drive to compete in the new world. In 2019, Canada marked its strongest innovation investment year ranking first globally for commercial sophistication. We have a pivotal opportunity to be a serious contender in the new world paradigm. Leveraging our successful innovation strategy, strengthening sovereign IP policy, and shoring up the science and technology ecosystem as a foundation to bridge into the future is essential.
HON. MARCO MENDOCINO MP, Eglinton – Lawrence, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
HON. CATHERINE MCKENNA MP, Ottawa Centre, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
NATHANIEL ERSKINE-SMITH MP, Beaches East York
HON. CAROLYN BENNETT MP, Toronto – St. Paul, Minister of CrownIndigenous Relations
ALI EHSASSI MP, Willowdale, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
HON. MONA FORTIER MP, Ottawa – Vanier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
JAMES MALONEY MP, Etobicoke – Lakeshore, Chair Of the Toronto Liberal 416 caucus
WHO WE MUST REACH THE KEY DECISION MAKERS
We need the attention and support of these Ministers who represent our collective interests as a country. They have the power to protect sovereign IP; position Canada to boost GDP, and increase jobs and trade. This is a defining moment for our tech industry.
HON. NAVDEEP BAINS Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
HON. MARY NG
Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion
GDP GENERATING JOBS AT RISK OF OFFSHORING
HON. CHRYSTIA FREELAND
Chief of Staff to Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Maintaining our way of life including our social, health, and education programs required healthy national revenues. Our politicians and government leaders have done a commendable job navigating through chaos, looking after our health, and delivering emergency programs. Now it’s time to imagine our futures with mission driven fervour and entrust a strong tech ecosystem, our creative and entrepreneurial people with the support and tools needed to build back stronger.
WE NEED CONCRETE ANSWERS NOW
LEADING ASSOCIATION SUPPORTERS
HON. PERRIN BEATTY President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
GERARD MCDONALD Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Canada
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
CATA Board Chair, and founding partner of LaBarge Weinstein LLP
In a letter to the Prime Minister on April 3rd, CATA CEO Suzanne Grant included testimonials from these four business leaders who are supporting CATA in their requests.
"Canadian small tech entrepreneurs are among the most creative businesses in Canada. We will need them and their teams to be intact as critical contributors to our recovery from the crisis.”
"...It’s critical that the federal government enables the tech sector to be part of Canada’s economic recovery by supporting it now with concrete measures and financing.”
"Now more than ever, Canadian innovationdriven companies need a rapid response, releasing the capital available under existing programs as well as the addition of new emergency funding.”
"If we fail to take action now, our technology sector infrastructure built up over decades risks being crippled by virtue of the disappearance of some of our MOST CREATIVE small and mediumsize enterprises (SMEs).”
CATA'S BUSINESS SUPPORTERS
"These companies need more help. While the existing COVID Emergency programs are appreciated, some are working positively, and others remain inaccessible. Leveraging off Canada's largest innovation program, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credits provides a pivotal opportunity to address the gap. It presents a simple, fast and direct way to move targeted funds quickly into the hands of these valuable companies."
SHERRY COOPER Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres BILL HUTCHISON
One of Canada's tech pioneers, Hutchinson worked with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on creating the National Advisory Board for Science and Technology
DAVID LOWE CEO of Southpaw Technology, Toronto
DANNY LADOUCEUR Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Partner and National Credits & Incentives Leader at RSM Canada, the fifth-largest accounting firm in the country
ROBIN STRACHAN Co-founder of SIMBL Business Enablement
“As of last year, the Greater Toronto Area alone was creating more advanced technology jobs faster than all other major centres in North America. No one wants to lose this amazing base of capability."
Mr. Hutchison wrote the Prime Minister on May 4 "The government’s own studies reveal that for each dollar spent through SR&ED it generates another 30% in private investment plus a net spillover of another 11%. So basically, each dollar invested by our government is a money making machine for the government and taxpayers!"
"The details of the proposed R&R fund will need some tweaking, but the core concept of delivering a significant advance to Canada’s SR&ED companies directly will have a profound and immediate effect in saving STEM jobs."
"Canada has invested in developing the brains, and the talent, we need to invest in opportunities that keep them here. Let’s not allow someone else to benefit from our cultivation efforts."
WE NEED TO GET THIS INITIATIVE MOVING AND SAVE OUR ECONOMY KAYLA ISABELLE Executive Director, Startup Canada representing the interests of 250,000 entrepreneurs
MICHEÁL J. KELLY Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and the President and Managing Director of RDP Associates headquartered in Toronto
"The RR proposal is simple, fast and auditable, which will allow immediate relief to vital sectors and critical infrastructure. The federal government has demonstrated its willingness to support Canadian business and innovation- these measures will amplify that support and make certain relief is widely accessible to the entire Canadian technology sector. The payback from this fund will be evident as creative innovation continues to prosper, creating jobs and benefits across the country." “There is a growing concern that some of our best young companies will fall prey to US acquirers if we don’t find a way to address this situation quickly.
"CRA data can be easily used to match the needs of each specific company to the amount necessary to give them confidence through the COVID-19 storm; All or substantially all companies have a track record that makes the program accountable."
Mr. Cookson sent a letter to the Prime Minister on May 5
GOVINDH JAYARAMAN CEO, IMBA Medical
President Emeritus of Startup Canada
“For the government, the RR Fund or the data eligibility solution ensures rapid uptake and speedy response while minimizing fraud or abuse Employees respond to growth and development opportunities to move off of CERB and EI, not merely employers hanging on for survival. The model is remarkably simple and fits investment capital models known to our industry” "Canada has an opportunity to emerge from this Pandemic as a global leader in accelerating highgrowth business success. To do this, however, we must become leaders in innovative policy development that unleashes human potential, capital and steadfast values of inclusivity and sustainability."
ADDITIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE 1. BetaKit April 7 Launch of CATA campaignhttps://betakit.com/canadian-advancedtechnology-alliance-urges-feds-to-release-backlogged-sred-funding/ 2. Toronto Star April 7 CATA Campalgn launch https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/04/07/canadian-industries-will-make30000-ventilators-for-covid-19-battle.html 3. Toronto.com April 7 https://www.toronto.com/news-story/9936647-canadianindustries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-coronavirus-battle/ 4. St. Catherines Standard April 7 https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/newsstory/9936598-canadian-industries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-covid-19-battle/ 5. Waterloo Chronicle April 7 https://www.waterloochronicle.ca/newsstory/9936647-canadian-industries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-coronavirusbattle/ 6. Cambridge Times April 7 https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/9936647canadian-industries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-coronavirus-battle/ 7. Our Windsor April 7 https://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/9936647-canadianindustries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-coronavirus-battle/ 8. Niagara This Week April 7 https://www.niagarathisweek.com/newsstory/9936598-canadian-industries-will-make-30-000-ventilators-for-covid-19-battle/ 9. Research Money April 8 Launch of CATA campaign https://researchmoneyinc.com/articles/tens-of-thousands-of-canadiansmes-could-go-under-without-faster-government-help-innovation-and-businessgroups-warn/ 10. Ottawa Business Journal April 8 launch of CATA campaign https://www.obj.ca/article/cata-calls-feds-provide-billions-emergency-aidtech-firms 11. T-Net newsletter April 8 Launch of campaign reaching 25% of BC Tech sectorhttps://www.bctechnology.com/news/2020/4/8/CATA-Inks-Letter-to-the-PrimeMinister-Proposing-Fast-Funds-to-Small-Business-Tech-Companies.cfm 12. Globe and Mail April 12 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/articletechnology-industry-calls-on-cra-to-process-backlogged-tax-credits/ 13. StartUp Toronto April 13 blog reworks BetaKit story https://startupheretoronto.com/partners/betakit/sred-payments-beginning-toflow-to-canadian-tech-following-delay-caused-by-covid-19/ 14. ITBusiness April 13https://www.itbusiness.ca/news/cata-asks-pm-to-assist-techfirms-with-rapid-emergency-aid/114802 This IT Business story was posted in the daily ITWorld and ITBusiness email alerts to thousands of business people. 15. IT Business April 14 https://www.itbusiness.ca/messagent.php? ID=gOxSl1H7c8QMriXrv8K0zvnpLCGeEqywjUJ7IE41IhtQgpMPa1aN%2BSc9ZDkfnzdD 53G54QYNkOMGFQwdUgt0o8prH4tqxT 16. BetaKit April 14 https://betakit.com/sred-claims-beginning-to-flow-after-initialdelay-caused-by-covid-19/ 17. Automotive News Canada April 14 CATA campaign https://canada.autonews.com/coronavirus/auto-tech-sector-wantsfinancial-aid-feds-during-covid-19-pandemic 18. IT World April 15 https://www.itworldcanada.com/messagent.php? ID=12fGZTEp8v_fCQngwsKDweWM_dTZBUvafe2e6tIhJPdABUG7MfDc9ctNOUP1YqQT zEU%2B27WwXPb62RFPLkjrRG_v62EO6H 19. SRED Education April 15 reworks ITBusiness story https://www.sreducation.ca/breaking-news-cata-asks-cra-for-emergency-aid-fortech-firms/ 20. Chastin April 16 posting service put up two of the ITBusiness stories and translated them into French https://news.chastin.com/la-canadian-advancedtechnology-alliance-exhorte-le-gouvernement-federal-a-debloquer-les-fonds-de-rsdeen-souffrance/ 21. Bloomberg BNN April 17 interview with Suzanne on campaignhttps://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/technology/video/small-tech-firms-urgeottawa-for-aid-amid-pandemic~1940021 22. BetaKit April 21 reaction piece on tougher reviews of foreign takeovers https://betakit.com/tech-reaction-mixed-to-increased-scrutiny-on-foreigninvestments-as-overseas-buyers-express-interest/ 23. ITBusiness April 21 comment with Suzanne re survey of govt support programshttps://www.itbusiness.ca/news/federal-governments-economic-reliefefforts-are-a-good-start-but-canadian-tech-scale-ups-demand-clarity-aroundeligibility/114890? utm_source=ITB&utm_medium=enews&utm_campaign=ITB&scid=8140ce96-9a89dd9b-2413-4e6033a7ff23 24. Chastin April 21 https://news.chastin.com/les-paiements-de-rsde-commencent-aetre-verses-a-la-technologie-canadienne-suite-au-retard-cause-par-covid-19/ 25. Chastin April 21https://news.chastin.com/reaction-mitigee-des-milieuxtechnologiques-a-lexamen-plus-minutieux-des-investissements-etrangers-lesacheteurs-etrangers-ayant-manifeste-leur-interet/
26. Canadian Science Policy Centre April 21 Russ Roberts article on SRED https://www.sciencepolicy.ca/news/government-assistance-lets-not-play-gameswe-seek-assistance 27. Automotive News Canada April 22 Suzanne comment on all startups worried https://canada.autonews.com/coronavirus/auto-start-ups-pivot-join-covid-19fight-amid-fears-lost-momentum 28. ITWorld April 22 daily email features story on relief efforts and quote from Suzannehttps://www.itworldcanada.com/messagent.php? ID=40l4WMRpiU_m75HexUMsdQ5y02EbszwMfder8Yp23TmfU6jtljOFZIlU_RYezT99p MZsdR9QRgFjQaSsxSa2TO1TVooss7 29. Hill Times April 27 David Crane writes piece on why Canada should make sure its tech innovators survive https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/04/27/245309/245309 30. StartUp Canada April 28 opinion piece in “Entrepreneur Voices” and Blog https://www.startupcan.ca/2020/04/opinion-david-lowe-sme-technology-firms/ 31. BetaKit April 28 Bryan Watson (CATA RR Fund Team) advice on government grants and SR&ED claims https://betakit.com/sred-claims-reduced-due-to-federalcovid-19-assistance/ 32. Ottawa Business Journal April 29 OpEd by David Perryhttps://obj.ca/article/techopia-op-ed-preventing-covid-19-hollowing-out-ottawastech-sector 33. Hutchison Management Blog April 29 Now is the time to boost Canadian tech firms and infrastructure with rapid emergency aid https://www.hutchisonmanagement.com 34. BetaKit May 1 Interview Melanie Joly Economic Development minister who echoes the view of CATA in the need for support for innovative firms https://betakit.com/minister-joly-says-details-on-rda-funding-expected-soondiscusses-federal-support-of-tech-sector/ 35. Mondaq May 2 Q&A posting on assistance programs for tech firms includes CATA https://www.mondaq.com/canada/litigation-contracts-and-forcemajeure/926032/covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-for-technology-and-emergingcompanies 36. Mondaq May 12 An examination of assistance programs and two references to CATA proposal. https://www.mondaq.com/canada/corporate-and-companylaw/932188/responses-to-gaps-in-government-programs-for-growth-stage-innovationcompanies 37. Research Money May 13 story about how to improve procurement by government of Canadian technology products including quotes from Suzanne Grant. https://researchmoneyinc.com/articles/new-portal-aims-to-accelerateprocurement-opportunities-for-canadian-firms/ 38. BetaKit May 19 comment from Suzanne on story about CCI surveyhttps://betakit.com/nearly-half-of-canadian-tech-companies-report-decreasein-value-due-to-covid-19-survey-finds/ 39. IEEE Webinar May 21 featuring Suzanne Grant discussing Canada as the gold standard in technology for the world. Her slide presentation is posted to the IEEE web site. You are required to join to view the slides.https://ieeecollabratec.ieee.org/app/workspaces/6969/IEEE-Canada-Technology-LeadershipForum/activitiesOr you can view on LinkedIn 40. SR&EDucation June 9 posts OpEd by CATA CEO Suzanne Granthttps://www.sreducation.ca/canadian-government-hesitation-to-significantlysupport-the-technology-sector-will-cost-us-all/ 41. SR&EDucation June 18 posts blog and endorses CATA plan https://www.sreducation.ca/cata-proposes-resilience-rebound-emergency-rreprogram/ 42. CATA Site Newsfeed (Internal) July 13 Story of Survival Series (1 of 6) FluroTech, Established Calgary company struggles to find Canadian capital for COVID19 Antibody Test - partners with US University Lab https://cata.ca/2020/storiesof-survival-from-canadas-tech-innovators/ 43. CATA Site Newsfeed July 15 post of CATA CEO Follow Up Letter to the Prime Minister (2 of 3) sent to PMO 5 June https://cata.ca/2020/cata-ceo-letter-to-primeminister-trudeau-5-june-2020-2-of-3/ 44. Financial Post Economy Feature July 17 Canada’s COVID-19 response still ignores the innovative companies that could power a recovery Interview on the new technology race and currency. https://financialpost.com/news/economy/canadascovid-19-response-still-ignores-the-innovative-companies-that-could-power-arecovery/wcm/3abe3404-af07-413a-9586-c4c44cc4cf6e/ 45. CATA Site Newsfeed July 18 post of CATA CEO Follow Up Letter to the Prime Minister (3 of 3) sent to PMO 16 June https://cata.ca/2020/letter-to-prime-ministertrudeau-follow-up-3-3-16-june-2020/ 46. CATA Site Newsfeed Post 18 July Questions submitted to Minister Mona Fortier 8 May 2020 - no reply as of 18 July https://cata.ca/2020/canadas-covid-19-response-stillignores-the-innovative-companies-that-could-power-a-recovery/
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