Join the Conversation - the Business of Innovation (4 minutes)
CATA has been a voice for Canadian grown small and medium tech businesses, and committed to a competitive Innovation Nation since 1978. As socio-economic, geo-political, and trade opportunities and uncertainty rapidly change, navigating international business grows in complexity. This next decade demands accelerated agility and learning and higher levels of collaboration and interdependency. CATA 2020 remains committed to supporting the innovation community, and are re-calibrating how we do this.

Canada recently ranked high amongst our peers when it comes to education and entrepreneurial aspirations. We have a strong trusted reputation globally, are benefitting from entrepreneurial diversity and while we can be proud of our success as a startup nation, and record investments of late, we are struggling to translate this success into scalable wealth and jobs. 

What we can learn from the US and Israel
The US credits the success of their homegrown companies, in part, to a pro-active advocacy culture amongst small businesses. Their commercial culture is evident and they support and promote their own. Israel, the tiny "no market" country with 8 recent unicorns, attributes success to their government's procurement policies, acquiring innovative products from young local companies, and a "global from the start" approach to business. Both of these countries celebrate their innovators and have tight public - private partnerships with small and medium sized companies.

Canada ranks 13th amongst our 16 international peers in innovation competitiveness. Our productivity, pace and business R&D investment has been criticized. We've spoken to over 200 innovators over the past few months and we all agree - Canada can do better. Join the conversation!
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Are the following competitive advantages or disadvantages for Canadian small and medium tech business
Competitive Advantage
Available skills/talent
Immigration policies
Risk Appetite
Business tax rate
Ease of doing business
International business expertise
Data policy
Success culture
Access to data
International Trade Agreements
Ease of doing business with government
Procurement opportunites with government
Accelerator programs
Access to capital
Pride in /support of small business
Recruiting systems
Brand Canada as a trusted nation
Education system
Business leaders advocacy activity
Talent development investment
Company relationships with universities
Comments on Canada's most pressing international competitiveness advantages and barriers. What's missing above?
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What are Canada's top 3 strategic advantages for homegrown tech industry growth? *
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What's it going to take for more Canadian grown tech companies to scale?
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What's holding Canada back from being a dominant global leader in innovation?
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What are your company growth aspirations over the next 3 years?
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What's fuelling your success?
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How many years has your company been operating?
What are the major growth obstacles your company faces?
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How many people are employed at your company? *
Was your company "Made in Canada"? *
What % of your revenue is derived from international clients/export?
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Is a majority of your revenue derived from Public or Private sector clients?
What are the top three growth opportunities for your sector over the next three years?
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What top three technology innovations do you expect to dramatically impact Canada’s global tech market position in the next three years?
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What three business policy issues would you like addressed with federal election candidates?
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What Canadian policies, regulations, laws or trade agreements provide international advantages for Canadian homegrown technology businesses?
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What are the top 3 things the CATA community can do to lift scale up success?
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Suggestions /advice?
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Are you a CATA member?
Are you interested in learning more about CATA Mind Trust, Advocacy Round Tables, and Leadership Council appointments?
Have you volunteered or partnered with CATA in the past? If yes, explain.
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