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CATA: Canada needs 21st century leadership


October 23, 2015  


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CATAAlliance has tabled a working agenda for the elected Liberal government as part of a recommended consolidation of the minister of state (science and technology) and minister of industry into a minister of science, technology and business innovation.

“We need 21st century leadership for improving Canada’s business innovation performance and this must begin at the political level” said CATA CEO John Reid. “Now is the time to pivot to the future.

“A newly refocused department and minister can and should lead and facilitate discussions with cabinet colleagues, the provinces and municipalities about making business innovation one of the keystones of Canadian 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.”

Reid noted that a good starting starting point for 21st century leadership is for the new minister to address a working agenda of key items and guidance put forward by entrepreneurs, innovators and concerned citizens.

“Our big goal is a shared community approach to cultivating every advantage and eliminating every barrier to enterprise growth and competitiveness, a goal that is vital to realize the improvements that will let Canada rank amongst the highest performers as a competitive innovation based economy.”