Posted September 21, 2010
The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and the York Technology Alliance (YTA) have formed a strategic partnership in order to work together to serve and represent the ICT industry in the Greater Toronto Area – Canada’s largest technology cluster.
For the one year duration of this initial partnership, ITAC and YTA members will have access to the full benefits of membership with the partnering organization. This provides full access to events and programs, as well as opportunities for engagement in advocacy and policy formation, all shared reciprocally between the members of both groups.
ITAC and YTA share a common vision of strong regional economic development organizations supported by a national Federation of ICT associations. Through timely communication on policy matters and the sharing of member driven issues, programs and best practices, this partnership will effectively align the YTA’s regional strengths with ITAC’s national scope.
“York Technology Alliance is an important influence in the formation of a strong technology cluster in the Toronto area. Through their peer-to-peer networks and learning programs to foster the growth of emerging and mid-size companies, YTA plays an important role in our industry,” said Bernard Courtois, President and CEO of ITAC. “ITAC has always respected the excellent quality of the work it does on behalf of the technology industry and we are looking forward to closer collaboration.”
“YTA members will contribute to the success of this initiative through timely input and feedback on policy development and government communications championed by ITAC,” Marie Wiese, Chair of the YTA, said. “This arrangement provides a direct connection to many fast growth companies in the sector in a manner that ensures both organizations are respectful of the time commitment from all parties needed to provide the thoughtful and thorough input that ITAC offers governments. Aligning our interests in this regard will support the Canadian ICT sector in making its greatest contribution to the economy without duplicating efforts amongst industry organizations.”
The Information Technology Association of Canada
The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is the voice of the Canadian information and communications technologies (ICT) industry. ITAC represents a diverse ICT community spanning telecommunications and internet services, ICT consulting services, hardware, microelectronics, software and electronic content. ITAC’s community of companies accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 572,700 jobs, $155.3-billion in revenue, $6.2-billion in R&D investment, $30.4-billion in exports and $11-billion in capital expenditures that the ICT industry contributes annually to the Canadian economy. The ICT sector currently represents 4.9 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 9.4 per cent of all real GDP growth since 2002. ITAC is a prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity and for stronger productivity across all sectors through the strategic use of technology.
The York Technology Association
The YTA is a member directed economic development hub, offering opportunities for peer collaboration, networking and knowledge sharing essential to the growth of tech businesses and their people. Participation in the YTA uniquely places members at the centre-point of Canada’s leading technology corridor, with a connection to more than 10,000 leaders and influencers of the technology cluster in the Greater Toronto Area. The YTA offers 11 unique peer to peer monthly meetings, monthly topical issues luncheons, and workshops specifically targeted to provide the growth-oriented tech company with essential ‘shortcuts to success’.
For more information, please contact:
Vice-President of Industry Development, ITAC
Executive Director, YTA