April 17, 2020
In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a time in which the public and private sectors, including our members – some of the leading technology companies from Ontario and around the world – must work together. In both dealing with the current crisis, and addressing plans to re-build Ontario’s economy in the months to come, the Government of Ontario, including your Ministry, should collaborate with high growth sectors that can lead the charge into a prosperous future.
As the national industry association for Canada’s technology sector, including large, multinational corporations and small and medium-sized Canadian start-ups and scale-ups, TECHNATION is uniquely situated to engage governments concerning a wide range of goods and services both in this time of need and during recovery. Our member companies provide a wide range of products and services, including: Cloud-services, education and training in new technologies, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, and workplace management tools. We are situated in all sectors of the economy, including, and especially during the COVID-19 crisis, in health.
It is with this in mind that I am reaching out to you with two requests:
- A phone call to discuss ways in which our industry association can support your government today and into the future; and
- Your virtual attendance at our next TECHNATION Ontario Public Sector Business Committee (PSBC) meeting. At this meeting, our members are interested in hearing about the work that you, your ministry, and your government are undertaking to re-build Ontario’s economy – and the ways the tech sector can help with this endeavor.
At a time when companies in every industry across the province have suffered revenue drops, laid off employees, and/or are at risk of closing their doors, your government has launched the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee. To activate the potential in our sector to help your government, I believe a discussion around the many ways in which we can help would be a positive first step.
Following this conversation, I would be happy to arrange a curated meeting with relevant TECHNATION members and your team to address specific challenges and the many opportunities now -and into the future – that the private and public sectors can continue to collaborate.
As this crisis continues, I wish you, your team, and your family good health and strength.
President and CEO