While organizations such as CATA herald the importance of an Innovation Nation, study results beg the question . . . is anybody listening?

Canadian corporations cut spending on research and development for the fifth year in a row, despite increasing revenues, reports an annual study by a business intelligence firm. from the November 2nd, 2011 Huffington News post “Canadian Firms Slash R&D Spending Again“ In what is still one of the most popular segments in the history of … Continue reading

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Are Shifting Rules and Government Investment in Canadian Firms the Real Obstacle to Foreign VC Funding?

“Every time we make an investment in a Canadian company or do some sort of transaction with a Canadian company we have a whole set of “surprises” (and I put quotes around the word surprises) that we have to figure out each time, so there is always a new set, or different set of rules … Continue reading

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Outcry Over Section 116 Clearance Certificates: Legitimate Barrier for Foreign Investment Firms or Convenient Scapegoat?

New York, October 12, 2009 – Just 17 venture capital funds raised $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This level represents the smallest number of venture funds raising money in a single quarter since the third quarter of 1994 when 17 funds … Continue reading

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The CATA Press Release RE Their 116 Campaign: A Just Cause Lost in a Sea of Self-Serving Rhetoric

Canada’s venture capital industry is in trouble. That industry is seriously underfunded, while Canada’s emerging technology and life sciences companies are so capital-starved they risk being uncompetitive in the North American market. At the same time, much needed and sought after US capital that could richly fund that industry and those companies is being blocked … Continue reading

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