COMMUNITY FORUM ON OTTAWA S HIGH TECH INDUSTRY APRIL 18 2002
I attended this forum. Almost all the people who attended were local high tech business leaders, including (among others) Alan Chowaniec of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation. All raised concerns about tax rates and other issues limiting their ability to expand operations.
My own written presentation, referred to below, was intended to draw attention to the numbers of jobs needed so as to enable government to optimize revenues for the tax base (which equates to, the numbers of people without work and wanting it).
I left a hardcopy version at the forum, with someone who was collecting all the written submissions. Later, I sent the electronic one (MS Word) to David Pratt’s office when he asked for it. My verbal presentation to the audience was a shortened version of the above, lasting a little under 2 minutes. I have two witnesses to it, from Ottawa consulting firm Brain Storm Associates. When I met Adam Chowaniec - President and C.E.O. of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation – at the 2005 “Ottawa Talent Forum”, he told me that he too remembered it, but had never seen a copy of the Final Report on this Forum (which omitted any mention of my presentation).