The family of John Reid, who passed away suddenly on June 24th has asked that gifts in his memory be directed to the Sprott Competes Fund.  Reid was, for most of the past 32 years, the public face and president of CATAAlliance, an association of high-tech firms dedicated to propelling technology throughout the federal government.  He believed that what was good for tech companies was good for the country — because this was an industry that produced high-paying jobs and competed globally at the highest levels.  

Born in London, Ont., John earned a B.A. with Honours in International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Three years earlier he had qualified for a Diploma in French Language and Literature at the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France. In 1978, he was awarded a Masters degree in International Affairs from Carleton University.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made but will be handled at Ottawa’s Hulse, Playfair and McGarry.

Sprott Competes is a comprehensive program that provides students experience in real-world business analysis, decision-making and presenting. It supports teams of students in academic case competitions around the world and across a range of business disciplines.

Sprott students consistently achieve top place finishes at national and international competitions. In 2017, Sprott students placed first in the Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Case Competition for the third time in the past four years, and second place in the prestigious Van Berkom JMSB Small Cap Case Competition.

Donor support of the Sprott Competes program funds our Case Training Program, designed to offer top students intensive business analysis and presentation skills training. Participants include a mix of approximately 20 senior and junior undergraduates drawn from our Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business programs. Students must meet a number of requirements to be considered, and the final group is chosen through a rigorous selection process. Students have the opportunity to take part in exclusive activities, work with a dedicated coach, and learn from past program participants and Sprott School alumni.