The Lobbying Activities of Neelam J. Makhija on Behalf of Intrinsyc Software, Inc.

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Background

Neelam J. Makhija is the President of NJM Initiatives Inc. (NJM), a corporation registered in the province of Ontario. The company office is located in Oakville, Ontario. Company brochures state that NJM provides a unique service to Canadian high technology companies. Of particular relevance to this investigation is NJM's advertised expertise in "Federal Technology and Financial Investment Qualification and Mr. Makhija's role in "Proposal Advocacy and Company Representation".

Intrinsyc Software (Intrinsyc) is a corporation based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company provides software and services that make mobile devices operate and connect. Effective May 1, 2003, Intrinsyc Software, Inc. changed its name to Intrinsyc Software International, Inc. Because most of the material events in this report occurred before this date, the company is referred to by its former name.

Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) is a special operating agency of Industry Canada established in 1996. Its mandate is to provide conditionally repayable contributions to companies in Canada in order to bring research and development in technology to the marketplace.

TPC works with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to deliver the TPC program to Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. TPC also works with the Communications Research Centre (CRC), an agency of Industry Canada whose mission is to be the federal government's centre of excellence for communications research and development.

Initiation of the Investigation

In October 2005, I determined that based on information provided by officials at Industry Canada, I had reasonable grounds to believe that Neelam Makhija had breached the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct with respect to his activities on behalf of four high technology companies in British Columbia. Pursuant to subsection 10.4(1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act, I directed that investigations be conducted.

This report deals with Mr. Makhija's activities on behalf of Intrinsyc.

Methodology

The Investigations Directorate of the ORL conducted an investigation with respect to Mr. Makhija's activities on behalf of Intrinsyc. The investigative process included an examination of the following:

  • correspondence between federal government employees and Mr. Makhija
  • correspondence between Mr. Makhija and his other clients
  • agreements between Intrinsyc and the federal government
  • payments by Intrinsyc to NJM or Mr. Makhija
  • Intrinsyc's annual reports
  • government information related to the TPC program
  • the Registry of Lobbyists
  • publicly-available information from the Internet

Upon the completion of this process, the Investigations Directorate submitted a report to me. The findings contained in the report are based on information found in Intrinsyc's annual and quarterly reports for 2004; the Registry of Lobbyists; and documents held by Industry Canada. The documents are from the period of October 2000 to July 2004 and include emails and letters written between Neelam Makhija and either employees of TPC or the President of TIR Systems Ltd. (another Vancouver-based company that was Mr. Makhija's client). I sent a copy of the report to Mr. Makhija and provided him with an opportunity to state his views.

That work formed the basis for this Investigation Report.