Today, Nov. 29, scientists from Canada and Israel are getting together in Toronto at the Canada-Israel Technology Innovation Summit 2010. They are focusing their collaborative efforts onwater, renewable energy, and brain research. Here is the news release about the summit:
Governments of Canada and Israel strengthen collaboration in technology innovation
November 29, 2010 – Ottawa, Ontario
Some 50 representatives from Canada and Israel are in Toronto today to strengthen their partnership and map future steps for both countries in technology innovation. The National Research Council of Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, is hosting Canada-Israel Technology Innovation Summit 2010, the first of two summits that will bring together leaders from industry, universities and government of both nations.
"Israel is a wellspring of ingenuity and enterprise. In a very short time, millions of people from all over the earth, have come together to build a modern, prosperous, vibrant, democratic country. Canada can gain much through increased collaboration with Israel’s best minds,” said Industry Minister Clement. “The focus of both governments on tangible economic outcomes will help our countries on the path to full economic recovery."
"Canada and Israel view innovation as a key pillar of economic growth and are looking for new ways to develop their relationship,” said John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada. “Both nations benefit from having companies, scientists and institutions dedicated to collaboratively addressing technology challenges ahead."
"By leveraging Israeli and Canadian strengths in the fields of water, renewable energy, and neuroscience, our countries will create new opportunities for technological innovation," said Dr. Eli Opper, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel. "Through cooperation and collaboration, we can utilize the advantages both countries have in these fields, paving the way to technological breakthroughs that will improve not only our economies, but our societies as well."
The Summit explores areas of mutual priority. Both countries face common water-related challenges, are leaders in clean energy research and development, and share strength in neuroscience.
This partnership is a result of a meeting between the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister, and Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, in May 2010. The second technology innovation summit will take place in Israel in 2011.