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CIIRDF and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Strike Collaboration to Advance Cybersecurity in the Canadian Natural Gas Delivery Industry

9 January 2018

Mr. Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association, and Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, sign a new Memorandum of Understanding that will facilitate Canada-Israel collaboration in cybersecurity for the natural gas delivery industry.

OTTAWA, Ontario and TEL AVIV, Israel; January 9, 2018 – The Canada-Israel R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will facilitate Canada-Israel cybersecurity collaboration in the natural gas delivery industry.

Signed in late December by Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, and Timothy Egan, President and CEO of the CGA, the MOU promotes and supports the exploration of mutually beneficial technology cooperation between Canada’s natural gas delivery industry and Israeli innovators and firms with cybersecurity solutions.

The MOU establishes a concrete framework for productive discussions among prospective collaborators in both countries. It also proposes the establishment of a cybersecurity technology cooperation program to identify priorities, evaluate specific opportunities, and consider application of innovative Israeli technology solutions to address the needs of Canadian natural gas delivery companies.

CIIRDF and the CGA will develop an implementation plan that translates the MOU into action, and facilitates initial discussions and matchmaking opportunities among potential Canadian and Israeli partners.

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“Natural gas delivery companies are committed to the safe, secure and reliable delivery of natural gas to the 6.8 million customers who rely on it to meet their daily energy needs. CGA and our members are proud to work with CIIRDF and the Israel Innovation Authority, as well as with cyber solutions providers in Israel to advance technology solutions to our mutual benefit.”

Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO
Canadian Gas Association (CGA)

“I am proud of CIIRDF’s 23-year record in building mutually beneficial technology partnerships between Canada and Israel that deliver strong economic return. This MOU will enable us to work together to address a critical priority: the need to enhance the resilience of Canadian infrastructure and defend against growing cybersecurity challenges. Through ongoing information exchange and technology cooperation, we can identify, develop and adopt new cybersecurity solutions that protect Canada’s natural gas delivery systems, and create new economic opportunities for both countries.”

Henri Rothschild, Ph.D.
President
Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF)

“We are pleased to have been a part of the discussions between CIIRDF and the CGA that have led to this important agreement to cooperate in sourcing future cyber solutions in Israel for Canada’s gas industry. And we look forward to working with both organizations through the Working Group toward the successful outcome of this important initiative.”

Terry Hubbard
Director General, Petroleum Resources Branch
Natural Resources Canada

“As both Chairman of the CIIRDF Board of Directors, and the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, I applaud the accord signed between CIIRDF and the CGA on matters relating to the cybersecurity needs of the CGA. I am confident that such technological cooperation will add another important dimension to our bilateral relations. We are confident that the joint work groups featuring Israeli cyber technology innovations will enhance the resilience of Canada’s gas industry.”

Aharon Aharon
Chairman of the Board, CIIRDF
CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority

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About CGA
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting 36 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.

About CIIRDF
The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) promotes, stimulates and invests in collaborative research and development between companies in Canada and Israel, with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies. Established in 1994 under a formal treaty between the Governments of Canada and Israel, CIIRDF is connected institutionally with the Israel Innovation Authority (the former Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel’s Ministry of the Economy). CIIRDF has financed more than 120 collaborative R&D projects that have contributed to the joint development and sale of more than 60 new global products. This has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic value for Canadian and Israeli companies over the past decade. For additional information, please visit: www.ciirdf.ca

Contacts
Paula Dunlop
Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 ext. 341 or 613-614-3280
pdunlop@cga.ca

Sonya Shorey
Communications Strategist
Canada-Israel Industrial R&F Foundation
Cell: 613.851.9416
sonyashorey@ciirdf.ca

 

 

CIIRDF Welcomes CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority to Canada for Landmark 50th Board of Directors Meeting

18 December 2017

Board Commends High Calibre of Industry-Led R&D Applications to Bilateral Ontario and Canada R&D Calls for Proposals

OTTAWA, Ontario and TEL AVIV, Israel; December 18, 2017 – Earlier this month, the Board of Directors of the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) met in Toronto, Ontario to host its 50th meeting – a milestone in the 23-year history of the organization. It marked the first in-person Board meeting led by CIIRDF’s new Chairman, Mr. Aharon Aharon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Senior representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), and the Israeli Economic Mission to Canada also attended the meeting as observers.

This important session featured a report from the CIIRDF President on the successful response to the recent bilateral Call for R&D Proposals (CFP), in which CIIRDF received 19 full proposals from Canadian and Israeli firms. CIIRDF management also briefed the Board on its vision for the future. This served as an important backdrop to a series of meetings hosted by Mr. Aharon with senior officials in Ottawa and Toronto, all of which aimed to strengthen the CIIRDF mandate and program.

During this meeting, the Board also reviewed bilateral R&D project proposals received in response to the 2017 Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program Call for Proposals. The details of all successful applications will be released upon final approval from the Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation. Bringing together some of the highest growth companies across Ontario and Israel, the CIIRDF Board commended the high calibre of the proposals, noting they are among the best received to date under the Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program (OICP) managed by CIIRDF.

“Ontario has been, and continues to be, a major Canadian innovation partner of Israel,” said Mr. Aharon Aharon CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority. “Our partnership has resulted in many successful R&D collaboration projects. This year in particular we are very pleased by the high quality of the projects submitted and the promising innovations they hold for both our economies.”

“It was a pleasure to welcome Mr. Aharon Aharon to Canada for this landmark Board meeting,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF. “These technology collaborations directly support the powerful vision established by CIIRDF, and reinforce how Canada-Israel S&T partnerships serve as major engines of economic growth for both countries.  Mutual benefit and impact are hallmarks of the CIIRDF platform that underpin every project we support.”

About the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF)

The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) promotes, stimulates and invests in collaborative research and development between companies in Canada and Israel, with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies. Established in 1994 under a formal treaty between the Governments of Canada and Israel, CIIRDF is connected institutionally with the Israel Innovation Authority (the former Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel’s Ministry of the Economy). CIIRDF has financed more than 120 collaborative R&D projects that have contributed to the joint development and sale of more than 60 new global products. This has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic value for Canadian and Israeli companies over the past decade. For additional information, please visit: www.ciirdf.ca

About the Israel Innovation Authority

The Israel Innovation Authority, formerly known as the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy (& MATIMOP), is an independent and impartial public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry. For additional information, please visit: http://www.matimop.org.il/

Media inquiries:
Sonya Shorey
Communications Strategist, CIIRDF
Cell: 613.851.9416
sonyashorey@ciirdf.ca