CIIRDF Launches New Call for Canada-Israel R&D Projects

9 April 2018

OTTAWA, Canada and TEL AVIV, Israel; The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) today announced the launch of a new Call for Proposals (CFP) for bilateral R&D projects.  Leveraging support from the Governments of Canada and Israel, this CFP aims to stimulate R&D collaboration between firms in Canada and Israel with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies.

Eligibility: This Call invites private sector companies from Canada and Israel to propose joint research, R&D and technology development projects for the creation of innovative products or processes with a non-defense application. Preference will be given to small and medium sized enterprises (firms with fewer than 500 employees). The maximum length for projects funded under this Call is 24 months.

  • Canadian firms can leverage academic expertise on their R&D project and engage students jointly with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
  • Public sector organizations, such as universities and research institutions, are eligible to participate in R&D projects as project subcontractors or consultants (not applicants)

Funding: Following a rigorous evaluation process, CIIRDF selects and awards Canada-Israel R&D teams with financial contributions up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs to a maximum of CDN$ 800,000 per project,

Areas of Special Consideration: Special consideration will be given to projects in the following areas:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (including cyber, fintech)
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace
  • Clean tech and sustainable tech (including water, renewables), plus limited energy (oil and gas)
  • Agriculture and agrifood (including agri-tech)

Schedule:
Summary Proposal Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018
Full Proposal Submission Deadline: June 29, 2018
Notification of Approved Projects: October 2018

Seeking an R&D partner?  CIIRDF offers a matchmaking service for companies in both countries.

Apply Now:  Visit www.ciirdf.ca for application guidelines, templates and proposal evaluation details

For additional information, please contact:

The Board of Directors and Employees of CIIRDF Honour the Late Keith Parsonage, Valued Member of the CIIRDF Board of Directors for More Than 12 Years

20 March 2018

The Board of Directors and employees of the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) honour the late Keith Parsonage, Former Director General at Industry Canada and, valued member of the CIIRDF Board of Directors for more than 12 years.  Along with his many colleagues and friends in Canada and Israel, we are grateful for his dedicated service, leadership and commitment to the promotion of Canada-Israel R&D and technology partnership. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.

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.

Quotes:
“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

CIIRDF Welcomes Dr. Ami Appelbaum, New Chair of the Israel Innovation Authority and Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, to Board of Directors

13 December 2017

Another High-Profile Israeli Appointment Brings More Than 35 Years of Industrial Technology Experience to CIIRDF

OTTAWA, Ontario and TEL AVIV, Israel; December 13, 2017 – The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) today announced the appointment of Dr. Ami Appelbaum as a Director of the CIIRDF Board. Dr. Appelbaum is the new Chair of the Israel Innovation Authority and Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry.

Within these new leadership roles, and responsible for a budget of NIS $1.6 billion ($452 million), Dr. Appelbaum brings more than three decades of technology and business leadership to bear on programs, policies and incentives established by the Government of Israel to promote industry-led innovation and increase the global competitiveness of the start-up nation.

Prior to his recent appointment with the Israel Innovation Authority, Dr. Appelbaum served as the President of KLA-Tencor Israel, the Israeli subsidiary of a Silicon Valley-headquartered firm that develops semiconductor process control and yield management solutions, for more than seven years. During this time, he led the expansion of the KLA-Tencor sales in Israel from $30 million to $500 million.

Before his role as President, Dr. Appelbaum served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of KLA-Tencor’s Corporate Platform Group and Vice President of Operations of Patterning and Reticle Inspection in Israel, and as the Acting General Manager of the Optical Metrology Division of KLA-Tencor in Silicon Valley, California. He holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Materials Science from the world renowned Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Appelbaum to our binational CIIRDF Board of Directors,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF. “Earlier this year, we welcomed Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Innovation Authority, as our new Board Chair. The appointment of these two high-profile CIIRDF Board Members by the Government of Israel reinforces the priority and importance of industry-led R&D cooperation with Canada, and the valuable role of CIIRDF in delivering on our shared bilateral objectives. Building on the results achieved by CIIRDF to date, we will facilitate Canada-Israel technology partnerships that deliver even greater economic and social impact in both countries in the days ahead.”

“I have great respect for CIIRDF’s 23-year legacy, and cannot imagine a more exciting time to be joining its Board of Directors,” said Dr. Ami Appelbaum. “Trade between Canada and Israel has more than tripled since the signing of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). And without a doubt, innovation has played a significant role in developing strong and successful economic and political ties between our two countries. I look forward to working with my colleagues to further advance our goals and strengthen our overall position as a leading instrument for Canadian-Israeli collaborative R&D.”

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

Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, Addresses Canada’s Standing Committee on Finance

27 September 2017

On September 27, 2017, Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, gave a presentation as an invited witness before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.  He delivered an address that focused on how Canada could learn from Israel’s success in cultivating one of the world’s most robust economies founded on innovation and concluded with a recommendation that Innovation Canada enter into a strategic partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority.

Dr. Rothschild shared key insight, lessons learned and recommendations that speak to Israel’s unique approach to innovation. His perspective builds on more than two decades of Canada-Israel R&D collaboration facilitated by CIIRDF, one of the most effective bilateral partnership models of its kind in the world.

For additional information, download Dr. Rothschild’s speech; view his presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance; or contact Sonya Shorey, Communications Strategist, at sonyashorey@ciirdf.ca.

CIIRDF Launches New Call for Canada-Israel R&D Projects

1 September 2017

OTTAWA, Canada and TEL AVIV, Israel; The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) today announced the launch of a new Call for Proposals (CFP) for bilateral R&D projects.  Leveraging support from the Governments of Canada and Israel, this CFP aims to stimulate R&D collaboration between firms in Canada and Israel with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies.

Eligibility: This Call invites private sector companies from Canada and Israel to propose joint research, R&D and technology development projects for the creation of innovative products or processes with a non-defence application. The maximum duration of a CIIRDF project is 36 months.

  • Canadian firms can leverage academic expertise on their R&D project and engage students jointly with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
  • Public sector organizations, such as universities and research institutions, are eligible to participate in R&D projects as project subcontractors or consultants (not applicants)

Funding: Following a rigorous evaluation process, CIIRDF selects and awards Canada-Israel R&D teams with financial contributions up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs to a maximum of CDN$ 800,000 per project,

Areas of Special Consideration: Special consideration will be given to projects in the following areas:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (including cyber, fintech)
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace
  • Clean tech and sustainable tech (including water, renewables), plus limited energy (oil and gas)
  • Agriculture and agrifood (including agri-tech)

Schedule:
Summary Proposal Submission Deadline: October 6, 2017
Full Proposal Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017
Notification of Approved Projects: January 2018

Seeking an R&D partner?  CIIRDF offers a matchmaking service for companies in both countries.

Apply Now:  Visit www.ciirdf.ca for application guidelines, templates and proposal evaluation details

For additional information, please contact:

CIIRDF Appoints Israeli High-Tech Industry Veteran as New Chair of the Board

12 June 2017

OTTAWA, Ontario and TEL AVIV, Israel; Dr. Henri Rothschild, CEO of the Canada Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF), is pleased to announce that CIIRDF’s binational Board of Directors appointed Mr. Aharon Aharon, CEO of the new Israel Innovation Authority, as the new Chair of the CIIRDF Board of Directors.  He replaces Mr. Avi Hasson, Israel’s former Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Economy who has served in this capacity for more than six years. Mr. Aharon becomes the sixth Israeli leader to undertake this critical role with CIIRDF within the foundation’s 22-year history.

Mr. Aharon brings more than 25 years of top level expertise and high-tech industry experience to CIIRDF and the bilateral community it supports.  This includes extensive international collaboration through his management roles with well-established multinational companies, and a host of innovative start-ups. Most recently, he served as CEO of Apple’s Israeli operations, helping its launch in November 2011, and then growing the company to over 900 employees. Prior to Apple, he held executive roles with technology companies including Camero, Discretix Technologies, Seabridge and IBM’s Haifa Research Labs.  His illustrious career began following his completion of two degrees from the Technion, Israel’s renowned Institute of Technology, and after having served in the Israeli Defense Forces’ Elite Intelligence Unit 8200.

Mr. Aharon undertakes the role of CIIRDF Chair following his appointment as the first CEO of the newly created Israel Innovation Authority. With responsibility for Israel’s innovation policies and programs, the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent agency, replaces the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) which had been part of Israel’s Ministry of Economy. Consistent with the mandate of the former OCS, the Authority will continue to serve as the epicentre of planning for strategic positioning of Israel’s technological ecosystem, including promoting global partnerships with key economies, including Canada.

“I am very happy to follow in the footsteps of previous Israeli Chief Scientists in assuming responsibilities of chairman of the bi-national CIIRDF Board of Directors. We are delighted with the CIIRDF record to date but will make every attempt to achieve even greater results in the years ahead. To that end, I will work with our Canadian government partners to strengthen and renew the current board as well as the CIIRDF resources,“ said Mr. Aharon.

“We are thrilled to welcome a leader with Mr. Aharon’s skills and experience as the new Chair of the CIIRDF Board of Directors,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, CEO of CIIRDF.  “Much like the Israeli Chief Scientists who preceded him in this important role, Mr. Aharon’s background is ideally suited to the role and responsibilities of CIIRDF.  He brings in-depth technological expertise, proven performance and leadership, as well as a thorough understanding of technology-based economic growth from both an Israeli and global perspective.  He will bring these capabilities to bear as CIIRDF positions itself to deliver ever increasing economic results for both Canada and Israel.

“Israel is truly proud of its scientific and technological achievements,” said H.E. Nimrod Barkan, Ambassador of Israel to Canada.  “The strategic appointment of the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority as Chair of the Board of Directors underscores the importance of CIIRDF to the State of Israel as a trusted, flagship instrument of bilateral S&T collaborations, and economic relations more broadly.  We look forward to having CIIRDF continue to play an instrumental role in building Canada-Israel technological and business partnerships in priority areas such as energy, cyber security, biomedical and environmental technologies.”

Download the complete CIIRDF Press Release.