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Dr. Orna Berry, Former Chair of the CIIRDF Board, Receives Honourary Doctorate from McGill University

9 July 2018

Dr. Orna Berry, former Chair of the CIIRDF Board and Israel Chief Scientist, receives an honorary doctorate from Dr. Martha Crago, Vice President, Research and Innovation, and Michael Meighen, Chancellor, McGill University.

McGill University Awards Dr. Orna Berry, Former Israel Chief Scientist and CIIRDF Chair of the Board, Honorary Doctorate

Innovation, Industry and Investment Veteran Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Science and Society

Employees and Directors of the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) congratulate Dr. Orna Berry, former CIIRDF Chair of the Board of Directors and Israel Chief Scientist, on her receipt of an honorary Doctor of Science degree (honoris causa) at the spring 2018 convocation for the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University.

McGill is one of North America’s oldest and most distinguished universities, world renown for teaching and research.  Honorary doctorates are McGill University’s highest honors, recognizing the distinguished contribution, outstanding achievements and impact of exceptional individuals who serve as inspiration for the leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Orna Berry delivers the keynote convocation address to the engineering graduates of McGill University in May 2018.

Through this honorary degree, McGill University recognized Dr. Berry’s outstanding contributions to her field, and society as a whole.  A scientist, businesswoman and innovation leader, Dr. Berry is the undisputed first lady of Israeli high tech and the first woman to serve as Israel’s Chief Scientist and Head of Research and Development at the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Trade.  With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Berry has held numerous leadership positions in the Israeli science, technology and venture capital industries.  This includes a five-year tenure as the Chair of the Board of CIIRDF from 1996 to 2000.

In addition to her honorary degree, McGill also invited Dr. Berry to deliver the convocation address to the engineering graduates of 2018.  She provided a stirring presentation for these future leaders on the lawn of McGill’s beautiful campus in Montreal.

Just a few weeks later, Dr. Berry was recognized once again for her important contributions to the advancement of science, research and innovation at Israel’s Cyber Week where she received the Cyber Defender Award for 2018.  CIIRDF is proud to have benefited from Dr. Berry and her leadership during its formative years, and applauds those who have acknowledged her many accomplishments.

 

CIIRDF Announces New Bilateral Technology Projects Valued at $12 Million

11 May 2018

The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) today announced eight new bilateral R&D projects valued at almost $12 million that will help Canadian and Israeli firms compete in global markets.

Leveraging $4.7 million from CIIRDF, the projects bring together 20 Canadian and Israeli technology companies and research partners to create and commercialize new technologies with application in agriculture, energy, aerospace, and communications technologies.

Once commercialized, the emerging innovations are expected to generate downstream sales for partnering firms, and deliver significant return on this investment.  This will drive the creation of new high-quality jobs, spin-off products, services and applications, and long-term economic benefit to both Canada and Israel.

To learn more, download the complete CIIRDF Press Release and Project Backgrounder

For additional information, please contact:

Sonya Shorey
Communication Strategist
CIIRDF
Cell: 613.851.9416
sonyashorey@ciirdf.ca

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

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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