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/
Communications Strategist, CIIRDF