Setting up the collaboration program was one of the highlights of a week-long visit by a 100-strong trade delegation to Israel led by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.
Quebec and the Israel Innovation Authority are each committing $3 million over 5 years to support Québec-Israel industrial R&D projects with a further $6 million (half from each country) from private research partners.
Couillard said, “We came here to learn about Israel’s startup ecosystem and we hope this new program will help bring hundreds of Israeli companies to Canada. We don’t talk about innovation just to tick boxes. Innovation must lead to action and a better future for all of us.”
Innovation was the theme of the Quebec trade mission, which included professionals from the aerospace, transportation, IT, and healthcare industries.
The week-long visit included tours and meetings by delegation members at Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT), Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1), Google Israel, Bombardier in Haifa, Mobileye, and the MIXiii BIOMED 2017 Conference and Exhibition in Tel Aviv.
Canadian Ambassador to Israel Deborah Lyons said, “Both countries can bond through innovation and learn from each other.”
Hosting the delegation was Israel-Canada Chamber of Commerce chairman and Israel Infrastructure Fund chairman Adv. Yehuda Raveh and Israel-Canada Chamber of Commerce president and Bombardier Israel CEO Yossi Daskal.
In addition, during the visit, crowdfunding venture capital firm OurCrowd signed a memorandum of understanding in its offices in Jerusalem with HEC Montreal, the Business School of the University of Montreal, to cooperate and identify promising technologies and help commercialize and fund them.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com – on May 23, 2017
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