NRC’s global reach

The NRC welcomes the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan

Mr. Shih-Chao CHO, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan met with the National Research Council (NRC) to explore future and potential synergies around the development and commercialization of medical devices.

Back row, from left to right: Dr. Bochia NI, First Economic Secretary, MOEA; Mr. James Yan-Chih CHANG, Executive Director, Economic Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Canada (TECO); Mr. Yung-Jang CHEN, Chief Secretary, Bureau of Foreign Trade; Ms. Lorena Maciel, Senior Advisor, International Relations, NRC; Mr. Hien-Chao TSENG, Negotiator, Office of Trade Negotiations, MOEA; Mr. William WU, Executive Assistant Director, Economic Division, TECO; Ms. Leticia P.C. KUAN, Section Chief, Bureau of Foreign Trade Taiwan.

Front row, from left to right: Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice-President, Life Sciences, NRC; Mr. Shih-Chao CHO, Deputy Minister, MOEA; Ms. Wen-Ping HOU, Officer, Bureau of Foreign Trade.

Swedish Ambassador visits NRC’s wind tunnel

Swedish Ambassador Per Sjogren and Trade and Business Officer Pär Forslund were on hand to kick-off the Volvo vehicle testing at NRC’s wind tunnel near the Ottawa Airport on April 7th, 2015.

From left to right: Mark Burbidge, Senior Advisor International Relations (NRC), Björn Bergqvist, Test Engineer (Volvo), Steve Zan, Director R&D, Aerodynamics Lab (NRC), Michel Dumoulin, General Manager, Automotive & Surface Transportation Portfolio (NRC), His Excellency Per Sjögren, Ambassador of Sweden to Canada, Pär Forslund, Trade and Business Promotion, Embassy of Sweden, Brian McAuliffe, Research Officer, Aerodynamics Lab (NRC), Raymond LeBlanc, Manager Uplands Facilities, Aerodynamic Lab (NRC), Cristian Tabra, Program Leader, Fleet Forward 2020 (NRC)

Canadian delegation participates in ACQUEAU workshop in Finland

Helsinki, March 12, 2015, Canadian delegation participated in the Industrial Waste Water Treatment Workshop co-organized by the Eureka Acqueau Cluster and Tekes, Finland’s Public Funding Agency.

From left to right: John R. McDougall, President, NRC; Lucia Medori, Project Officer, Acqueau; Carole Morneau, Senior Advisor, International Relations, NRC; Xavier Chazelle, Acqueau Cluster Chair; Stephen Moore, Research and Development Manager, Mantech Inc.; Andrew Bauder, Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC-IRAP.

Canada-Germany Inter-parliamentary group delegation visit

The NRC welcomed the Canada-Germany inter-parliamentary delegation on February 10, 2015 for an exchange on innovation systems and to explore technology partnering opportunities.

Back Row (L-R): Oswin Veith, MP, Member, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group; Jörn Rosenberg, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Alexander Ulrich, MP, Deputy Chairman, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group. Middle Row (L-R): Tobias Lindner, MP, Deputy Chairman, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group; Bernd Rützel, MP, Deputy Chairman, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group. Front Row (L-R): Michael Thews, MP, Member, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group; Markus Koob, MP, Member, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group; Judith Young, Director General, Government and International Relations, NRC; Klaus-Peter Flosbach, MP, Delegation Head, Germany-Canada Inter-parliamentary Group; Carole Morneau, Senior Advisor, International Relations, NRC; Melanie Cullins, Director, International Relations, NRC.

European Union (EU) Delegation to Canada

On January 21, 2015, the National Research Council (NRC) welcomed a delegation led by Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Canada with participation from 20 EU economies for an exchange on innovation systems and introduction to NRC.

EUREKA Delegation visit

The Canadian National Committee for EUREKA meeting took place November 27, 2014 at the NRC's 100 Sussex Drive building in Ottawa. Front row (L-R): Bill Dobson, Canadian NPC to EUREKA for SMEs and Director, Ontario Region, NRC-IRAP; Julie Sunday, Director, Science Technology and Innovation, DFATD; Shannon Glenn, DG, Policy Branch, Science and Innovation Sector, Industry Canada; NRC President John McDougall; Bruno Moor EUREKA High Level Group Chairman and Delegate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Education and Research for the Swiss EUREKA-Chair; Susanne Madders, Senior International Cooperation Officer; Daniel Dufour, Director, External Relations, Industry Canada. Back row (L-R): Melanie Cullins, Canadian National Project Coordinator to EUREKA and Director, International Relations, NRC; Jayson Myers, CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Laurier Schramm, former Chair, Board of Directors, Innoventures Canada; Andreas Gut, EUREKA National Project Coordinator Chairman; Michel Vanavermaete, Program Implementation Manager; and Bogdan Ciobanu, VP, Industrial Research Assistance Program, NRC.

EUREKA Delegation visit

Visit of EUREKA Chair and EUREKA Secretariat regarding Canada's re-association to EUREKA, November 26-28, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario. Seated (L-R): Bruno H. Moor, EUREKA High Level Group Chairman and Delegate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Education and Research for the Swiss EUREKA-Chair; John R. McDougall, Canadian High Level Representative to EUREKA, Canadian National Committee for EUREKA Chair, and NRC President. Standing, (L-R): Andreas Gut, EUREKA National Project Coordinator Chairman; Suzanne Madders, Senior International Cooperation Officer, EUREKA Secretariat; Michel Vanavermaete, Program Implementation Manager, EUREKA Secretariat; Melanie Cullins, Canadian National Project Coordinator to EUREKA and Director, International Relations, NRC; Bogdan Ciobanu, VP, Industrial Research Assistance Program, NRC.

Canada-Swiss MedTech Partnering Event

The Canadian Medical Technologies sector delegation participated in the MedTech Partnering Event in Basel, Switzerland, on November 18, 2014. This event was part of the EUREKA Innovation Event and Swiss Innovation Forum which took place there. Canada's EUREKA office, under the auspices of NRC, led a delegation of about 20 Canadian companies in the medical technologies field to promote partnering with Swiss companies.

MOU to strengthen collaboration in ICT and telecommunication R&D projects

NRC President John McDougall witnesses the signing of the MOU between the EUREKA ICT cluster and industry-driven European research initiative Celtic-Plus, and the Quebec-based, industry-university Research and Development consortium Prompt on November 18, 2014 in Basel, Switzerland. (L-R): Anders Caspar, of Ericsson, Sweden and Celtic-Plus core group member; NRC President John McDougall; Jacques Magen, Chairman of Celtic-Plus; and Jacques McNeill, Coordinator, Green ICT, Prompt.

Boosting technological innovation in Canada and in France

Paul François Fournier, Executive Vice-president of the Innovation Division, Bpifrance and Bogdan Ciobanu, Vice-President, NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program shake hands following the signing of an agreement to benefit both countries through technology partnerships on October 29, 2014, in Montréal, Québec. For more information: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/news/releases/2014/nrc_bpifrance.html.

Canada's participation in international Science & Technology (S&T) is vital for the nation to gain access to the S&T knowledge and information it needs to succeed in the new knowledge-based economy.

This global reach improves the quality of knowledge produced by Canadian researchers. It creates access to the world's best S&T facilities, equipment and talent. It provides vital access to the knowledge produced by researchers in other nations, a necessity for Canada and Canadian businesses. And it opens doors for Canadian firms to access the technology opportunities and information they need to remain competitive.

The international scientific research community has always cooperated across borders. Most of this cooperation occurs informally, researcher-to-researcher. Given the enormous benefits generated by these informal international partnerships, NRC has actively pursued international research partnerships and alliances on behalf of Canada.

NRC plays a leading role in providing Canada with strategic S&T information, intelligence and connections to centres of advanced S&T around the world. NRC has created valuable international linkages and networks that help transfer S&T information back to Canadian firms, universities and public sector partners, and also generate new business opportunities for Canadian SMEs.