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August 07, 2007— Ottawa, Ontario

On June 4, 2007, NRC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. Both organizations pledged to work together for the next three years to help Canada and Germany achieve results in clean energy. This pact will bring together some of the world's best researchers in the fields of alternative energy, bio-fuels and environmentally friendly uses of energy to help lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution.

From left to right: Ambassador Eugenio Ortega from the Embassy of Chile in Canada, NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe, and Chilean Minister of Economy Alejandro Ferreiro.
From left to right: Ambassador Eugenio Ortega from the Embassy of Chile in Canada, NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe, and Chilean Minister of Economy Alejandro Ferreiro.

Clean energy and environmental technologies were also among the key research areas confirmed during the inaugural Canada-China Joint Committee meeting. The Committee oversees a January 2007 S&T agreement that connects Canadian and Chinese researchers to accelerate collaboration, scientific discovery and commercial applications in areas that will have great social and economic benefits for both countries. During its first meeting on May 28, 2007, five expert working groups were identified, and the following research areas were also confirmed: health and life sciences; and biotechnology, agri-foods and bioproducts. Plus the Committee recognized the importance of collaboration in nanotechnology, and information and communication technologies (ICT), including photonics.

As co-chair of the Canada-China Joint Committee, NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe welcomed the Chinese delegation led, by Vice Minister Shang Yong of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. Canadian committee members include representatives from the private sector (David Hudson, VP Portfolio Management, Chief Technology Office, Nortel Networks; academia (Luc Vinet, Rector, University of Montréal; and the public sector (Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Assistant Deputy Minister, CCRS-NRCan; Paul Thoppil, Director General, DFAIT and the Committee's Canadian Secretary).


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