Published on 02 Jul 2015

ITEA and Canada strengthen ties during a 4-day joint event

Hosted by the National Research Council (NRC) Canada, ITEA Chairman Rudolf Haggenmüller took part in a 4-day event in Ottawa and Winnipeg on 15-18 June to strengthen the ties between ITEA and Canadian organisations and Public Authorities.

The event started in Ottawa on 15 June, with an ITEA 3 roundtable meeting with presentations from NRC, NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Industry Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and ITEA 3.

ITEA Ottowa workshop
Photo by: NRC Canada
From left to right: Joel Martin, Director of R&D, Information and Communication Technologies - NRC, François Cordeau, General Manager, Information and Communication Technologies - NRC, Mark Burbidge, Senior Advisor, International Relations - NRC, Larry Leonardi, Director of Operations, Medical Devices - NRC, Rudolf Haggenmüller - ITEA Chairman, Krista Campbell, Director General Digital Policy Branch - Industry Canada, Bogdan Ciobanu, Vice-President - IRAP-NRC, Randy Zadra, Senior Advisor, International Relations - NRC, Natalie Zakhem, Senior Innovation Officer - Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

The next day, the delegation travelled to Winnipeg to get a tour of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. After lunch, a company visit was held at Norima Consulting. This IT Strategy and Services firm is one of the first active participants in ITEA. Following the ITEA PO Days 2014 they joined the Medolution project which was labelled under ITEA 3 Call 1.

ITEA Winnipeg workshop
Photo by: Centrallia – WTC Winnipeg
From left to right: Rudolf Haggenmüller - ITEA Chairman, Mark Burbidge, Deputy National Project Coordinator - Canada’s National Office for EUREKA, Lora Kushner, IP Strategist - Norima Consulting, Virginie De Visscher, Director International Trade - WTC Winnipeg

On the event’s third day an ITEA 3 orientation workshop was held. After a comprehensive overview of EUREKA Canada by NRC and NRC-IRAP, Rudolf Haggenmüller presented ITEA and possibilities for Canadian organisations to become involved. Lora Kushner of Norima Consulting then gave a very striking practical example in an ITEA 3 showcase. In the afternoon, 17 project ideas were presented that came from various Canadian organisations and which were prepared together with NRC. Afterwards, Rudolf Haggenmüller gave a workshop on how to use the ITEA Project Idea Tool and how to prepare towards ITEA’s second Call for projects, opening with the ITEA PO Days 2015, a 2-day brokerage event in Brussels taking place on 22-23 September. Presentations by NRC-IRAP and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development closed this very productive workshop day.

On 18 June, the main focus was on ‘Doing business in Europe’, with presentations by and a group discussion with WTC Winnipeg, Pivot Advisory, Export Development Canada and TDS Law. A presentation on ‘International Relationship Building’ closed the day.

Initial results of this fruitful 4-day event in Ottawa and Winnipeg are already tangible, as multiple Canadian organisations have registered for the PO Days in Brussels so far and several project ideas are in preparation in the ITEA project idea tool.

Related projects


ITEA 3 Call 1

Medical care evolution