Canada came into ITEA with a “bang”. While only 1 Canadian partner participated in one ITEA 3 Call 1 project in 2014, 15 Canadian partners already got involved in ten labelled ITEA 3 Call 2 projects in 2015. Four of these projects are even led by Canadian SMEs.
To further strengthen the ties and improve cooperation possibilities, ITEA Chairwoman Zeynep Sarılar was invited for a 5-day visit to Canada from Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August. This year, the focus was on Smart Health related companies and organisations. During these days, she visited a number of representatives from Canadian SMEs, hospitals and health networks, incubation centres, accelerators, associations and universities in Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa and Montreal. The meetings consisted of a mix of interesting discussions, presentations and site visits. Zeynep also met representatives of the National Research Council (NRC), Canada’s research and technology organisation, executives from NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Canada’s leading innovation assistance programme for SMEs, representatives of the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and representatives from multiple ministries to discuss future project and funding possibilities and conditions.