Download Full Press ReleaseTORONTO, Ontario, February 25, 2011 International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), together with Canadian, Indian and Israeli partners, organized and hosted a two-day Ontario (Canada)-India-Israel Trilateral Roundtable on Water Technologies that promises to help Canadian innovators capitalize on the $400 billion global water technologies market and improve the availability of fresh water in India. It represents the first milestone in a broader strategic initiative that aims to harness the complementary strengths of all three nations; stimulate trilateral R&D on technology-based water solutions that address specific issues facing India; and open new markets for participating companies. The emerging three-way partnerships will provide Canadian innovators with a competitive advantage in the Indian market, enabling them to seize near-term commercial opportunities and increase the export of Canadian technology to India.Hosted by ISTPCanada, India.s Global Innovation Technology Alliance (GITA), the Government of Ontario, the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF), and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the roundtable brought together more than 70 experts from government, industry and academia from Ontario and other regions of Canada, India and Israel in Toronto, Ontario. It enabled delegates to better understand key Indian water challenges and market opportunities; meet prospective R&D and business partners; participate in industrial matchmaking meetings; and explore trilateral R&D collaboration on innovative water solutions. Over the coming year, R&D teams with companies from Ontario (Canada), India and Israel will be invited to propose innovative technology-based water solutions for the Indian market.On February 24, 2011, more than 100 distinguished guests gathered at the opening reception of the Ontario (Canada)-India-Israel Trilateral Roundtable on Water Technologies in Toronto, Ontario. This special event featured speaking remarks from (left to right) Dr. S. Prabhakar, Scientist and Head Separation Technology Section, Desalination Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India; Dr. Pierre Bilodeau, Vice President, ISTPCanada; keynote speaker, the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario; Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE); and Mr. Dan Vilenski, Director of the Board, Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative, Israel.To ensure a focused and results-oriented roundtable, delegates from India provided an overview of national water challenges and priorities to all participants. They emphasized the need for low-cost solutions that address water supply and demand imbalances; the increasing cost of water management; water infrastructure renewal and revitalization; and the many opportunities to reap the broader benefits of water (beyond its value as a commodity). Following additional presentations on the R&D strengths of each participating nation, delegates participated in breakout sessions to discuss specific trilateral R&D projects that address Indian priorities and market opportunities. These meetings convened several dozen companies, and prompted several participants to explore initial cooperative R&D and business agreements with international counterparts.“Canada is committed to building leading technology and innovation partnerships and we welcome delegates from India and Israel to this groundbreaking event," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade. “The partnerships that emerge from this roundtable will help grow Canada.s water technology industry and create new jobs for Canadians.”Ontario.s Minister of Research and Innovation Glen Murray is keynote speaker: “The world needs affordable and achievable solutions to ensure that people have a dependable supply of clean water. Ontario is committed to driving the creation of new water technologies and sharing our expertise to the world. Together with India and Israel, and other global leaders like Singapore, we are creating an agile network to collaborate on research, test new technologies and provide relevant expertise where it is needed most."“The availability of fresh water is one of the most pressing imperatives facing India and many other nations around the world,” said Dr. Henri Rothschild, President and CEO, ISTPCanada and CIIRDF. “It is an urgent issue that demands focused resources, multidisciplinary expertise and collaborative solutions. Leveraging a powerful platform for trilateral R&D cooperation and the complementary strengths of three countries, we are jumpstarting the development of new water technologies that help to preserve and manage this life-giving resource, and enable innovators to capitalize on global market opportunity.”“We aim to create a resilient innovation ecosystem that connects R&D, higher education and policy to foster sustainable wealth creation in India”, said Dr. Rajiv Sharma, Head, International Cooperation, Department of Science & Technology (DST), India. “Building on the initial vision of Dr. Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India, this trilateral initiative will further strengthen this ecosystem by enabling us to draw on the technological knowhow of Canada and Israel, and develop new expertise within India. More importantly, the emerging water technologies will help us to build a more sustainable future and preserve the well-being of our citizens.”“As a global leader in multidisciplinary R&D and water management, Israel has developed many technology-based water solutions and harnessed the power of these innovations to overcome fresh water shortages,” said Mr. Dan Vilenski, entrepreneur and Director on the Board of the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative. “Israeli advances in desalination, cloud seeding, drip irrigation, „fertigation. and wastewater reuse are already in use around the world. This trilateral initiative will allow us to put this expertise into greater practice, remove collaboration obstacles, attract R&D funds, and develop novel products that address key water issues in India and other nations."“This novel initiative addresses key objectives established by Ontario Centres of Excellence in collaborative R&D, technology transfer and commercialization,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “Building on the capabilities offered by our sector focus and expertise in the areas of Energy and Environment, we are well positioned to help Ontario companies to innovate and commercialize clean water technologies for the Indian market. The resulting partnerships will provide these firms with a competitive edge in the global economy, and enable them to improve the availability of fresh water in India.”The opening reception of theOntario (Canada)-India-Israel Trilateral Roundtable on Water Technologies hosted by ISTPCanada together with partners such as the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Global Innovation Technology Alliance of India and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) welcomed the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario (fifth from left, top row) as key note speaker, and many visiting delegates from India and Israel (featured here).About International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) ISTPCanada develops and implements R&D collaboration programs under Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation agreements between Canada and its key trading partners, including India, China, Brazil and Israel. Mandated by the Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, ISTPCanada facilitates the development of new R&D partnerships between Canadian companies, research organizations and their counterparts in other countries; invests in cooperative research projects with high commercial potential; and stimulates early-stage partnership development activity. In doing so, ISTPCanada develops new models of bilateral and multilateral collaboration that enhance Canada.s competitiveness through the increased use of international research-based alliances, and helps to strengthen Canada.s overall S&T, economic, trade and political relations with other nations. For additional information, please visit: www.istpcanada.caAbout the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation is an international role model for fostering innovation. The program grants seed money for basic advanced technological research and development to joint ventures of Canadian and Israeli small enterprises. Approved projects have demonstrated both commercial viability and outstanding contribution to the public good; for instance, cancer research. For additional information, please visit: www.ciirdf.caAbout the Global Innovation Technology Alliance (GITA) In 2007, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) promoted the development of the Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA). GITA develops, delivers and promotes international industry R&D programs in India, with a focus on results and opportunities to increase participation from industry and academia. The organization aims to enhance the competitiveness of Indian industry and institutions through collaborative R&D, technology transfer and joint ventures. For additional information, please visit: www.gita.org.inAbout Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario.s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario.s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, Ontario Centres of Excellence invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federal government, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative business to grow and achieve sustainable commercial success and global competitiveness. Ontario Centres of Excellence is a key partner in delivering Ontario.s innovation Agenda as a member of the province.s Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is Ontario.s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information visit: oceinnovation.ca.Media inquiries:Sonya Shorey Senior Communications StrategistCell: 613.851.9416sonyashorey@rogers.com