Janice VogtleDeputy Director and Trade Commissioner, Ontario RegionForeign Affairs and International Trade CanadaInnovation Information ForumJune 1, 2011
Contents• Role of DFAIT• Role of the Trade Commissioner Service• Role of the Ontario Regional Office and staff• Detailed review of the Going Global Innovation funding program
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)• Represents Canada around the world through – embassies, consulates and trade offices, – participation in multilateral institutions – international treaties and arrangements.
DFAIT’s four key functions• Coordinating international policy-making• Promoting Canadian interests, values and expertise abroad• Assisting Canadians by providing global commerce, consular and passport services• Supplying a physical platform outside Canada
Did you know…• DFAIT is staffed with more than 11,000 employees, more than 7000 abroad.• DFAIT provides an international platform and policy integration for 22 federal government departments• Many provinces have co-located staff at Canadian embassies and consulates• An integrated network of 12 regional offices across Canada – posts abroad - Ottawa HQ
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)Canada’s most comprehensive network of international trade professionals. Located in – more than 170 cities worldwide, 18 offices across Canada. – serve between 10,000 and 15,000 Canadian companies per year
Delivering value to businessesWe can help companies succeed globally through fourkey services: 1. Preparation for international markets 2. Market-potential assessment 3. Qualified contacts 4. Problem solving
Preparing for international marketsOur trade commissioners in Canada help SMEs:• determine whether they are internationally competitive;• decide on a target market;• collect market and industry information; and• enhance their international business strategies to export, invest and innovate.
Building Canada’s economy The TCS promotes Canada’s economic interests in the global marketplace. The TCS facilitates:• Foreign-market access • Technology transfer(FTAs, Economic Cooperation • Licensing agreementsAgreements, FIPAs) • Joint-venture development• Trade leads • Investment in Canada (FDI)• Exports • Canadian direct investment• Business contacts abroad (CDIA)• Events • Research and development (R&D) partnerships
Leveraging PartnershipsThe TCS• has an unparalleled network of contacts around theworld. And that network starts at home.• connects you to its partners through its regionaloffices across Canada. Partners include: • Export Development Canada (EDC) • Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) • Provincial economic development organizations • Business and industry associations
DFAIT’s Global Commerce Support Programs• Global Opportunities - Associations Support for national associations to undertake international business development activities• Invest Canada Communities Initiative For communities to attract, retain and expand FDI• Investment Cooperation Program (INC) Support for new and existing investments abroad• Going Global Innovation Financial assistance for Canadian researchers to help develop international R&D partnerships
International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP) • The International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP) is a $20 million program managed by DFAIT, but delivered by an arms-length organization (ISTPCanada). • The program is aimed at building S&T relationships with key partners in four countries (India, China, Brazil and Israel). • Funding supports bilateral research projects and stimulates bilateral networking to develop new partnerships geared at the commercialization of R&D.
What is Going Global Innovation?• A grant that promotes and enhances Canada’s international innovation efforts.• Assists Canadian researchers in pursuing international R&D collaborative opportunities through the development of partnerships with key players in other countries/ economies.• Supports activities (projects) that aim to build on targeted relationships between Canadian companies and/or researchers and key players in other countries
Who is eligible to apply?• Canadian researchers from: – Canadian SMEs, – Canadian universities; – Canadian non-government research centres• Preference given to groups of applicants representing various research organizations
What costs are eligible?• Up to 75% of eligible project costs can be reimbursedEligible project costs:• Travel and related costs – airfare, local transportation, accommodation, meals and incidentals• Other non-research costs such as: – Meeting costs (workshops and seminar expenses, hospitality) – Pursuit of large scale projects (such as EU Framework) – Prorated costs for: the development of legal documentation to solidify a R & D partnership; translation services; photocopies, printed materialsActivities and costs that are not eligible are: – research and development activities – commercial and business activities – activities not directed at establishing specific partnerships (licensing; technology transfer; developing a web presence; retrofitting an existing technology for a local market)
Other Terms? Deadlines?• Applicants must request a minimum of $5,000 to be considered• Maximum payable to any organization for an approved project is $75,000• Stacking limit is 75%• Applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks in advance of the project commencement date.
2008-2010 GGI by Country of Destination Almost 70% of projects are focused on top 7 priority markets: China, USA, Germany, Japan, UK, France, and India
Local Success StoryWIN (Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology) • GGI supported WIN’s nanotechnology missions to Japan in 2009 and 2010, and to Israel in 2010. • GGI supported a 2008 mission to India establish a research partnership with counterparts, and supported a follow-up mission there in 2010.– Quote from WIN: » The outcomes of the [GGI-funded] Israel trip (Nov 2010) were some of the most tangible to date: 3 research collaborations, 1 Material Transfer Agreement, 1 economic partnership, and a commitment to a reciprocal research and investment visit to Waterloo in the Spring by the leaders of the top nanotechnology institutes in Israel. » Similar to the GGI funded trips to Japan and India, the Israel trip will form the foundation for many collaborations, investments and S&T Policy considerations to come.
ISTPP Contact information Valerie La Traverse Deputy Director, Innovation, Science & Technology Division DFAIT, Ottawa Tel: (613) 995-9468 Email: Valerie.Latravers@international.gc.caGoing Global Innovation Contact Information Pratima Rao Trade Commissioner, Innovation, Science and Technology DFAIT Ontario Regional Office, Toronto Phone: 416 973-5190 Email: email@example.comGGI Program Administrators in DFAIT/Ottawa Yvonne Lauzon/Erika Mallett Phone: 613 995-7920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/science/going_global.jsp