How innovation links France to Alberta
The Consulate general of France in Vancouver aims at strenghtening the cooperation regarding innovation between Alberta and France since 2013. A study visit of officials from the Albertan Ministry of innovation was organized in France for the implementation of the program IDEAS.
The pilot program IDEAS (Innovation for the Development of our Economies and Applied to our Societies) has been launched by the Consulate to boost innovation among provincial agencies in British Columbia and Alberta. It is meant to co-finance innovative projects between actors in Canada and France on mutual interest domains. This pilot program has been inspired by European JTI (Joint Technology Initiative).
In France, regions have been contacted and some of them (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Auvergne, Champagne Ardenne, La Réunion) already expressed their interest to co-finance their own stakeholders in such a collaborative scheme with Alberta.
Biotechnologies and clean technologies have been targeted as major domains of collaboration.
Two officials from Alberta’s Innovation Ministry were in France from March 28 to April 3rd 2015. This study visit was organized by the Scientific department of the French Consulate in Vancouver.
The main objective of this mission was also to participate to the innovation event "Enterprise and research" in Reims and to present the core idea of the program for technological partnerships regarding clean technologies, especially in the fight against climate change.
High-level meetings took place between French regional authorities, officials from national governments, enterprises, competitiveness clusters, and French actors in innovation. Some agreements were signed towards the creation of partnerships that focused on strenghtening medium and small companies between France and Alberta. The program will be launched in fall 2015.
The visit was also a good opportunity to present to Alberta new models of commercialization regarding technologies and familiarize the province to the support provided by the French government to the growth of its businesses.