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ACCC Continues with Governor General’s Diplomacy of Knowledge Mission in São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo, April 27, 2012– James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC, continues to accompany His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on his Diplomacy of Knowledge mission.

Today, Mr. Knight participated in the Brazil-Canada: Innovation Nations Forum, whose goal was to explore how academic-private sector collaborations between Canada and Brazil can drive innovation for commercialization. Panelists were asked, among other items, to identify approaches for sharing and adapting the college applied research model for institutes in Brazil interested in developing research capacity with private sector partners.

“For more than 20 years, colleges have been sharing their expertise with partners in developing and emerging countries for the delivery of employment-oriented education,’ said James Knight. “The sharing of education-related expertise has led to a growing interest to expand college applied research activity internationally. The 52 agreements signed between Canadian colleges and federal institutes in Brazil for faculty and student exchanges include some joint applied research initiatives.”

In 2010-2011, Canadian colleges participated in at least 47 international projects with 13 countries (Australia, Barbados, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, UK and US) in research areas ranging from natural resources and energy, management/business, environmental science and technology, manufacturing, building technology, information technology and health, medical and life sciences.

ACCC hopes to ensure that Canadian colleges and Brazilian institutes are represented on the Working Group to be created under the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation.

“Governments, universities, colleges and the private sector each play a unique and important role in contributing to innovation. The strengths of Canada’s colleges and institutes and their linkages with the private sector are a vital element of Canada’s innovation system,” concluded Mr. Knight, who will continue on to Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago with the Governor General.

The Governor General’s itinerary can be found here: www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14502&lan=eng#April26_Rio

For more information, contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière
Manager, Communications and Information Services
ACCC
Tel: (613) 746-2222 ext. 3123
Email: rlafreniere@accc.ca