U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership

The United States and Canada share a long-standing, unique relationship.  We are the closest of allies, friends, and neighbors.  The United States and Canada enjoy the world’s most comprehensive trade and investment relationship, which supports our mutual prosperity and millions of jobs on both sides of the border.  Daily, nearly $2 billion in goods and services and about 400,000 people cross what is the world’s longest undefended border on the planet.  Canada is the top source of all forms of energy to the United States.  The United States is Canada’s largest foreign investor by far, focusing on Canada’s software, IT, transportation, and business services industries.  The United States, Mexico, and Canada signed an agreement on November 30, 2018 to modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA into a 21st century, high-standard agreement: the USMCA.  An important addition involves a new digital trade chapter.  The U.S. Mission in Canada’s strategy calls for the United States and Canada to foster cross-border research, development, and innovation collaboration to make North America more competitive in the global economy.

The U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership will work together to increase cross-border collaboration, foster ideas to develop the workforce of the future, and cultivate a shared values-based approach utilizing policy tools where possible to promote the adoption and acceleration of emerging technologies, innovations, and research.  Through contributions to binational progress, the Partnership will benefit from close engagement with the Consul General and U.S. Consulate Toronto team, the U.S. Mission in Canada, the U.S. Ambassador, and other senior U.S. government officials.

Consul General Greg Stanford
Greg Stanford

U.S. Consul General – Toronto
 

Dr. Bill Anderson
Dr. Bill Anderson

Cross-Border Institute, University of Windsor

“The Canada-US economic relationship is one of the great success stories of the past 50 years. Its continued success depends on strengthening cross-border networks of knowledge and innovation. I expect the U.S. – Innovation Partnership to identify ways to meet this challenge.”

–Dr. Bill Anderson

 
Alan Bernstein
Alan Bernstein

President, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

 
Helen Burstyn

Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Social Venture Zone at Ryerson University, Board Chair at Evergreen
 
Rola Dagher
Rola Dagher
President & CEO, Cisco Canada

“As technology continues to impact human progress, we as leaders need to ensure that we are harnessing the power of innovation for good. The U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership will continue the necessary bi-lateral dialogue that will promote collaboration and alignment, so we can work together to make North America even more competitive in the global economy.”

— Rola Dagher

 

Jim Dunn
Jim Dunn

Associate Vice-President, Research (Acting), McMaster University

“McMaster has a number of significant partnerships in research and innovation in the United States and we are always looking to develop new, productive partnerships in areas of mutual interest.  Our interests include research and technology development in nuclear medicine, anti-microbial resistance, advance manufacturing, automotive and transportation technologies, urban development and growth, aging, and public policy. We’re keen to enhance our relationships with the United States and applaud the US Consul General’s Office on its leadership on this important initiative.”

— Jim Dunn

 
Meric Gertler
Meric Gertler

President, University of Toronto

 
Gareth Gibson
Garth Gibson

President and CEO, Vector Institute

“As a Canadian specializing in AI and Technology who has lived and worked in the USA more than half of my life and has married an American, collaboration between the US and Canada is of particular importance in my career and life.”

— Garth Gibson

 
Sanjeev Gill
Sanjeev Gill

VP for Innovation, University of Waterloo

“Canada and the United States not only share a border, but we share a rich history of innovation that has benefited our citizens both socially and economically through deep cooperation and partnership. For the first time in history, technology advancement is outpacing the ability of humans to keep up. Increased global competition is shifting economic powers, new forms of currency and cyber warfare have emerged, our freedoms and financial systems are threatened daily, and the distribution of information is being distorted like never before. These factors and many others require multi-national collaborations.  I am excited to be a founding member of the US-Canada Innovation Partnership, and hopeful that initiatives spawned through this partnership will deliver deepened coordination between our nations to address opportunities and challenges in the face of unprecedented technological disruption.”                                                                                                                                                                               

— Sanjeev Gill

 
Hillary Hartley
Hillary Hartley

Chief Digital and Data Officer, Deputy Minister, Cabinet Office

“I am excited about this opportunity to foster greater partnerships in the thriving innovation ecosystem. Collaboration is at the heart of innovation and working together, we can do so much.”

— Hillary Hartley

 
E.M. Blake Hutcheson
E.M. Blake Hutcheson

President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS

“Innovation is our future as is the trusted relationship between Canada and the U.S. This partnership supports both of these truths beautifully!”

— E.M. Blake Hutcheson

 
Vijay Kanwar

Consultant

Aliza Lakhani
Aliza Lakhani
Northeastern University

“As a global university with campuses in both Canada and the United States, Northeastern University is proud to be part of the U.S. – Canada Innovation Partnership to drive  collaboration and innovation between our two countries with the ultimate goal of fostering lifelong learning, anytime and anywhere.” 

— Aliza Lakhani

 
Steven Liss
Steven Liss

VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

“Ryerson University is delighted to be a founding member of the U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership which recognizes the special multi-dimensional relationship between our two countries. Innovation requires collaboration and meaningful connections that are strengthened by brain circulation and the exchange of ideas, people and products beyond borders. As a hub for world-leading researchers solving complex problems, we welcome the opportunity to deepen relationships and the impact of the innovation ecosystem for our mutual and shared success.”

–Steven N. Liss

 
Mark McQueen
Mark McQueen

President and Executive Managing Director, CIBC

“CIBC is committed to continuing to help develop innovation across North America. Whether assisting with strategic advice, helping entrepreneurs reach their next level, or collaborating with key leaders, I’m thrilled to be a founding member of the U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership, as we work together to help shape binational progress within the technology and innovation space.”

— Mark McQueen

Nadeem Nathoo
Nadeem Nathoo

Co-founder, The Knowledge Society (TKS)

“There is so much low hanging fruit to foster innovation between these 2 countries. We have the talent, mindsets and resources to do incredible things, and now just need to get the right people together to execute on making 1+1=3.”

— Nadeem Nathoo

 
Joel Ramsey
Joel Ramsey

Partner, Torys

“There has never been a better time for the U.S. and Canada to shape their shared future through technology and innovation policy-making. I am delighted to be part of the conversation.”

–Joel Ramsey

 
Jan De Silva
Jan De Silva

President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

“Canada and the United States are home to a significant brain trust of individuals and businesses focused on the benefits and opportunities of the innovation economy. When we challenge conventional wisdom, together, on what it means to be globally competitive, we can promote and adopt innovation on a larger scale, with tremendous impact. I am looking forward to partnering on ideas for a business climate that will help organizations and governments succeed and prosper.”

— Jan De Silva

 
Abdullah Snobar
Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, Digital Media Zone (DMZ)

“As a leading tech incubator-accelerator, the DMZ has had a long history of positively impacting the world by preparing the top tech startups in North America for global expansion, which enables them to foster more jobs and build technologies that make an economic or social impact. With offices in Toronto and New York City, the DMZ has incubated and accelerated 424 startups that have raised $715 million and fostered 4,000 jobs in North America in just under 10 years. As the Executive Director of the DMZ, I will be a voice for startups from the ecosystem in helping provide opportunities and connections to U.S. based leaders.”

— Abdullah Snobar

 
Tonya Surman
Tonya Surman

CEO, Centre for Social Innovation

“Opportunity to connect with Canadian innovative leaders and a chance to work together to build environment to support all forms of innovation in Canada and the United States.”

— Tonya Surman

 
David Telka
David Telka

Managing Director, Accenture

“The innovation ecosystem is ever-expanding as industry, government and academia evaluate new solutions for society. Emerging innovations for connected smart cities or autonomous vehicles, for example, require industry and governments to address needs around talent, research sites and regulations. The U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership will help bring ecosystem players together to advance collaboration and innovation across our geographic boundaries and I look forward to working in partnership with this group as we look to the future.”

— David Telka

 
Berry Vrbanovic
Berry Vrbanovic

Mayor of Kitchener

“I was honored to be asked to serve on the US-Canada Innovation partnership.  Cities are the economic engines of our respective countries, and I am pleased to bring the voice of the city that is the western hub of the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation corridor to the table to explore how we can build on the many important ties that exist between us and major US centers of innovation like Silicon valley, Boston and New York.”

–Berry Vrbanovic

 

Steve Woods
Steve Woods

Senior Engineering Director, Google Canada

“I’ve learned, as an entrepreneur in both the United States and Canada, that there are shared goals and interests between our two countries. Over nearly 20 years of contributing to the tech ecosystem in Southern Ontario from the USA and more recently from Canada, it’s become obvious that partnerships like this are always necessary to further encourage collaboration, identify new opportunities, and support growth in our communities.”

— Steve Woods

Yung Wu
Yung Wu

CEO, MaRS

“The Canada-U.S. relationship is among the world’s most significant trading relationships, and it holds special importance at this moment of technological transformation. MaRS is proud to be a founding member of the new U.S.-Canada Innovation Partnership as we think it will drive significant economic growth for both of our countries, particularly in the start-up community.”

— Yung Wu