Premier Renews Ontario-Israel MOU with Chief Scientist
New Research Agreements Expand Collaboration Between Ontario and Israeli Institutions
Today Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of the Ontario delegation signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Israeli institutions, making it easier for experts in research and innovation to collaborate on new projects.
Premier Wynne met with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson to sign new partnership agreements valued at $20 million, including:
- An amendment to the existing Ontario-Israel Research and Development MOU, which will expand the agreement to include academic-industry partnerships.
- $10 million in joint funding for new industry-academic collaborations, which will help industries and academic institutions work together to develop the next generation of high-tech products.
- $10 million in joint funding for industry projects over the next five years through the Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program, which represents an additional $4 million in funding over existing commitments. This includes funding for three successful 2015 applicants in the area of clean-tech and advanced materials.
The Premier also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to discuss opportunities for future collaboration on shared priorities, including research, innovation and life sciences.
The Premier participated in an innovation roundtable at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hosted by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to promote Ontario's leadership in innovation and showcase the province's world-class colleges and universities. Several Ontario institutions signed collaboration agreements with the Hebrew University, including:
- The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research signed an MOU valued at $5 million with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This agreement will create the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomics and Immunity Research Program to support post-doctoral researchers and students in tumour immunology and genomics in their efforts to broaden the effectiveness of cancer therapies. The MOU will pave the way for advances that would not be possible if either institution were working alone, helping to accelerate the pace of progress to end cancer.
- McMaster University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are expanding a 2014 MOU to further develop research projects and international internship opportunities. Under this MOU, the Ontario Brain Institute and the Hebrew University agreed to establish an Autism Research Training Exchange Program between McMaster University, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Hebrew University. This agreement will help children who are living with autism.
- The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto signed an MOU with the Hebrew University to collaborate on a graduate student exchange program.
- The Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto announced the Jerusalem-Toronto Bio-Innovation Partnership with the Hebrew University to support collaboration on bioengineering projects, study-abroad programs and clinical research.
- The University of Guelph and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are partnering to create broader opportunities for their students and faculty in the areas of veterinary medicine and agriculture.
The Premier also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and laid a wreath on the stone slab under which the ashes of Holocaust victims are buried.
This evening, the Premier will attend an event in Jerusalem to encourage the development of entrepreneurship in Israel and Canada by connecting Ontario students and faculty with Israeli startups, internships and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Building new relationships and helping businesses compete globally are part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Ontario’s 44 universities and colleges produce over 39,500 graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — making Ontario first in the OECD in STEM graduates.
- Ontario is home to 18 of Canada’s top 50 research universities — the universities of Toronto, McMaster, Western, Queen’s, Waterloo, Laurentian, Lakehead, Guelph, Ottawa and others are internationally recognized for the quality of their research.
- There are 184 Israeli students studying at Ontario’s public postsecondary institutions in 2015–16.
- The Ontario government partners with the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem to recognize the contributions of Holocaust survivors at Queen’s Park on an annual basis, with the most recent ceremony taking place on April 14, 2016.
“Ontario universities and colleges are not only preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow — they are also leading the way in innovative research and scientific breakthroughs. The MOUs that were signed today bring together institutions from different sides of the globe to work on shared priorities.”
“For many years, researchers from Ontario and Israel have been collaborating on projects that advance discovery, leading to new breakthrough treatments, cures and technologies that offer the potential to improve lives locally and globally. The agreements announced today build on that legacy of results-based partnerships and illustrate the ever-deepening innovation, economic and cultural connections between Ontario and Israel.”
“The partnerships forged today represent an exciting and crucial step forward for critical cancer therapies and complement our government’s commitment to improve the lives of children and families living with autism. This type of collaboration will benefit both countries and the services we provide for the fastest growing diseases.”
“Over the past decade the Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program has been instrumental in developing partnerships between Ontario and Israeli companies, adding substantial value to both the economic and technological relationship between Canada and Israel. In the recent call for proposals both sides approved three new projects totalling just over $2 million.”