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Advancing Innovation: Japan-Canada, Ontario Dialogue forStrategic Collaboration at Tokyo Tech

  A delegation consisting of roughly 50 representatives of the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, businesses and universities in the Canadian province, and the Embassy of Canada in Japan visited Tokyo Tech to attend the "Advancing Innovation: Japan-Canada, Ontario Dialogue for Strategic Collaboration" symposium on November 30, 2016. The event followed a courtesy call paid to Tokyo Tech President Yoshinao Mishima by Embassy of Canada Deputy Head of Mission Martial Page earlier that morning.

At the symposium, in addition to Mishima and Page, an opening address was given by Assistant Deputy Minister Cameron Sinclair from the International Trade, the Government of Ontario. After the initial remarks, Professor Takehiro Inohara from the Institute for Liberal Arts spoke on "Collaboration in the Conflict Analysis Group, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada" and Professor Hidetoshi Nishimori from the Department of Physics presented the "Theory of quantum computing from Tokyo Tech and its commercialization by a Canadian venture." To end the first session, Professor Mitsuhiko Oi, head of the International Collaboration Division at Tokyo Tech's Office of Industry Liaison, introduced the Institute's intellectual property management and industry collaboration activities.

After a coffee break, Waterloo's Vice-President, University Relations Sandra Banks spoke about campus-wide and advanced entrepreneurship initiatives in her presentation "Experiential Education and Entrepreneurship at Canada's Innovation University." Banks's talk was followed by presentations from key players in two companies based in the Ontario region - Iain Klugman from Communitech and Adam Nanjee from MaRS Discovery District - who spoke about their company missions, corporate innovation, and support initiatives for start-up companies. Active international exchanges between Tokyo Tech and universities and companies in the province of Ontario continue to develop, raising expectations for increased collaboration leading to innovation.