International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada), the Ocean Technology Alliance Canada (OTAC), and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada, in collaboration with leading Brazilian ocean technology organizations, will host the Canada-Brazil Mission in Ocean Observation Technologies, February 10-14, 2014 in Brazil.

Building on the outcomes of two Canada-Brazil R&D workshops and a trade mission in ocean technologies hosted in 2012, this mission aims to:

  • Strengthen existing R&D and business collaborations; and
  • Help cultivate new relationships and sales opportunities in Brazil’s $225-billion offshore development program.

This mission and future programs seek to establish Canada as an international leader in ocean observation products and services that provide sustained monitoring of the ocean environment. This includes sensor systems, infrastructure, marine information and communications technologies, modeling and prediction systems. With a focus on market-driven opportunities, this five-day mission will enable Canadian delegates to meet with dozens of Brazilian firms and organizations seeking ocean observation products and services. This includes:

Brazilian ocean technology developers and system integrators;

  • Ocean observation technology adopters and users in key sectors such as oil and gas;
  • World-class researchers from top Brazilian research institutes and academic institutions who drive innovation in ocean science and technology; and
  • Brazilian leaders and decision-makers from key government ministries and programs that provide S&T funding for bilateral R&D collaboration in priority areas such as ocean technology.

This mission provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the Brazilian ocean technology market, including key challenges and opportunities;
  • Explore business development and export opportunities with prospective Brazilian partners, customers and suppliers;
  • Discuss shared R&D interests, project ideas and opportunities for research and business collaboration in ocean observation systems; and
  • Participate on site visits and learn about existing Brazilian ocean technologies first-hand.

Industry-led Canadian-Brazilian R&D teams, including those established during this mission, may also leverage joint funding mechanisms for R&D collaboration leading to a commercial solution. In addition, qualified Canadian companies may be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of mission travel costs from ISTPCanada up to a maximum of $3,000.

For additional information contact: Scott McLean, Director, Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre and OTAC at sdmclean@uvic.ca or Bharat Rudra, Country Manager for Brazil, ISTPCanada at: 613 729 3069 x224 or BharatRudra@istpcanada.ca.