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Canada-China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum 2018

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Centre Mont-Royal 2200 Rue Mansfield Montréal, QC H3A 3R8

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Over 400 participants from governments, enterprises, venture capitals, incubators, investment promotion agencies, research institutes and universities are coming to this forum. A variety of topics concerning the future of innovation and entrepreneurship between China and Canada will then be fully discussed, including the latest policies, business climate and trends, frontier technologies, investment environment, and research transfer.

CCIEF is led by a coalition between the Research & Development Frontiers Institute (RDFI), Montréal NewTech, and McGill CGSA to create empowering spaces to bring together Chinese, Canadians of Chinese descent and other Canadians to learn, share, collaborate and be inspired to explore innovations and build startups together.

The annual Canada-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is our vehicule to bring together the brightest minds from the university and research fields, as well as established entrepreneurs, startups, investors, and key stakeholders in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Created with Entrepreneurs as the cornerstone of its raison d’être, the CCIEF’s mission is to support entrepreneurs by fostering an environment that promotes interaction and cooperation between Chinese and Canadian Entrepreneurs.

As such, CCIEF champions the link between the entrepreneurial community and corporate partners to achieve positive impacts in those ecosystems, and be the catalyst for international initiatives, industry breakthroughs, and hundreds of projects and collaborations between China and Canada.

Which is why, CCIEF leverages its diverse network and expertise in the Chinese and Canadian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to assist, guide, facilitate, and promote exchanges between China and Canada:

  • Assist Canadian/Chinese entrepreneurs establish and grow their businesses in China/Canada’s existing and emerging markets.

  • Guide Entrepreneurs to exploit new opportunities and trends, adapt to changing business landscapes.

  • Facilitate connection and interaction between entrepreneurs, incubators and investors.

  • Provide solutions to the unique challenges entrepreneurs face by introducing relevant Subject Matter Experts (industry leaders, academics, and government officials).

  • Promote the collaboration between industry professionals and academics to push the boundaries of scientific research and innovation.


8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:30 Opening Speeches
Topic: Outlook of China-Canada Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Speakers: Acting Consul General of Consulate General of China in Montreal, MESI (TBD)

9:30-10:00 Keynote Speech 1
Topic: The 5th Generation Communication System
Speaker: Ke Wu, Professor of Polytechnique de Montreal
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Royal Society of Canada

10:00-10:30 Keynote Speech 2
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Speaker: Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Udem,
Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

10:35-11:30 Panel Talk 1
Topic: Investment Environment in China and Canada, and Cross Border Investment
Speakers: A Chinese investor, a Canadian investor

11:35-12:30 Panel Talk 2
Topic: Technology Transfer - How Far from Research Lab to Industry
Speakers: An McGill professor, an Entrepreneur, a director from technology transfer center

12:30-13:30 Lunch break


  • Startup Demo (8~10 startups)

  • Elevator Pitch (1~2 minutes for each startup)

  • Startup Exhibition

16:00-18:00 Networking

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