VANCOUVER, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the City of Surrey's
transformation into Canada's innovation gateway, Mayor Dianne Watts is
in Israel on a week-long business trade mission focused on medical
technology in partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
"Israel is known as the world's global 'Start-Up Nation'. Canada's
'Start-Up City', Surrey, is looking to tap into Israel's pioneering
cutting-edge medical, entrepreneurial and scientific innovation," said
Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.
Partnering with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs/Pacific Region,
Mayor Watts is accompanied by a high-level delegation from the health
technology business sector and representatives from Simon Fraser
University, University of British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic
University - all with the aim of strengthening Surrey's new world class
medical technology hub, "Innovation Boulevard."
The Surrey delegation will meet with representatives from Israel's most
respected hospitals, research institutions, and start-up companies.
Surrey will partner with Israel Brain Technologies (IBT)—Israel's most
prestigious neuro technology consortium created by Israel's President
and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres.
"I am impressed by the individuals Surrey has assembled on this
important endeavour and look forward to advancing neuro technology
initiatives together," said Miri Polacheck, Executive Director of
Israel Brain Technologies.
This partnership will lead to the establishment of close ties between
Israel's leading neuro science innovators and their colleagues on
Surrey's Innovation Boulevard.
Meeting with Mayor Watts, former Israeli Ambassador to Canada Miriam Ziv
discussed why Surrey-Israel partnerships are a positive development and
a natural fit.
"As a global pioneer in medical innovation, Israel has much to share
with cities like Surrey. Our success is a product of Israel's ability
to bring together the best of academia, research, science and
entrepreneurship to create world-class technologies and cures. Mayor
Watts is leading Surrey in the same direction. I knew we were an
excellent fit from when I first met Mayor Watts in BC," said Ambassador
"The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs/Pacific Region is honoured to
be partnering with the City of Surrey on this exciting trade mission to
Israel. Together, Israel and Surrey are well-positioned to make the
world a better place through science and innovation," said CIJA/Pacific
Region board member Candace Kwinter who is accompanying Mayor Watts on
As the non-partisan advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada,
the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) serves as the voice of
the organized Canadian Jewish community.
Innovation Boulevard is a network of health institutions, universities,
companies and talented people located within one square mile in Surrey,
BC's City Centre between Simon Fraser University and Surrey Memorial
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)