Following up on the Bavarian business mission to Canada – Future of Mobility
From June 3-8, 2019, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, supported by Bayern International and the State of Bavaria Office in Montreal, organized a business trip to Montreal and Toronto. Among the 30 Bavarian delegates from the group were entrepreneurs and members of the boards of Bavarian companies, as well as scientists from the fields of sustainable/digital/advanced mobility, electric mobility, robotics, automotive and train technologies, IoT, Big Data, Deep Learning and AI, as well as representatives from Bavarian Chambers of Commerce and trade associations.
The delegation was taking place as part of the 30th anniversary year of the Bavaria-Quebec cooperation agreement. Its aim was to explore new business and cooperation opportunities, and deepen existing ties. The combination of entrepreneurs, representatives from Chambers of Commerce and trade associations, as well as scientists enabled some interesting transversal talks with Canadian partners as well as inside the group.
The Bavarian delegation visited the Movin’On by Michelin summit in Montreal, one of the world’s prominent conferences on sustainable mobility with over 5000 participants from 60 countries, and 150 partners. “Sustainable mobility” is ascribed all sorts of endeavours to modernize the concepts and means of traveling around. What’s more, the Bavarian participants were offered a program of company-visits, cooperation exchanges and networking events.
Following on was a second leg to the journey leading them to Toronto and the Waterloo region, in Ontario. Toronto is North America’s third biggest city and boast a strong automotive industry tradition. With its satellite towns, the Greater Toronto Area is regarded as one of North America’s most solid high-tech regions. In Toronto and Waterloo, the Bavarian participants were presented a number of Canadian companies with whom they were able to enter discussions and envision possible collaborations. Also on the agenda: a visit of a start-up incubator and of the University of Waterloo.
Organizing partners for this mission were among others the Connected Mobility Platform of the Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern, Bayern Innovativ’s automotive cluster, Munich’s Digital Hub Mobility, and the Bavarian Research Alliance (Bayerische Forschungsallianz), especially the Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Quebec.