International Science and Technology Partnerships


International partnerships focused on science, technology, and innovation can provide Canada with an opportunity to advance the state of knowledge in areas of national importance, help address global challenges, and contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals. Canadian companies could also benefit from global partnerships to access new and emerging markets.

While there are numerous opportunities for international collaborations, Canada has finite resources to support them. Partnerships need to be evaluated on strengths in areas such as science, technology, and innovation, but consideration also needs to be given to political and economic factors.

This assessment will examine best practices and identify key elements of a rigorous, data-enabled approach to selecting international science, technology, and innovation (STI) partners.

The Sponsor:

Global Affairs Canada

The Question:

In a post-COVID world, how can Canadian public, private and academic organizations evaluate and prioritize STI partnership opportunities with foreign countries to achieve key national objectives, using indicators supported by objective data where possible?

The Expert Panel on International Science and Technology Partnerships:

  • Monica Gattinger (Chair), Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa
  • David Audretsch, Distinguished Professor; Ameritech Chair of Economic Development; Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University
  • Stewart Beck, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Paul Arthur Berkman, Faculty Associate, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, and Associate Director, Science Diplomacy Centre, Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program, Harvard University; Associated Fellow, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • Karen Croteau, Partner, Goss Gilroy
  • Paul Dufour, Principal, PaulicyWorks
  • Meredith Lilly, Associate Professor, Simon Reisman Chair in International Economic Policy, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University
  • David Perry, President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Peggy Van de Plassche, Managing Partner, Roar Growth
  • Caroline S. Wagner, Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University
  • Jennifer M. Welsh, Professor; Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security; Director, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University

Expert Panel