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Press Release: Government of Saskatchewan Visits Israel, CIJA Pleased to Support the Mission
October 12, 2018
Ottawa, ON—This week, CIJA was pleased to support a ground-breaking, high-level delegation to Israel focused on trade and education, led by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Honourable Gordon Wyant, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education:
“We were heartened by the efforts of educators and activists to advance the prospects of Israel’s most vulnerable through education, especially the Bedouin, Arab and Haredi communities. We will take away many best practices from what we’ve learned in Israel to augment the efforts the government is already taking to strengthen Saskatchewan’s internationally recognized system of education.”
Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export Development:
“We were greatly impressed with the level of innovation in Israel. As a country facing dramatic regional, environmental and social challenges, Israel is offering solutions to some of the world’s most fundamental problems. Entrepreneurs, farmers and researchers in Saskatchewan will gain a powerful competitive advantage through the opportunities for collaboration this mission has provided.”
Dr. Matthew Godwin, University and Provincial Government Relations, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA):
“CIJA was very pleased to support this innovative, ground-breaking mission to Israel led by the Government of Saskatchewan. We applaud Ministers Harrison and Wyant for how thoroughly they engaged with the objective of learning as much as possible about Israeli approaches to innovation and education for the benefit of their constituents.
“Israel has an enormous amount to share with the world, particularly on innovation, and we are confident that this trip will further deepen ties between sister democracies to the benefit of Saskatchewans and Israelis alike.”
- Visiting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Negev desert, senior cabinet ministers and staff met with more than a dozen innovative companies focused on agri-tech, drone technology, chemicals and water technology. A reception hosted by Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons engaged dozens of other cutting-edge companies, mainly involved in agricultural imports.
- In addition to meetings with businesses, creative academic researchers and tech start-ups, the delegation also met with inspiring leaders in education, in particular those working to advance members of Israel’s marginalized communities.
- With a focus on growing the province’s dynamic economy, delegates advanced a number of partnerships which will give businesses and growers in Saskatchewan a global lead in agricultural production and research development.
- The delegation invited Israeli innovators to visit Saskatchewan to demonstrate their technology solutions first-hand and established key partnerships that will accelerate Saskatchewan’s economy. The delegation profiled Saskatchewan’s competitive business incentives to leaders in the agriculture industry.
- Delegates also visited the Old City, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and the gravesite of Israel’s founding Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the
advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.