Canada has identified Brazil as a priority market for its global
commerce strategy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent visit
to Brazil to promote stronger bilateral trade and cultural
relations between the countries was viewed by many as marking the
start of a new era of cooperation. The agreements and new
relationships forged during this historic visit represent important
business, academic and research building blocks – building
blocks that have the potential to unlock exciting opportunities for
The recognition by both countries of the potential (and need)
for mutually beneficial cleantech collaboration is well
established. The Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation
on Science, Technology and Innovation, which provides a framework
for collaboration on joint research and development projects,
entered into force in both countries in 2010 and an inaugural
action plan for the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation
on Science, Technology and Innovation, which lists green energy and
clean technology as one of the four proposed areas of focus for
Canada-Brazil collaboration, is currently being finalized.
Canada and Brazil share a parallel history of capitalizing on
natural resource wealth in sectors such as forestry, mining, energy
and agriculture. Ostensibly, these are also sectors that demand the
greatest dose of innovation to ensure future growth that is
socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Both
countries unquestionably have valuable experience and insights to
share – Brazil has long been a clean energy pioneer, with
close to half of its energy generated from renewable sources, and
Canada is a long standing global leader in cleantech innovation
– and both countries unquestionably share a common need for
cleantech innovation in order to ensure continued economic growth
and responsible stewardship of their natural resources.
With a central mission to promote investment and trade between
Canada and Brazil, the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce sees clear
opportunities to deepen knowledge exchange and commercial
relationships in areas as diverse as energy, water, waste
management, agriculture, information technology and environmental
services. In the past year, we have established a well-received
Sustainability Committee dedicated to helping the BCCC community
better understand sustainability issues and opportunities, hosted
member events dedicated to cleantech and green building innovation,
and participated in a bi-lateral Smart Grid and bio-energy
The table for Canada-Brazil cleantech collaboration has been
set, and we must take full advantage of this unique opportunity to
combine our shared experience and expertise to become innovation
leaders, and produce the kind of solutions demanded by growing
economies the world over.
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