On 14 April 2023, Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne, agreed to increase science, technology and innovation research partnerships between the two countries.
Minister Champagne and Federal Councillor Parmelin signed a joint statement strengthening the already strong and diversified relationship between Canada and Switzerland in various research areas. Together, Canada and Switzerland are committed to fostering greater research ties, including the sharing of best practices, facilitating greater access to technology, markets and talent, and building linkages between academia, industry and government.
Today’s joint statement updates and expands the joint statement on science, technology and innovation that was signed between Canada and Switzerland in 2018. While research cooperation under the partnership is encouraged across disciplines, the themes of particular focus for 2023-2028 include: climate and sustainability; life sciences and health; quantum science and technology; and artificial intelligence. Canadian and Swiss universities have numerous partnerships, reinforcing the quality of education, research and innovation in both countries. Canada and Switzerland also have a strong and diverse commercial relationship that covers the full spectrum of trade, investment and innovation.
"The science, technology and innovation cooperation between Switzerland and Canada is a testament to the strength of our two countries’ relationship and shared values, and demonstrates how much can be achieved when two nations work towards a common goal. I am confident that this cooperation will continue to flourish and lead to much further success in the years to come."
- Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research of Switzerland
"Canada and Switzerland will continue to foster greater collaboration in science and research. Together, our two countries are helping create more opportunities for researchers, innovators and businesses to partner on projects that will shape the economy of the future."
- The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada
"This partnership with Switzerland is another example of how Canada is advancing international cooperation in science and technology to address global issues. This will strengthen trade, investment and innovation ties between Canada and Switzerland, supporting research and development partnerships that can lead to new discoveries and commercial applications in both countries."
- Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development of Canada