Ground-breaking International Partnership: India-Canada Digital Collaboration

(T:B Sue Paish, CEO at Digital Technology Supercluster; Stewart Beck, President & CEO at Asia Pacific Foundation; Professor. V. Kamakoti, Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at IIT-Madras)

A significant aspiration of our Supercluster is to cultivate international opportunities for our Members and our project teams to showcase their technologies. Little did we know that in just 30 months from our starting line, over 40% of our project teams would be exploring international opportunities and one team would be signing a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) with an Indian based leading innovation organization, but that is exactly what has happened.

Thanks to tremendous leadership from Stewart Beck, President & CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation, parallel leadership from our own Bill Tam and global vision from the team leading the Precision Agriculture to Improve Crop Health project, the project and team lead, Terramera were on the world stage culminating in the signing of the MOU on November 3rd.

The MOU caps three weeks of the Digital Technology and AI for Precision Agriculture virtual workshop series co-hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation and IITM-Pravartak Technologies Foundation, the India based technology innovation hub supported by world renowned India Institute of Technology, Madras. Drawing over 200 attendees from across Canada and India and leveraging Terramera’s Precision Agriculture to Improve Crop Health project, these workshops explored the opportunity for industry and research collaborations between India and Canada in regenerative agriculture and the role that digital technologies can contribute toward a sustainable agricultural future. Over three workshops industry experts, academics and government officials shared their expertise in computational chemistry, cyber-physical systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data management and governance, culminating in the signing of the MOU pictured above, committing all three organizations to continue to drive and build on the strong foundation for collaborative research and innovation between India and Canada.

While this workshop series was focused on precision agriculture, our Digital Supercluster team is excited to advance the international workshop model as a framework for other projects to showcase their expertise and technologies and advance international relationships and opportunities.

Congratulations and thank you to Stewart Beck, Karn Manhas, Steve Slater and Bill Tam whose combined commitment demonstrates once again what we can do when we work together!

Sue Paish