Joe Oliver 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced a call for project
proposals under the Canada-Israel Energy Science and Technology Fund during a
meeting with Israeli business leaders in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
past year, Oliver has been actively promoting collaboration between the two
countries in the energy sector, pinpointing the potential synergy between
Canada’s in-depth experience in natural resource regulation and development and
Israel’s status as “a hotbed of innovation and technological activity,” as he
told The Jerusalem Post during an interview last June.
Just four months
after visiting Israel that month, Oliver received then-energy and water minister
Uzi Landau in Toronto, during which the two leaders decided to launch a joint
bilateral research fund on the subject.
“On a number of fronts –
conventional and unconventional oil and gas, renewable energy and energy
efficiency – there are tremendous opportunities for Israel and Canada to work
together, share expertise, transfer technology and create jobs,” Oliver
The Canadian ministry committed to investing $5 million over the
course of three years through its ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative project, while
the Israeli government pledged to allocate resources based on individual project
The two ministries are now officially calling for project
proposals that address key challenges facing Canada’s energy industry and
specifically focus on improving the efficiency and sustainability of the sector,
according to the Canadian ministry.
Eligible projects can involve
industrial and academic partners from both countries.
encourages the development of innovative energy technologies and processes,
enabling the responsible development of unconventional oil and gas resources,”
“These projects will help create jobs, address shared
environmental challenges and strengthen the economies of both
Oliver is currently in Israel with a delegation of Canadian
trade professionals, meeting with Israeli business leaders and policy-makers in
order to further investment and trade opportunities between the two nations, his
“Canada is open for business, and we want to expand our
trade and investment with Israel, creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity
for Canadians,” he said.