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ISRAEL BOOSTS VANCOUVER’S DRIVE TO BECOME HIGH-TECH HUB

One of their achievements will be British Columbia’s decision to send its first trade mission to Israel next month to scope for cyber-security and life sciences opportunities. Led by B.C. Finance Minister Mike De Jong, the delegation of between 20 and 30 will aim to build business and research collaboration between the province and Israel, a Finance Ministry spokesperson said.

B.C.-scene-640x480During their visit to the cities of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva and Haifa from Nov. 13 to 18, De Jong and his delegation of government, academic and business people will meet with globally recognized universities, technology incubators, accelerators and companies.

“The mission will include face-to-face meetings with key business, academic and government leaders,” the ministry said in a statement.

“A series of business workshops, seminars and other ‘matchmaking’ sessions will be organized throughout the trade mission to promote British Columbia’s expertise to a diverse range of stakeholders.”

A highlight of the delegation’s trip will be its attendance at the annual Homeland Security and Cyber Security Conference in Tel Aviv from Nov. 14 to 17, where Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan are scheduled to speak. The B.C. delegation is expected to meet with prominent security experts and officials from Israel and other countries at the event.

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