AACTI and IICA Emerging Alliance

Background

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is a specialized agency of the Inter-American System. Its purposes are to encourage and support the efforts of its Member States to achieve agricultural development and well-being for rural populations. The Institute’s headquarters is in Costa Rica and it also has offices in 34 countries of the Americas, including Canada.

Dr. Michael Bedoya, IICA’s Canadian representative in Ottawa, invited AACTI to visit IICA’s headquarters to inform senior officials of the applied research and innovation competencies in Alberta’s colleges and technical institutes. AACTI accepted the invitation and visited IICA’s headquarters in July, 2008. During the visit, IICA demonstrated their ability to facilitate collaborations by introducing AACTI to the Earth University, an entrepreneurial institution based in Costa Rica.

Both AACTI and IICA support stakeholders in the Inter-American System engaged in applied research and development work aimed at influencing quality-of-life and global competitiveness in the Americas. This prospecting visit to IICA’s head office confirmed that both IICA and AACTI are committed to pursuing opportunities for partnership and collaboration that are designed to foster new relationships, as well as entice innovation actions that align government priorities, post secondary education expertise, rural communities, and industry competencies.  Darrell Toma, of Toma and Bouma Management Consultants, participated in this exploratory trip as an advisor to AACTI.

IICA Initiates Reciprocal Visit to Alberta (October 6-8, 2008)

IICA initiated a reciprocal visit to Alberta in October, 2008.  The IICA delegation visiting Alberta included:

  1. Christopher Hansen, Deputy Director, Costa Rica,
  2. Dr. Michael Bedoya, IICA Canada Representative, Ottawa
  3. Emilie Bergeron, IICA Canada, Ottawa

This recent visit introduced the IICA delegation to applied research and innovation competencies within Alberta’s colleges and technical institutes. Furthermore, the visit provided an opportunity for AACTI to inform other stakeholders within Alberta of this emerging relationship between AACTI and IICA.  

Some of the presentations made during IICA’s visit to Alberta are highlighted below.
(To view, select a presentation title. Note: Large files may take several minutes to download.)

Government Department Briefings

  1. Alberta Advanced Education & Technology
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.76 mb
  2. Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 28.44 mb
  3. Western Economic Diversification, Canada
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.51 mb

Government Entities

  1. Ag-Tech Centre
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 32.75 mb

Commodity Groups

  1. Alberta Barley Commission
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.81 mb
  2. Alberta Pulse Growers
    Type: Abobe PDF | Size: 1.09 mb

Non-Government Organizations

  1. Alberta Water Smart
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 16.55 mb
  2. Canadian Young Farmers' Forum
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.09 mb
  3. Climate Change Central
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 5.32 mb

Alberta Colleges _ Technical Institutes

  1. Mount Royal College - Entrepreneurship Program
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 4.46 mb
  2. NAIT - NovaNAIT Centre For Applied Research And Technology Transfer
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.63 mb
  3. NAIT - Prototype Development Program
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.4 mb
  4. Olds College
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 11.08 mb

IICA

  1. Organization Overview
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 3.11 mb

Informal Discussion Messages

  1. Summary Review
    Type: Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation (.ppt) | Size: 0.15 mb





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