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Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017

Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017
Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017

Science, Technology and Innovation: Collaboration between Italy and Canada is strengthened. The Embassy of Canada rewards Italian 'innovators', winners of the fifth edition of the Prize.



Rome - Strengthen the relationship between Italy and Canada on Innovation, Science and Technology. Mission accomplished at the fifth edition of the "Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2017" promoted by the Canadian Embassy in Italy, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Canadian federation's birth and dedicated to innovators, researchers, scientists and Italian startupers, interested in developing projects with Canadian partners in specific areas considered priority by the Government of Canada.


Thanks to the initiative of the Canadian Embassy, five Italians will develop their innovative ideas in Canada, in collaboration with major Canadian research centers.

The names of the winners were announced and rewarded during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Rome during the reception organized by the Embassy of Canada in Italy in the presence of important personalities of the political and business world, the industrial delegation coming from Canada accompanied by the Canadian Minister of International Trade, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne and by the same Prime Minister Trudeau.

The Canada-Italy Innovation Award offers the opportunity to develop a collaboration between Italian and Canadian expertise and has received great enthusiasm and hospitality both for the high number of applications submitted and for the high quality of the projects received. The Award, in fact, welcomes the Italian innovation in view of an important source of resource interchange, in favor of the result and benefits that both parties can obtain, encouraging the excellence of our country to measure with environments, people and different know-how and favoring an ever-greater confrontation and integration between Italy and Canada.


The winners of this year's award are:

  • Serena Ceola, , Research Engineer of the Department of Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Materials at the University of Bologna, for a project with the University of Saskatchewan in the priority area of Global Demographic Growth;
  • Maria Grazia Mattei, Founder of Mattei Digital Communication in Milan, for a project with George Brown College in Toronto in the Priority Area of Interconnected World;
  • Francesco Rea, Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa for a project with the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, in the Emergency Technology Priority Area;
  • Giuseppe Sciortino, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento for a project with the University of Windsor, Ontario, in the Global Demographic Growth segment;
  • Antonio Mario Caruso, Researcher at the Department of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Salento of Lecce, for a project with the University of Ottawa in Emergency Technologies.