Sci Innovation Meets For AGM And Kicks Off 4th Annual Innovation Competition

Sci Innovation, a leader in building bridges for Canadian businesses with China based companies, investors, and international partnerships with some of China’s Shenzhen based leading companies, kicked off its 2020 plans with its notable expert and prestigious Advisory Council members, announcing its already successful competition is now ready to go national due to demand.

Leading the agenda was the highly anticipated competitors launch dates and schedule still to be determined (TBD) for the SCI INNOVATION COMPETITION, which runs annually and fosters creativity for the last four years in hi-technology and sciences to further develop innovative initiatives and solutions for the global marketplace. With the full schedule, cities and entry dates for the competition soon to be announced, the CEO revealed the plans for a newly national goal and resources to provide further more opportunities for Canadian companies wanting a chance to make the cut for the annual Global Grand Finals in Shenzhen which takes place in April 2020. Last year Canadian companies took all three top spots in first, second and third place prizes, winning thousands of dollars of cash and, access to some of the leading investors and advisory experts in science, technology, international trade and commerce, and start-up investment. (Full list of Canadian Companies that won and the 20 that participated in the finals in 2019 in Shenzhen can be provided upon request.) 

ADVISORY COUNCIL IN ATTENDANCE: At the SCI INNOVATION EXPERT ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING last Saturday, some of those who attended also had made the trip with SCI INNOVATION to the Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzen, China. They include: Mr. Reza Moridi, Honorary Chair of the Sci Experts Advisory Council; Mr. Benton Leong, entrepreneur and co-developer of the System for Performing Advanced Mathematics using Symbolic Algorithms, University of Waterloo, and Mr. Ozan Isinak, President, Keiretsu Forum Canada and a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 25 years of international experience within the angel investment, venture capital and private equity sectors.

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Other council members who will be in attendance are: Dr. Songnian Zhou, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and co-founder and former Chairman and CEO of Platform Computing Corporation; Mr. Bruce W. Wong, co-founder and managing partner of Collective Agreement, branding innovative startups who is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and seasoned business executive; Dr. Kevin Ming, who is the interim Executive Director of Haltech Regional Innovation Centre, has patented his PhD medical device project and founded and continues to lead a food allergy start up; Mr. Lorne Gross, a corporate lawyer and leading authority on Chinese cross-cultural negotiation and strategy, presently working on the ground with SMEs locally and internationally including with prominent clients in the Shenzhen central business district; Mr. Peter Zhang, a licensed foreign legal consultant with Gowling WLG with over 20 years of experience in private equity investment, IPO and cross border M&A as well as having worked at China International Capital Corporation as a banker for several years; Mr. Bruno Maruzzo, who has over 25 years’ experience working with small to medium sized technology companies in the medical, computer and electronics fields as well as having worked in venture capital specializing in technology companies; and Professor Hugh Liu, a full professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and also is currently the Director of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education.

Further building on Sci Innovation’s success this past 2019 was this past November, SCI INNOVATION led a delegation of 15 Canadian businesses to Shenzen, China for the China Hi-Tech Fair, the largest tech fair within China with over 500,000 visitors and 3000 international exhibitors. Canadian companies such as Invacare, Spectra Plasmonics, Episome Healthcare Investing and Consulting Services, Quthero, QEA Tech, Destiny Copper Inc., Spindle Biotech Inc., Synergy Disc Replacement Inc., AB GROUP INC., MBC Canada Inc., Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Kingdom Developments, OTT Financial, Costone Development Inc., and Keiretsu Forum participated to explore potential partnerships within their own niche markets, and other attendees included Denzil Minnan-Wong (Deputy Mayor and Councillor – Ward 16 Don Valley East), Michael Thompson (Deputy Mayor and Councillor – Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Cynthia Lai (Councillor – Ward 23 Scarborough North), Susana Vaz (Economic Development Officer – Asia) and Wen Run (SCI Innovation Representative).

SCI INNOVATION further highlighted Toronto as a destination for technological collaboration amongst countries and led a forum Building an Innovation Community – Energize the First Demonstration Area, where Deputy Mayor Minnan-Wong addressed the business attendees.

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