Top navigasjon

Promoting closer Nordic-Canadian relations

  • Publisert 17.03.2011
These days the Nordic institutions Nordic Energy Research (NEF) and Nordic Innovation Centre (NICe) is preparing a joint event in Toronto to promote further cooperation between the Nordic region and Canada.

The Nordic institutions are taking concrete action to visualize an unused potential that lies in further relations between the Nordics and Canada and are co-arranging a conference with Nordic embassies and export councils in Toronto March 22.-24.

CanNord conference and official Nordic delegation

CanNord 2011 is a conference and matchmaking event of 2011, covering a broad spectrum of solutions for sustainable urban centers, energy systems and cleantech solutions from both Canada and the Nordic countries.

This two-day event hosts a combination of plenary sessions and workshops that examine how government, municipalities and organizations can incorporate green thinking into their projects and operations and how to identify, initiate and strengthen collaboration opportunities.


To ensure that the activities are anchored in the Nordics and that new knowledge will be developed from a Nordic perspective NICe and NEF are arranging a Nordic delegation that we hope will serve as a platform for continued cooperation with Canadian stakeholders.

The delegation consists of key stakeholders from the Nordic region. These include governmental representatives, companies, research institutions as well as organizations that work with transport, energy and housing. The delegation will visit different venues of innovation, research and policy development related to sustainable solutions.

These are the members of the Nordic delegation:

Jan-Erik Enestam, Secretary General, The Nordic Council
Ivar Kristensen, Director, Nordic InnovationCenter,
Anne Cathrine Gjærde, Director, Nordic Energy Research
Karsten Lumbye Jensen, Director, Bright Ignite, Denmark
Birger Bergesen, Head of section, Energy Consumption, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, Norway
Virpi Mikkonen, Senior Technology Adviser, Tekes, Finland
Line Lolk, Head of section, Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority, Denmark
Elly Katrin Gudmundsdottir, Environment and Transport Director for Reykjavik City, Iceland
Jon Bjorn Skulason, Programme Manager, New Energy, Iceland
Gudny Reimarsdottir, EcoProcess, Iceland
Kazunori Kojima, Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor Helsinki, Finland
Melita R. Hasle Nordic, Communications manager, InnovationCenter
Sigridur Thormodsdottir, Senior innovation adviser, Nordic InnovationCenter
Eili Vigestad Berge, Innovation adviser, Nordic InnovationCenter
Ina Jakobsen, Adviser, Nordic Energy Research
Kalle Bartholin-Nielsen, Communications manager, Nordic Energy Research