Harnessing Disruptive Technologies. The Canada-Germany Value Chain

May 16, 2013, 13:45 – 18:30

Embassy of Canada
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin, Germany

On May 16, 2013, the Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V. will hold its annual interdisciplinary conference “Forum @ Kanada Haus“ in cooperation with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. This is the fourth time that the Forum takes place in the Embassy building. This year’s conference focuses on how Canada and Germany promote, finance and commercialize high-tech innovation.

Introductory keynote lectures by Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, President of the MaRS Discovery District Toronto, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek, President of the Helmholtz Association, will deal with national structures to support innovation and outline possible starting points for German-Canadian cooperation. In two panels, top-notch industry representatives from both sides of the Atlantic will then discuss the role of venture capital and share experiences in developing and commercializing ground-breaking ideas and technologies. Presentations will be given, among others, by Peter van der Velden, President of the CVCA (Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association), Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Executive Director of the High-Tech Gründerfonds, and representatives of the Canadian software company QNX, well known through its contribution to BlackBerry 10 technology.

The “Forum @ Kanada Haus” will be held in English. Pre-registration required. Please contact: marie.kraemer@international.gc.ca


13:45 – 14:15
14:15 – 14:30
Welcome Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of Canada to Germany
Welcome Remarks by Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V.
14:30 – 16:00
Opening Keynote Adresses: “Creating a National Infrastructure to Support Innovation”

  • Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, President, MaRS Discovery District Toronto
  • Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, Vice-President Research Field Health, Helmholtz Association
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee and Networking Break
16:30 – 17:30
Panel One: “Financing Game-Changing Innovation – the Role of Venture Capital”

  • Dr. Brian Underdown, Managing Director, Lumira Capital
    Senia Rapisarda, Vice President Strategic Investments and Initiatives, Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Executive Director, High-Tech Gründerfonds
  • Dr. Peter Neubeck, Venture Partner, TVM Capital Group
  • Moderator: Mark Schroeter, Trade Commissioner (Investment), Embassy of Canada
17:30 – 18:30
Panel Two: “Harnessing Disruptive Technology – Industry Showcase”

  • Malte Mundt, Field Application Engineer, QNX Software Systems
  • Dr. Bernd Pitschak, Managing Director, Hydrogenics Corporation
    Soenke Moosmann, Communications Lead SAP Innovation Centre, SAP AG
  • Hans Wolfgang Kunz, Head of Government Solutions Business Unit, Giesecke & Devrient
  • Moderator: Andrée Cooligan, Counsellor (Commercial), Embassy of Canada
Closing Comments and Reception


Conference partner of the „Forum @ Kanada-Haus 2013“ are the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) and the German Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVK).

The Forum is made possible by BlackBerry (Gold Sponsor), and the law firm Lette & Knorr AG (Silver Sponsor).