The first edition of German Canadian Concourse took place on 12-October-2012 at the premises of the Embassy of Canada in Berlin.
The Concourse focussed on the topic "Energy Efficiency in Transportation".
The launch of the conference series German Canadian Concourse (GCC) was devoted to the topic of "Energy Efficiency in Transportation".
Energy Efficiency is an important topic which will receive increasing global attention in the future. Faced with limited natural resources and a growing demand for mobility and global trade, the transportation sector is challenged to develop alternative approaches guaranteeing mobility while saving the resources that are building the basis for our environmental and economic prosperity. Today's national and international regulations, technical innovations and industrial initiatives will shape our future of how we will be travelling and exchanging goods.
The first GCC addressed key aspects of sustainable transportation. The Canada Meets Germany Alumni Forum invited representatives from the transport industry and federal governmental to discuss various viewpoints in relation with the topic.
The event asked several questions: Which initiatives are put forward by companies and legislators in regard to energy-saving transportation systems? Who are the main players? Which countries are using energy-saving transportation? What are the next steps on international base to implement those systems?
Mobility is a major prerequisite for a transatlantic network between Canada and Germany. The Canada Meets Germany community was therefore very keen on discussing todays's answers on tomorrow's questions on how to satisfy our need for mobility while preserving our ressources.
CMG-AF is committed to sustainability for the organization of the GCC 2012. CO2 certificates have been used to compensate for any CO2 emission that could not be avoided during the organization of the event and to offset the carbon footprint of the audience travelling to the conference venue.
The field trip is an integral part of the German Canadian Concourse. It consists of a visit to an institution / company possessing relevant expertise and experience in the issues being discussed. This component allows for a more practical approach to the topic.
The first GCC visited Siemens'Schaltanlagenwerk (switchgear manufacturing plant) in Berlin.
The core element of the German Canadian Concourse is a conference session for a more theoretical approach to the topic. It provides participants with an opportunity to exchange views on topical (transatlantic) issues.
Speakers from different sectors of the transportation industry along with governmental representatives have been invited to discuss initiatives aiming for more sustainability in transportation.
The speakers were given the opportunity to present the innovative and regulatory approaches of their respective organizations.
An Innovative Platform for Transatlantic Cooperation
The German Canadian Concourse has a track record of bringing together thought leaders and decision-makers on up-to-date innovative topics with a relevance to Canada and Germany.
The GCC is a conference series in the spirit of the recent declaration by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and Canada's National Research Council (NRC) on strengthening German-Canadian cooperation on innovative projects. The GCC is an established format to foster the process of connecting Canadian and German initiatives. With German-Canadian exchange expected to be boosted by newly-signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the GCC aims to expand its platform for showcasing successful examples of German-Canadian cooperation and for launching further collaboration between the two countries.
The German Canadian Concourse is about match-making.
Bringing together German and Canadian thought leaders from topic-matter relevant industries, academic institutions and the public sector during the daylong event creates a
unique opportunity to generate transatlantic linkages between participants.
Provided in part by the Transatlantic Symposium format, which uses a live video-link connecting the German and Canadian Concourse Hubs, the GCC also offers a custom match-making service
built into the conference itself. As part of this service, participant profiles generated during the registration are used to connect matched parties ad-hoc using video booths to bridge
the Atlantic whenever required.
Participants are offered the option to have their personal profiles included into a follow-up on potential transatlantic opportunities.
Be a part of the match-making – use the virtual chatrooms ...