High Level Forum 2017

Leading Innovation Ecosystems

Innovation & smart living

Longueuil-Montréal (Canada)
September 24-26, 2017
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The high level forum

An international Forum devoted to Innovation and  managed by the Grenoble Innovation Campus  GIANT

The High Level Forum was initiated in 2012 by CEA Tech which is the Technology Research Unit of  CEA (the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission)  and is now managed by the Innovation Campus GIANT of Grenoble (France).

This annual event is attended by an international community of High Level Executives – Decision and Policy makers – from the worlds of  education, research, industry and public  authorities.

The High Level Forum is now counting more than 25 participating campuses from around the world (America, Asia, Europe, Middle-East)  which are internationally recognized as leaders in Innovation; it has now earned an increasing recognition as a truly remarkable international event devoted to Innovation

The main objectives of the High level Forum are  :

  • To share policies, strategies and experiences about innovation management and promotion between leading campuses
  • To encourage and strengthen collaboration between the world’s most powerful innovation ecosystems
  • To develop common initiatives for maximizing the social and economic benefits of the innovation programs from the participating campuses
Added value
  • Bringing together High Level Decision Makers and Policy Makers of innovation from Research, Education, Industry and Public Authorities
  • Having in common the willingness to promote research & innovation, technology transfer to industry, scientific education of talents and cross-sectoral relationships (public/private, start-up/large group, research/industry,…)
  • Sharing experience, best practices, lessons learnt, about innovation management within an ecosystem
  • Understanding different perspectives about strategy, the conditions for success, procedures, methodologies, efficiency metrics
  • Through joint initiatives or inter-ecosystem projects
  • With the goal to achieve better, faster, cheaper innovative solutions of common interest for several Innovation campuses
  • Initiating international debates dealing with specific issues of innovation
  • Advocating innovation and research within the world leading organizations or institutions and through international publications
  • Having as a vision the creation of the “Word Innovation Forum” where leaders share their vision about the way innovation can contribute to a more prosperous, peaceful and well-balanced world

The High Level Forum is organized and managed by the Innovation Campus of Grenoble ( France ) : GIANT

The High Level Forum is coordinated by Alain Astier, Scientific Advisor to the CEO of CEA Tech in Grenoble  alain.astier@cea.fr

An HLF Executive Committee  is composed of 7 Members from the Ecosystems of Caltech (California), Longueuil-Montreal (Canada), Lund (Sweden), GIANT (Grenoble, France), Haifa (Israel), Tsukuba (Japan), Hsinchu (Taiwan) ; the main mission of the Committee is to make proposals and recommendations to the HLF Community for strengthening the HLF initiative and increasing its  Added Value to the participating Innovation Ecosystems.

› Download HLF Executive Commitee

In order to strengthen the HLF community and to create more added value, some strategic initiatives have been taken during the HLF 2016 edition:

1.extending the HLF international coverage by inviting other leading Ecosystems who  are placing Innovation as a pillar of their strategy and open to fairly collaborate.
2.keeping the contribution from each Ecosystem at a high level through its Top Executives from Education & Research & Industry & Public Authorities
3.increasing the HLF  communication process  ( internal and external ) through:  HLF web site, post-event report, newsletters, publications,  medias…
4.taking initiatives of cross-cooperation between Ecosystems around Innovation ( joint cooperation programs or projects, cross-visits, exchange of students, working groups about  new themes …)


24 Leading Innovation Ecosystems from around the world have participated to the High Level Forum over 2012-2016; in 2017, several new Ecosystem Delegations from Africa, America, Europe and Russia will join the High Level Forum at Longueuil-Montréal (Canada,Québec) on September 24-26,2017

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The High Level Forum is a Grenoble, France based event , hosted off-site at a partner campus every other year ; the three days program is including presentations, panel discussions, guest star  speech, and enough time for networking in a very informal and friendly way ( sightseeing tour, gala evening,  visit of the hosting ecosystem, inter-ecosystems meetings… ), around a working theme always related to Innovation:



September 24-25-26, 2017


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International Speakers from Ecosystems, Canada and World
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The theme of  HLF2017 edition will be « Innovation and Smart Living », which is an exciting and strategic subject considering the digital revolution taking place in the ecosystems’ environment.

There will be three sessions : « Innovation and Smart Transport », « Innovation and Smart Energy », « Innovation and Smart Society » , each session being organized in speaker presentations and moderated panel discussions.

The program of HLF 2017 is still under tuning.

speakers, Moderators & panelists

International Speakers are forecasted in relevance with the theme of the Forum : « Innovation & Smart Living » ; they will be from the attending Ecosystem Delegations, from Canada/Quebec and the Longueuil-Montréal Ecosystem as well ; their high level presentations will expose innovative strategies, projects and solutions during the three sessions of the Forum : « Innovation and Smart Transport », « Innovation and Smart Energy »,  » Innovation and Smart Society » .
They will join other Panelists during four panel discussions, involving High Level Representatives from more than 20 Ecosystem Delegations.
Three « Guest Star » Speakers as a team
will provide an « out-of-the-box » point of view regarding the interactions between the Digital Innovation and the Education world.

Dr. Thumrongrut Mungcharoen

Chairperson, Energy and Environment Cluster National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand.

He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. For more than 25 years, he has involved as an expert in several projects on energy and environment, cleaner production, life cycle assessment and eco-design. He is

Honorable Yoriko Kishimoto

Former Mayor of Palo Alto

Yoriko Kishimoto is former Mayor of Palo Alto and the first Asian elected to the Palo Alto City Council.  Yoriko’s call to action as Mayor has been to “Build a Green Economy through Innovation” and continues to work regionally on transportation, climate change,

Hau Chen Mike Lee

Executive Vice President of Enterprise & Carrier BU

Mike Lee joined FarEasTone in November 2011 as the Executive Vice President of Enterprise & Carrier BU. Before joining FarEasTone, Dr. Mike Lee had an outstanding career and excellent management experiences in communication and internet industry. He led Tuntex Telecom establish the

Nouredine HADJSAID

President of the French scientific council of Think Smartgrids

Dr. Nouredine Hadjsaid received PhD and the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degrees from Grenoble Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1998 respectively.  He is presently a full professor at Grenoble INP/ENSE3 where conducts research at G2ELAB. He is also an invited

Gilles Savard

General Director of IVADO

Gilles Savard has been a professor at Polytechnique Montreal since 1993. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Chair of the Mathematics and Industrial Engineering Department before becoming in 2007 Chief Innovation and International Officer (Directeur de la recherche, de l’innovation et

Paul Lewis

Professor Faculty of Environmental Design, Université de Montréal

Paul Lewis is Full Professor of Urban Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design  (which brings together 4 main disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, design, urban planning) at Université de Montréal. Previously, he worked as an urban planner for the cities

Nadine Bernard

President of the Industrial Cluster of Electric and Intelligent Vehicles in Quebec, Montréal

Ms. Bernard has a solid experience in the manufacturing industry, including 10 years with Nova Bus, a Volvo Group company where she led numerous strategic projects in Canada and the United States and contributed to the development of electrification initiatives for public


CEO Napec Inc, Montréal

Pierre L. Gauthier joined Napec as a director in 2013 and became CEO in August 2014. His career has been in the energy industry with Gulf Canada Ltd., Gaz Métropolitain, ABB and Alstom.  Before joining Napec, he was chairman and CEO of

Dov Ganor

CEO and co-founder of Mobi, Haifa

Dov Ganor is the CEO and co-founder of Mobi. Dov is a technology and business expert in location-based services, data science and intelligent mobility. Dov was the CEO at G-Consulting (to Waze) and executive manager in ITIS and Trendit. Holds M.Sc. In

Isabelle Picard

Managing director of the Natural Gas Technologies Center, Montréal

Isabelle Picard is a chemical engineer with more than 15 years of experience in research & development projects. Her experience includes product development (HVAC technologies, waste treatment technologies, and fuel cells), project management, and technology transfer. Isabelle is the Director of the

Sylvia Michel

Kraftringen President and Chief Executive Officer, Lund

Ms. Michel has extensive experience in the field of energy and sustainability. In 2012 Ms. Michel joined Kraftringen, as the President and Chief Executive Officer. The Swedish energy company has since then been transformed with a clear focus on striving to achieve

Dr. Harri Kulmala

CEO of the new DIMECC Ltd, Tampere

Dr. Harri Kulmala has PhD in industrial management from Tampere University of Technology. In 2005, Dr. Kulmala started as an Associated professor in Lappeenranta University of Technology. The career as a scientist ended in 2008 as a Research Professor at VTT Technical

Fred H. Walti II

Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

Mr. Walti is a Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), combining experience as an entrepreneur with his passion for clean technology.  In just a little over five years, Mr. Walti has forged LACI into a regional commercialization ecosystem with an

Pierre Thibault – Ricardo Larrivée – Pierre Lavoie

Lab-école: Giving children a taste for learning. Montréal

Pierre Thibault is a world-renowned architect whose work stems from a way of thinking which places humans and the territory they inhabit in constant interaction. His approach has been put into practice in major architectural projects. The holder of a Ph.D. in


The 2017 Edition of the High Level Forum will be hosted by the Innovation Ecosystem of Longueuil-Montréal (Canada, Québec)
September 24-26, 2017


With its strategic geographical position, numerous research centres, skilled labour force and its world-renowned companies, Longueuil-Montréal is a complete innovation ecosystem where smart living, joie de vivre and creativity are an integral part of the lifestyle. This ecosystem fosters collaborative innovation in strategic sectors such as aerospace, big data, gaming, artificial intelligence, pharmaceutical, smart transportation, sustainable environment and social economy.

The Greater Montréal area is, of course, well equipped with state-of-the art research infrastructure, world-class universities and also, facilities and mentorship organizations for start-up and growing companies in a variety of sectors. It is a living and attractive environment for people wishing to evolve in an animated and energizing milieu de vie. Longueuil-Montréal creativity, made of the outstanding diversity of talent and people from all over the word, offers a vibrant cultural scene, global leading quality of life and inspiring smart living.

Welcome to Longueuil-Montréal Ecosystem!

Arriving by plane

From Montréal International Airport to Fairmont Queen Élizabeth Hotel.

  •       – Take Highway 20 East to Highway Ville-Marie East (Highway 720 – downtown).
  •       – Take Exit #3 (Rue Guy).
  •       – At the first light, turn right onto René-Lévesque boulevard.
  •       – Continue for approximately up to 900 René-Lévesque boulevard West, corner Mansfield street.
  •       – The hotel Fairmont Queen Élizabeth is located on the right hand side.
  •       Driving time is 20 to 25 minutes.







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