Newsletter N°4 – MAy 2017

Dear Partners of “High Level Forum”

I am very pleased to present you that fourth HLF Newsletter with the purpose to share some information  about the “High Level Forum – HLF” initiative and its 2017 edition:

High Level Forum 2017: REGISTRATION IS OPEN !

The REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the next edition of the High Level Forum which will take place at Longueuil-Montréal (Canada ) on September 24-26 2017 : thank you for booking these dates in your agenda ! 

The theme of that edition will be ” Innovation and Smart Living” , which is an exciting and strategic subject considering the digital revolution taking place in our ecosystems’ environment.

There will be three sessions : “Innovation and Smart Transport”, “Innovation and Smart Energy” , “Innovation and Smart Society”, with presentations, debates, panel discussions … and many networking opportunities.  (see attached program)

The 2017 HLF edition will have several new flavors:

  • individual presentations of the attending delegations during a networking dinner on Sunday
  • more panel discussions, with all delegations contributing and more interaction with audience
  • organization of a fourth day for one-to-one inter-ecosystems networking, after the three days Forum
  • a governance session with HLF Executive Committee
  • several new delegations, involving Russia and Africa regions for the first time.
  • a neutral environmental impact …thanks to a tree plantation !

The registration is possible through the HLF web site www.hlf-giant-grenoble.org  in the section “REGISTRATION” and is open till end of July.

You can also use directly the address https://www.hlf2017-registration.com/

There is no registration fee; hotel and traveling costs are covered by the Attendees, some specific cases are considered.

Speakers to High Level Forum 2017

The three Forum sessions will provide the great opportunity to listen to 9 Distinguished Guest Speakers; the 20mn presentations will focus on the way the represented Ecosystems are managing Innovation through their Smart Programs ( Transport, Energy, Society ); according to the HLF governance, the scope of the presentations will be about vision, strategy, methods, best practices, challenges,…always centered on Innovation in the Ecosystems.

We have already recorded the contribution of the following Distinguished Speakers (warm thanks to them !):

Session 1 : “Innovation & Smart Transport” :

  • Mr. Harri Kulmala  (CEO of DIMECC Ltd – Tampere – Finland)
  • Mr. Dov Ganor (CEO and co-founder of Mobi – Haifa – Israel)
  • Dr. Mike Lee (Vice President of Far EasTone Group – Taipei – Taiwan )

Session 2 : “Innovation & Smart Energy”

  • Ms. Sylvia Michel ( CEO of  Kraftringen Energi AB – Lund – Sweden)
  • Dr. Shigeru Niki  (Assistant Director General, Department of Energy and Environment , AIST – Tsukuba – Japan )
  • Dr. Nouredine Hadjsaid (French Representative at International Energy Agency, INP –  Grenoble – France)

Session 3 : “Innovation and Smart Society”

  • Mr. Fred Walti (CEO of LACI Cleantech Incubator – Los Angeles – CA – USA)

Four panel discussions will be organized, with 6 panelists each and exchanges with audience; that will allow the contribution of most of the attending delegations in a very interactive way.

Three “Guest Star Speakers” will be invited by Longueuil-Montreal Ecosystem for delivering a disruptive presentation about  ” The School of the Future ”

High Level Forum Executive Committee

The HLF Executive Committee has recently concluded the Vision and the Mission of the High Level Forum
(see attached statements).
It has conducted its third Tel Conf on May 10th, providing guidance for the next HLF 2017 and proposing topics for the panel discussions.
The Committee will meet face-to-face and will report its works during the HLF 2017.
Warm thanks to the 7 Committee Members for their very valuable engagement and contributions.

High Level Forum Internationalization

As announced, we are exploring new regions and countries of the world for detecting new Ecosystems which are placing Innovation as a pillar of their growth strategy and which are willing to cooperate within the international HLF Community.

Contacts for involving new countries are on-going with Austria (Vienna), Belgium (Leuven), Chili (Santiago), Colombia ( Medellin), Ireland (Cork), Mexico (Mexico), Russia (Moscow), South-Africa (Pretoria), Tunisia (Sfax)

Contacts with new Ecosystems in countries having already participated are also on-going with New York (USA), Philadelphia (USA), Boston (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Florianopolis ( Brazil)…

Very likely, we will have at least 5 more delegations at the HLF2017, bringing the number of Innovation Ecosystems represented beyond 25.

Any help and contribution for promoting HLF on the international stage will be always very welcome, thank you in advance for your contribution.

Visit to High Level Forum Ecosystems

In order to present the HLF2017 and to meet the Innovation Actors of the Ecosystems,  we are visiting several

of them: warm thanks for their hospitality and the always fruitful discussions ( April: USA, Canada; May : North-Europe; June: Asia, Russia).

(see attached update of this visit program).

I hope that the information of this Newsletter will be of interest for you ; I remain always available to provide more information or to share points of views about the HLF, so please feel free to contact me at any time.
Thank you again so much for your support to the HLF initiative and DO NOT FORGET TO REGISTER!

With my Warmest Regards


High Level Forum 2017 PROGRAM

High Level Forum 2017 VISIT PROGRAM


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Due the current health crisis, the 2020 HLF Summit has been postponed to autumn 2021 - The HLF will be online on 1st Dec 2020 during the first HLF Connect Briefing