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The German Canadian Concourse (GCC) is an annual series of day-long symposia on up-to-date topics with relevance to Canada and Germany following a unique format.

As a truly transatlantic event, the Concourse is arranged around a half-day conference, the Transatlantic Symposium, hosted simultaneously in Toronto and Berlin. In conjunction, the GCC Hubs in Berlin and Toronto run a local supporting program consisting of a Field Trip and a Networking Reception.

The German Canadian Concourse is a platform for encounters between professionals with an interest in relations between Canada and Germany.

As a conference format of the inter-disciplinary Canada Meets Germany Network the GCC offers a forum for exchange on economic, political and cultural subjects. The GCC brings together corporate and institutional decision-makers from various fields to discuss current topics.
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Toronto Hub Berlin Hub
Field Trip
Hosted by a Berlin-based company or organization
Lunch Break
Transatlantic Symposium
(connected by video-link)
Hosted in Toronto Hosted at
Embassy of Canada in Berlin
Networking Lunch Networking Reception
Field Trip
Hosted by a Toronto-based company or organization

Conference topics at the German Canadian Concourse are chosen according to their relevance for Canada and Germany and represent a transatlantic angle of an up-to-date discussion. The selection of a theme is driven by a strong economic and political interest in developing the subject matter in the frame of the transatlantic setting.

The Canada Meets Germany Network, as the operating body of the Concourse, can draw on a large pool of interdisciplinary expertise within its own organization for the selection of inspiring topics. Due to an alignment with the Embassies' and Consulate's economic and political agenda, the GCC program can draw on the professional advice from the Embassy counsellors.

Since its foundation in 2012, the GCC has established a considerable competency in promoting bilateral discussions in various fields.

The Concourse has been acknowledged for its innovative format of addressing subjects that matter to the German-Canadian exchange and a professional community in general.
Toronto Hub: German Consulate General
The metropolis of Toronto with its economic strength and cultural diversity is emerging as the Canadian Concourse Hub. Key player in developing this GCC venue is the Consulate General of Germany in Toronto.

The introduction of the Concourse Hub in Toronto is under the patronage of Germany's Ambassador to Canada. With the backing of those governmental organizations and encouraged through a strong expression of interest in the GCC platform by the Torontonian private sector, Canada's commercial capital is evolving to an equal Concourse Hub.

The German Canadian Concourse steering committee is currently holding talks with potential partners to establish a permanent Concourse venue in Toronto.
Berlin Hub: Embassy of Canada
Videoconference with Canada The Embassy of Canada in Germany has been a key stakeholder in the German Canadian Concourse since the program's inauguration in 2012 at Kanada Haus, the premises of the Embassy in Berlin.

The Embassy's logistic, financial and programmatic support as well as the Ambassador's patronage have manifested Berlin's role as a Concourse Hub. Kanada Haus has been the German venue of the Transatlantic Symposium from the start. The GCC has become an integral part of the Embassy's event landscape.

The Canadian Embassy's excellent congress infrastructure offers a high-standard meeting environment and provides an adequate framework for an exchange among prominent decision-makers.

The annual installments of the GCC receive special attention at Kanada Haus.
Transatlantic Symposium
Videoconference with Canada The core of the German Canadian Concourse is the Transatlantic Symposium. Audiences at the two Concourse Hubs in Toronto and Berlin are invited to keynote speeches and panel discussions with distinguished experts.

Both GCC Hubs are interconnected with a video link allowing participants in Toronto to follow the contributions in Berlin and vice versa. By virtual means, the panel discussion bridges the Atlantic; participants at either location can jointly engage in an exchange of views on the topic.

The Transatlantic Symposium can be followed through a live web stream. This feature raises visibility for contributions made at the Concourse.

Field Trip
Field trip at BST The Field Trip is part of the supporting program organized locally by either Concourse Hub. With the objective of providing a multifaceted view on the conference theme, the German Canadian Concourse offers in cooperation with a partner organization a hands-on approach to the subject matter.

Field Trips are hosted by companies (from start-ups to large corporations) or institutions (governmental, research, NGOs ...) with a special knowledge of the Concourse topic. The Field Trip host company is given the opportunity to emphasize its expertise in the subject matter. The audience, in turn, gains insight into internal processes in order to better understand the applicability of the theme in an operational environment.

Networking Recdption
Networking opportunities during reception The German Canadian Concourse is all about networking -- maintaining and advancing a transatlantic exchange between Canada and Germany, but also connecting the intenational specialist communitites for a given conference theme.

The Transatlantic Symposion and the Field Trip have a clear focus on the topic. The Networking Reception provides an opportunity to follow-up on discussions and to explore possibilities for new ventures in a direct conversation.

The Reception is an excellent platform to meet and greet with representatives from the private sector, politics, academia, diplomats, and the general public.

The Networking Receptions are hosted and sponsored by changing organizations.

Subjects that Matter
Conference topics at the GCC are chosen according to their relevance for Canada and Germany and represent a transatlantic angle of an up-to-date discussion.
The German Canadian Concourse has brought together experts on various subjects. Conferences on featured topics include:

Ascent of Autonomous Flying –
Technological, Regulatory and Economic Developments of Germany's and Canada's Unmanned Aerial Infrastructure

(coming 2017)

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Across the Data Pond –
Analyzing a Sea of Ocean Data
Germany's and Canada's deep dive into
Ocean Analytics and its potential for
spurring a new industry niche


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How eHealthy are Canada and Germany?
Taking the Pulse of Initiatives, Technologies and Business in Electronic Health Care


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Transatlantic Start-UpSurge:
Opportunities for Canadian and German Ventures


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Canadian-German Cooperation
in the Space Sector


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Energy Efficiency in Transportation




The GCC Match-Making Process
Match-Making 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 ...




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