Exchange on Innovation
The Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) is an initiative of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC) and its contemplated in its 2016-2018 Work Plan approved by all Ministers and High-Level Authorities of the Americas.
The objective of the Exchange is to showcase successful examples of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategic investments and public-private partnerships from a specific region/country that contribute to the economic development at the local, national and regional levels. The event brings around 50 economic and political decision makers from across the Americas and beyond for a five-day tour of innovative hubs, leading firms and educational and research institutions, to explore local and regional economic development models, share experiences and knowledge, and build networks among the local and visiting stakeholders to enhance trade and competitiveness of the Americas.
The ACE was created and supported from the beginning by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. State Department and the Organization of American States (OAS) as RIAC Technical Secretariat.
The host regions/countries have been:
- ACE I: Georgia, North and South Carolina, USA, April 2014
- ACE II: Mexico City, Aguascalientes and Guadalajara, Mexico, August 2014
- ACE III: Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, USA, April 2015
- ACE IV: Cordoba, Argentina, October 2015;
- ACE V: Arizona and California, USA, April 2016
Canada’s initiative to host the 6th ACE in September of 2016 was announced during the ACE 5 tour in Arizona and California.
Cities included in the ACE 6 tour will include Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton and the Niagara Region. Featured sites on the tour will target the following clusters: advanced manufacturing, ICT, clean tech, life sciences, agri-food and fintech.
By the end of the 6th ACE, participants will see how Canada is:
- Investing in its innovation networks and clusters;
- Creating a world-leading science base with a strong focus on commercialization;
- Building the labour force of the future;
- Strengthening its incubators and accelerators and helping high-impact firms scale up;
- Creating programs and regulations, developing new infrastructure, and expanding into new markets to help business innovate and grow; and
- Collaborating with partners from within the hemisphere to expand its presence in regional and global value chains.
The 6th ACE is convened by RIAC, the Government of Canada, through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; the Province of Ontario, Canada; the Government of Mexico as Chair Pro Tempore of RIAC 2016-2018 and the Organization of American States (OAS) as RIAC Technical Secretariat.
Americas competitiveness exchange CANADA 2016.