International Collaboration

We work with innovators and accelerators around the world to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Nordic Colab

Cultivating regional benefits through global collaboration.

Since 2019, CRIBE has been working closely with partners in Sweden and Finland to share common challenges and opportunities. Having similar forests and shared sustainability and climate change goals, Canada, Sweden and Finland have significant opportunity to collaborate to advance innovation in the forest-based bio-economy.

Nordic Colab


CRIBE began discussions with Swedish and Finnish innovators and accelerators.

In 2019 RISE, Paper Province and other Swedish and Varmland innovation partners visited Thunder Bay, ON to kick-off an ongoing bioeconomy-focused collaboration between Ontario and Sweden.


In light of COVID-19, conversations continued virtually throughout 2021.


In May 2022, CRIBE organized a delegation of 19 individuals, representing 12 Canadian organizations, to visit Sweden. The delegation visited 7 labs, 1 test bed and 1 pilot plant, and met with 29 Swedish organizations.

In September 2022, Swedish partners visited Toronto, ON to attend the Sweden-Canada Innovation Days. CRIBE, in partnership with Paper Province and Sting Bioeconomy, held a forum and matchmaking event.

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In October 2022, CRIBE and a delegation of 5 individuals visited Finland to attend the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference, toured the VTT Bioyuukki Pilot Centre and the Sweetwoods demonstration plant in Estonia.


June 2023 was a busy month for CRIBE and its Nordic Colab. While CRIBE’s CEO, Chris Walton, was attending the World Conference on Timber Engineering in Oslo, the CRIBE and Business Sweden teams welcomed Paper ProvinceSting BioeconomySustainable Steel Region and seven Swedish SME’s to Canada.

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