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RCBC| Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Working group

  • 16 Nov 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual event
  • 188


  • Free of charge
  • Free of charge
  • Free of charge


Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Time: 10 am Ottawa, 6 pm Moscow 

Opportunities for collaboration: Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet of things, virtual reality, big data, electronic components, computer equipment, communications equipment.

Sectors growing with ICT: banking industry, oil and gas, metals and mining industry, transportation, data centres, utilities, cybersecurity and eCommerce.

Nowadays the development of the information and communication technologies (ICT) is a priority of economic policy in any country, including Russia and Canada. This takes places due to the fact that the ICT sector is the main source of technology creation that transforms all sectors of the economy, determining their competitiveness in a changing world. 

  • CANADA: The Canadian ICT sector is well positioned in the world and the demand is expected to reflect the accelerating adoption of many technology solutions, as well as private and public investments in the digital infrastructure. The sector is presented mainly by ICT manufacturing, software & computer systems, communications services and ICT wholesaling.  The ICT sector in Canada is facing headwinds in the form of a global semiconductor shortage, increased viability of remote work that could spark higher competition for talent, and implementation of “buy local” policies in major export markets.

As for the AI and machine learning revolution, they are well underway, and Canada is at its forefront. The Canadian AI ecosystem is currently composed of more than 850 start-up companies, 20 public research labs, 75 incubators and accelerators, and 60 groups of investors from across the country, grouped in major hubs such as Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, and Vancouver. 

  • RUSSIA: At present, the size and contribution of the ICT sector to the Russian economy is much less than in the world’s leading countries. The spatial structure of the sector is highly concentrated in a small group of regions, accompanied by an increase in the digital divide between regions (mainly Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Moscow region). The industry’s fastest growing segments are hosting, software maintenance and administration, consulting, software customization and information security services. 

The Russian government  set out a strategy to support the  ICT sector by creating globally competitive conditions for IT businesses and IT specialists. The government has published the “IT tax maneuver” law, which decreases the corporate tax rates from 20% to just 3% for IT companies. The new legislation will reduce social security tax rates to 7.6%, compared to 30% in other sectors of economy. For the past few years, the industry’s regulatory framework exhibited very positive development trends which resulted in the adoption of the Telemedicine Law (2018), Law on Critical Infrastructure (2017), Online Cash Register Law (2017), amendments to the Public Private Partnerships Law (2018), allowing the IT infrastructure to be managed under concession agreements, and a number of tax incentives for the industry were introduced.

GOAL: As international and multi-stakeholder collaborations are critical to the responsible use and development of ICT and AI based on shared values (human rights, diversity, inclusion, innovation, and economic growth), with this RCBC working group, we are fostering collaboration in the fields of ICT and AI and are nourishing universal values between Canada and Russia.


1. How impactful are ICT and AI technology in driving change in Russia and Canada?

2. How can businesses and organizations embrace and invest in digital innovation without compromising privacy and protection?

3. Canada-Russia ICT leaders’ success stories, vision, challenges and their predictions for the coming years.

  • Chairpersons:

Russia – tbc

Canada - tbc

Each and every participant is invited to present his/her projects in the peer learning platform BRAINDATE. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Establish contacts with Canadian and Russia entities in the sector of ICT and AI
  • Tap into a growing ICT and AI talent pool 
  • Partner with leading Canadian and Russian institutions and companies in  the following industries: banking, oil and gas, metals and mining industry, transportation, data centers, utilities and eCommerce.
  • Get trained in ICT or AI. 
  • Get a job in the field of ICT and AI.

To make the event a success, register today and together with CERBA and your RD get involved in the preparation process much in advance.


For  more information, please, contact

 Marina Belskikh, Regional Director of CERBA in Montreal and Ottawa, 

via email [email protected] or tel. +1  (514) 5161178


Alex Grichine, Regional Director of CERBA in Moscow

via email [email protected] or tel. +7 (495) 134-0268.