Prime Minister Stephen Harper Advances Canada - Israel Relations

On the second day of the official visit, discussions revolved around Teva's investment in Canada to bring high quality, important medications to Canadians, and highlighted the positive example Teva serves as a successful Israeli-Canadian business relationship.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Advances Canada - Israel Relations

Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, arrived in Jerusalem for his first official state visit to Israel on January 19th, 2014. The size of the Canadian delegation that accompanied him (250) can be viewed as an indication of Canada’s friendship and commitment to Israel in promoting peace and security in the region, and promoting commercial relations between both countries.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, released a statement calling Canada a "faithful friend" of Israel. "Prime Minister Harper has expressed a clear, brave and moral stand regarding the truth and in regard to the standards that the international community needs to adopt regarding the State of Israel and the conflict here. I think that this is worthy of praise and I welcome him on behalf of the Government and people of Israel."

Monday January 20th, the second day of the official visit, could have been renamed “Teva Day”. Terry Creighton, Vice President, Government Affairs from Teva Canada, spoke at a Business Roundtable with a panel that included Minister Ed Fast (International Trade), Minister James Moore (Industry), and Minister Joe Oliver (Natural Resources).

Discussions revolved around Teva's investment in Canada to bring high quality, important medications to Canadians, and highlighted the positive example Teva serves as a successful Israeli-Canadian business relationship.

Later in the afternoon, the delegation moved to the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) to attend Prime Minister Harper’s historic address; the first address by a Canadian Prime Minister. The entire room was moved and the galleries rose to their feet to cheer his remarks. The experience was a proud moment for Canadians and for Teva.

After Prime Minister Harper’s address, a co-hosted gala event with Teva and the Canadian Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) was arranged by Teva Israel’s Senior director of legal operations and government affairs, Mati Gill. Dr. Michael Hayden, Teva’s President of Global R&D and Chief Scientific Officer, a distinguished citizen of Canada who was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010, gave a heartfelt welcome speech. The evening was spent meeting with many Members of the Canadian Cabinet and other Official Delegates.

The delegation had a busy schedule, including meetings with numerous Canadian and Israeli business and government contacts, as well as official visits to Yad Vashem, the Western Wall, Hula Valley and Tel Aviv University. The delegation also attended a State Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Netanyahu where Prime Minister Harper spontaneously entertained the attendees by jamming with the band!