INNOVATE™ Alberta

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About INNOVATE™ Alberta

There seems to be something special brewing in Alberta. A synergy that connects traditional business with the new economy, creating a unique perspective on innovation and establishing itself as a strong emerging tech hub for Canada.

INNOVATE™ Alberta celebrates the province’s abundant natural resources, creativity, determination, and capital and how these factors are transformed into products and services that drive innovation.

The booming breath of business in Alberta is powered by a variety of stakeholders, including educators, enterprises, startups, and public agents. This collaboration of minds is allowing the province to compete at a global level and this is just the beginning, as more people are noticing Edmonton’s Artificial Intelligence capabilities and Calgary’s digital transformation.

As a place with deep roots in the oil and gas industry, Alberta looks to establish itself in the new economy with strong sectors identified as cleantech, artificial intelligence, agritech, and digital media. There is a certain resilience and strength that develops with boom and bust economics, combined with capital and top talent – Alberta is definitely a tech haven in the making.

The Publisher

Brahm Glickman

Technology and innovation have always been, and continue to be, the driving force behind Brahm’s entrepreneurial success. His passion for the printed word and image has enabled him to transcend his sales experience to the publishing industry. Being an Associate Publisher with Global Village World is the perfect culmination of Brahm’s business experience and his... click to read more

Featured Thought Leaders

Featured Thought Leaders

Featured Innovators

CDL ROCKIES

ACCELERATES THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF EARLY-STAGE VENTURES

There is an economic transformation underway in Alberta and Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies (“CDL-Rockies”) is playing an important role in that transformation. CDL-Rockies is focused on accelerating the commercial potential of the next generation of promising science- and technology-based ventures across a variety of sectors, including energy and agriculture....

Willowglen Systems

The future of Scada technology, SentientQ transforming the future of Automation

Wayne Karpoff, CEO of Willowglen Systems, and his team of Scada rock stars are making innovative improvements to the rail transportation and energy industries. “We reimagined SCADA to meet the needs of the future. And it all started here in Alberta.” — Wayne Karpoff, CEO at Willowglen Systems. Innovation is...

W21C

W21C- Interdisciplinary collaboration to make care better

W21C- Interdisciplinary collaboration to make care better

ABOUTW21C is a research and innovation centre based in the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health in the Cumming School of Medicine and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS). W21C conducts research to improve health services and systems to Make Care Better. OUR HISTORYW21C was created...

ROUTEIQUE

X-RAY VISION FOR SUPPLY CHAIN VISIONARIES

Unprecedented supply chain insight, foresight and oversight.Since 2017, Routeique® has developed industry-leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) products, IoT hardware, and apps for businesses in the supply chain space. We’re building solutions to problems that have traditionally been difficult to solve,” says CEO Mike Allan. Routeique’s vision is...

GURU SEO SERVICES

PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE MARKETING SERVICES TO CLIENTS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES

Guru SEO Services, based in Red Deer, Alberta is a digital marketing agency that aims to provide comprehensive marketing, web, SEO, and advertising services. The agency was founded by Jesse Tutt, who describes himself as a “Serial Entrepreneur” and has helped many businesses over the years stand out in the...

TELUS STORYHIVE

SUPPORTING NEW AND EMERGING CONTENT CREATORS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALBERTA

10 years-  Established in 2013$52M+ in production funding provided1,100+ projects funded Since 2013, TELUS STORYHIVE has supported a community of thousands of local content creators across British Columbia and Alberta, providing over $52 million in production funding and over 10,000 hours of robust training and one on one mentorship. STORYHIVE...

STARTUP TNT

HAVE FUN. MAKE FRIENDS. BUILD COMPANIES.

That’s the motto of Startup TNT. An organization that fosters community, connection, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the tech ecosystem while raising millions of dollars for local startups from local investors. Through a range of engaging events and programs, Startup TNT aims to empower entrepreneurs, connect new and seasoned investors with...

SOLARSTEAM

LOWEST COST RENEWABLE HEAT

SolarSteam’s purpose is to decarbonize the highest emitting and hardest to abate heavy industry segments. The problem that SolarSteam addresses is the elephant in the energy room – industrial heat. Globally, thermal energy requirements constitute close to 50% of total GHG emissions. In Alberta approximately 2⁄3 of GHG emissions come...

BIOHUBX

PAVING THE WAY FOR YOUNG LIFE SCIENCES COMPANIES TO SUCCEED

In Canada, it is common to see layers of support for life sciences companies up to and including the incubator stage, right before commercialization occurs. But support drops off drastically when companies are ready to commercialize and take their most significant risks and leaps. It takes capital and multiple fundraising...

NanosTech

PIONEERING A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

NanosTech, born from the innovative crucible of the University of Calgary, exemplifies the transformative potential of ground-breaking catalytic research. In 2021, it found a new home under the umbrella of Vorsana Environmental Inc., further cementing its position as a catalyst for change within the nanocatalyst and catalyst technologies landscape. NanosTech...

STELLAR GAME ASSETS

STEP UP YOUR GAME

If you love video games, you may have thought about making one. So, what’s stopping you? Ten years ago, the answer likely would have been the industry itself. Video games were typically produced only by studios with enough capital to house the entire game creation pipeline. And that pipeline was...

IMMIGRANT TECHIES ALBERTA

CREATING AN INVITATION FOR IMMIGRANTS INTO ALBERTA TECH EMPOWERING NEWCOMERS THROUGH RESKILL CALGARY

When Wunmi Adekanmbi first stepped into the Alberta tech scene out of sheer curiosity in 2019, she had no idea what awaited her. To her pleasant surprise, she discovered a vibrant and innovative community governed by a social contract of giving first, with a strong support system and valuable industry...

GLENROSE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

REIMAGINING HUMAN ABILITY

THE GLENROSE REHABILITATION HOSPITAL (GRH)The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (GRH) is the largest free-standing, comprehensive tertiary rehabilitation hospital in Canada, serving patients of all ages who require complex rehabilitation to enable them to participate in life to the fullest. The 244-bed facility provides specialized physical rehabilitation and therapeutic services across 16...

RINSA

Creating Impact for Entrepreneurs

The Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) was formed in 2011 as a collaborative partnership between Alberta Innovates with Economic Development Lethbridge/ Tecconnect, Lethbridge College, and the University of Lethbridge. Through trusted relationship building and a commitment to serving rural/remote and under-represented groups, RINSA has expanded to 14 members....

AVATAR

THERE IS A NEW ENERGY FUTURE. LET’S GO BUILD IT.

LEADERSHIP. COLLABORATION. CAPITAL. IT’S HOW WE’RE TURNING ENERGY TRANSITION INTO A MASSIVE OPPORTUNITY.Avatar was born from the simple premise that solutions to the complex challenges of climate change and energy transition must come from within the energy industry. By working inside incumbent heavy industry, Avatar Innovations unlocks industry validated solutions...

TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA

BUILDING COMMUNITY, SUPPORTING TECH SECTOR GROWTH

Technology Alberta is an industry-business association that supports the growth of Alberta’s tech sector, by building community. With an entrepreneur-led approach, we coordinate efforts and collaborate with key stakeholders – so that together, we deliver greater value for all of Alberta’s advanced technology growth companies. As a province-wide organization, our...

PLATFORM CALGARY

PLATFORM CALGARY BRINGS TOGETHER THE RESOURCES OF CALGARY’S TECH ECOSYSTEM TO HELP STARTUPS

PLATFORM CALGARY BRINGS TOGETHER THE RESOURCES OF CALGARY’S TECH ECOSYSTEM TO HELP STARTUPS LAUNCH AND GROW AT EVERY STEP OF THEIR JOURNEY – FROM IDEATION THROUGH TO SCALE. Calgary has what it takes to be a global innovation hub: affordability, liveability, high levels of investable wealth, and a population that...

Brenda Strafford Foundation (BSF)

AN INNOVATIVE FORCE-THE PRESERVATION OF DIGNITY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Canada’s population is growing older. In 2019, the population of seniors 65-years of age and older was almost one-fifth of the overall population, and by 2040 the population of seniors is predicted to reach one-fourth of the overall population, with over one-third of seniors having two or more chronic diseases.1...

BUOYANCY

Empowering employment agencies to scale their impact through technology-enabled behaviour change

Buoyancy Works is a Calgary, Alberta-based wellness tech and behavioural insights company that empowers employment agencies to scale their impact through technology-enabled behaviour change techniques. The Buoyancy platform helps organizations scale programs, measure engagement, and support their clients through the emotional and motivational challenges of the job search. Buoyancy’s tools...

Innovate Calgary

Bridging the gap between discovery and creating economic and societal impact

We are the innovation engine for UCalgary, one of the top research universities in Canada. We support existing business models while nurturing innovative and disruptive thinking through a plethora of services such as providing IP/patent support for University of Calgary (UCalgary) faculty, managing an investment fund, managing unique facilities for...

MOTIV

TRANSFORMING OPPORTUNITIES INTO SUCCESSFUL VENTURES BY ACCELERATING DIGITAL INNOVATION.

As the pace of change accelerates, innovation becomes essential for organizations to adapt and maintain a competitive edge. Motiv, an award-winning digital innovation firm and venture builder, guides its partners through their innovation journey. With a mission to generate new value through digital innovation, Motiv works with its partners to...

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

A CENTURY-OLD BUILDING IS GETTING A WHOLE LOT SMARTER, THANKS TO SOME INNOVATIONS DRIVEN BY AI

A CENTURY-OLD BUILDING IS GETTING A WHOLE LOT SMARTER, THANKS TO SOME INNOVATIONS DRIVEN BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. The 101-year-old dentistry and pharmacy centre is one of the first buildings you see when you come onto the University of Alberta’s North Campus. Right now, the...

TACIT EDGE

Disrupting the ambiguity in Product Management

When Renee Matsalla and Christa Hill first met, they were on the team that would scale a Calgary-based tech startup to global heights. The two women formed an immediate connection through their passion for Product Management and problem-solving, yet in those early days on the team of Benevity — a...

INCEPTIONU

The Un-School challenging Calgarians to think and build differently

Have you ever thought about the difference between being future proof or future fit? InceptionU co-founders Margo Purcell and Greg Hart certainly have. In fact, the two Calgary professionals have built a business around it. InceptionU is a place of meaningful learning where individuals, businesses and organizations go to learn...

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