Alberta Council of Technologies Society (ABCtech)
ABCtech seeks to provide a point of contact and communication for Alberta's technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Developing alliances for emerging technology industries.
Through this site we will offer more than a gateway to Alberta's
technology industry associations, but also links to the tools and
information Alberta businesses need to commercialize their technologies
and fund their growth
Diversifying Alberta’s economy through technology. The Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech) advocates for the commercialization of disruptive technologies that will place Alberta and Alberta companies at the forefront of emerging economies. Through the creation of cross-discipline and cross-industry dialogue on emerging technologies and their impact on us, the global citizen, we germinate unique opportunities for collaboration amongst stakeholders who may otherwise not interact. ABCtech achieves this through a series of carefully constructed and executed events.
These events focus on four key outcomes:
1. Public education and the sharing of knowledge, opinions and stories. Demystifying emerging technologies.
2. The development of a greater understanding of the issues and common interests among a diverse set of stakeholders
3. The emergence of networks that cut through industries, disciplines and special interests
4. The establishment of self-sustaining momentum for advancing the commercializationof emerging technologies.
Each year ABCtech identifies a potentially disruptive emerging technology each. That technology becomes the focus for our feature events and advocay. We then begin the process of identifying the enablers and stakeholders who need to interact and become engaged in open dialogue to explore the development and commercialization of the technology. These “networking events” become the mechanism by which disruptive technologies can begin to gain traction. Once this traction has been achieved, ABCtech transfers the developmental effort to an existing or emerging organization to carry forward the work in bringing the technology to fruition. The legacy is a network of informed, connected leaders for overseeing the development of the industry and the associated technologies that define it.
As Perry Kinkaide, ABCtech’s founder and current President states, “Technology without relationships, has no value. ABCtech is broader than just one technology or one industry. We start a dialogue about technologies as they are emerging, finding the leaders and helping advance the associated industry."
Kinkaide cites the Council's work over several years in promoting stem cell therapies,fusion energy, rural broadband, cleanTech, artificial intelligence/machine learning and in 2011, "electrifying terasnportaion." Through status reports, networking events, forums, symposia and conferences - summer industry networking BBQs, ABCtech works with others to help demystify potentially disruptive technologies and advance their commercialization, thereby contributing to the diversification of Alberta's economy."