QuikTech Notes – December 12, 2018

QuikTech Notes

Creating the New Alberta – VISION & LEADERSHIP

December 12, 2018

From time to time we poke about wanting to learn your views and those of our overall  readership – now exceeding 20,000. To say the least, 2018 has been dynamic. Here is what we learned about you and what we’ve been up to in 2018 and what we expect to be doing in 2019 for helping Create the New Alberta. – Editor

Vision & Leadership. Our 2017 Creativity & Convergence Conferences in Edmonton and Calgary identified three pillars for Creating the New Alberta: Energy transitions. Leadership in innovation. A resilient economy. Surveys of our network consistently identify vision and sustained leadership as primary to economic development.

2019 – With an election pending in the spring we are hosting a Symposium on January 26th in Edmonton for learning what the candidates for Premier of Alberta propose. Each of the four presentations is followed by an expert panel to discuss either: Alberta’s economic resilience, Engaging youth – the future of work, Public procurement in Alberta, or Advancing and financing innovation in Alberta. Early-bird registration HERE

Economic resilience. Alberta’s economic resilience has been viewed as weak due to it’s over-dependence on the oil and gas industry…but consistently improving. Since this past spring problems specific to Alberta’s oil and gas industry have rocked Alberta’s economy with consequences for the entire country. Alberta’s economic resilience weakened particularly in the Calgary Region and for government. All industries and professions have slipped other than education. Fall ’18 Overview HERE

2018 – Calgary introduced the $100M Opportunity Investment Fund and initiatives to diversify it’s economy HERE  The Alberta Government introduced the Alberta Investor Tax Credit.  And municipalities comprising the Edmonton Region have incorporated Edmonton Global for consolidating organization of the Region’s economic development and attracting foreign investment, talent, and innovation,

    FLASH Dec 11th. EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil refinery, but Premier Rachel Notley says any deal needs to work for both industry and taxpayers. FOR MORE

Innovation ecosystem. Achieving economic resilience requires an effective innovation ecosystem. Alberta’s innovation ecosystem remains ineffective and has weakened since the spring. Fall ’18 Report HERE

2019 – We are incorporating the Ontario Council of Technologies Society and are investigating introducing the semi-annual survey to include Ontario. This would allow an inter-provincial comparison of our network’s sentiment of economic resilience and the associated innovation ecosystems.

Public procurement. Suppliers and purchasers of Alberta public procurement view the system as broken: a mismatch of expectations in procurement practices and objectives. Recommendations are contained in the Spring ’18 Report HERE

The voice of youth. By engaging Alberta high school students in our spring ’18 survey and team consultation we learned of Alberta youths’ concern about the impact of biotechnology on their future well-being and machine learning on their careers. Their commitment to education is strong, though they are concerned that their education is not adequately preparing them for the future. Spring ’18 Report HERE

2019 – Our multi-year Engaging Youth project will be extended to all of Canada and include it’s post-secondary students. The report will be central to a national conference in the fall for post-secondary institutions on Quality Assurance in Education. Planning is also underway for extending the project worldwide in the spring of 2020 and webcasting the results at a fall conference in partnership with the National (US) Creativity Network.

Industrial hemp. The legalization of cannabis in Canada in 2018 has been a major economic trigger. Our attention was drawn instead to co-hosting a conference with the Agriculture Food Council in the spring for creating an industrial hemp industry in western Canada. We learned of regulatory issues impeding the production of food and oils. The cost of decortication was identified as an impediment to the manufacture of industrial materials. Progress continues in unifying industry leadership through the Agriculture Food Council and it’s alliances. HERE  

2019 – A provincial Conference for the spring will be announced shortly.

Autonomous transportation. The public continues to learn of progress in developing technologies for automating transportation. Alberta enterprise is strong and regulatory measures are in preparation. This may be a significant economic opportunity for Alberta.

2019 – A Conference is being designed for April ’19 at the Edmonton International Airport. FOR MORE

Personalized healthcare. Some years ago we hosted conferences re Analytics, BIG Data, and the Cloud”. Our fall ’18 RISING STARS Symposium featured four early-stage enterprises and a panel underscoring advances in data, diagnosis, and determination allowing increased precision and personal participation in healthcare. HERE

Fusion technologies. We have spun off the Alberta/Canada Fusion Technologies Alliance. The Society continues to educate and advocate for Alberta to lead Canada into the international race for fusion ignition and anticipate an array of industrial applications. The plan is contained in the Fusion 2030 – Roadmap for Canada report. HERE

2019 – The Alliance is producing a newsletter HERE and educating Alberta leaders about progress in achieving fusion ignition HERE

Financing innovation. ABCtech commissioned a project to establish technology investment fund in association with a credit union. The project was to secure funding dedicated to intangible assets and the assembly of clusters of emerging technologies. TechInvest has now been incorporated. HERE

2019- ABCtech continues to support TechInvest that is seeking investment opportunities targeting specific industry clusters and is securing it’s initial rounds of financing.

Going Global. We continue to develop relationships directly with Brainport in the Netherlands and through members of our Alliance with Europe.

2019 – We will be investigating Asian and African markets for traceability technologies and training opportunities in agriculture. Our bi-annual Festival of BIG Ideas is to be revitalized targeting off-shore partners and featuring both a winter and summer version.

Share your Ideas – Questions – Comments? HERE


REGISTER NOW

VISION & LEADERSHIP Symposium

Saturday January 26th, 2019 – Royal Glenora – Edmonton

8:30am – 4:30pm

Confirmed: 10:30AM Stephen Mandel, 1:30PM David Khan, 3:00PM Jason Kenney. Pending: 9:00AM Rachel Notley

A timely and insightful discourse on Alberta’s economy, youth, procurement, innovation

$125- Register HERE

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ABCtech Members receive a 20% Discount. Not a Member? Register HERE

Members of Alberta’s Technology Industry Alliance also receive a 20% discount. Use “ALLIANCE” as your code

PROGRAM FEATURES

Keynotes – Election ’19 Preview

Each of four party candidates for Premier of Alberta are invited to deliver a 20-minute address followed by a 10-minute Q&A.

Networking

Twenty-minute breaks – Refreshments  – Buffet luncheon

Themed 4-5 Seat Panels

Alberta’s economic resilience. 9:30AM Chaired by Leann Hackman-Carty, Economic Developers Alberta

Engaging Youth – the future of work. 11:00AM Chaired by Phil Davidson, ABCtech

Public procurement in Alberta. Chaired by Arnold d’Sousa, 2:00PM Supply Chain Management Association

Advancing and financing Innovation in Alberta. 3:30PM Chaired by Werner Biegler, ABCtech

AGM

ABCtech’s half-hour AGM will follow lunch

Broadcasting

The entire event will be broadcast and recorded live

Questions?  Contact Editor@ABCtech.ca

QuikTech Notes – November 20, 2018

    QuikTech Notes – Special Edition

   Diversifying Alberta’s Economy – continued

    November 20th, 2018

Alberta’s energy “crisis”continues. Solutions are elusive. This issue touches on the clandestine role that U.S. corporations have allegedly played in fomenting the crisis – to it’s advantage. Also cited are responses to the current crisis by various levels of government including alternative energies and fusion.  The issue wraps up with an insightful article on the role that China may play in giving Alberta, Canada an alternative market for energy and value-added carbon products. – Editor

Edmonton Journal columnist, David Staples caught my attention last week with his article HERE  on the findings of Vivian Krause, founder of the Fair Question Blog.  She revealed that Americans have been funding NGOs in Canada contributing to locking up Alberta’s oil sands. Astounding!  But what if anything can be done about it?

Restoring Alberta, Canada’s wealth by Esir Prente

Vivian Krause’s recent revelation is that corporations of Robber Baron status have for the past ten years been funneling funds through charitable foundations (“money laundering operations”) to control the economy of a small geographic area of Canada called “Alberta”. The vulnerable target is site of the world’s third largest oil and gas reserves, the largest yet known in the Western Hemisphere – and right in the backyard of the U.S.  Under a unified system of “law”, the 21st century Robber Barons have managed to isolate, landlock, and control Alberta, Canada’s source of mega wealth.

Should anyone be shocked?   This is happening with most of the other prominent elements of the Canadian economy: education, health, finance, natural resources, politics and more recently technology. Consider the corporations now overseeing Canada’s economy.  Is any one of them Canadian?  Canada’s economy is not under it’s control. Development of Canada’s carbon assets and associated supply chains has been financed by U.S. corporations for serving U.S. interests in return for royalties and taxes. These chains are largely under their control, secured for the most part through long-term corporate and international trading agreements that also constrain the diverting of Alberta carbon for value-added processing of: wheat, meat, fibre, timber, oil and gas. 

Canada to the world is viewed as cold – it’s defence, sparsely populated by intelligent, well-educated people who are polite, “apologetic”, naive, docile, hard working, and prosperous thanks to it’s bounty of carbon resources and receptive U.S. market.

Our politicians have little leverage to rectify the situation. And the public sector is expected to maintain a “risk free”, “make no mistakes”, “cause no commotion”, safe and secure operation in delivering Government policy.  That is not to say, they do not have ideas, but their ideas must, if they are to be acted upon, be endorsed by their political masters and trade agreements.  They have little if any leverage over the forces shaping Alberta, Canada’s future.

Canada’s party system exists to get votes, offend few and get elected. It is not a system for change – unless shocked, but rather – at best, tweaking the status quo. No shocks thank you!

Alberta has appeared unshockable. In Alberta with an economy dependent on oil and gas, diversification gets lots of government talk. But to diversity is not a quick fix and requires sustained voter support. If anything, political decisions have made the situation worse  – in the east, in the south, in the west, plus in the courts to the delight of many interests: NGOs, indigenous peoples, environmentalists, and several US and Canada integrated oil and gas companies profiting on the huge oil price differential.

Oil and gas economies are particularly problematic. Only Texas can be cited as successfully diversifying an oil and gas economy. Even though Alberta’s economy is admittedly vulnerable and in need of diversification, nothing has triggered change. As long as Alberta was prospering and even when not, little was done.  Alberta knew 50 years ago it would be an economic engine.  And it knew it came at a price on the environment – air and water quality, polluted land, wildlife impact, plus considerable economic turmoil and volatility. The Heritage Trust Fund proved untenable for mitigating the social and economic consequences. But citizens prospered, public institutions grew, and handouts became routine and expected. A new culture emerged, Alberta, Canada were blessed – entitled.

What to do? Can a strategy be formulated?

Collaborate. Is it possible to engage the oil and gas producers, the politicians and their bureaucrats, unions and professions, and special interests together for the purpose of developing a promising long term strategy?

A Sales Tax. What about introducing a sales tax? First, that is not a strategy, it is a tactic. And a sales tax does nothing to solve THE problem of diversification, it only serves to perpetuate spending and sustain the status quo.

Innovation. What about Innovation? It can help, but sustained change will require more than innovation; a realignment of VERY divergent interests is necessary and that is political! (See also – Innovation Nation).  If an alignment of interests cannot be achieved, then how long can even the status quo last?

Learn from Others. In the early 1900’s a few “Robber Barons” controlled the United States economy with monopolies over oil and gas resources, transportation, and finances.  It took an act of Congress to break up Standard Oil and others. We also learned 25 years ago that U.S. charitable foundations (“for the public good”) were being used to influence: politics, governments and to segment the population – societies within societies, thereby setting people against themselves using the monies purloined from them in the first place – in the interest of powerful and well-heeled Robber Barons. Some of the old faces are still involved but there are new faces – powerful, all-knowing corporations worth $Ts that are larger, and multi-national. Today thousands of public and private foundations and associated societies are serving corporate interests that may not align with the public’s interest. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Lessons from China?  China’s economic “miracle” is attributed to increased involvement of the private sector with several lessons that  Alberta, Canada might consider: the release of former constraints on it’s economy, promotion of entrepreneurs and innovation, and the capacity to contain multi-national interests.  Plus the extraordinary enterprise of people who had suffered through decades of suppression.

Recognize the urgency.  The requisite sense of “urgency” and follow-on political action for diversifying Alberta’s economy has been missing. Nothing has seemed to trigger action: not low oil prices or the shrinking price differential, not government debt or deficits, or reduced corporate investment or unemployment – that is currently growing outside the public sector. Can the combination of the horrific oil price differential and the revelation that multi-nationals are locking up Alberta’s oil sands be the long awaited shock?

if not now, when?


Anticipating the future of energy


United Kingdom

How ‘miniature suns’ could provide cheap, clean energy.  FOR MORE  Nuclear fusion has long been heralded as a potential answer to our prayers. But it’s always been “thirty years away”, according to the industry joke.Now several start-ups are saying they can make fusion a commercial reality much sooner.


Canadian Government

Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future.  FOR MORE  Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future – NICE Future – is a new international initiative launched under the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in May 2018.

Canada to boost support for riskier forms of renewable energy.  FOR MORE  “This is an investment in the future,” said Sohi on the third day of meetings between environment, oceans and energy ministers, when asked about the security of the $30 million in taxpayer …


Alberta Government

Fighting to get full value for Alberta oil.  FOR MORE   Premier Rachel Notley is appointing a team to work with key energy leaders on bold solutions for closing the historically high oil price gap that is robbing the Canadian economy of more than $80 million a day.

Premier establishes Energy Upgrading Unit.  FOR MORE   Alberta will prioritize upgrading and refining more of the province’s energy resources at home, keeping more jobs and value within the province.

Other GOA initiatives:

Growing a diversified economy  FOR MORE

Energy diversification programs  FOR MORE

Petrochemicals diversification program  FOR MORE

Growth and diversification act  FOR MORE

Energy processing in Alberta  FOR MORE


Canada West Foundation

What Now? Strong Ties:  Canada & China’s economic relationship?  FOR MORE   The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is destined to replace NAFTA, has generated controversy in Canada over a clause that seems intended to pressure Canada from negotiating a trade agreement with China.  While these fears are at first understandable, a close look at the facts shows that the concerns are also largely overstated.


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QuikTech Notes – November 6, 2018

QuikTech Notes

06-NOV-18


The lead article is the second in a series of three about the emergence of the hemp industry.  Also, if you haven’t done so yet:  1. TechInvest wants your views about Alberta’s technology industry’s investment needs and opportunities and 2. Troy Media is proposing to help if you are interested in elevating your profile through more effective use of the media.  This issue wraps up with a summary of our 2018 Reports – free for Members.  Also … SAVE THE DATE of Saturday January 26th an event like none other, featuring all you will want to know in preparing for Alberta’s Provincial election.  Stay-tuned for features and announcements. – Editor


AGRICULTURE

The Green Gold Rush Is On by Jesse Hahn, Natural Fibre Technologies

With demand for Cannabidiol or CBD in the thousands of dollars per kg (with several kilograms per acre available) we have now entered the era of CBD frenzy. Anyone with a heartbeat and a venture capital connection are the latest hemp ‘experts’, raising capital on hype with little substance, driven by greed and a rush to get into the industry early before the CBD glut hits and prices flop. READ MORE

Investors Waking Up to Hemp.  Investors are waking up to the hemp industry. Hemp is proving its opportunity for financial returns, and potential for social and environmental impact. FOR MORE

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The Farm Products Council of Canada is examining the merits of establishing a Canadian Industrial Hemp Promotion and Research Agency.  Submissions will be accepted through November 24, 2018.  HERE

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Alberta hemp farmers are betting that cannabis legalization will be a windfall for their industry, with some going so. Alberta hemp farmers are betting that cannabis legalization will be a windfall for their industry, with some going so far as to draw comparisons between the distinctive jagged-leafed plant and one of Canada’s biggest agricultural success stories.FOR MORE


FINANCE

TechInvest wants to know more about your investment and financing interests
ABCtech has commissioned development of an investment fund for Alberta enterprises targeting intangible assets.  Please help TechInvest by completing the following survey for identifying the Alberta industries most in need for financing.  SURVEY HERE – Open Now


COMMUNICATIONS

Troy Media’s articles reach almost a billion eyeballs each year – It’s yours to use
Growing a small business, commercializing a new idea, generating support for your enterprise – can be frustrating but it should never NEVER be lonely!  If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it really fall? If an idea is shared in a bar and never leaves, is it real?  If a researcher discovers a cure, but it never gets it to market … well you get the point. Troy Media and ABCtech have teamed up to offer an insightful seminar on the merit and the power of communications through the media. The evening seminar will be scheduled for Calgary and Edmonton in December.  REPLY HERE MORE including the dates and locations


Creating the New Alberta

Recent Reports.  Free for Members

Economy.  Fall ’18 Status Report on Alberta’s Economic Resilience and Innovation. HERE  See also HERE. The Full Report is available free for Members

Government.  Alberta’s Public Procurement Practices and Objectives. HERE

Youth.  The Voice of Alberta Youth on the future of work HERE.   The 2019 project is being extended to all of Canada and it’s post-secondary students. For more contact HERE

Finance.  Investing in intangible assets – the new economy!  

Issue #1. Funding SME’s: Is there a Shortage of Money  READ NOW

Issue #2. Funding SME’s: Why should we care? READ NOW

Issue #3. Funding SME’s: How do we overcome the risk? READ NOW

Issue #4. TechInvest – Alberta focused – New thinking READ NOW

Issue #5. Rich assets – Welcome inside the new intangible asset revolution READ NOW  


NOT YET A MEMBER?  It’s easy with even more benefits to be announced. Just visit HERE

IN ONTARIO?  We are incorporating there too. FOR MORE … Contact Editor@ABCtech.ca

A TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY NGO?  Technology is changing everything, everywhere and fast!  Agree? Consider joining our Technology Industry Alliance with benefits for your members too. FOR MORE … Contact Editor@ABCtech.ca

QuikTech Notes – October 30, 2018

QuikTech Notes

30-OCT-18


Technologies Are Already Changing The Economy

The theme for this issue seems more than obvious – that technologies are emerging faster and faster.  There is hardly a day that goes by that another breakthrough or insight adding to the promise of new wealth through innovation if managing change is your forte.  This issue contains the first of three articles about the emerging industrial hemp industry.  We have also added links to current news and presentations featuring catalysts for personalized healthcare.

AGRICULTURE

Hemp Comes of Age by Jesse Hahn, Natural Fibre Technologies


There has never been a better time in History to grow aside from World War II when North America relied on the versatile plant to support the war effort with ropes, sails, lubricants and more. Since first being re-legalized on March 12, 1998, under licenses and authorization from Health Canada, hemp as a specialty crop has had trouble gaining the recognition it deserves. But burdensome legislation was only one reason why the Hemp industry has remained fledgling. Fast forward to 2018, Bill C-45 has passed in Canada which, in addition to decriminalizing Medical and Recreational Cannabis, has re-opened the doors for Hemp cultivation on a mass industrial scale – indeed a move towards full de-regulation of the crop. And, in this environment of pending climate catastrophe, it’s about time.

You may have heard all sorts of rhetoric about Hemp the versatile ‘miracle plant’. Indeed the plant can be used for everything from automobiles and bio-composites to nano-crystalline cellulose and yarn. But if the plant is so miraculous and has been legal to cultivate since 1998 then why don’t we see more hemp derived products around? The answer to that question is complex.

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The Farm Products Council of Canada is examining the merits of establishing a Canadian Industrial Hemp Promotion    and Research Agency.  Submissions will be accepted through November 24, 2018. HERE


The food industry has been the main driver for growth of the specialty crop since decriminalization. With retailers such as Costco eventually stocking raw and processed hemp products, consumers are beginning to acquire a taste for the superfood (hemp seed is rich in Omega fatty acids and Gamma Linolenic acid – a known nutraceutical compound used to treat skin conditions). Still, the novel and expensive specialty food has had only limited success in gaining market share. Reasons explaining slow market uptake could be due to stigma and misinformation surrounding this mysterious food or it could be the expensive price tag associated with a price high enough to convince farmers to re-learn how to grow it. Or, perhaps slow market adoption has to do with volatile market prices caused by fickle international food contracts – like I said, the reasons are complex! Then again, it may simply be mega-corporations in the food, forestry, auto and pharma industries suppressing the opportunity. Conspiracy theories and speculation aside, much of it boils down to the lack of processing equipment for the primary breakdown of the fibrous stalk.

But it’s ok. Like I mentioned earlier, there has never been a better time to grow hemp! It seems that a perfect storm is brewing, one where the bottlenecks holding back hemp production are disappearing. Conferences and seminars on the topic are selling out – thanks to ABCtech and Agriculture & Food Council for showing leadership and organizing a highly successful event on April 20th – Developing the Western Canadian Hemp Industry.  The masses are waking up to the opportunity. But this new hemp boom will not be catalyzed by food or fibre products. Canada’s new hemp regulations now allow farmers to harvest the flowers and leaves for lucrative medicinal compounds in the form of oil called cannabinoids (CBD). Welcome to the “green” gold rush.  Next week Issue #2. The “Green” Gold Rush


FINANCE

TechInvest wants to know more about your investment and financing interests



ABCtech has commissioned development of a investment fund for Alberta enterprises targeting intangible assets.  Please help TechInvest by completing the following survey for identifying the Alberta industries most in need for financing.  SURVEY HERE  


ENERGY

 

 

 

Fusion 2030 – A Roadmap for Canada. 

Representatives of several Canadian provinces and enterprises have assembled a proposal for Canada to get into the international race for fusion ignition and to capitalize on the $Bs of spin-off opportunities for associated industries.  The REPORT



Feds invest $49.3M in Burnaby-based General Fusion

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced today it was investing $49.3 million in General Fusion, a clean technology company that is trying to recreate the energy of the sun for mass consumption. FOR MORE


HEALTH

Personalizing Healthcare Innovations – Highlights of the RISING STARS Symposium



On October 22nd, an overflow crowd received messages that the visions of Alberta leaders and entrepreneurs are aligned.  Healthcare is undergoing a transition: data, diagnostics and determination are elevating the relevance of personalized healthcare.  Presentations of Alberta’s innovation leaders and the four select RISING STARS can be viewed HERE


COMMUNICATIONS

Troy Media’s articles reach almost a billion eyeballs each year.  It’s yours to use.


Growing a small business, commercializing a new idea, generating support for your enterprise – can be frustrating but it should never NEVER be lonely!  If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it really fall? If an idea is shared in a bar and never leaves, is it real?  If a researcher discovers a cure, but it never gets it to market … well you get the point. Troy Media and ABCtech have teamed up to offer an insightful seminar on the merit and the power of communications through the media. The evening seminar will be scheduled for Calgary and Edmonton in December.  REPLY HERE MORE including the dates and locations


Creating the New Alberta – Recent Reports.  Free for Members

Economy.  Fall ’18 Status Report on Alberta’s Economic Resilience and Innovation. HERE
See also HERE. The Full Report is available free for Members

Government.  Alberta’s Public Procurement Practices and Objectives. HERE 

Youth.  The Voice of Alberta Youth on the future of work.  HERE
The 2019 project is being extended to all of Canada and it’s post-secondary students. For more contact HERE

Finance.  Investing in intangible assets – the new economy!  

Issue #1. Funding SME’s: Is there a Shortage of Money  READ NOW

Issue #2. Funding SME’s: Why should we care? READ NOW

Issue #3. Funding SME’s: How do we overcome the risk? READ NOW

Issue #4. TechInvest – Alberta focused – New thinking READ NOW

Issue #5. Rich assets – Welcome inside the new intangible asset revolution READ NOW

QuikTech Notes – Special Edition – Is Alberta’s Economy in Trouble – Again?

QuikTech Notes
Special Edition – Is Alberta’s Economy in Trouble – Again?
15-OCT-18

Alberta sentiment weakened further in fall ’18 for both economic resilience/diversification and the effectiveness of it’s innovation ecosystem. The widespread gains in economic resilience in the spring were reversed for the Calgary Region and all industries/professions other than Education & Research – particularly Finance & Investment and Government & Public Policy.

Read the article now 

Variations appear directly linked to changes in the Oil and Gas industry and Government & Public Policy. Sample: 59% Edmonton Region, 25% Calgary Region, 16% Other.

*Economic Developers Alberta joined in mid-September

Economic Resilience (ER) – Weaker & Widespread. All Regions and Industry remain weak. Widespread industry/ professions decline: Calgary. Finance, and Government most. Only Education increased. Also weak: Forestry, Transportation, Mining and yr/yr – Engineering.

Prime ER Indicators – Investment & People Impact. Corporate investment, job creation, and employment are viewed by respondents as the prime indicators of economic resilience.  Reduced Corporate investment and Loss of market share increased since spring ’18.

87% Agree – Alberta’s Innovation Ecosystem is essential for diversification

Constraints on Progress. 56% of respondents view Alberta’s Innovation Ecosystem as ineffective – up 5% vs 24% viewing it as effective – down 4% since the spring. Comments contain extensive critiquing and recommendations aimed at governments.

Government’s Role – Job Support & SMEs. Policy and incentive support of small business and start-up innovation are most appropriate. Least: Invest in technology, job creating research and using public procurement to attract business to Alberta.

The full report is available upon request for members of the Alberta Council of Technologies Society and the Economic Developers Alberta

Contact Editor @ ABCtech.ca

Essential for Creating the New Alberta

A resilient economy.  Leadership in innovation.  Energy transitions.

 

QuikTech Notes – October 5, 2018

Economic Diversification and the Effectiveness of Alberta’s Innovation Ecosystem Dip

Sentiment in the resilience of Alberta’s economy has dipped for the 1st time since 2015. The decline may be related to pipeline uncertainties and further corporate constraint on spending.

Sentiment in the effectiveness of Alberta’s innovation ecosystem – core to diversifying the economy, also dipped. And for the 1st time is now below that of resilience. FOR MORE

The Economic Developers of Alberta has joined the project – adding it’s network and advisory input to conduct of the semi-annual survey. FOR MORE contact Leann Hackman-Carty.

RISING STARS Symposium – Personalized Healthcare Innovations

Alexander Suen has finalized design of our October 23rd RISING STARS Symposium – Personalized Healthcare. This exciting, insightful event is featuring workshops, a networking reception, and after dinner unveiling of 4 selected early-stage companies introducing advanced data technologies for personalizing healthcare. Register HERE 

 

 

Ontario Council of Technologies Society

Jac van Beek and a select team in Ontario are exploring formation of an ABCtech counterpart. “Our issues are similar. The challenge to establish an effective innovation evosystem are enormous,” says Jac van Beek. The Ontario Council of Technologies Society will be educating the public about emerging technologies and their impact and the development of essential technology networks. We are grateful to ABCtech as our partner in this collaborative enterprise.” FOR MORE

TechInvest – Technology Investment

Don Diduck was commissioned by ABCtech to establish a technology investment fund and associated credit union. ABCtech is completing due diligence on an MOA received from TechInvest spelling out mutual expectations and options for introducing TechInvest to prospective partners and investors. FOR MORE

Creating a Western Canada Hemp Industry

Jesse Hahn is helping Agriculture Food Council to capitalize on input received at it’s co-hosted industry Conference  for creating a western Canada hemp industry. Preparations are underway including strategic planning this January and a followup conference in the spring. FOR MORE

Engaging Canada’s Youth – The Future of Work

Phil Davidson has been appointed to lead our 2019 project Engaging Youth – the future of work, extending the consultation nationally adding post-secondary students.  2018 REPORT HERE

Traceability – Securing Supply Chains

ABCtech is very interested in the application of data, sensors, blockchain and a host of related technologies to supply chain management for addressing fraud and corruption, product losses and accountability. Ingeni has shared it’s insights about how traceability is transforming supply chain management. Read the article now

Public Procurement – is it broken?

Discussion is underway to further explore the findings and recommendations contained in our spring survey and report. LEARN MORE

We have a Vision – a more resilient Alberta  economy … and a Mission: 1. Educate the public about emerging technologies and their impact, 2. Develop the technology networks essential for innovation, and 3. Contribute to development of Alberta’s innovation ecosystem. JOIN ABCtech NOW

We are volunteers 21,000 strong, relying on members and referrals, services and events, for resourcing projects. Our Technology Industry Alliance is comprised of NGOs committed to working together for results. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ALLIANCES

EVENTS – Schedule

October 23rd Edmonton. RISING STARS – personalized healthcare symposium featuring four worthy Regional start-ups, a networking reception, buffet dinner, and 4 pre-reception, simultaneous 1.5-hr. workshops. Register HERE

FOR MORE – visit ABCtech.ca/events to view all events.

Submit your event here

QuikTech Notes – Issue 06-SEP-18. PUBLIC RELEASE. Engaging Youth – the future of work

Edmonton – Students are ever-more concerned about their future:  work and their careers, health and future wellbeing.  The emergence of innovations in artificial intelligence and biotechnologies are cited as central to their angst.  These are just some of the extraordinary findings in the report released today by the Alberta Council of Technologies in association with the Centre for Global Education.

The report – the second in an annual study that will extend to all of Canada in 2019 and worldwide in 2020, engages thousands of high school students in a survey and follow-on team study.  The project launched in 2017 with The Centre for Global Education was chaired in 2018 by Haley Simons of the Alberta Creativity Network.

Haley notes that “The project gives students a voice about the future of work and the role and impact of emerging technologies.”  The project leader, Terry Godwaldt – of The Centre for Global Education,  elaborated, “Of particular interest is the interaction between emerging technologies and education, and how they are affecting student confidence in the future. While many students when surveyed express a high level of confidence in spite of a concern about emerging technologies, the confidence is less apparent when engaged in more in-depth team discussion.”

Perry Kinkaide, the Founder and CEO of the Alberta Council of Technologies weighs in with his observations, “Students when given a voice are absolutely clear and consistent in their concern about the rate of change and the impact of emerging technologies. Educators’ need to listen.“

The full report – Engaging Youth – the future of work, can be accessed HERE.  An associated video captures Haley and Terry in a recent presentation before the audience of ABCtech’s all-industry networking event and can be viewed HERE.

For More REPLY or contact our editor@ABCtech.ca (780)990-5874 or TF 1(866)241-7535

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SPECIAL FEATURE. ABCtech Extends its Communication Services

Alberta – Today ABCtech is announcing two partnerships, one with Troy Media giving Alberta innovators extended reach with the media and Business on Camera offering access to video services.

Reply HERE for an exclusive opportunity to participate available only to followers of the Alberta Council of Technologies Society.BUSINESS ON CAMERA and Alberta Council of Technologies are co-producing a series of documentary films about Alberta innovators and innovations that align with their shared vision of Alberta 2020 and beyond.  Click HERE for exclusive video content about:  hemp, cannabis, AI. robotics, FinTech, blockchain and energy.

TROY MEDIA – Your company is doing ground-breaking work. ABCtech, in partnership with Troy Media, can help you tell the world about it.

Troy Media’s unique distribution channels ensure the insights of your thought leaders are available to every Canadian, and to international audiences, too.  

Extend your company’s reach, impact and influence.
Become An ABCtech VIP Thought Leader

In the ABCtech/Troy Media Thought Leader program, your company will:

·      Raise its profile across Canada.

·      See its commentaries placed in media across Canada.

·      Enhance its reputation as a credible and reliable source of original research and analysis.

·      Become the top-of-mind go-to source for media interviews in areas of expertise.

Your executives will share insights with readers and decision-makers across Canada via Troy Media’s network of Affiliate and Associate websites, including ABCtech.news. Your executives’ content will also be professionally edited and distributed to Troy Media’s national media outlet subscribers.

Troy Media is an editorial content provider to more than 1,800 print and online media outlets in Canada. Since it was founded in 2005, Troy Media has developed a reputation for providing the in-depth analysis required by seasoned journalists and editors. Print, online and broadcast media outlets use or license content supplied by our columnists, Thought Leaders and freelancers – daily!

How we have helped others.  Case studies

The Fraser Institute   EvidenceNetwork.ca   Atlantic Institute for Market Studies   Frontier Centre for Public Policy  Cardus

Troy Media’s reach through its media outlet subscribers:

2017
Print – 792,670,470
Online News – 2,679,156,953

2016
Print – 541,623,352
Online News – 1,438,960,249