Good Bye 2017

2017 was a year of “transitions” as the world acknowledged that “technology is changing everything, everywhere, and fast!”  Hence, the need to be prepared


o Slight improvement in Alberta’s economic resilience and strengthening of it’s innovation ecosystem – FOR MORE 

o Incorporating Edmonton Global consolidating the Region’s economic development – FOR MORE

o Announcing Calgary’s cleanTech and Edmonton’s Health City innovation initiatives – FOR MORE

o Deep Mind opening a laboratory in the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute – FOR MORE

o Alberta Innovate’s leadership and regional innovation networks – FOR MORE

o Recognizing Alberta’s culture inspiring entrepreneurs – FOR MORE

o Announcing GOA’s commitment of $1.4 Billion to support innovation for a diversified, low carbon economy – FOR MORE

o Adding $10M of additional Alberta Enterprise Corporation investment funds – FOR MORE

o Introducing the $90M Alberta Investment Tax Credit program – FOR MORE


Alberta is a hotbed of enterprise – triggered by great research universities, advanced education of it’s workforce, vision and leadership – capitalizing on the global/ broad/ rapid impact of emerging technologies.

 Convention of BIG Ideas – Red Deer 2016

Festival of BIG Ideas – Edmonton 2017

Click the titles for the PPT presentations. Videos HERE



Agriculture & Food Processing – Paul Pryce Forestry & Wood Products -Dalibor Houdek Transportation & Logistics –Peter Wallis Construction & Real Estate  – Peter Wardell Health & BioTech –  Peter Fenwick
Volunteers & NGOS – Annand Ollivierre Fintech & Investments – Shannon Preus Mining & Mineral Processing – Michael Dufresne Tourism & Entertainment – David Kaiser Communication & Marketing – Sharon MacLean & Doug Firby
InfoTech & Analytics – Patricia Glenn Manufacturing & Export – David MacLean Environment & CleanTech – Jason Switzer Alternative Energies – Allan Offenberger Engineering & Design – Craig Eastman
Education & Creativity – Haley Simon Legal & Security – Robbie Nissens Management & Strategy – Patrick Binns Human Resources & Development – Dan Boucher Finance & Accounting – Robert McGarvey




Going  Global:

Klaas RodenburgKevin Horek


Engaging Youth:

Terry Godwaldt



People Power:

Tema Frank  

Simon Raby

ALBERTA COUNCIL OF TECHNOLOGIES SOCIETY – 2017                                              

o Preparing the people – education, the community – networking, and strengthening Alberta’s innovation ecosystem.

o Hosting the CleanTech for Success conference in Drayton Valley in March – HERE, The Festival of BIG Ideas in Edmonton in June – HERE and the RISING STARS symposium in September – HERE

o Releasing the 2017 “Engaging Youth – Alberta 2030” project report – HERE, a consultation with 3,700 Alberta HS students with The Centre for Global Education and approving for 2018 “Engaging Youth – The Future of Work” – HERE

o Supporting The Future of Work seminars – HERE and the Rainforest collaborative initiative in Edmonton – HERE and Calgary – HERE

o Co-hosting “Business4Success” in Red Deer in October – HERE, “Data Management” Conferences in Edmonton and Calgary in October – HERE and “The Future is Fusion” in Edmonton in November – HERE

o Pursuing sustainable funding – developing a new technology credit union and associated investment fund and applying to Alberta Culture for a 3-year sustainability grant

o Releasing 25 issues of Special Editions of QuikTech Notes – HERE

o Growing ABCtech’s network of followers from 13,180 to over 18 thousand – HERE and hosting weekly technology networking “seances” – FOR MORE

LOOKING AHEAD to 2018 – Event Schedule

January 27th – ABCtech’s Strategic Retreat and AGM

February 21st – Edmonton: Chateau Louis.  Co-hosting with intelliFLEX the “Introduction to Flexible & Hybrid Electronics” One-Day Course – FOR MORE

February 20th – Edmonton: Chateau Louis. Pre-workshop – Edmonton Regional intelliFLEX Networking Dinner & Meeting – FOR MORE

March 21-23rd – The Banff Centre. Economic Developers Alberta 2018 Conference – FOR MORE

April date TBI – Edmonton: Chateau Louis.  RISING STARS – Health Innovation.  Stay-tuned as we profile Regional enterprises featuring innovations in health.  Several pre-dinner workshops will also be featured.

May – Edmonton. Blockchain Seminar – CONTACT

May – Edmonton and Calgary. Engaging Youth – The Future of Work – CONTACT

June 7-9th – Calgary: TELUS Convention Centre. InVenture$ – FOR MORE

June 8-9th – Edmonton Research Park. Festival of BIG Ideas 2018 – CONTACT