Advanced-Post Harvest Technology Research Program

Lethbridge College

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The team in the Advanced Post-Harvest Technology research program addresses the gap in post-harvest handling and storage of produce and grains. They are developing postharvest engineering solutions using advancements in sensing, automation, IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine vision, hyperspectral imaging and mathematical modeling.

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Alastair Ross Technology Centre

Platform Calgary

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The Alastair Ross Technology Centre (ARTC) is more than bricks and mortar, it’s about building a community and having a place where entrepreneurs and startups can come together to connect and grow. Offering more than 120,000-square-feet of office and shared space ARTC showcases the technology and innovation happening in our city.

For more information, please visit our website.

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  • Environment
  • Food-Agriculture
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pipeline

Alberta Agriculture: Food Processing Development Centre

Government of Alberta

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Supporting the growth and commercialization of food, beverage and ingredient companies serving local and global markets.

Through a combination of expertise, specialized facilities, product development, applied research, and interim processing, the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) fosters growth and commercialization of food, beverage and ingredient manufacturing companies. Working with industry stakeholders and companies of all sizes, the FPDC helps build Alberta value-added processing capacity and supports industry as it pursues new and existing opportunities.

The FPDC is a modern, 65,000 square foot pilot plant and product development laboratory equipped with over $20,000,000 in equipment that supports food product innovation along the full development and commercialization continuum. Clients can access technical consultation, benchtop development, pilot plant development, applied research, and, interim processing services.

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Alberta Agriculture: Food Science and Technology Centre

Government of Alberta

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We are a team of experienced scientists and technologists with access to a wide range of processing and lab equipment. We offer a diverse set of services for the food industry.

Our analytical laboratory is equipped to test many of the key components of food quality. Our instrumentation includes liquid and gas chromatographs, Bio-Chemistry analyzer, texture analyzer, color measurements, Karl Fischer titrator and various other specialized instruments. Our team has significant experience in glycoalkaloids measurements, total fatty acid profile, color measurements, texture measurement, grain hardness, carbohydrate, vitamin E, sugars, and essential oil analysis.

Please contact us to learn more.

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Alternative Energy Lab (AEL)

Red Deer College Office of Applied Research and Innovation

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As part of Red Deer College’s larger Alternative Energy Initiative, the Alternative Energy Lab creates opportunities for alternative energy education and research. The lab assists industry and research, while also providing RDC students with the skills necessary to install, operate, and maintain alternative energy systems.

The lab serves as a data hub to increase knowledge and awareness for industry and consumers, as well as research. Data generated through RDC’s alternative energy generation is utilized and analyzed in the lab, allowing for assessment related to energy production, utilization, and distribution. Through the Alternative Energy Lab, RDC has the capability to offer third-party validation of new alternative energy technologies, helping innovators answer the applied research questions they would like to explore related to their energy innovation.

For more information about the lab, please visit our website.

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Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE)

Lethbridge College

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The team in the Aquaculture Centre of Excellence is internationally recognized in aquaculture and aquaponics research. Our greenhouse operations, biosecure isolation facilities, water recirculation technologies, water quality testing and molecular lab capabilities provide a solid foundation for a variety of aquatic and aquaponic-based research. Our ability to carry out diverse research for the benefit of industry has allowed us to specialize in aquaponics as an example of an integrated self-sustainable food production system based on an ecosystem approach, the culture of both warm and cool-water fish, and other areas of research, including biofiltration and organoleptic studies.

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Blood Tribe Business Planning Program

Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta

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Are you interested in starting a small business but unsure of where to start?

Blood Tribe Economic Development will be holding an upcoming Business Planning program to assist Tribal members in getting some basic information and tools to help them get started.

The next grant deadline is May 21, 2021, so make sure to register and participate in training. Please note, if the timing is not right at this time to participate in the program, don’t worry as Blood Tribe Economic Development offers the grant three times a year (May, October and February).

Please check our website for the next grant deadline and for more information. 

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Botanic Gardens & Constructed Wetlands at Olds College

Olds College Center of Innovation

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The Botanic Gardens and Constructed Wetlands at Olds College truly offer something for everyone regardless of the season. In spring you’ll be treated to flowering trees and shrubs, early blooming perennials, swaths of spring bulbs and the sound of water starting to move through the constructed wetlands. Summer brings fabulous displays of annuals in select beds, and in containers strategically placed throughout the gardens. Not just a walk down the garden path, the gardens are designed to meet the instructional needs of courses and programs on campus, and are used as the location and subject matter for research projects and community learning opportunities. The Botanic Garden highlights include our collections of hardy peonies, lilies and roses, natural areas, a wide variety of aquatics, herb garden, fabulous annual displays and much more.

Our goal is to maintain a Botanic Garden that introduces and conserves a diverse, well documented and accurately labeled collection of prairie hardy plants. Our collections preserve our natural heritage and expand the role of Olds College as a Centre of Excellence in Horticulture. Olds College’s Botanic Gardens enhance and support education, training, demonstration, and applied research programs that span generations and encourage the exchange of information and ideas with industry, students, other botanical gardens and the public. The Botanical Garden also raises awareness with the public regarding the importance of sustainable environments.

In 2017 we started a Volunteer Program to allow members of the public to give their time and energies to the Botanic Gardens. Interested parties can send an e-mail to OCBotanicGardens@oldscollege.ca

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Calgary Film Centre Incentives

Calgary Economic Development

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The Calgary Film Centre is owned by the City of Calgary and operated by Calgary Economic Development. In 2009, Calgary Economic Development was tasked with developing a purpose-built film studio to act as an incubator for the industry by promoting Alberta and foreign film productions.

The aim is for the Calgary Film Centre to become a centre of innovation and excellence in the creative and digital media industries, consolidating leading-edge activity, while driving project and process development as well as economic diversification in Alberta.

Alberta provides funding for screen-based production through a competitive and flexible incentive in the form of a refundable Film and Television Tax Credit (FTTC) program through Economic Development, Trade and Tourism or the Alberta Made Production Grant through the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.

The Government of Canada also provides an additional 16% labour tax credit for non-Albertan talent and crew who are Canadian citizens.

Please visit our website to learn more.

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CaMI Field Research Station

CMC Research Institutes

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At CaMI’s Field Research Station (FRS), we develop innovative solutions to one of the energy industry’s most critical challenges – tracking and monitoring underground fluids. CaMI’s Field Research Station (FRS) provides a unique opportunity to develop, refine and calibrate monitoring technologies and map out integrated monitoring systems.

Please check out our website for more information.

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Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing – Technology Access Centre (CIM-TAC)

Red Deer College Office of Applied Research and Innovation

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Our expert team and advanced manufacturing capabilities help entrepreneurs bring ideas to life, create prototypes and solve industry problems. When you work with us, you tap into a full innovation ecosystem including our larger community of students, educators, innovation partners and funders.

RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM), a key hub of the central Alberta innovation community, is proudly located on the Red Deer College campus.

Get your product to market faster with Red Deer College’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing. 

Our team works with you to:

  • Design and develop new products and processes
  • Solve existing manufacturing problems
  • Develop business management, sales, and marketing processes
  • Connect with productive and profitable partners across Canada
  • Identify funding partners and opportunities

The CIM houses $4.2M in prototype and advanced manufacturing equipment (3D printer, CNC machines, laser scanning technologies, etc.) – everything you need to turn your idea into an actual product. We follow a proven process: from design engineering, to 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) modelling, to proof-of-concept and prototype fabrication. Our experts work with you every step of the way!

Please visit our website for more information.

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Centre for Innovative Media

NAIT The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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NAIT’s Centre for Innovative Media is an applied research centre working with industry to co-develop software and content innovations.

We are  focused on helping industry partners understand the innovative software tools available to transform their operations. After initial consultation, our team works with these partners to develop the software and content they require.

  • Innovate — Develop and expand strategies for innovations in platform and content.
  • Prototype — Develop software prototypes, pilots, and proof-of-concept elements to improve product and market fit.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Centre for Sustainable Food Production (CSFP)

Lethbridge College

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The new 10,000-square-foot greenhouse at Lethbridge College integrates with the existing Aquaculture Centre of Excellence. The team in the Centre for Sustainable Food Production works with industry to develop innovative technologies that convert manure and other wastes into highly efficient, soluble fertilizers; to improve the delivery of soluble fertilizers by optimizing fertigation systems; to improve organic crop production through optimized pest management; and to maximize greenhouse production through aquaponics.

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Community Futures Lethbridge Region

Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta

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The Lethbridge Region Community Futures office is a non-profit organization full of business professionals and business consultants. We’re here to help small, rural businesses just like you get the help they need to thrive in our community.

On our team, we’ve got community-driven professionals and a hardworking board of volunteer directors that are ready to help you and your business grow and succeed.

We can provide you with a wide range of business services and business management tools as well as expert guidance and financial support when you need it most. So whether you want to expand, start, or sell your business – we’re here to help.

Community Futures Lethbridge Region also runs a variety of specialized business programs and educational courses that will help you improve your business practices. We work closely with the community and the business leaders within the community to help encourage further rural economic growth.

We’ve been supporting small, local businesses since 1986 and with so much experience under our belts, we don’t have plans on stopping any time soon. Community Futures has 27 offices in rural communities throughout Alberta and a total of 267 offices across the country.

For more information, please visit our website.

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Fuse33 Community Shop

Fuse33 Makerspace

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Our facility is a membership based community shop in Calgary where you can take advantage of our comprehensive Woodshop, Metalshop, Sewing lab, 3D printing studio, laser cutters, CNC and much more.

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Homestead Coworking Space

Homestead Coworking

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Work for yourself, not by yourself.

We’ve transformed 4,600 square feet on the second floor of the heritage Alberta Block building (built in 1909) into a hub for entrepreneurship and community. Our space includes hot-desk open workspaces, dedicated desks, private officers, a communal kitchen/lunchroom area, meeting rooms, and a boardroom.

We offer basic membership rates, 24/7 unlimited access, dedicated desks, private offices, and coworking day passes!

Homestead is a coworking space based in downtown Edmonton, Canada. We are home to a community of city-builders, creatives, entrepreneurs and doers. We believe that there is a better way to make a living – one where your work is a part of who you are rather than just what you do. Join us and build what you are passionate about alongside like-minded people!

Please visit our website to learn more.

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  • Environment
  • Food-Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Omics
  • Pipeline
  • Other

InnoTech Alberta Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging Centre

InnoTech Alberta

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InnoTech Alberta’s Computed Tomography (CT) Service provides computed tomography, 2D and 3D imaging, image processing, and visualization with an emphasis on the accurate extraction of quantitative information. The CT Service’s primary focus is support for applied research and development on a fee-for-service basis.

Non-destructive examination of internal structure is provided by an Aquilion ONE helical CT scanner. This medical scanner produces high-resolution 3D images of objects and samples as well as dynamic experiments.

Please visit our website for more information.

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  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Oil and Gas
  • Other

Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC)

Lethbridge College

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The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) connects the agriculture industry with technologies and research expertise at Lethbridge College. The IATC serves small- and medium-sized enterprises by providing applied research and innovation services to solve challenges, as well as specialized training on the latest equipment and emerging technologies.

Integrated Agriculture Technology is an umbrella term that explains the way we use innovative processes and technologies to develop food production systems that increase our clients’ competitive advantage and improve their economic return, while also considering social and environmental sustainability. Our dedicated research teams provide ag-tech, greenhouse, aquaculture and large-scale crop producers with access to customized services and first-hand research data on unique technologies including integrated food production systems, aerobic bioreactors, dewatering techniques, waste treatment, water processing, precision irrigation and fertigation, agricultural engineering, automation and control systems, organoleptics and food safety.

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Lakeland College Applied Research Facilities

Lakeland College

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Lakeland College has everything it needs to be a trusted research partner: dedicated research facilities, full-time research scientists, instructors with industry experience, and students eager to learn and try their hand at real-life problem solving.
 
Applied research actually came first in our history. Before there was a Vermilion School of Agriculture, there was a demonstration farm where the college was established. We have come a long way since then. Now, we have a dedicated research centre with multiple facilities on-site. At our research centre you can learn about crop research, energy research, and view environmental research projects in action.
 
For our students, our applied research programs mean their learning experience goes much deeper than hands-on classes. Lakeland is committed to pursuing applied research projects that enhance both teaching and learning as well as support regional economic development.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Lakeland College: Crop Research and Bio-Energy Centre

Lakeland College

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Lakeland College has everything it needs to be a trusted research partner: dedicated research facilities, full-time research scientists, instructors with industry experience, and students eager to learn and try their hand at real-life problem solving.
 
Applied research actually came first in our history. Before there was a Vermilion School of Agriculture, there was a demonstration farm where the college was established. We have come a long way since then. Now, we have a dedicated research centre with multiple facilities on-site. At our research centre you can learn about crop research, energy research, and view environmental research projects in action.
 
For our students, our applied research programs mean their learning experience goes much deeper than hands-on classes. Lakeland is committed to pursuing applied research projects that enhance both teaching and learning as well as support regional economic development.

The Crop Research and Bioenergy Building includes:

  • 2,400 square feet of space
  • an attached 360 square foot solarium/greenhouse.
  • space for a dedicated lab, a large multi-use space, a mechanical room, and a mezzanine area. This open area accommodates larger equipment and provides workspace for modifying or repairing equipment
The building itself provides an opportunity to evaluate heating alternatives and potential for heat storage. The greenhouse also acts as a solar thermal collector, providing a source of heat that is  transferred to the main building area. 
 
The solarium area uses passive solar greenhouse technology. This means a three-season growing capability without additional heat.
 

To learn more, or to visit, please visit our website.

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Lakeland College: G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility

Lakeland College

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As a hub for innovation and applied research, the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility supports student-led learning and research.

It features state-of-the-art technology for livestock research and development. Not only great for the industry, the facility also benefits for the students. A livestock research team is one of the units of the Student-Managed Farm powered by New Holland.

​As well the facility is home to a 90-head cattle herd used by the student research team.

The livestock research facility has increased Lakeland’s capacity to participate in applied research projects of importance to the livestock industry in Western Canada. Past projects include lamb milk replacer, heifer feed efficiency, DNA testing, feeder lamb rotation, beef finishing rations and wet/dry barley feed trials.

The Livestock Research Facility ​includes:

  • GrowSafe technology for monitoring individual feed intake.
  • SmartFeed self-contained system designed to portably measure total daily feed intake from individual large animals.
  • Cattle and sheep handling systems plus a scale system.
  • A large multi-use space and lab space.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Lakeland College: Renewable Energy Learning Centre

Lakeland College

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In 2012 Lakeland College renovated a farmhouse and turned it into the Renewable Energy Learning Centre (RELC),
This unique facility is the centrepiece of the college’s renewable energy research. The centre is a  multi-systems research and demonstration site. It  was designed and operates as a net-zero energy classroom and office building.
There are very few research locations with the capacity to test aspects of renewable that have been integrated into our centre. This includes
  • Geothermal boreholes are each uniquely designed to gather data over time for industry on variations of borehole size, grouting, and pipe installation
  • 2 geothermal heat pumps, an electric and gas adsorption heat pump, are available for testing along with a conventional boiler system
  • Fixed and tracking solar arrays are installed, and production is measured separately
  • Solar thermal has the potential to be used for building heat, domestic hot water pre-heat, charging the geothermal field, and activating phase change materials.

For more information, please visit our website.

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Pixels and Pints

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The purpose of Pixels and Pints is simple: provide a venue for web developers and digital designers to sit down, relax and talk shop. There are no presentations, tutorials or pre-defined discussion topics; just a few pints and good conversation.

All are welcome: designers; coders; copywriters; analysts; anyone who spends their day pushing, publishing or just plain staring at pixels.

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Mueller Applied Research Chair in Irrigation Science

Lethbridge College

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The Mueller Applied Research Chair in Irrigation Science team works closely with industry partners, agricultural producers, and producer associations on a range of projects including monitoring soil dynamics in fields using different irrigation methods and investigating how technologies and software can enable more sophisticated water management on farms.

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NABI Coworking Space

Northern Alberta Business Incubator Society (NABI)

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NABI has an entrepreneurial ecosystem of new and seasoned entrepreneurs and companies at various developmental stages looking to succeed. NABI provides multiple membership types tailored to fit the needs of companies at all stages and sizes. NABI offers risk-free flexible month-to-month licensing of incubation space comprising of both small offices and large units, shared amenities, business support programs and services, meeting room and storage rentals. NABI’s offerings are intended to reduce hurdles of growth for early-stage companies so they can focus on growing their business sustainably and rapidly.

NABI provides ideal conditions to let you grow your business sustainably and rapidly.

Please visit our website for more information.

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NAIT: Centre for Boreal Research

NAIT The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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The Centre for Boreal Research  is an innovative applied research facility in Peace River, 500 kilometers northwest of Edmonton, staffed with a team of research scientists and technicians with professional designations in forestry, biology and agrology. The Centre for Boreal Research also hosts the Boreal Forest Plant and Seed Technology Access Centre (TAC).

The facility is 9,000 square feet, includes two laboratories, office space for 15 people, an outdoor growing space and a three-bay greenhouse that features computer-controlled humidity, temperature and lighting. The Centre for Boreal Research is an Approved Seed Testing Facility. The facility was funded by NAIT, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, with industry funding from Shell Canada and Penn West Petroleum.

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NAIT: Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability

NAIT The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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The Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability (COSS) is a state-of-the art research lab staffed by an expert team of applied scientists, engineers and technicians.

The centre was founded through a $1.5 million endowment from Ledcor Group and seed funding from NAIT, establishing the Ledcor Applied Research Chair in Oil Sands Environment Sustainability. With additional funding from key industry partners like Suncor, as well as federal and provincial funding, the centre carries out applied research, pilot testing and technology development designed to meet the needs of Alberta’s oil sands industry.

We bridge the gap between existing oil sands environmental research and relevant solutions, taking your innovative ideas from bench to scale-up. We work with your business and industry to develop technologies that improve the economic and environmental performance of the oil sands industry.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Research Greenhouse

Olds College Center of Innovation

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The research greenhouses are computer controlled to provide consistent, reliable environments for optimal plant growth. Five greenhouse compartments are dedicated to research, including one large isolation compartment with a separate entrance to meet requirements for containment. Control systems are available to monitor and adjust all aspects of heating, cooling, lighting and watering according to the project requirements.

The facility is equipped with alarms and backup control systems in the event of equipment malfunction or power interruption. The research greenhouses are supported by a microbiology laboratory, wet chemistry lab, tissue culture lab, and several Conviron growth chambers.

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SAIT: Centre for Design, Fabrication and Testing

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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In 2005, ARIS established a sports and wellness engineering technologies research area, which was originally established to align with Canada’s national sports organization and develop made-in-Canada equipment designed to give our Olympic athletes a leg up on the international playing field.

Since then, the Centre for Design, Fabrication and Testing research group has expanded its scope of work to include prototype design and manufacturing, as well as product design, testing and analysis.

Please visit our website for more information.

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SAIT: Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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ARIS’ Centre for Energy Research in Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS) is home to inventive ideas, programs and partnerships that work together to bring environmentally sound, reliable, secure and highly efficient clean energy solutions with the integration of unconventional and alternative energy. Funding for this centre was made possible by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Alberta Government and the Canada Oilsands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

Building on ARIS’s deep-rooted applied research and development expertise this newly established centre functions as a technology solutions provider, collaborator and accelerator to energy innovation. This centre is associated with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Industry Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) program and has three laboratories which provides space to test lab scale test rigs or small-scale pilot demonstration systems for energy research and to catalyze partnerships with industry, industry associations, regulators, new graduates, start-ups (SU), small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), communities of practice and others.

We would like to hear from you to work alongside you to develop energy innovation and transfer environmentally sound technology solutions for the benefit of society and industry.

For more information, please visit our website.

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SAIT: Centre for Environmental Technologies

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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The Environmental Technologies (ET) research team leads applied research in clean technology development associated with energy and the environment. The ET research team develops strategies and solutions such as the reduction of industry impacts to air, soil and water.

This research is grounded in science, technology and engineering and focuses on developing novel technologies from bench to pilot scale in order to address today’s energy and environmental challenges. ET research at SAIT advances the body of highly skilled knowledge and technological know-how that is of benefit to industry and society while providing experiential learning to students from SAIT’s applied science and technology disciplines.

For more information, please visit our website.

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SAIT: Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS)

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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As organizations across all sectors explore the applications and capabilities of unmanned systems, SAIT is supporting innovation and new technology development through its Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS). Researchers with SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services department, faculty from SAIT’s School of Construction, students and industry partners converge in this cross-disciplinary environment to address challenges, create efficiencies, develop and test new products and applications.

The mission of CIRUS is to expand the role unmanned systems play in data acquisition and management, create organizational efficiencies across a variety of sectors and regulatory environments.

Please visit our website for more information.

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SAIT: Centre for Innovative Information Technology Solutions

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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ARIS started its information technology research in 2007, with a focus on radio frequency identification (RFID) application development. The Centre for Innovative Information Technology Solutions expanded its RFID research to include a wide variety of other electronics and information-technology projects.

The capabilities of this research group include novel software and hardware development for wireless communications across a number of industry sectors.

For more information, please visit our website.

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SAIT: Centre for Sensors and System Integration

NAIT The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

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NAIT’s Centre for Sensors and System Integration is a Technology Access Centre (TAC) supporting Alberta businesses with applied research and development projects that deliver a new product, an improved service, or a more efficient process.

Businesses across all major Alberta industry sectors have identified digital transformation as the critical next step in their operational evolution. The centre helps address parts of these digitization challenges through prototyping activities in preparation for commercialization, enhancing a company’s productivity, competitiveness, and innovation. This may be automating a manual process, testing existing technology in an innovative way, developing a tool to meet a specific application, or designing and building something new.   

We help industry partners develop prototype devices that address sensor-based challenges in resource extraction, agriculture, biomedical, and advanced technology enterprises. Working with both established sensor devices and new or innovative devices, our team uses engineering technology to help you produce and evaluate prototypes for field trial.

For more information, please visit our website.

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SAIT: Green Building Technologies

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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The Green Building Technologies (GBT) research division started in 2008. ARIS has brought SAIT and GBT researchers together with industry partners to identify and develop environmentally friendly technologies, processes, programs, systems and services that will fundamentally change the way we build, educate and develop skilled labour.

Our mission:

  • Partnering with industry in implementing green-building technologies
  • Providing training and education in green-building technologies
  • Advancing applied research and development towards the commercialization of green-building technologies

Please visit our website for more information about the facility.

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SAIT: Innovation Space for Partners

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

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SAIT offers 3 spaces for partners to use for their research and development:

KICS Innovation Centre

The Kinetica Innovation Centre at SAIT (KICS) is a facility that helps Alberta innovators and researchers design, prototype and test their proprietary technologies.

The impressive 2,200 square foot facility located on SAIT’s campus with easy access to the LRT is designed to accelerate prototyping efforts by offering co-working wet and dry lab space, access to an array of SAIT testing and fabrication facilities and entrepreneur and company development services through the Calgary Regional Innovation Network.

KICS helps energy innovators move their ideas from testing and experimentation to prototype development and companies from startups to going concerns.

Technology Demonstration Hall

As part of SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services facility inventory, the Tech Hall is an applied research asset accessible to staff, faculty, researchers and students on campus in any discipline. The facility is often used for collaboration with presentations made to business and industry partners.

Industry Innovation Labs

The Industry Innovation Labs were built in 2012 and are housed within the Aldred Centre utilizing 440,000 square feet. These labs are available to industry partners who do not have their own dedicated applied research space.

The labs allow companies to cost-effectively develop, fabricate and test new technologies prior to commercialization. Space can be fit to meet your specific needs throughout the duration of your applied research projects.

Industry partners interested in using this space typically provide their own equipment and resources, although we will work with you to customize the space, plan and build the set-up you need.

For more information about these spaces, please visit our website.

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Microsystems Hub

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Our clients

For small businesses and academics alike, access to a high-level cleanroom, advanced equipment and micro/nanotechnology prototyping is rare – and expensive. An affordable answer is right here in Calgary.

A unique resource

One of only two such open-access facilities in Alberta and about 20 in the country, the Microsystems Hub in the Schulich School of Engineering has $8 million in specialized equipment for micro- and nano-fabrication and characterization.

What we do

Opened in 2005, we support micro/nanotechnology prototyping by academia and industry. As an open-access facility, we provide cost-effective, low-volume, specialized research and development services.

Please visit our website for more information.

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South Grow Regional Initiative

Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta

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SouthGrow is an economic development alliance of twenty-four south central Alberta communities committed to working together to achieve prosperity for the region.

Representing over 170,000 people, SouthGrow is committed to assisting communities, organizations, businesses and people in the region to further their economic development goals and to maintain a high quality of life.

Whether you are looking to invest in the region, or you’re looking for economic development resources, SouthGrow can help equip you with the information, contacts, and support you need to succeed.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Start Up Lloydminster

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We connect entrepreneurs with skills, community, capital and workspace to bring their ideas to life.  Sit down, enjoy a coffee, formulate and grow your business idea. Startup Lloydminster is perfect for small meetings or workshops, one on one consults, hosting a small pop-up or just a space away from home to get your work done.

Come in and work in our co-working space at no charge, or reserve one of our closed door office spaces for $10 per hour or $50 per day. If you are looking to utilize the space after hours additional charges and requirements may apply.

Due to COVID-19, co-working space is by appointment only. Please check out our website to book a space or to learn more.

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  • Environment
  • Food-Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil and Gas
  • Omics
  • Pipeline
  • Other

Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC)

Olds College Center of Innovation

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The Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production (TAC) offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward. We address industry priorities related to production efficiency, animal health and welfare, and environmental sustainability by giving livestock producers, technology developers and SMEs access to facilities, emerging smart agriculture technologies, testing services, research expertise and training opportunities. Thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Technology Access Centre offers resources and services required to move the livestock industry’s technological needs forward. Olds College’s vertically integrated beef program allows for technology and products to be tested at every step in production (seed stock, cow-calf, feedlot, processing).

Our Goals

  • To improve animal health and welfare
  • To increase the production efficiency
  • To enhance environmental sustainability

Technology Access Centre Services
The applied research facilities and expertise allows innovators and businesses to evaluate proprietary concepts and technologies while being supported by the TAC’s robust confidentiality policy. Our services include:

  • Residual Feed Intake testing for beef and small ruminants
  • Trial protocol development and validation
  • Third party verification and field testing
  • Management of beef and small ruminant trials in a pasture or feedlot setting
  • Agricultural student focus groups
  • Coordination of producer training
  • Genomics testing

Please visit our website to learn more.

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Testing Labs

C-FER Technologies

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C-FER operates two high-bay testing labs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. These facilities house a variety of large-scale testing systems that can combine load, pressure, temperature and fluid environments to simulate virtually any operating condition encountered in industry.

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The Collective 12|12

The Collective 12|12

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Inspired Coworking for the next generation of Entrepreneurs.

Combining the passion and support of our community of entrepreneurs, join an incredible group of like minded individuals in a one of a kind space.

Bring your dreams & a laptop and let’s start something incredible, together.

We are a pillar of Calgary’s startup ecosystem with hundreds of thought leaders and hungry entrepreneurs who are engaging, innovating and accelerating big ideas.

Futuristic and beautiful coworking space in Inglewood. A welcoming and supportive community of like minded and passionate entrepreneurs.

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U of A nanoFAB Centre

University of Alberta – nanoFAB Centre

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The nanoFAB is a national, open-access training, service, and collaboration centre, focused on academic and industrial applications in micro- and nanoscale fabrication and characterization.

We are an unparalleled Canadian centre supporting research and development in nano sciences and engineering. Our vision is to be the best research centre available to our diverse user community.

The nanoFAB provides a wide variety of models for accessing and engaging with our capabilities and expertise.  To the extent possible we offer flexibility in trying to meet your needs.

With a primary mandate of education and development of highly qualified personnel, the nanoFAB provides training and first hand experience on nearly all tools and processes offered. Where training may not be advisable or necessary, the nanoFAB offers fee for service sample analysis on a variety of our characterization tools. For industrial projects interested in prototyping of devices, the nanoFAB offers a fabrication processing service.

Please visit our website to learn more.

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U of A: Agri-Food Discovery Place (AFDP)

University of Alberta – Agri-Food Discovery Place

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Agri-Food Discovery Place is a University-owned pilot plant facility. It is a world-class innovative research, training, and technology transfer facility and provides education to highly qualified individuals.

AFDP supports five research platform technologies which include:

  1. Meat Safety & Processing (level 2 containment)
  2. Carcass & Meat Science
  3. Natural Health Products & Functional Food
  4. Animal Nutrient & Ingredient Development (including petfood formulation and extrusion)
  5. Fermentation for optimization and scale up of level 1 microorganism

For more information, please visit our website.

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  • Other

U of A: Bioresource and Food Processing Research Unit

University of Alberta – Agri-Food Discovery Place

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The Bioresource and Food Processing Research Unit (BFPRU wing) at Agri-Food Discovery Place works closely with academic and private sector partners to develop new products/ingredients, and on process development and scale up of processes as required. This research unit has 1055 square meters (11,356 square feet) of area housing eight (8) specialized and specially equipped laboratories.

Please visit our website to learn more about our facility.

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  • Other

U of A: Poultry Research Centre

University of Alberta – Agri-Food Discovery Place

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The Poultry Research Centre (PRC) is an internationally recognized collaborative R&D and learning hub formed in 1986. The PRC is located on the University of Alberta Farms, South Campus in Edmonton. It is also a unique partnership between the University of Alberta, Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, and the poultry industry. The PRC consists of an interdisciplinary team of scientists who conduct research aimed at benefiting egg and poultry producers, food processors and manufacturers, functional food and nutraceutical industries. The PRC’s state of the art research facilities and equipment are one of the best in North America.

Please visit our website to learn more.

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  • Other

University of Lethbridge: ATIC Equipment

Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Center

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Due to its increased knowledge and expertise in remote sensing, the Centre has the capacity of collaborate consultatively with all levels of government and industry, especially in the areas of imaging spectroscopy and LiDAR. This enlarged capacity is also used to enhance training and teaching programs at the Undergraduate and graduate levels to develop highly-qualified personnel (HQP). Within this frame work, the Centre further enhances national and international collaboration to augment its research, training and teach capabilities.

The remote Sensing Calibration Spectrometry Laboratory offers equipment calibration services to the remote sensing community and will be equipped to seek contract opportunities that support space missions.

ATIC also employs an order desk which licenses SPOT satellite imagery to the Canadian post secondary market for use in academic research.

For more information about our facilities and equipment, please visit our website.

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VenturePark Labs Accelerator

Venturepark Labs

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Our premier Accelerator Program has helped more than 90 brands grow since 2015. In 2020, our Accelerator alumni achieved over $150M in annual revenue. In this 5-month intensive learning experience, participants receive one-on-one guidance from industry experts to develop their growth strategy. The program’s delivered remotely through classroom sessions, weekly advisory meetings, and cohort regrouping sessions for peer support and shared learning. Successful graduates are invited to participate in a founders’ session with Arlene Dickinson and present at our Demo Day to build connections with retailers, distributors, and investors.

For more information, please visit our website.

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W21C Healthcare Systems Research and Innovation

Ward of the 21st Century (W21C)

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W21C is a healthcare systems research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health, and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

W21C serves as a research and beta test-site for exemplary hospital design, novel approaches to health care delivery, human factors research, and innovative medical technologies.

Our collaborative space and diverse team enables researchers and industry to bring new ideas, prototypes or products for testing in pre-clinical and clinical environments.

Please visit our website for more information.

Sector:
  • ICT