As a new year begins, five new Alberta Innovates agencies start their work to strengthen the province’s role as a world leader in using science to seek solutions to challenges like climate change, water conservation and health conditions.
“Future generations will look back on 2010 as the year that Alberta’s next generation economy took a leap forward with the creation of Alberta Innovates,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “This updated system will be a catalyst in building a prosperous future for our province. A stronger, more coordinated system will bring new opportunities to Alberta researchers and entrepreneurs.”
The new system features an international advisory board, the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, and four agencies under the Alberta Innovates banner that focus on bio solutions, energy and environment solutions, health solutions, and technology commercialization.
“Not only will we be more aligned, but we’re launching a new Connector Service to give researchers and entrepreneurs guidance to help them make the connections they need to succeed, right here in Alberta,” said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “The Connector will be an Alberta trademark and selling point both at home and around the world. Our resources, our clients, and our businesses are really an extension of one single effort to create a culture of innovation at all levels.”
Alberta Innovates officially came into being on January 1, when the Alberta Research and Innovation Act and regulation came into force. The new organizations have realigned 10 provincially funded research and innovation organizations. In March 2008, Premier Stelmach mandated Minister Horner to develop and implement a framework that defined the roles and mandates for Alberta’s provincially funded research and innovation organizations.
Alberta Innovates contributes to The Way Forward, the Government of Alberta’s plan for a strong economic recovery, which includes ensuring that our province’s industries are competitive and continue to attract investment to provide jobs and prosperity.