Information & Communications Technologies
After energy and agriculture, advanced technology is the third largest industry driving Alberta’s economy. In 2015, the province’s ICT industry generated $15.6 billion in revenues. In 2015, over 7 per cent of businesses in Alberta were in the technology sector, the second highest proportion in Canada (source: Brookfield Institute The State of Canada’s Tech Sector 2016).
Strong Post-Secondary and Research Capabilities
- The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute formed in 2002 at the University of Alberta, collaborates with Google Brain, Google Research, Adobe Research, Volkswagen Data Lab, and various universities
- The University of Calgary is a research leader in technology for autonomous vehicles, including geomatics engineering, data security, and transportation systems optimization.
- Maclean’s Magazine ranked the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary among the top ten universities for best computer science programs in Canada for 2018.
- Alberta is also home to Canada’s Nanotechnology Research Centre connecting industry, university and other partners to leverage expertise locally, nationally and internationally.
- The technology sector in Alberta is growing. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of technology companies headquartered in Alberta increased by 48 per cent (source: Alberta Enterprise Corporation 2016 Alberta Deal Flow Study).
- Software development is a significant driver of growth in Alberta, with a 61 per cent increase in the number of companies developing software.
- Alberta has the most extensive public infrastructure per capita in Canada (source: Statistics Canada CANSIM table 031-0005). This includes infrastructure like SuperNet and WestGrid.
- SuperNet connects over 4,700 hospitals, schools, libraries, and government facilities in over 429 provincial communities through a fibre optic high-speed broadband network.
- WestGrid is Canada’s largest high-performance computing grid.
Based in Calgary, Benevity is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. It has processed over 2 billion dollars in donations to almost 150,000 charities worldwide, and works with multinational corporate clients including Nike, Coca-Cola, Google, and Apple.
Areas of Expertise
Alberta is a world leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning research and development. In recent years, Alberta’s AI ecosystem has seen an incredible upswing in growth with the attraction of various research labs and increase number of AI startups.
Alberta is one of the best places to open a data center in North America. Investors benefit from a low cost jurisdiction with a reliable energy source and strong connectivity.
Business Support Programs - Government of Alberta
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