Technology and Data

Technology and Data

Alberta's vibrant technology and data sector develops products and services, including artificial intelligence, geomatics, augmented and virtual reality, and big data analytics.

Technology and Data

Alberta's vibrant technology and data sector develops products and services, including artificial intelligence, geomatics, augmented and virtual reality, and big data analytics.

Join Alberta's strong growing technology sector

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 among the top ten universities for best computer science programs in Canada for 2019.
  • Alberta is also home to Canada’s Nanotechnology Research Centre connecting industry, university and other partners to leverage expertise locally, nationally and internationally.

 

 

Strong Post-Secondary and Research Capabilities

Growing Sector

  • Between 2012 and 2018, the number of technology companies headquartered in Alberta increased by 33 per cent (source: Alberta Enterprise Corporation 2018 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.

 

 

The technology sector

 

 

Robust Cyber-Infrastructure

  • 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.
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Success Stories

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Benevity

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.

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Granify

Edmonton based Granify provides a Software-as-a solution to help online retailers maximize their sales by using big data and machine learning technologies.– Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Klass Capital, iNovia Capital, BDC, and Social Starts have invested in the company.

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Smart Technologies

Smart Technologies is best known as the developer of interactive whiteboards known as “Smart Boards”. Headquartered in Calgary, Smart Technologies was acquired by Foxconn for $200 million in 2016.

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Zedi

Zedi is a leading oil and gas technology and services company in the field of production operations. The company is based in Calgary  and now operates in over 25 countries around the world and employs 700 people.

Areas of Expertise

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Artificial intelligence (AI)

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.

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Big data

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.

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Geomatics

Alberta is a world leader in innovative geomatics technologies, with the sector traditionally focusing on supporting resource management solutions.

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Interactive Digital Media

The interactive digital media industry is strong in Alberta, combining creativity and technology to create world-class products, services and entertainment.

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Connectica - https://connectica.ca/
A directory of funding, programs, and services for Alberta innovators.

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Innovation Canada Business Supports - https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/innovation/list-liste/a38d3341e44c4327
The Government of Canada’s directory of business support programs.

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Start Alberta - https://startalberta.com/
Start Alberta provides a database of companies, investors, and organizations in Alberta.

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Alberta Innovates Funding Programs - https://albertainnovates.ca/what-we-offer/funding-grants/
Funding programs for Alberta businesses doing research and development in a variety of sectors.

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Cybera Rapid Access Cloud - https://www.cybera.ca/services/rapid-access-cloud/
Cybera officers free cloud computing resources to Alberta-based academics, researcher, non-profits and SMEs.

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Research Capacity Program - https://www.alberta.ca/research-capacity-program.aspx
The RCP funding program supports post-secondary institutions in acquiring small equipment and large research infrastructure.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit - https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/scientific-research-experimental-development-tax-incentive-program.html
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

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Strategic Innovation Fund - Federal - https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/programs/strategic-innovation-fund.html
This program allocates repayable and non-repayable contributions to firms of all sizes across all of Canada's industrial and technology sectors.

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Canadian Technology Accelerators - http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/cta-atc/index.aspx?lang=eng
This Government of Canada initiative helps Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets.

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CanExport - https://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/tcs-sdc/funding-financement/canexport/index.aspx?lang=eng?lang=eng
CanExport provides financial support to SMEs for development of new export opportunities.

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Platform Calgary - https://www.platformcalgary.com
Platform Calgary works to engage, activate and globalize Calgary’s innovation ecosystem - building upon the city’s potential to become a global hub for startups and innovation.

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Accelerate Fund - https://www.acceleratefund.ca/
The Accelerate Fund supports early-stage Alberta technology companies with a venture capital fund that matches angel investment.

Organization

Alberta Innovates - https://albertainnovates.ca/
Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for innovation. Innovators, businesses and researchers can easily tap into our collective assets – cross sectoral knowledge and expertise, funding, networks and research facilities.

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TEC Edmonton - https://www.tecedmonton.com/
TEC Edmonton helps to accelerate the growth of emerging technology-based companies in Edmonton.

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Startup Edmonton - http://www.startupedmonton.com/
Startup Edmonton supports local entrepreneurs through the provision of mentorship, programs, co-working space and community events.

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Startup Calgary - https://www.startupcalgary.ca/
Startup Calgary provides a variety of events and programs for entrepreneurs in the startup phase.

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Calgary Economic Development - https://www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com/
CED supports economic development in the city of Calgary.

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Edmonton Global - http://edmontonglobal.ca
Edmonton Global is a regional economic development organization for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, intended to promote the region globally.

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