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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Alberta is a world leader in innovative geomatics technologies, with the sector traditionally focusing on supporting resource management solutions.
Interactive Digital Media
The interactive digital media industry is strong in Alberta, combining creativity and technology to create world-class products, services and entertainment.