Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the map

Part 5 of a 10-part series: The new online app BRIMS identifies bio-resource locations that can benefit nature, people and business

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the mapWhen developing natural resources, one of the first things you want to look at is a map that shows deposits of oil or gold. The same goes for developing Alberta’s bio-resources. As an investor or entrepreneur, where will you find plentiful supplies of straw, wood fibre or sludge to support your green business venture? The…

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solution

Part 2 of a 10-part series: Taking the dirty out of dirty oil and cleaning up the world's oceans at the same time

An Alberta-made high-seas pollution solutionWhat do beer, bitumen and greenhouse gas emissions have in common? That would be Neil Camarta, founder of Field Upgrading. Camarta spent most of his engineering career building conventional upgraders, which emit sulphur dioxide and other noxious GHG pollutants into the atmosphere. Now he’s teamed up with the Coors Brewing family and Alberta Innovates to commercialize a simple…

How Albertans can invest in their future – again

But before they can begin to retool the economy, they must first purge themselves of the idea that the market is the best instrument to determine their future

How Albertans can invest in their future – againThere’s a lot of talk these days about diversifying Alberta’s economy. (I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be having this conversation if oil was at $100 per barrel but that’s not the case.) It’s time for Albertans to develop the full potential of our greatest natural resource: people. But before we begin to change direction we…

Oil price instability a wakeup call for Alberta

The province's undercapitalized and underperforming technology sector could, if adequately supported, deliver above-average returns for 20 or more years

Oil price instability a wakeup call for AlbertaThere’s an old saying in the strategy game: “Nothing fails like success.” A company (or a provincial economy) that has been very successful in the past will cling desperately to that formula long after its breakdown is obvious. That's true in spades for the oil-and-gas-driven Alberta economy. Albertans need to quit treading water policy-wise, hoping the…

How grad students can help diversify Alberta’s economy

We need to support Alberta's students as they make prototypes, file patents, pursue market analysis, prepare business plans and raise venture capital

How grad students can help diversify Alberta’s economyCALGARY, Alta., April 7, 2017 /Troy Media/ – To help diversify Alberta’s economy, we need to encourage graduate student entrepreneurship. The collapse of the oilpatch has devastated Alberta’s economy. Once again, the province is calling for economic diversification. This time, because of environmental concerns expressed by the rest of the country, the call is more serious.…

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generation

Rainforest Alberta is connecting Alberta innovators to create conversations and relationships that could be incredibly important to the province’s future

Planting the seeds for Alberta’s next innovation generationHere’s a word to add to your vocabulary: autopoiesis. It’s not likely you'll ever drop it in casual conversation but it should help frame any discussion about the next generation of Alberta innovation. A Greek word, autopoiesis refers to systems that sustain and nurture themselves. The concept is rooted in biological systems but the underlying principles are now used…

Alberta falls short of its innovation dreams

Alberta claims to have a functioning innovation ecosystem. It doesn't

Alberta falls short of its innovation dreamsCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 19, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Alberta claims to have a functioning innovation ecosystem. In fact, we don't. Ecosystems are actually systems, not just notions. Their parts "connect" to each other in an interdependent fashion. It's what makes them ecosystems in terms of input, function and output. It's almost (too) easy to describe something…

Bold moves towards a new Alberta economy

Intangible assets underpin many of Alberta’s most exciting growth opportunities and the provincial government can help these businesses succeed

Bold moves towards a new Alberta economyI wouldn't want to be Alberta Premier Rachel Notley right now, but all is not lost. Her government can take bold action to kick-start a new economy. Two years into the deepest recession the province has experienced since the Great Depression, Notley's government's most important policy initiative has been a carbon tax. Albertans are skeptical. Helping the environment is fine but how exactly…

Alberta can thrive by embracing the ‘new normal’

Alberta risks falling into a self-perpetuating funk of economic and social stagnation

Alberta can thrive by embracing the ‘new normal’CALGARY, Alta. Oct. 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Thomas Edison once wrote that "Vision without execution is hallucination." There's been a fair amount of hallucinating in Alberta the past few months. It seems like almost everyone has been on a vision quest of one sort or another – all looking for the magic bullet of innovation…

Bringing Alberta’s waning economy back to life

Many of the Alberta economy's best new ideas can't get off the ground for lack of sufficient support from the province and its investors

Bringing Alberta’s waning economy back to lifeEDMONTON, Alta. July 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It's time to kick-start Alberta's economy with an aggressive new perspective on funding small and medium-sized businesses. Alberta’s economy has entered its deepest recession since the 1930s. A recent report from economists at the TD Bank predicts that the province's economy will shrink another three per cent in 2016.…