Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligence

John Shillington of Amii taks about connecting research and expertise to industry and helping Alberta businesses build their capacity for machine learning

Building a stronger Alberta economy with artificial intelligenceJohn Shillington is president and CEO of Amii. What is Amii Innovates and what do you do? Shillington: Amii Innovates is a program run by the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). It enables and supports Alberta-based businesses as they grow their in-house business and technical capabilities around artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. At Amii,…

We need more women driving agri-food innovation

A new report shows women are much more adept at driving change and managing results in startups, yet they struggle to find funding

We need more women driving agri-food innovationA recent report on agri-tech startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention. And when it comes to what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves attention. More and more venture capital is being invested in the sector, which is great news. But these funds apparently aren’t serving all demographics equally. Some…

Embracing the unfamiliar down home

The East Coast isn’t quaint, slow, lazy or anything else others in the rest of Canada might assume. But it does tend to defy expectations

Embracing the unfamiliar down homeIf you live in one of Canada’s muscular metropolises, you might think about the Atlantic provinces once, maybe twice, a year. And when you do, you might be tempted to dismiss them as welfare states – unlike, say, Calgary. After all, most people “down home” draw unemployment at least half the year. They’re just as…

International ‘disrupter’ presents workshop in Calgary

International ‘disrupter’ presents workshop in Calgary“Disrupter” and innovator Duncan Wardle is coming to Calgary in April for a one-day session to teach people how to think differently and embrace innovation. Wardle is the former vice-president of innovation and creativity at The Walt Disney Company, where he spent his 25-year career driving innovative ideas and strategies for the world's most creative…

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?

How well prepared is Alberta for the disruptive change coming to the province’s energy sector?

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?This past week has seen further waves buffeting the oil industry. Millions of people around the world marched on Friday demanding climate action, and British Columbia won a court ruling that temporarily blocks Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps legislation. Against this backdrop, the recent Energy Disruptors conference in Calgary was timely indeed. The event brought about 1,500 energy…

Why is health care the last service industry to go virtual?

The health and cost benefits of delivering smarter care while the patient stays at home could be enormous

Why is health care the last service industry to go virtual?Have you noticed how there are no more lines to talk to live tellers in banks? Twenty years ago, I remember having to think about scheduling my time to wait in line to do my banking and trying to strategize going at non-peak hours. Today, on the rare occasions I have to go, I can…

Proton Technologies extracts low-cost hydrogen from oilfields

The idea for Calgary-based Proton Technologies began as a conversation between leading academic researchers at the University of Calgary and a young Canadian oil and gas company. Both were seeking to redefine the energy sector through the application of game-changing technologies. Proton's mission is to transform the deep earth into a continuing source of green…

Peer-to-peer online residential real estate platform launched

Peer-to-peer online residential real estate platform launchedA Calgary entrepreneur has launched an innovative real estate company offering made-in-Alberta technology for homebuyers and sellers in Calgary and Edmonton. Bōde is an online peer-to-peer platform directly connecting buyers and sellers so they can work out a deal on their own time and on their own terms, without a real estate agent, thus saving…

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolution

We are at the dawn of a dramatic change in agricultural that’s drawing acute attention to the true cost of bringing food to our plates

Lab-grown coffee – agriculture’s rising revolutionBean-less coffee could hit the market as early as next year. Our summer was marked by key announcements from major food chains that have decided to switch to plant-based alternatives. Meat – particularly beef – was the target of companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, who claimed their plant-based products were more ecologically sound.…

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparable

They provide the machinery and the fuel for empowering and sustaining the new global economy of the 21st century

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparableRhodes, the modern capital city of the Greek island of the same name, is built around an historic landmark with a distinguished history. In 1988, the medieval city at the modern city’s core was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It lays claim to being the only European medieval city in constant habitation since the…
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