Organization: Western Economic Diversification Canada

Short Report, July 10, 2019: Nuclear power, future skills, health tech

A planned $100-million infusion for Alberta’s artificial intelligence sector — promised in February by then-governing NDP leader Rachel Notley — is on hold, as Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party scrutinizes the investment. Edmonton-based AI hub Amii (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) was slated to to use some of the funds to open a Calgary office, but…

The Short Report – April 17, 2019: Indigenous innovation, Ontario budget, scaling network

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) announced more than $1 million over four years for a new Social Purpose Institute (SPI), launched by United Way of the Lower Mainland. The initiative aims to promote economic growth and social purpose in British Columbia.  – Newswire The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $8.4 million in Uniboard Canada…

University of Alberta opens venture space for commercializing health innovation

The University of Alberta has opened a $2.3 million venture hub called TEC Centre Labs that aims to help scientists and researchers commercialize their discoveries. Located in downtown Edmonton, the facility encompasses 8,000 square feet of wet lab and collaboration space, and houses two accelerator programs: the UAlberta Health Accelerator, which concentrates on assisting researchers…

WD funds brain imaging lab in British Columbia

Western Economic Diversification Canada is providing $3.6 million to the Surrey Memorial Image Tech Lab to enhance its advanced diagnostics and treatment monitoring in neurology, mental health and addiction care. As part of the Innovation Boulevard network, the lab is the first of its kind in western Canada and ensures that British Columbia is globally…