With a legacy in research and development going back nearly 100 years, Edmonton offers world-class facilities and funding for scientific inquiry and the commercialization of discoveries. Our region is Canada’s leader in energy exploration, refining, petrochemicals and environmental stewardship. We are also one of the leading centres in education, research, technology and health services Major research assets in the Edmonton region include:
- The University of Alberta is Canada’s second largest research institution, attracting more than $500 million a year for sponsored research. The University also boasts the highest number of Excellence Research Chairs of any other Canadian University, making Edmonton home to four of the world's top researchers in the areas of engineering, medicine, dentistry, earth sciences and virology
- The National Institute for Nanotechnology housed on the University of Alberta Campus is Canada’s primary R&D centre for molecular-scale materials research. The world-class facility is a multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine.
- The Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence is world renowned for its high waste diversion rate and is home to the world’s first industrial scale municipal biofuels facility. Construction is underway on the Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels Facility which will convert 100,000 tonnes of waste into 36 million litres of biofuels annually, and reduce Alberta’s CO2 footprint by six million tonnes over the next 25 years —the equivalent of removing 42,000 cars off the road every year.
- The Canadian Centre for Clean Coal, Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies is a partnership of industry, government, and academia and is also a model of collaborative vision among leading researchers.
- Leading health care institutions in Edmonton have earned global reputations for excellence in medical research and treatment. The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute brings together world-renowned cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiac care professionals, researchers and educators with the most advanced heart technology available. In addition to providing complex cardiac care, the Heart Institute is the training ground for cardiac leaders of tomorrow.
- Edmonton's innovation community is collaborative. A Regional Alliance was formed by the some of the city’s leading technology incubators to support technology startups. Members include: Edmonton Research Park, TEC Edmonton, the Northern Alberta Business Incubator, novaNAIT, The Business Link and the National Institute for Nanotechnology.
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Vice President, Advanced Technologies