Author: Thandiwe Konguavi. This article originally appeared in CBC News Edmonton

Thandiwe Konguavi is an award-winning journalist, born in Zimbabwe. She is an associate producer and reporter at CBC Edmonton.

Flourishing software app Jobber blazing the trail for Alberta tech startups

It’s been eight years since University of Alberta graduates Sam Pillar and Forrest Zeisler started technology startup Jobber after meeting in an Edmonton coffee shop. As a freelance software developer, Pillar had worked with a number of not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. Seeing some of the challenges they were experiencing running their organizations inspired him to […]


The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) has launched Amii Innovates, a program aimed to guides teams and businesses in AI adoption. Amii Innovates is one of four program areas within Amii, and works closely with Alberta-based businesses to grow their internal AI capabilities. The organization’s Innovation Affiliates were selected based on their readiness for machine intelligence […]

Data and trends with Tomas

Tomas Nilsson
The unique blend of data scientist, economist, and Swedish dairy farmer all rolled into regular updates on our region, economics, and trends. Keep checking back for this regularly updated blog by our own Tomas Nilsson, PhD. and bite-sized essayist. Sept. 12, 2019 @ 9:15 am According to a new report by Statistics Canada, the foreign-controlled […]

Polykar pays for new factory to double sales

Already the largest manufacturer of bags and plastic wrap in Quebec, Polykar is aiming for 100 million sales by building a new plant in Alberta that will double its production. Despite the bad reputation of plastic, the packaging industry is increasing its sales by “5 to 6% a year”. Polykar acquired a 130,000 square foot lot […]

Polykar Announces Plan to Build a New Manufacturing Facility in Edmonton

Polykar, a leading Canadian manufacturer of flexible packaging including polyethylene film, certified compostable bags, garbage bags as well as food and industrial grade liners, today announced it has acquired a site to construct a new state-of-the-art plant in Edmonton, Alberta. This second facility will add significant production capacity (30 million pounds) to all of Polykar’s […]

$27 million to support 23 innovative projects across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

From: Western Economic Diversification Canada Western Economic Diversification Canada announced over $27 million in new investments for 23 projects across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Funding for these projects is provided through three programs that foster innovation. Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) funding of $18,249,749 will support 12 small- and medium-sized businesses in Edmonton, DeBolt, and Leduc. By providing […]

Edmonton can become ‘multi-billion-dollar tech hub’: Downtown biz report

A report released Wednesday, detailing the state of Edmonton’s tech industry, says the city has the ability to become a ‘multi-billion-dollar tech hub.’ The Downtown Business Association argues for increased tech-oriented buildings, a downtown accelerator, talent retention, collaboration between organizations and enhancing urban infrastructure in the downtown core in its new report, “Accelerating Tech in […]

Emerging tech sector promises better economic balance

Edmonton at night
Laura Kilcrease is on a mission to change the way the rest of Canada – and the world – perceive Alberta’s economy. The CEO of Alberta Innovates, a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans, says there is far more to Alberta’s economy than just the energy […]

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