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Emergent Stories

Cargo expansion brings big benefits for region

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) will undergo a significant expansion to its cargo operations, bringing new job creation opportunities for local businesses and increased capacity for importing critical goods for our region.  

Locally developed drug secures FDA approval

Aurinia becomes one of only nine Canadian companies to secure this approval. It’s an exciting announcement with an interesting story that originates in the Edmonton region and is a great example of what’s possible for the pharmaceutical sector here. 


Edmonton nanotech to provide better, more reliable COVID testing

Applied Quantum Materials (AQM), a local nanotechnology firm has reached an agreement with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to provide nucleic acid extraction kits for use in the province’s COVID-19 testing program. AQM is a world leader in the research, development and synthesis of nanoparticles for a broad range of applications including sensors, energy, semiconductor lithography and bio-diagnostics.

New Solar manufacturer to set up at EIA

WeFaces Technology Inc. to develop and manufacture advanced solar products at Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre

Edmonton’s ShookIOT acquired by Chicago-based software company

A small Edmonton-based startup now has the resources to grow its business even more after being purchased by a Chicago software company.

Appointment announcement – Chris McLeod, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications

Edmonton Global is pleased to announce that Chris McLeod, MBA has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications.  

ATB Capital Markets focuses on Growth and Innovation: Advancing traditional and growth industries

ATB Capital Markets, the capital markets arm of ATB Financial, has broadened its sector expertise and resources to include an expert team focused on Growth and Innovation. This expanded expertise will help Alberta’s technology companies as they navigate a disruptive marketplace and compete globally for capital.

Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation Closes Financing to Complete Build-Out of North America’s Largest Industrial Hemp Processing Facility

On February 2, 2021Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation, an Alberta-based agribusiness that focuses on processing hemp at scale for industrial use outputs, has announced the closing of a CAD $18 million equity and debt financing led by Merida Capital Holdings, a private equity firm targeting fundamental growth drivers which accelerate the rapid development of the cannabis and hemp industries.

How growing global electric car sales could be a boon for Alberta

It may sound paradoxical, but electric cars could soon be an economic driver for oil-rich Alberta.

Consider Canada City Alliance and Destination Canada Sign New Agreement to Promote Canada on the Global Stage

On February 2, 2021, the Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) and Destination Canada signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to leverage each other’s networks and increase collaboration to help strengthen the profile of Canada among International audiences.

Edmonton region tech companies raise more than $246 million since January 2020

Jeff Bell, Director of Research and Business Intelligence weighs in on what he’s seeing in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s tech sector

University of Alberta and Brass Dome Ventures Ltd. launch imYEG accelerator to increase commercialization of research-driven innovations

New industry-led accelerator will address and overcome the earliest barriers faced by researchers just starting on the path to commercialization.

Stantec named fifth most sustainable company in the world, first in North America

Stantec was named the fifth most sustainable company in the world and first in North America by Corporate Knights, which released its 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations rankings today. Companies in the Global 100 represent the top one percent of companies in the world on sustainability performance.

Interview: Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder of BioWare

Ray Muzyka is the founder and former CEO of BioWare, and an impact investor. This interview first appeared in the January 13, 2021 issue of Ivey Business Review.

Jobber’s success helping pave way for continued tech growth in Edmonton

Edmonton tech company Jobber has raised $60 million US in growth financing to help fund research and future growth, but won’t take much of a break to savour the success.

Developing strategies for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s economy

 Lynette Tremblay, Global Edmonton’s Vice President, Strategy and Innovation joined Danielle Smith on her talk show on 630 CHED to discuss the economic outlook for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and the proactive approach that Edmonton Global is taking to transform our regional economy.

We’re hiring: Research Analyst

As Research Analyst you will be working as part of our fast-moving trade and investment team to compile, organize, analyze and communicate the information which is the foundation of the work of the larger organization. We are looking for a tech-savvy individual who is equally comfortable stepping back to see the bigger picture as they are sifting through the minutia to find the needle in the haystack

Technology & innovation in the Edmonton region – it’s an opportunity right now

For companies looking to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) and other innovative technologies into their business operations, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region represents a distinct advantage. The region combines a university that is ranked 3rd globally for AI research, large datasets from established industries such as energy and health sciences, and a thriving research and development (R&D) ecosystem.

The Edmonton region’s nutraceuticals industry – it’s an opportunity right now

Nutraceuticals are part of a large and growing market in natural health products that include things like functional foods and supplements. As consumers are becoming more and more health conscious, many are turning to supplements to boost their health. The nutraceutical industry is seizing the opportunity with increased product innovation and market expansion. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region has all the ingredients needed to attract international investment into the growing nutraceutical industry.

The Edmonton region’s plant protein industry – it’s an opportunity right now

Plant-based protein is one of the single fastest-growing food and agri-food sub-sectors in the world. By 2030, the global demand for plant-based protein is anticipated to reach $100 billion. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region has all the ingredients needed to attract international investment into this growing industry.

The Edmonton region’s pharmaceutical industry – it’s an opportunity right now

The Edmonton region has all the ingredients needed to attract investment into pharmaceutical manufacturing and research and development (R&D)

The Edmonton region can compete to win

Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce shares how the Edmonton region can unlock its global potential

Jeff Bell joins Edmonton Global

Edmonton Global is excited to welcome Jeff Bell as its new Director of Research and Business Intelligence.

Jobber recognized as fastest growing

Jobber, has been recognized as one of North America’s fastest-growing technology companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, as well as one of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Canada by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50.

API grows pharma manufacturing capacity

Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) has passed an important milestone in securing the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s place as a global player in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector.

AltaML named Fast 50 company to watch

AltaML has received a Deloitte Fast 50, Companies-to-Watch award. The award spotlights emerging companies that exhibit strong growth and show potential to be a future candidate of the Technology Fast 50 award.

No shortage of awards for BioNeutra

Edmonton region company’s product named top ingredient & ranked fasted growing.

Greater Edmonton Region Well-Suited to Become Canada’s First Hydrogen Node

New report from Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force Builds on Previous Finding that Canadian Hydrogen has a Market Potential of up to $100 Billion a Year.

Canadian Innovators Take Rising COVID Cases Head-On

Edmonton-based companies MACH32 and Andau Medical bring to market an aerosol containment device to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure for healthcare personnel and patients.

Most affordable major city in Canada – Edmonton

Most affordable major city in Canada – Edmonton

Petrochemical program is open for business

A new program to turn Alberta into a top global producer of petrochemicals is launching with an aggressive industry-driven strategy to spur long-term international investment and thousands of jobs to the province.  

The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program (APIP), part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, will help attract billions in petrochemical project investments and continue to diversify the province’s economy while drawing directly on our abundant reserves of natural gas. 

What 5G access means for the Edmonton region

New networks seen as boon for attracting investment

Access to 5G networks is now available through a large part of the Edmonton region, allowing municipalities to leverage those connections and remain competitive in a global market increasingly turning to smart technologies.

Consider Canada City Alliance Identifies New Path Forward for Canada’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Direct consultation with Federal Minister Navdeep Bains identifies greater role for Canada’s leading cities/metro regions

Alberta project validates first synthetic health dataset in province

 The health innovation community has one more approach towards increasing the timely and safe utilization of health data thanks to a research project co-sponsored by Health City and the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) in partnership with Alberta Innovates, Replica Analytics, and University of Alberta. Unique in Canada, this project was initiated to provide insight into the value and validity of synthetic (simulated) data in health services research. The promising results have been submitted for publication.

Entos Pharmaceuticals Awarded funding to Conduct Phase I Clinical Trial of COVID-19 DNA Vaccine

Entos Pharmaceuticals (Entos), a healthcare biotechnology company developing nucleic acid medicines with its breakthrough proprietary Fusogenix drug delivery platform, is pleased to announce it is receiving advisory services and funding of up to $5M from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) as part of the Government of Canada’s continuing support for the development of domestic COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

Onetwosix Design – Finding solutions through innovation

Onetwosix founders, Nick Kazakoff and Brendan Gallagher are both graduates of the University of Alberta’s Industrial Design program – a program that Nick refers to as a “hidden gem” in the Edmonton region. The program has developed near mythic status in the design world – with students graduating into jobs with firms like Adidas, Nike and Lego to name a few – a testament to the depth and breadth of talent that is coming out of the post-secondary institutions in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and Onetwosix is no exception.


The Edmonton-based company sells cheesecakes and cheese shreds, and will soon launch a line of meat alternatives and expand into the U.S.

Pegasus Imagery – Setting the standard for drone technology

Pegasus Imagery, an Edmonton-based data and drone company, continues to work hard to bridge the gap between military and consumer applications for drone technology. Their recent move to the Edmonton region’s Villeneuve Airport in Sturgeon County was based on a strategic decision to support the firm’s overall goal of supporting the regulation of drone technology operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in Canada.

Join Edmonton Global at World Summit AI

World Summit AI is the world’s leading and largest AI summit bringing together the global AI ecosystem of industry, technology, startups, investors and science. Many of the world’s biggest AI and tech companies participate as speakers, covering the trending topics that are top of mind in the AI world.

University of Alberta virologist awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Michael Houghton was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine today in recognition of his discovery of the hepatitis C (HCV) virus.is new technology that has the potential to have global implications for COVID-19 testing. 

New rapid COVID-19 test taking off at EIA

GLC, Edmonton company, testing new technology exclusively at airport 

In partnership with GLC Medical (GLCM) Inc., a subsidiary of Graphene Leaders Canada (GLC) Inc., an Edmonton-based company, EIA will host clinical trials of this new technology that has the potential to have global implications for COVID-19 testing. 

Edmonton receives platinum certification for the Data for Canadian Cities Project

Today, the World Council on City Data (WCCD) recognized the City of Edmonton for achieving ISO 37120 Platinum certification as part of the Government of Canada supported Data for Canadian Cities Project. This is the highest level of certification that a city can achieve and reflects the calibre of the data reported in accordance with ISO 37120: Sustainable Cities and Communities – Indicators for City Services, the first international standard for city data. 

Showcasing Alberta’s AI advantage

Alberta’s government is supporting artificial intelligence and machine learning, with $9 million in funding for the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii).

Canadian town seeking Australian farmers and Agrifood investors

Although rising global temperatures by just two to three degrees will most likely cause crop failures in many other parts of the world, Canada, and more specifically prairie provinces, like Alberta, are seeing the opening up of millions of once frigid acres to the plow.

Williams Engineering – Using the power of machine learning to optimize business functions

As we move towards economic recovery, the need for businesses to adopt new technologies to improve efficiencies and support long term growth is becoming more and more critical. Increasingly we are seeing a real shift towards understanding how innovation and technology are key to supporting growth across all industries here in the Edmonton Metropolitan region and across the globe. The Edmonton region’s strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have the capacity to capitalize on the opportunities that have emerged as a result of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edmonton ICE District properties earn international award

Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, and The Legends Private Residences in downtown Edmonton’s Ice District have been awarded the prestigious ENR Global Best Project Award in the Retail/Mixed-Used Development category.

Newly released white paper explores the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s potential as a ‘hydrogen node’

The Transition Accelerator has released a white paper – Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen. The report includes a pan-Canadian perspective on the work of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force which was established in order to develop a framework for implementing a hydrogen economy in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

PBG BioPharma announces the official completion of their manufacturing and research laboratories

PBG BioPharma Inc., a life science company committed to becoming a world leader in the development and production of evidence-based natural health products and medicinal cannabis products using its proprietary GenBioChem™ fingerprinting technology platform, announced today the official completion of its 25,000 SQF research and manufacturing facility on September 8th, 2020. 

Government of Canada invests in Alberta’s construction industry to help strengthen energy efficiency and green building practices

Alberta’s construction and engineering is a central part of its economy, supporting good jobs across the province. As the industry recovers from the impact of COVID-19, innovation is essential for it to come back strong and support growth across Alberta. The Government of Canada is a partner in these efforts, helping the industry recover, reopen and retool to emerge stronger than before.


July 21, 2020

Canadian Utilities, an ATCO company, today announced it has been awarded $2.8 million in funding from Emission Reductions Alberta’s (ERA) Natural Gas Challenge to advance a first-of-its-kind hydrogen blending project in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Once complete, the project will be Canada’s largest hydrogen blending project, injecting up to five per cent hydrogen by volume into a section of Fort Saskatchewan’s residential natural gas distribution network, lowering the carbon intensity of the natural gas stream for its customers.

Trash is biofuel treasure; Enerkem uses Alberta as a launching pad for expansion

Up on the wall in Enerkem’s Montreal HQ is a map of the world, peppered with dozens of little multicoloured pins. They’re scattered over North America, Europe and Asia — each point representing a visit. Someone, or someones, who travelled to Alberta for a tour of the company’s one-of-a-kind creation. 

Invest in Canada report studies the Edmonton region’s strength in AI

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region was featured in a recent report – Betting on Red and White: International Investment in Canadian AI. The report is based on a study commissioned by Invest in Canada aimed at examining the opportunities for Canada to utilize our current strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to attract foreign direct investment. 

Canada introduces more study and work permit flexibility

Three new measures have been introduced to help individuals pursue Canadian study and work opportunities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 continues to spark growth for Edmonton education tech firm

Showbie looks to scale hybrid learning – raises $5 million in a Series A round led by Vancouver-based Rhino ventures.

TransPod signs deal with Alberta to develop hyperloop track connecting Edmonton, Calgary

Toronto-based AutoTech startup TransPod has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the provincial government of Alberta to support the development of a high-speed Hyperloop track connecting the cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

Songistry – using artificial intelligence to rock the music industry

“We’re solving some incredible problems within the global music industry,” says Curtis Serena, CEO of Songistry, “and we’re thrilled to be doing it right here in the Edmonton region.”

Alberta’s plant-based food sector receives federal support

Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid announces more than $2.6 million to help Alberta businesses grow and create jobs

Hiring: Director of Research and Business Intelligence

Edmonton Global is seeking a Director of Research and Business Intelligence to join our team.

FunnelAI Announces Global Expansion and AI Business Development Strategy Through a Partnership with Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

The industry’s leading real-time artificial intelligence (AI) semantic search platform provider, FunnelAI, located in Texas, USA, has partnered with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), in Edmonton, Canada to expedite FunnelAI’s high-tech innovation and growth to fuel their complex AI solutions for global expansion.

Granify – Powering the world’s biggest brands

More than 3 billion shopper sessions and $10 billion in sales were optimized by the Granify platform in the last year alone. The numbers are staggering and Jeff Lawrence, founder and CEO of Granify, has proven the value that data and behavioural science can bring to e-commerce. 

Data and Trends with Tomas

It is summer here in Edmonton, which means that the construction season is in full swing again. Using the information on proposed and announced construction projects from the Alberta Major Projects database and information from our regional economic development offices in our 15 municipalities, we can get a sectoral and geographic breakdown of construction activity for 2020.

RJ Maclean – Disrupting the status quo to bring innovation to the energy industry

RJ Maclean is working to modernize the energy industry, using innovative technology to do some of its dirtiest – and most dangerous – work.


ERA supports 20 projects that create jobs, attract investment, and reduce emissions.

Fort Saskatchewan chosen for new ATCO project

 Fort Saskatchewan is pleased to be chosen as the site of ATCO hydrogen blending project, which received $2.8 million in funding from Emission Reductions Alberta’s Natural Gas Challenge.

Talent in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

Edmonton Global has launched their latest video highlighting another regional asset of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region –  Talent.

Data and trends with Tomas

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.

The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program will enhance Alberta’s ability to attract investment

This program, coupled with the other tremendous competitive advantages that Alberta’s Industrial Heartland has to offer, will contribute to the attraction of an expected $30 billion in new petrochemical investments by 2030.

Another global ranking for Edmonton region

Within the last month we’ve been in two global rankings – Startup Genome’s 2020 report and cracking the top 100 with StartupBlink growing evidence that we’re being noticed internationally,

World’s-largest airport solar farm arriving at EIA

Alpin Sun to build 627-acre facility on west-side of Edmonton International Airport lands.

Alberta – lowest corporate tax rate in Canada

This corporate tax cut will bring the provincial corporate tax down to 8% which is the lowest tax rate in Canada by far.

U of A researcher to test whether COVID-19 antibodies provide long-term immunity

Study among 13 U of A projects receiving $11.3 million in federal funding for rapid research response to pandemic 

Alberta built an artificial intelligence powerhouse. What’s next?

Just off Highway 60, a short jaunt south of Devon, sits one of the most celebrated pieces of industrial equipment in the country. 

The collection of steel lattices has a name: Leduc #1, the derrick that struck oil south of Edmonton more than 70 years ago.

Entos Pharmaceuticals Announces Selection of Lead DNA Vaccine Candidates for COVID-19 and a $4.2M Award to Move Forward with Phase I/II Human Trials

Entos Pharmaceuticals (Entos), a healthcare biotechnology company developing nucleic acid medicines with its Fusogenix drug delivery platform, today announced the selection of two lead candidates for a pan-coronavirus Fusogenix DNA vaccine (Covigenix) from its prototyping program launched at the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Edmonton’s Future

New Regional Development Agency Challenges Edmonton businesses to act globally

If you want to know the future of Edmonton’s economy, a good place to start is with a question: What challenges does the world face and what does the Edmonton region have to offer as solutions?

New plant-based manufacturer sets up at EIA

More private investment is coming to Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in 2020. Manufacturing company Plant Plus will be establishing their production line in the Edmonton Metro Region as the newest tenant in EIA’s Airport City beginning in early July.

Concordia University of Edmonton and Adventus LifeFoods Inc. announce new residency through BMO-CIAR

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) is proud to announce a new residency with Adventus LifeFood Inc. (Adventus) within the BMO Centre for Innovation and Research (BMO-CIAR).


It’s not secret that innovative economies create highly skilled jobs, higher wages, more productivity and exports, and are generally more competitive.

Edmonton Global Webinar – Pharmaceutical Innovation and Production Opportunities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

On July 21, 2020 at 8:00h(MDT) / 16:00 (CEDT) Edmonton Global will be hosting a webinar on the unique opportunities that exist for scalable pharmaceutical innovation and production in the Edmonton region. 

Edmonton Company Keeps Canadian Medical Facilities Stocked Throughout COVID-19

PRI-MED Medical Products Continues to Supply Critical Protective Apparel to Canadian Contacts, in Addition to Supporting Additional Pandemic Demands Across the Country 

Covid-19 sparks growth for Edmonton education tech firm

More than 3 million teachers in 136 countries are finding the Showbie products invaluable in their shift to online learning.

A Look at the Rise of Edmonton’s Gaming Industry

From BioWare to Improbable, Edmonton’s gaming industry has seen a lot of growth over the last decade.

Token Bitters is scaling up and building international export opportunities

When Keenan Pascal and Jamie Shtay decided to found Token Naturals, a cannabis company focused on extraction and derivative products, they never imagined that they would also become the Edmonton Region’s first local bitters company. They certainly didn’t expect to have a reach that extends beyond the region both nationally and internationally and into markets as far off as Japan. However, that is exactly what they did.

Edmonton’s startup ecosystem in global 100

Edmonton climbed 4 spots in StartupBlink’s global ranking of cities by startup ecosystem, placing it firmly in the top 100 at 91 out of a total of 1000 cities ranked.

New carbon solution in Alberta delivers use for industrial emissions

A new system built to safely transport and permanently store CO2 is shifting how carbon is managed in the province. The Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) system, the world’s newest large-scale carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project, is now fully operational.

Edmonton Global welcomes Mustafa Sahin as VP of Investment and Trade

Mustafa Sahin joins Edmonton Global as Vice President of Investment and Trade.  

EIA setting records with cargo charter flights

Edmonton International Airport is a hub of activity this weekend with the arrival of multiple cargo-related charter flights, helping set new records for this service and providing needed revenue.

Alberta Shows Stunning Growth in 2019, Opportunity in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event that has forced all businesses to re-evaluate their markets, risks, and priorities. In this time of volatility, predicting the future of venture capital is admittedly challenging. However, there are encouraging signs in the Alberta tech startup ecosystem that build on recent growth and successes in the province.

Global Briefing: Economic impacts of COVID-19 on Business in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

On Thursday, May 14, Edmonton Global hosted a briefing on the economic and business implications of the continued Covid-19 pandemic.

U of A pharmaceutical institute leads effort to fill looming hospital drug shortage

Local manufacturing capacity could ensure Canadian supply of two drugs needed to put COVID-19 patients on ventilators.

Collaborate Locally, Compete Globally

The 2019 Edmonton Global Annual Report highlights the work done over the past year as we focused on the 4 priorities from our Strategic Plan.

Meet our Leaders

These videos are part of raising the profile and building awareness of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region among international investors and companies from around the world who are looking to expand,

University of Alberta to host COVID-19 webinar series

The office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Alberta’s faculty of Medicine & Dentistry will be hosting a weekly COVID-19 webinar series aimed at providing the latest information for doctors and other healthcare providers. 

Global Briefing Business and Economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region

On Friday, April 24, Edmonton Global hosted a briefing on the economic and business implications of the combined crisis of Covid-19 and the crash of global oil prices.

Now is the time for bold ideas and action

We have the ingredients to be global leaders and create made-in-Alberta solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. 

Haskap berries: northern Alberta’s new superfood

When you bite into a haskap berry and break through the purple-blue skin, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Haskap berries: northern Alberta’s new superfood.

Consider Canada City Alliance Impact of COVID-19 on FDI activities in Canada

Proposal to Government of Canada from Consider Canada City Alliance on the impact of COVID-19 on FDI activities in Canada 

How the U of A’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology is responding to the COVID-19 crisis

Lorne Tyrrell, founding director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, says some of Canada’s top virologists at the institute are focusing on research into diagnostic tests, antiviral drugs and vaccines against the new coronavirus.

City of St. Albert Announces New 600,000 SF Distribution Centre Development

The City of St. Albert and QuadReal Property Group are pleased to announce the development of a 600,000 square foot distribution facility for the exclusive use of Uline, North America’s leading shipping supply specialist, at Anthony Henday Business Park (AHBP) in St. Albert.

Update on Edmonton Global’s activities during the Covid-19 pandemic

Our team is committed to doing our part to help limit the spread and flatten the curve of Covid-19. While we are changing the way we are delivering, we remain incredibly focused on delivering results and working on behalf of our community to drive growth and investment.

Opinion: It’s time to go global

15 #YEGMetro orgs are on an advocacy mission to #Ottawa The delegation’s core message: there’s global opportunity we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on – let’s work together to Go Global. Join in using #GlobalYEG.

Project Edmonton: Improbable’s newest venture builds on SpatialOS success

From talented engineers, to artists, producers and designers, “the Edmonton region’s got a big enough footprint where there’s talented and experienced people in all of those disciplines” – Aaryn Flynn

Edmonton-developed Job Site Insights bridges construction and technology

Mark Bryant, recognized by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) as the Canadian CIO of the Year

Beamdog: a business with ‘unimaginable’ potential for global reach

“It’s currently one of the largest forms of entertainment on the planet … the potential for growth is unimaginable. It’s going to be feeding so many other industries going forward,” – Trent Oster. 

Greg Zeschuk – a modern renaissance man

“I don’t come in and feel excessive pride or anything. I just kinda go, ‘OK great, it’s busy, back to work.’ I kind of have a relentless pursuit for the next thing,” Zeschuk says.

Hiring: Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Edmonton Global is seeking an experienced Manager of Policy and Advocacy to lead the organization’s competitiveness work and execute strategies.

DeZURIK opens Rapid Fulfillment Center

DeZURIK, Inc. announced the January 6, 2020 opening of a new 15,000 sq. ft. Rapid Fulfillment and Service Centre in Leduc.

Entos secures $109M partnership to create new inflammatory disease therapies

$109-million partnership with a biotechnology firm will further development of new therapies for both inflammatory disease and metastatic cancer.

Update: EY Report on Economic Development and Innovation

This afternoon, the EY report on EEDC, Edmonton Global, and Tech Innovation was presented to Edmonton City Council. The report’s recommendations were approved.

EY Report on Economic Development and Innovation

Earlier today, the City of Edmonton released a report from EY regarding Edmonton Global, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and Tech Innovation.

Custom-food manufacturer is ‘the kitchen behind the kitchen’

Kitchen Partners is in the “stirred-food” business. It makes about 150 different products, all custom made and proprietary to its customers – mostly big-chain, fast-casual restaurants and prepared-food sections of various grocery stores.

Global talent and IRCC programs and supports for employers

In partnership with Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Edmonton Global is hosting two information sessions on global talent and IRCC programs and supports for employers.

Disruption from above

How Pegasus Imagery is turning intelligence into opportunities for disaster response and beyond

Edmonton metro region leads Canada in export growth

New data on export growth shows the Edmonton Metropolitan Region leading Canada – at more than double the national average.

Flourishing software app Jobber blazing the trail for Alberta tech startups

Jobber, an Edmonton software company, was recognized by Canadian Business magazine as the second-fastest growing software company in Canada.


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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 Downtown Edmonton: Impacts and Opportunities.”

“There’s a lot of hidden gems of tech companies in the downtown, that people might not have even heard of, that are global and that are doing amazing things with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue,”

Growing greener, getting smarter: the rise of a new age

Connie Stacey is in the energy storing business, which is perfect given that she’s full of energy. She’s the mastermind behind Growing Greener Innovations, and hopes to bring her world-changing energy storage system to the masses.

They call it the Grengine, but it could be the answer to global energy poverty, as well as blackouts and unreliable power literally anywhere. 

An honest proposal

How Uproot is growing a regional local food movement.

A company wanting others to grow quickly in their own industry might sound strange to competitors, but that’s exactly what the Uproot Food Collective is all about.

No small potatoes: How The Little Potato Company is growing a healthier future

In 1996, Angela Santiago and her father, Jacob van der Schaaf, ⁠decided it was time to test out a big idea for little potatoes. 

Research institute launched out of U of A attracts $25 million in investments

Aiming to boost the biotech landscape in Edmonton, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation has enlisted veteran biotech executive Robert Foster’s Hepion Pharmaceuticals, along with about 19 other companies, to help turn university research into pharmaceutical products.

Edmonton Metro Region drives Canada’s first autonomous shuttle pilot

Autonomous vehicles are hitting the streets — and the region’s City of Beaumont is ready to  take the wheel.  

Their recent pilot project introduced the region to ELA — an electric-powered, driverless shuttle that is Canada’s first-ever pilot of an autonomous shuttle in mixed use traffic.

North America’s largest mobile land rig on the way from Nisku to Alaska

ConocoPhillips says that the largest mobile land rig in North America is on its way from a National Oilwell Varco fabrication shop in Nisku to Alaska’s North Slope, where it will unlock previously unreachable oil resources.

Aris MD Makes X-Ray Vision Science Fact

The co-founders of Aris MD, CEO Chandra Devam and CTO Scott Edgar, met at summer camp as eleven year old wunderkinds and bonded over their love of science fiction. As they grew up, Devam, ever the entrepreneur, hired Edgar to install carpets for one of her first businesses. 

Not just flights: Airport City about to reach milestone in new development

The Edmonton International Airport expects to mark a major milestone before the end of this year — more people will be heading to the airport area to shop or work each day than to board flights.

That’s how much development around the flight centre has taken off.

Alberta company wins NASA tech competition with 3D ‘Star Trek’ surgery

An “immersive reality” product developed in Edmonton has skyrocketed all the way to NASA. Aris MD recently took top prize in the U.S. space agency’s iTech Ignite the Night pitch competition in Austin, Texas.

Electric autonomous vehicle hits the road in Beaumont

For the first time in Canada, a self-driving shuttle has been integrated into regular traffic.

An Electric Autonomous (ELA) vehicle pilot project has now taken over a kilometre-long stretch of 50 Street, the main road in Beaumont, Alta.

Edmonton surgeons create cyborg tech to better transplant lungs and hearts

An inspirational story he heard as a child, a hot-rod car he loved as young man, and a desire to do something important with his life all helped propel Edmonton transplant surgeon Darren Freed to develop a transformative technology in organ transplantation.

Champion Petfoods Announces Leadership Additions

Blaine McPeak Named CEO and Greg Christenson Named CFO

Inspiring innovative alumni to dream big and keep trying

After graduating from the University of Alberta, Kieran Ryan, ’08 BSc, was living in central Calgary, walking to his job in the oil industry. A new car service in the city meant he didn’t need to own a car, a novel experience. Ryan and another grad decided to take the car-sharing idea back to Edmonton.

Stantec to lead design for Florida’s $212 million Turnpike reconstruction and capacity improvements

Widening of 10-mile section in Lake County allows for more options.

Aurora Cannabis and UFC® Launch Clinical Research on Use of Hemp-Derived CBD Products by MMA Athletes

New studies to advance the science on CBD use and athlete health and wellness and to drive product development under new U.S. sports performance brand, ROAR Sports.

Hicks on Biz: Former NAIT boss making his name in furniture

The Energizer Bunny is back.

Sam Shaw made quite the name for himself and NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) when he headed up the educational institution for 13 years, from 1997 to 2010.

Edmonton-based cannabis retailer set to grow with investment from global retailer

An Edmonton-based cannabis retailer is planning to significantly accelerate its growth and expansion after entering into a deal with one of North America’s largest operators of convenience stores and gas bars.

Canada announces 3-year permanent residence pilot for eligible agri-food workers

Temporary foreign workers with experience in Canada’s agri-food sector will have a new pathway to Canadian permanent residence starting in early 2020. 

‘Powerful and potent’: Big Edmonton food buyers team up to buy local

Large institutions, from hospitals and colleges to the Edmonton Convention Centre, are looking at ways to boost their purchases of local food products.

Eco-entrepreneurs are engineering a future in space

A group of current and former students have launched a space company dedicated to observing the Earth in new ways. These students were driven to take the risk, to innovate, and to find radical solutions to modern problems.

It’s rocket engineering, not rocket science

It was July 20, 1969, and the first humans to set foot on the moon were dilly-dallying. Experiencing one-sixth gravity for the first time, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were skipping and jumping across the lunar surface.

Trans Mountain triggering interest in warehouse space

Some Edmonton developers are honing in on the construction of warehouse space in the wake of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, suggests a new report tracking the area’s real estate market.

Off the deep end: University of Alberta students test robot submarine for competition

The first thing to do when you have a robot worth tens of thousands of dollars might not be to drop it in the water — but a University of Alberta student team is doing just that.

Battling dementia: UAlberta Neuroscientist leads one arm of national research consortium

New funding from the federal government and partners will bolster research focused on identifying new biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists develop new method for studying early life in ancient rocks

Scientists have developed a new method for detecting traces of primordial life in ancient rock formations using potassium. 

The method relies on searching for high concentrations of potassium in ancient sedimentary rocks, rather than traditional methods that look for carbon, sulfur, or nitrogen—which can appear in ancient rocks through processes unrelated to ancient life. 

VR app gives students a new way to see inner workings of cells

An educational app created at the University of Alberta is giving cell biology students a brand new perspective on their subject and may also offer a glimpse into the not-so-distant future of post-secondary education.

Aurora Cannabis gets licences for two outdoor growing facilities

Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis has received a processing licence from Health Canada for its Aurora Air facility located near the Edmonton International Airport and two outdoor cultivation licences for sites in Quebec and British Columbia, the company announced Monday.

U of A researchers detecting depression through voice

Improved technology can now more accurately detect a depressed mood using just the sound of your voice, according to research by the University of Alberta.

Sparking a global conversation

On June 20, 2019, the team at Edmonton Global set out to start a conversation. The region’s 15 mayors, including Spruce Grove’s Mayor, and the Chair of Edmonton Global’s Shareholders, Stuart Houston, were front and centre at the launch on June 20.

Newborn blood testing saves life of infant after launch

Dr. Stacey Hume, genetics laboratory head at University of Alberta Hospital, talks about a newborn screening program that includes additional screening. The program has already saved the life of newborn infant.

U of A researchers developing new treatment that could help protect people with cardiovascular disease

New medical therapy for treating cardiovascular disease being commercialized through a biotech startup. New University of Alberta research is paving the way for the first medical treatment to help protect people from cardiovascular disease by boosting the body’s natural defenses.

Overcoming the organ donor shortage

Research the key to boosting organ donation outcomes in Canada, says UAlberta’s Simon Urschel.

Simon Urschel will present new advances in organ transplantation at the third annual Festival of Health on May 25.

Organ donation is vital for saving the lives of thousands of Canadians every year. But low donor rates and a shortage of usable organs mean that each year, thousands more are left waiting for a transplant.

Using AI to uncover the mystery of an ancient manuscript

Modern scientific methods help decipher language and meaning of ancient manuscript. Computing scientists at the University of Alberta are using artificial intelligence to decipher an ancient manuscript.

Edmonton Global official launch outlines Capital Region is ‘open for business’

The wheels are in motion for a relatively new campaign that brings together the 14 municipalities of the Capital Region.

Edmonton region aims for global stage

A new regional economic development corporation is looking to bring the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to the global stage.

Young, educated and growing: Group coins YEG region brand in bid to attract business

Group of 15 municipalities band together to boost capital region’s international profile. In a survey that asked 22 international companies what they knew about Edmonton, 80 per cent said they’d never heard of the city. Those who did recognize the name thought of it as a cold place, disconnected from the rest of Canada.

Il y a un domaine très spécialisé ici, c’est l’intelligence artificielle

Du pétrole au cannabis, de l’or noir à l’or vert, l’Alberta cherche à nuancer sa palette en matière de diversité économique.

EIA to be North American entry for Chinese company

Edmonton International Airport is opening the door to increased investment from Asia for the Edmonton Metro Region with its newest tenant for Airport City.

Can cannabis cure what ails you? Alberta pot producer teams up with Harvard to find out

An Edmonton company is teaming up with Harvard University in hopes of proving the purported healing powers of cannabis.

Edmonton’s first centre specializing in neuro and spinal paralysis recovery opens

A centre dedicated to helping those recovering from neuro and spinal paralysis has opened in Edmonton.

U of A nanotech facility gets funding boost to ramp up to commercial scale

$3.4M investment will allow local company to mass-produce tiny medical devices that can monitor vital signs, help diagnose disease or even restore eyesight.

‘The next canola’: Alberta hemp farmers see bright future in wake of Cannabis Act

Alberta hemp farmers are betting that cannabis legalization will be a windfall for their industry, with some going so far as to draw comparisons between the distinctive jagged-leafed plant and one of Canada’s biggest agricultural success stories.

Edmonton leading way in artificial intelligence research

“How the hell did you guys build a world-class A.I. research group in the sub-Arctic?”

That question directed at University of Alberta computer scientist Jonathan Schaeffer came from an American professor in a warmer city.

Alberta could be plant-based powerhouse; funding available for companies to grow sector

Alberta could become a global leader in the growing plant-based food sector, but must first transition from being an exporter of raw commodities into a value-added producer.

‘Very special’ food product drives massive growth in Edmonton company

You might think it’s a slam dunk success to be Edmonton’s fastest growing company, as well as the 55th fastest growing company in all of Canada, according to Canadian Business Magazine.

The rise of Kim Krushell, tech entrepreneur and champion

Five years ago Jay Krushell came to his wife Kim Krushell with a work-related problem that first changed her profession and is now changing the face of the commercial lending industry.

Local business creates new credit service for cannabis purchasers

Edmonton start-up GreenGreen has created a new app that will help users purchase cannabis on credit.

Inside Alberta’s Entrepreneurial Emergence

It seems like overnight Alberta has emerged on the global scene as a heavy-hitter in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, with a strong cluster of innovative startups powered by these technologies. Alberta’s transforming tech ecosystem might be different than you would expect.

Innovation Energy: Oilsands step up to take on clean tech challenge

The energy industry gets a bad rap when it comes to innovation, yet the oilpatch is by far the largest spender on clean tech in Canada, to the tune of $1.4 billion a year. As part of its continuing coverage of the innovation economy, the Financial Post reports on the intersection of technology and energy, from the oilpatch in Alberta, off the shores of Nova Scotia and in the plains in Saskatchewan.

New tech plus old business model turn rare veggies into hot biz startup

Trusted Freshness, a new Edmonton greenhouse vegetable producer, is charging ahead because of a major shortage at grocery stores in rare vegetables, the increasing mastery of greenhouse tech, and a new spin on the old business franchising model.

Business opportunities abound as plant-based movement takes off

In the past few years, vegan restaurants have popped up all over the city, while mainstream chains include plant-based menu items.

Edmonton biz whiz sets out to make big bucks in artificial intelligence

The University of Alberta is getting all kinds of praise and attention for its leading work in artificial intelligence, but entrepreneur Cory Janssen’s focus is to find a way to apply that A.I. brain power to Alberta business.

Beyond a fad: Meat and dairy rush to be part of plant-based food movement

A plant-based juggernaut is shaking up the North American food industry, and even conventional meat and dairy companies are making significant bets on the future of veggie-based eating.

Renewable energy firm proposes massive solar farm for southeast Calgary

A massive field of solar panels could be erected on top of contaminated land in southeast Calgary if a proposed renewable energy project is approved by city council.

Solar Power Project Aims To Reduce Reliance On Diesel In Fort Chipewyan

The Alberta government is supporting Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation and Métis Local 125 in owning and operating a new solar farm that will reduce their reliance on diesel generators.

Robot judges? Edmonton research crafting artificial intelligence for courts

Ulterra Brings Matrix Drill Bit Manufacturing to Canada with the Expansion of their Canadian Manufacturing Facility

Ulterra Drilling Technologies, one of the world’s fastest growing suppliers of PDC drill bits for the oil and gas industry, has expanded their manufacturing facility in Leduc, Alberta, Canada. The addition of this facility is part of Ulterra’s overall strategy to increase manufacturing capabilities by 70% worldwide.

Twitter provides valuable insight for disaster response, study says

New research tests algorithm for understanding what happened and where during Hurricane Irma.

5 fantastic health innovations from Edmonton in 2018

From lab-grown human tissue, to a simple case for life-saving pills, Edmonton brains came up with some pretty cool stuff in 2018.

What can Twitter tell us about health?

University of Alberta computing scientists develop machine learning tool to harness the power of Twitter for understanding health and wellness.

Choose Your AI in Business Adventure

There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are the next big step for enterprise. The frequency of AI projects has grown rapidly over the past years. However, there are still businesses that are hesitant to break into the AI and ML game.

Emerging tech sector promises better economic balance

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 sector.

Wild Blue Yonder: How Latium’s tech boosts safety and efficiency in heavy industry

Local company Latium has created a tool that helps industries solve problems like safety, downtime, inventory, rework and energy consumption, to name a few. They have become the go-to solutions provider for multi-billion dollar companies like Suncor, Enbridge, and the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

At the Heart of the Region

If energy is the backbone of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, then Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is its heartbeat; representing over $40 billion in current capital investment. 

Robotic Arms: Amii and BLINC team up to improve quality of life after limb loss

Amii’s collaboration with the University of Alberta-based Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC) Lab on the Adaptive Prosthetics Program uses real-time machine learning methods for assistive rehabilitation and intelligent artificial limbs.

Autonomous vehicle research receives $14.9-million provincial funding boost

The University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering has been put in the driver’s seat of a $14.9-million Centre for Autonomous Systems in Strengthening Future Communities, thanks to funding from the provincial government and industry.

Researchers are looking to technology and education to help prepare for the increasing number of fires predicted

As another wildfire season is well underway in Alberta, it’s important to know what fire researchers are doing to help predict and prepare for future fires.

Engineer and entrepreneur: Nicolas Olmedo brings real-world application to robotic vehicles

Who would you send to inspect a tailings pond? To survey an unstable toxic environment? Or even mine an asteroid in space? Nicolas Olmedo would send a robot.

Q and A: Cannabis industry leaders to descend on Edmonton for conference

On Wednesday, cannabis industry leaders will be descending on the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel for the second WE Cann Conference to share insights into the cannabis industry right now and future growth opportunities.

U of A EcoCar Team brings home efficiency and innovation wins

When last we saw them, the University of Alberta’s EcoCar team was preparing to leave for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in Sonoma, California from April 3-6, 2019. Now they have returned – victorious.

Gene responsible for toxic metal accumulation in durum wheat identified

University of Alberta biologists identify gene responsible for cadmium accumulation in durum wheat, according to a new study published in Nature Genetics.

Artificial intelligence for mental health

The boundaries of artificial intelligence techniques are continually being advanced to improve our ability to interpret complex medical imaging results and diagnose diseases.

Using bacteria to devour greenhouse gas—and produce bio fuels

A total of 29 projects in post-secondary and industry received the funding through Alberta Innovates, as part of its Climate Change Innovation Technology Framework.

972,223 and counting: Edmonton growing faster than Calgary, rest of province

Edmonton’s population is growing much faster than the rest of the province and the country, the latest census figures show.

The city’s official population reached 972,223 in April, census numbers released Thursday show.

Disruption from above

How Pegasus Imagery is turning intelligence into opportunities for disaster response and beyond

Media attention around commercial drone technology may seem like a Silicon Valley-powered future about to flood global skies but for Pegasus Imagery, an Edmonton-based technology company, the hype may be part of the problem.

A winning pair

When Kyle Brown decided to start Solely Socks in 2014, his mission was simple: to create everyone’s favourite pair of socks.  

Operated in Edmonton by Brown and his life and business partner, Danielle Panciroli, Solely Socks creates high-end, reinforced socks with arch support, a fitted cuff, and high-quality materials brought to life by leading knitting machines. The socks are packaged and shipped locally from Edmonton. 

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