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  • March 04, 2011 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Is your business seeking international growth, collaborators for R&D projects, technology licensing or strategic alliances?

     

    You’ll discover these opportunities and more on a technology partnering mission to

    Missouri May 15-18th, 2011 .

    Leaders from

    Missouri ’s economic development agencies and university tech transfer offices visited Edmonton in August 2010 to promote business between companies and researchers in Alberta and Missouri . This return mission, hosted by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides you an exclusive opportunity to meet technology businesses from St. Louis , Columbia and Kansas City and tour world-class research facilities. The mission will be customized to the interests of participants– so register early for your chance to shape the itinerary.

    Missouri ’s small and medium-sized technology companies and facilities devoted to research and commercialization are a good fit with Alberta ’s research strengths and emerging tech companies. Check out www.missouripartnership.com to learn more. Areas of particular opportunity include:

    • Micro- and nano-scale research & fabrication
    • Life sciences
    • Agri-business and Ag-biotech

    Potential visits and meetings include:

    The Center for Nanoscience at

    University of Missouri St. Louis

    Washington University Human Genome Center

    Kereos – targeted therapeutics and molecular imaging

    Mediomics – biosensors & biomarkers

    Donald Danforth Plant Science Center – research in biofuels, ag-biotech

    Monsanto – multi-national ag-biotech corporation

    Itinerary:

    Sunday, May 15th          Arrive St. Louis, welcome reception & overview presentations

    Monday, May 16th        

    Tours and meetings in St. Louis

    Travel to

    Columbia for networking dinner

    Tuesday, May 17th       

    Tours and meetings in Columbia

    Travel to KC for late afternoon meeting, networking dinner

    Wednesday, May 18th  

    Tours and meetings in KC

                                       

    Costs:

    Alberta companies will be responsible for their own air travel and accommodation. There is no cost to participate in the mission and on-the-ground/inter-city transportation, many meals and networking events will be provided by the hosts in Missouri .

    For more information or to register for the mission, please contact:

    David Freeman, Trade Commissioner Service Edmonton Regional Office

    (780) 495-3060 or david.freeman@international.gc.ca

    Expressions of interest by March 15th


    Extend your international business experience in

    Missouri : Attend Futurallia 2011 May 18-20th

    Futurallia 2011 is a business match-making forum that will bring more than 800 small to medium sized businesses from more than 30 countries to

    Kansas City, Missouri from May 18-20, 2011 . Meet with up to 16 potential trade/strategic partners over two days through a series of short (30 minute), pre-arranged, meetings, plus network with dozens of other companies. Think of it as speed dating for businesses!

    Alberta ’s delegation leaders are looking for companies to join the delegations attending Futurallia 2011. For more information or to register to attend, please contact:

    Gary Slipp, Delegation leader for Calgary and Southern Alberta

    (403) 221-4253 gslipp@calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

    Erin Gates, Delegation leader for

    Red Deer and Central Alberta

    (403) 356-4864 Erin.gates@rdc.ab.ca

    If you are interested in learning more about business-to-business partnering at Futurallia 2011, please visit www.futuralliakc2011.com.

    ** Registration in Futurallia is not required to participate in the mission to

    Missouri .

    Choose one or the other, or leverage your business travel dollars by attending both!

  • December 10, 2010 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alberta’s Competitiveness Council has released a new benchmarking report that shows the province has a competitive edge over its closest competitors but also identifies areas for improvement to ensure Alberta remains attractive to investors and business. Report on Competitiveness – Alberta 2010 provides quantifiable evidence of the province’s ability to compete in a world market by looking at a variety of factors crucial to success, including productivity, innovation, taxes and fiscal policy, regulation, transportation and infrastructure, labour force development and access to capital markets. Overall, the report indicates Alberta is performing well in comparison to 14 other provincial and international jurisdictions. Of the 60 measures, Alberta ranks first or second in 24 of them. Altogether, Alberta rates either above average or average in 45 measures. Areas of provincial strength include living standards, economic well-being, labour productivity, investment in machinery and equipment, and taxes and fiscal policy. According to the report, Alberta has room for improvement in productivity growth, innovation investments, non-resource exports, high-tech employment, and venture capital investment.This report provides solid information to guide the council in its work, including the development of recommendations for action expected next summer. It also provides government with the ability to better track trends and changes in Alberta’s competitiveness over time. A copy of the report, as well as a "highlights" version, is available on Alberta Finance and Enterprise’s website at www.finance.alberta.ca/competitiveness. (Source: www.financealberta.ca).

  • December 10, 2010 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alberta’s Competitiveness Council has released a new benchmarking report that shows the province has a competitive edge over its closest competitors but also identifies areas for improvement to ensure Alberta remains attractive to investors and business.  Report on Competitiveness – Alberta 2010 provides quantifiable evidence of the province’s ability to compete in a world market by looking at a variety of factors crucial to success, including productivity, innovation, taxes and fiscal policy, regulation, transportation and infrastructure, labour force development and access to capital markets. A copy of the report, as well as a "highlights" version, is available on Alberta Finance and Enterprise’s website at www.finance.alberta.ca/competitiveness.

  • November 09, 2010 9:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today launched economic consultations to seek Canadians' views on the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan. He was accompanied by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Ted Menzies. The Prime Minister made the announcement in Winnipeg during a meeting with small business owners and hard working families to discuss economic opportunities and ways to build Canada's economic future. "The economic recovery remains fragile and Canadians remain concerned about the economy, jobs and their household budgets," the Prime Minister noted. “That is why our government’s number one priority remains the economy and we continue to be focused on creating jobs and supporting families." Launched in 2009, the Economic Action Plan has so far contributed to creating over 420,000 new jobs since July 2009 and helped the country emerge from the global economic crisis faster and stronger than most other major industrial countries around the world. The Prime Minister noted that both the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development had projected that Canada will lead the G-7 in growth over the next two years. "We will continue delivering the stability needed for the economic well being of hard working families, small business owners and entrepreneurs by controlling spending, cutting the deficit, eliminating waste and keeping taxes low,” said Prime Minister Harper. “That’s why were here today. We want to hear from Canadians on the next phase of our Economic Action Plan. Our Government shares your values and belief in hard work to get the job done – your priorities are our priorities and our Government is listening to you.” Over the coming months, the Prime Minister, his Cabinet and caucus will travel to small towns, communities and cities across the country to listen to and seek the views of Canadians on our long term Economic Action Plan. "Turning our fragile economic recovery into an enduring and robust performance over the longer term will also mean taking further steps to hone our competitive edge. This means building on our efforts to attract foreign investment, opening up new markets and opportunities for Canadian businesses and laying the foundation for long-term sustainable jobs," the Prime Minister added. (Source: The Prime Minister's Officc- Communications)

  • October 25, 2010 9:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) announced today the launch of the CYBF Newcomer Entrepreneur Program. This specialized program is designed to helpnewcomers to Canada, aged 18 to 34, start a business and make a smooth transition into the Canadian entrepreneurial community. A recent report indicated that immigrants are 30 per cent more likely to start a business or become self-employed than Canadian born people1. However, when starting businesses in Canada, newcomers face language and cultural barriers, havedifficulties obtaining loans due to a lack of a Canadian credit history and are oftenunfamiliar with Canadian business customs. CYBF has created this program to address these issues. “As Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway, CYBF is excited to introduce this unique program that addresses the challenges newcomers face when starting their businesses and provides the necessary support system to build successful start-ups,” says Vivian Prokop, chief executive officer, CYBF. “These young Canadians are a strong representation of Canada’s multicultural landscape and are key to the country’s economic recovery.” The CYBF Newcomer Entrepreneur Program provides many solutions to the commonly experienced obstacles faced by newcomers who want to start a business. The program offers flexible loan assessments and hand-matches the entrepreneurs with a business mentor who will provide invaluable insight into running a business in Canada. To qualify for the CYBF Newcomer Entrepreneur Program, applicants must meet
    specific criteria. Additional information on the program can be reviewed at www.cybf.ca/entrepreneurs/newcomer.
    (Source: CYBF Media Release)
  • October 16, 2010 9:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA presents cheque to John Wood, Founder & CEO of Room to Read. At the 2010 EDA conference, delegates received a presentation from Erin Ganju and Samantha Terry of Room to Read. They spoke about how they are changing the world one child at a time through education. Leann Hackman-Carty presented John with a cheque representing 1/2 proceeds of the 2010 Silent Auction, which was a donation from conference delegates. This cheque completed Samantha's goal to build a school in Nepal, and that work is now underway. Congratulations EDA! not only are you making a difference locally and regionally, but you are impacting lives throughout the world!

    Michael Lynn (Calgary Chapter Room to Read), Leann Hackman-Carty (EDA) and John Wood (Room to Read) 

    Mrs. Terry, Leann Hackman-Carty, Samantha Terry

  • October 08, 2010 9:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced funding for Alberta’s high-tech sector that will promote innovation and help bring new products to market. The investment in the Alberta Centre for Advanced Microsystems and Nanotechnology Products (ACAMP) will help promote growth and increase opportunities for Western Canadian firms. He was joined at the announcement by Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification), and Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Mill Woods – Beaumont and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. “Microsystems and nanotechnology make possible products that are smaller, faster, stronger and less expensive than ever before,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Our Government’s support will help bring new ideas from the lab to the marketplace while supporting small businesses and helping to create high-tech jobs.” The Government will provide support to ACAMP, a not-for-profit organization that provides specialized business services to microsystems and nanotechnology (MNT) clients. The investment will help the organization acquire and install new equipment needed for growth, as well as extend its marketing and business development, product development, and packaging and assembly services. Nanotechnology deals with matter at the molecular or atomic level, and involves the development of technologies within that size and scale. The worldwide market for products incorporating these technologies is expected to exceed $3 trillion by 2015. The investment announced today will help Western Canadian firms compete for a larger share of that market. (Source: PMO News Release)
  • September 02, 2009 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Clean technology developers from across Canada are invited to submit Statements of Interest to the $550-million SD Tech Fund™, as Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) opens its sixteenth funding round.

    SDTC is a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada to finance and support the late-stage development and pre-commercial demonstration of clean technologies. SDTC helps companies through the critical juncture when capital and scaling costs become formidable challenges and the risk profile deters many other investors. 

    SDTC has released a series of SD Business Case™ reports which identify additional priority investment areas. These reports are available in the Knowledge Centre section of the SDTC website at www.sdtc.ca.

    SDTC is accepting applications until October 21, 2009.  Potential applicants are requested to first review the application process and funding requirements at www.sdtc.ca/en/SOIinfo.htm and then schedule an initial call with an Applications Manager by emailing applications@sdtc.ca.   

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