Officials in Attendance
Dr. Gary Albach
President and CEO of Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, a new provincial corporation part of Alberta's research and innovation system helping build healthy, sustainable businesses in the province of Alberta. Through a suite of programs and services for entrepreneurs, companies, researchers and investors, Tech Futures is a one-stop shop that provides technical services and funding support to facilitate the commercialization of technologies, to develop new-knowledge based industry clusters and to establish an entrepreneurial-based culture in Alberta.
Dr. Stan Blade
CEO of Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions, a new provincial corporation invests in research, technology development and knowledge transfer, and has the capability to contribute to basic research when industry demonstrates a critical need in value-added food, forest products and bioproducts. Bio Solutions meets the research and innovation priorities of the Government by providing leadership and coordination for research and innovation that supports the growth and diversification of Alberta's agriculture, forestry and life sciences sectors.
Dr. Don Juzwishin
Director Health Technology Assessment & Innovation, Alberta Health Services(AHS). Alberta Health Services (AHS) is a province-wide, fully integrated health system responsible for delivering health services to 3.7 million Albertans, offered at 400 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health sites. The health research and innovation system at AHS continues to focus on areas such as effectiveness and efficiency of primary health care systems,chronic disease management support systems, innovative delivery models and personalized medicine.
Mr. Mel Wong
Assistant Deputy Minister of Advanced Technology Industries Division, Advanced Education and Technology. His responsibilities include advancing the government’s innovation agenda by supporting technology commercialization, technology adoption, and development of technology industries. He collaborates with partners to foster business opportunities, attract corporate investments, and encourage seed and venture funding. Mel was also responsible for developing and implementing Alberta’s Action Plan: Bringing Technology to Market when it was launched.
Dr. Marie D'Iorio
Acting Director General, NINT (National Institute for Nanotechnology), NRC. NINT is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the university. The main focus of nanotechnology research is the integration of nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected to the outside world. NINT fosters collaboration, providing access to the facility and researcher expertise, and assisting companies with commercialization, licensing and other business activities.