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1) Government Startup in Residence (STIR) program - Nov. 7 Application Deadline
2) Join Technology Alberta for the 2018 University-Technology Industry Mixer(Thurs. Nov 22: 5:30 - 8 PM)
3) Alberta Women Entrepreneurs 2019 Awards Nomination Deadline - Dec 31
4) Alberta Economic Dev and Trade Invitation to Alberta SME's to Exhibit: Consumer Technologies (CES 2019) - Las Vegas - Deadline Nov 30
5) Edmonton looks at becoming first Canadian city to join MetroLab Network, a Washington-based city-university partnership

Innovation Events:

1) Tue, November 6 & 13, 11:30 AM - Edmonton: Rainforest Alberta - Lunch Without Lunch
2) Wed, November 7, 14, 21, 28  12 PM - Calgary: Rainforest Alberta - Lunch Without Lunch
3) Tue, November 13 6:00 PM - Calgary - Startup Calgary’s annual Launch Party
4) Tue, November 20 4:00 PM - Edmonton Advanced Technology Centre - Bridge the Gap: Optimization of Sensors and IoT Devices - TechSocial for University Researchers and SME Technology Companies
5) Thu, November 22, 4.00 PM - Edmonton:  Rainforest Alberta Connector
6) Sat, November 24 12:30 PM - Calgary - Budfunding Sustainability Expo
7) Mon November 26 - Calgary - Rainforest Summit 
8) Tue, November 27 - Edmonton - Rainforest Summit #3 

Data Storyteller - City of Edmonton


The City of Edmonton and 27 other government partners in the Startup in Residence (STIR) program.  STIR connects startups with government agencies to help startups secure contracts in the public sector.  

There are 80+ challenges for startups to solve across areas such as data analytics, AR, geo services, mobility, and resiliency.  The 16-week, mostly remote residency begins at the end of January.

We would love to see as many startups from the area participate as possible, whether on a challenge for the City of Edmonton or for the challenges from one of the other cities such as Portland, Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. 

The application deadline is coming soon (November 7). Fortunately, the application process is very simple for the startup to complete.

Join Technology Alberta for the 2018 University-Technology Industry Mixer

Dear Technology Alberta Members,

Please Join the Technology Alberta team at the WISER & MentorUP Alberta annual Industry Mixer on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the New University of Alberta Student Innovation Centre (Approx 113 St and Saskatchewan Drive)

The 2018 Industry Mixer event will feature keynote speakers, Gail Powley P.Eng, President of Technology Alberta, and James Keirstead, President of Levven Electronics. The speakers will discuss bringing together students and professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to Alberta’s high-tech sector. This is a great opportunity to network with other companies, and high-level talent.  

This event attracts more than 200 attendees every year - as well as over 20 booths and displays - and we are looking forward to having you join us this year!!

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, November 22nd
Time:  5:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: University of Alberta Student Innovation Centre, (Approx 113 st and Sask Dr),  Edmonton, AB, T6G 2C9.

As an Individual (FREE):

To Reserve a booth and showcase your company or association:
Companies (Small Charge)

Associations and startups (Small Charge):

About the Student Innovation Centre: it is the culmination of a shared vision on campus that student competitions, ventures, and maker projects are among the deepest forms of learning and personal development. The innovation centre is a 5,000+ sq.ft collaborative workspace dedicated to growing and sustaining a culture of student innovators. The physical layout is a modern, flexible, and inspiring space designed to facilitate collaboration between students as they explore their ideas. 

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs 2019 Awards

We are looking for nominees who have:

  • A commitment to business sustainability

  • Entrepreneurial spirit through perseverance, the courage to take risks, and the ability to seize opportunity

  • A dedication to building business and leadership capacity

We are looking for nominees who own and lead an Alberta-based business.

The deadline to nominate someone is December 31, 2018.

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Invitation: CES 2019 - Las Vegas - Deadline Nov 30th


Alberta Economic Development and Trade and Tech West Canada invite you to participate in the western Canadian delegation to the world’s gathering place for consumer technologies - CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2019. Please see the attached flyer for details on the trade mission activities and benefits. For more information on CES, go to

Special support for Alberta Companies (Updated!):

Eligible Alberta SMEs can apply for support to offset mission costs – like hotel and travel costs – from the Alberta Export Expansion Package (AEEP) - Export Support Fund. Applications for the Export Support Fund should be submitted at least 30 business days (roughly 6 weeks) before the first activity (i.e. by November 16 for travel on January 6).

To learn more and apply, visit:

-          NOTE: Please review the new eligibility for Software and interactive digital media companies and Technology pilot, which waive some of the standard eligibility criteria.

The Federal Government also offers the CanExport Program:  

For more information and to register for the mission, please go to:

The deadline to register as part of the western Canadian delegation is November 30th.


EDMONTON—After undertaking one-time collaborations, such as the autonomous vehicle pilot project, the City of Edmonton and the University of Alberta plan to formalize their partnership by joining the MetroLab Network.

The network brings together municipalities and universities to work on analytical or innovative projects that help solve common municipal issues, such as traffic, urban development and even climate change.

Although the university has worked with the city before on projects, joining the network will open up opportunities to learn from other city-university partnerships.

The MetroLab Network, which was created in 2015 and is based in Washington, D.C., hosts more than 35 city-university partnerships. If Edmonton accepts, it could become the first city outside of the United States to become a partner.

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Innovation Events

Rainforest Alberta - Lunch Without Lunch - Edmonton

Rainforest Alberta - Lunch without Lunch YEG is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs, small business owners, academia, investors, and service providers. Anyone looking to encourage collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta's innovation system is welcome to attend.

Lunch without Lunch will typically run the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of every month at Enterprise Square.


DATE:  Tue, November 6 & 13, 2018
TIME:   11:30 AM - 1:30 PM MST
PLACE: Enterprise Square,Faculty of Extension
              Room 2-520A (2nd Floor)
              10230 Jasper Avenue
              Edmonton, AB T5J 4P6


Agenda and Profile(November 6):

  • 11:45 Check In (bring your lunch, seriously!)

  • 12:00 Welcome

  • 12:10 Entrepreneur Profile - Kyle Gagnon, CEO of Inception VR

  • 12:25 Who's in the Room; Share Success Stories and Events

  • 12:35 Networking

Kyle Gagnon is a Virtual Reality enthusiast and expert. Starting his company in 2016 with a temporary location on Whyte Ave he quickly realized he needed to obtain more business experience. Kyle chose to continue his education and attend Nait's business degree with a focus on entrepreneurship. He has just completed his diploma in management and is now working towards his degree. Kyle is passionate about virtual reality and has a lofty goal of getting equipment into as many schools and businesses as possible in Alberta. Kyle offers consulting services to meet the needs of his clients. Kyle graduated from Nait with a journeyman red seal in electrical and business for journeyman diploma. Kyle has been featured on media publications like CTV, Nait's online magazine, and many more. He has hosted public events for companies across Edmonton. Kyle currently lives in Edmonton Alberta Canada with his partner Kaitlyn and his new baby Nova.

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Agenda and Profile(November 13):

  • 11:45 Check In (bring your lunch!)

  • 12:00 Welcome

  • 12:10 Entrepreneur Profile -  Connie Stacey, President of Growing 

  • 12:25 Who's in the Room

  • 12:35 Networking

Growing Greener Innovations is a manufacturing company which specializes in zero-emission, sustainable, technology products. Our mission is to eliminate energy poverty and provide a sustainable future for the billions of people worldwide with limited or no access to power.

Our patent-pending power system, the Grengine™, is a plug and play super battery system which allows individuals to create microgrids of any size, anywhere, at any time. The Grengine™ requires no technical assistance and is scalable to any size, providing power to individuals, households, or entire communities. The batteries are stackable and exchangeable, allowing users to have uninterrupted zero emission power for any
length of time.

As knowledge of our revolutionary power system grows so, too, do our opportunities. Growing Greener president and Grengine™ inventor, Connie Stacey, has been invited to speak at key international events such as: the 2017 India-Canada Tech Summit with the IFC as a part of the 2017 World Bank energy mission, “Integrating Sustainable Energy in Global Development,” and the 2018 Global Forum — to name only a few. Growing Greener has also garnered strong commercial interest with projects and partnerships underway with major international organizations, such as: Canadian Special Forces (CANSOFCOM), the US Department of Defense, WorleyParsons, Atco, and Cummins — with more partnerships and project requests arriving weekly.

The energy market is undergoing massive disruption. Growing Greener Innovations is a key organization in this process and has gained in-depth understanding of the emerging trends and needs of this market. As the leader of Growing Greener Innovations, Connie Stacey is able to give engaging presentations and lead discussions regarding energy security, battery technology, grid modernization, and much more.

The Rainforest would also like to congratulate Connie Stacey and Growing Greener for winning the Canadian LGTB Chamber Business of the Year for 2018! This award celebrates a business that is owned, operated, and controlled by an LGBT+ individual(s) that has made a significant contribution to the LGBT+ community in Canada. This award is open to all LGBT+-owned businesses that are:

  • Established for more than 3 years and operate in Canada, with annual revenues above $250,000
  • Supporting and enhancing the visibility and opportunities for LGBT+ individuals, businesses, organizations, and/or communities to grow and prosper
  • Have made a significant contribution and/or raised the visibility of LGBT+ business in their community and/or beyond.

Register for LWOL #2


Rainforest Alberta Calgary – Lunch Without Lunch


Come collide with other individuals as passionate, involved, or curious about the future of Calgary's innovation ecosystem.

Anyone with interest in learning more about the Rainforest Alberta is welcome to join - be prepared to introduce yourself!

**You must register for each individual week**


1. What is Rainforest?

2. Introductions

3. Announcements

4. Networking

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Wed, November 7, 14, 21, 28 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT



Nucleus Calgary

100 6 Avenue Southwest

Calgary, AB T2G 2C4



Hosted by Startup Calgary


Watch Calgary’s top tech startups take off on Tuesday, November 13

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
Location: Calgary Stampede - The Big Four1801 Big Four Trail SoutheastCalgary, AB, T2G 2W1Canada (map)
Register Here

Startup Calgary’s annual Launch Party showcases the city’s most innovative startups during the city’s largest celebration technology and innovation. Connect with Calgary’s top tech startups, Launch Party alumni and community leaders.

Why? Community is key. Calgary’s startups need your support to get the exposure they need to take their company to the next level. Celebrate alongside fellow entrepreneurs, investors, government & community supporters.

Congratulations to the selected Launch Party 2018 companies

Read the announcement.



Bridge the Gap: Optimization of Sensors and IoT Devices


The Edmonton Research Park and the Faculty of Science invite you to our "Bridge the Gap" informal wine and cheese event for companies to meet top academics in the field of Physics and Computing Sciences for discussions on "Optimization of Sensors and IoT devices" to learn about funding opportunities available to facilitate increased interactions between industry and academia. Attend to make valuable connections and have one-on-one research discussions.

The Faculty of Science at the UofA wants to help local companies grow and foster stronger relationships with researchers and students. Collaborating with the University will allow companies to access expertise, high value equipment, and government funding programs that require industry-academic partnership. We believe that a strong connection between local companies and the University are vital to our mutual success.

This theme will cater directly to companies at the Edmonton Research Park as well as external companies that wish to attend. Please take advantage of this opportunity to connect with local experts in a casual setting to discuss ways in which their expertise could help your company.
Please join us at the Advanced Technology Centre in the common area between 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Catering will be supplied by Under the High Wheel, and wine will be provided.

Registration Here.

Tue, 20 November 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM MST
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Advanced Technology Centre
9650 20 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6N 1G1

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Rainforest Connector Edmonton


Thu, November 22, 2018
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM MDT

Advanced Technology Centre
9650 20 Avenue Northwest
Edmonton, AB T6N 1G1

Rainforest Alberta - Connector is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs at all stages (from ideation to exiting), small business owners, and service providers looking to encourage and promote collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta's innovation system.

Our Connector events run the evenings of the 3rd Thursday of each month. Join us to meet new like-minded people, celebrate successes and learn from failures, and build a community that supports and promotes entrepreneurship across the Province.

4:00 PM Check-In
4:20 PM Welcome & Introduction of the Rainforest
4:30 PM Entrepreneur Profile -TBA
5:00 PM Roundtable Connections
6:00 PM End


Budfunding Sustainability Expo

Budfunding is excited to announce our fall Sustainability Expo on November 24th. As a guest, you will have the opportunity to interact one on one with sustainability experts, companies, and innovators. This fall the expo will be at Ralph Klein Park and we are really excited about this location. The event will include a panel discussions around climate change and sustainable energy development in Alberta and there will be booth interaction before and after the discussion as well as networking. 

 The agenda on Nov.24th is as follows:

Tickets are sold online only here:



Every 6 months we host a summit that helps us measure the quality of our ecosystem using a tried and true Rainforest Scorecard Assessment tool. Then we bring a group of innovators, doers, strategists, and thought leaders together to discuss the results and make improvements. Our goal is to increase the quality of the current ecosystem from 464/1000 to 800/1000 by 2020.

Rainforest Alberta Summit Application

Attendance at a Rainforest Summit conference is by application and invitation only. We read every application, and actively seek out leading thinkers and doers across the innovation, education, and energy sectors, among many others.
Applications for our Calgary Summit

November 2018 are OPEN!


Applications for the Beta Initiatives are NOW CLOSED!

Thank you for your interest!



Rainforest Summit #3 - November 2018


The third Rainforest Summit in Edmonton will be held on November 27th! Bigger and better than ever, the November Summit will be co-hosted by Jim Gibson and James Keirstead.

Jim Gibson, along with Brad Zumwalt, orginally brought the Rainforest concept to Alberta, and James Keirstead has stewarded the growth of the Edmonton Rainforest over the past 18 months.

Every 6 months we host a summit that helps us measure the quality of our ecosystem using the Rainforest Scorecard Assessment tool. This summit will include the launch of the new and improved Assessment scorecard. We then bring a group of innovators, doers, strategists, and thought leaders together to discuss the results and make improvements.

Our goal is to increase the quality of the current ecosystem from 464/1000 to 800/1000 by 2020.


Tue, November 27, 2018

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM MST

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Shaw Conference Centre

9797 Jasper Avenue

Salon 8

Edmonton, AB T5J 1N9

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Job Number:34293  

How do you make data speak? Can you create strong visualizations using data?  Then this is the job for you! 

As a core member of City of Edmonton Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE) you will leverage your deep understanding of data storytelling and design techniques to provide strategic advice and guidance on complex issues. In addition, you will undertake and advance financial analysis, performance measurement and business analyst best practices with business units.

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