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JULY NEWSLETTER:
FOCUS ON COMPANIES AND JOBS
    MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:  


COMPANIES, COMPANIES, COMPANIES!
ALBERTA TECH SECTOR, SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

 

In this newsletter we are very pleased to profile:
  • Companies through their Participation in the FIRST Jobs Program, where these 50 Alberta Companies are providing opportunities that will keep Alberta’s Talented Students in Alberta
  • Companies through our regular ABTEC3000 feature– where again another 30 Alberta SME Tech Companies are actively hiring this month – and collectively add to the year's total of over 3000 new jobs being created in Alberta
  • Companies through the opportunities that exist in the new programs being featured this month – in Leadership (Peter Lougheed Leadership College) and Product Demonstration (Alberta Innovates)
 
So see below, and fill your boots everyone - with an inspiring look at the many, many Alberta tech companies that are actively building Alberta’s tech sector!
 
Please join us all – industry, government, and academia - in supporting this growth, for the benefit of the future of our province,
 
Gail J. Powley, P.Eng
President, Technology Alberta
president@technologyalberta.ca
    FIRST Jobs Featured Companies:  
TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA IS VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE: the 50 FIRST (First Industry Research Science and Technology) Companies that are providing over 50 job opportunities for Alberta Students and New Graduates through the FIRST Jobs program! 
  • See the Full Press Release on how this is part of the Government of Alberta’s 2030 plan. The Work-Integrated Learning Industry Voucher Pilot Program will fund Alberta Tech Companies to provide approximately 300 jobs for Alberta Students and New Grads, through the Technology Alberta FIRST Jobs pilot program over the next 3 years. Also funded are additional opportunities through BioAlberta and the Alberta Construction Association.

Comments from Technology Alberta FIRST Jobs’ Program Participants:
  • “Our team is our strength and our success to date has relied on engaging with the young talent in Alberta through internship, research and work experience programs.  That is why we are one of the 50 Alberta tech companies who are pleased to work with Alberta students through programs like the Technology Alberta FIRST Jobs program.”  
    - Myrna Bittner CEO Founder RUNWITHIT Synthetics 
    • RUNWITHIT is a women-led, Certified Aboriginal and SET100 company -  and a global leading company in advanced, AI-based modelling
 
  • “The common advice I have always received is the importance of internships and work experience for a student. I see this program as an opportunity to use what I learn in the classroom in real workplace situations, learn from mentors and develop new relationships – which could even help me land a full-time role.”
    - Reeyan Maknojiya Alberta Work-Integrated Learning student at VizworX,

The ‘Map of Alberta’ graphic below shows the 50 Tech Companies from across the province who are providing Work-Integrated Learning opportunities for these students over the next 20 weeks:
    HIRING NOW!  
  SPOTLIGHT ON ALBERTA TECH STRENGTH IN JOBS:  

 
Technology Alberta's ABTEC 3000 regularly provides visibility to the MANY Alberta SMB (Small-to-Medium-sized Businesses) technology companies that collectively are hiring for 3000 new positions this year. Edmonton, Calgary, and additional urban and rural Tech Companies are highlighted for a total of over 300 Alberta companies over the year. Click below to go to these companies individual websites, or to Technology Alberta’s website to see a sample of the CURRENT positions available.
 
 
    UPCOMING TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA EVENTS:  




RAINFOREST CONNECTOR: WHY EMBRACING ALBERTA’S CLEAN TECH ENVIRONMENT MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE



EVENT DETAILS
Date: Tue, July 20, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
Location: Online Event
Click HERE to register.

 
Entrepreneurial ideas, building blocks, and opportunities that exist for Albertans right now in the new clean tech economy.

Featured panelist: Hosts:




RAINFOREST CONNECTOR: INNOVATION IN CONSTRUCTION

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Tue, August 17, 2021
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
Location: Online Event

Click HERE to register.
Innovative construction technologies improve safety, efficiency, and productivity.



Featured panelists:
  • Chandos Construction, Robolution, and more!

Hosts:




 
"LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE": A MICRO-CREDENTIAL SERIES FOR ALBERTA TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS


Registration Deadline: August 19, 2021  


Course Start Date: September 10, 2021 (and includes multiple day-long sessions through to December)


Location: Downtown Edmonton - UofA Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Avenue)
The 21st century workplace relies on the leadership abilities of every worker to advance the mission of the organization.
If you are an aspiring, future, or new leader within a growing technology company - this program is for you. In partnership with the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta (with funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Government of Alberta), Technology Alberta is pleased to present the “Leadership for the Future” Micro-credential series. 
 
Target Audience: Entrepreneurial SME’s, technology company personnel - who are interested in developing their leadership skills, and growing their companies. Participants have technical background and related degrees/diplomas
 
INTRODUCTORY COST: $315 per person (Value of $2,000) *Note: Additional funding support may be available to eligible participants through the Canada-Alberta Job Grants program 

 
TO REGISTER: Click HERE

For More Information contact: pllc@ualberta.ca .
 
 
These sessions will provide valuable course material, and networking opportunities with your cohort and technology company professionals.
OTHER UPCOMING GREAT INDUSTRY EVENTS:
 

WEDNESDAY JULY 21


THURSDAY JULY 22


STARTS WEDNESDAY SEPT 22

DON'T MISS OUT!
SEE TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA'S COMPLETE LIST
OF UPCOMING EVENTS 
HERE

 
    ALBERTA TECH SUPPORT AND ECOSYSTEM NEWS:  
The Silicon Valley of the North

There are now multiple contenders for the Silicon Valley of the North title: Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton are among the fastest growing talent pools for tech in North America, according to a new report from CBRE Group. 

READ MORE HERE

Edmonton to Calgary at 600 km/h: TransPod plans Alberta hyperloop

Need to go from Edmonton to Calgary? With emerging hyperloop technology being developed by Canadian-based TransPod, the journey could soon take roughly an hour without having to set foot on an airplane or burn fossil fuels.

READ MORE HERE

Helping Alberta’s digital companies scale and grow their business – NEW FUNDING PROGRAM

Alberta Digital Traction is a funding program of up to $50,000 for small-and medium-sized Alberta enterprises (SMEs) that have software development at the core of one or more of their products and/or services.

Qualified candidates are those that intend to rapidly scale in the global marketplace to accelerate their revenue growth.

READ MORE HERE


Product Demonstration Program: Accelerating innovations to commercialization 

The Product Demonstration Program is designed to de-risk the commercialization process by providing funds and coaching to high potential, high growth technology Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to commercialize their products and achieve an optimal market position to increase revenue and potentially expand into global markets. 

Qualified SMEs may be eligible for up to $150,000 in funding over a maximum one-year term.

READ MORE HERE


LOOKING FOR MORE INDUSTRY NEWS?
FIND IT HERE

 
    RESOURCES: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE NOW  
MiTACS: New funding level and support for Canadian SMEs

For a limited time, SMEs now contribute only 25% of a project’s cost (versus the 50% you would typically pay). This new opportunity allows you to leverage your budget, making your money go further.
  • Proposals can be submitted any time 
  • Capacity is limited, so apply as early as you can
  • Eligibility includes all SMEs and not-for-profit organizations*
  • No cap on reduced-cost units per partner
  • Open to all sectors and disciplines

* Excluding hospitals and municipalities


Capacity is limited, so apply as early as you can.

GET STARTED
 

Youth Employment Program (YEP)
 
The NRC offers up to $30,000 to hire a recent graduate for a period of 6-12 months with a minimum of 30 hrs per week.
 
Eligible applicants (Company):
  • Small or medium-sized business (1- 500 employees)
  • incorporated and for-profit
 
Eligible applicants (recent graduate):
  • 15 - 30 years of age
  • A post-secondary graduate
  • Canadian citizen / permanent resident / refugee status
Program activities:
  • Research and Development
  • Market analysis for new technology-based products
  • Business development related to science and technology activities
  • Multi-media
  • Improvement of customer services
  • Engineering
How to apply:
  1. Determine your eligibility (contact the NRC)
  2. Meet with an advisor from the NRC
  3. Develop your project proposal
  4. Find the right candidate

For more information and how to apply:  
 
R&D Associates
 
Alberta innovates offers up to $67,500 (annual stipend) to hire a professional R&D associate to help the acceleration of new product commercialization. 
 
Matching needed: 25% of the associate’s salary.
 
Eligible applicants (Company):
  • Small or medium-sized business (1- 500 employees)
  • incorporated and for-profit

Eligible applicants (associate):
  • To have the necessary technical skills to take a product from research into the market.

Program activities:
  • Pre-competitive research
  • Prototype development
  • Market capture
  • Demonstration and feasibility investigation of innovative technologies
 
For more information and how to apply:  
 
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
 
The Canada-Alberta Job Grand can cover two-thirds of total training cost for existing employees (up to $10,000) or 100% of training cost for new hires (up to $15,000).
 
Matching needed: at least one-third of the training costs for existing employees or 100% funded for new hires.
 
The training can include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Student fees
  • Software
  • Textbook
  • Travel cost
 
Eligible applicants (Company):
  • Private sector employers
  • Non-profit employers
  • First Nations and Metis Settlements
  • Agriculture Financial Services Corporations
  • Alberta Treasury Branches
 
Eligible applicants (Trainees):
  • Canadian citizens/Permanent residents/ refugees
  • Business owners with 4 other employees
  • Employed family members
 
For more information and how to apply:
 






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