Planning for 2022 - Attracting Local Talent
    President's Note  

Planning for 2022 – Attracting Local Talent
November has continued to see companies aggressively hiring, with many employers asking what they can do to be even more attractive to local talent. In response, we have heard Job Seekers state that they are looking for:
  • A Great Corporate Culture - Business with Purpose
  • Positive Team Environment
  • Flexible Workplace
With this in mind – Technology Alberta is pleased to share news on programs and events that can help, including ways to give back to the community, educate and expand your workforce, and mentor through taking on post-secondary students and professionals-in-transition:
  • Technology Alberta NExT Level Companies and Careers Program – Now Open to both Companies and Job Seekers: Career Professionals (of all ages and disciplines), who are interested in taking their careers - and Alberta tech companies - to the next level! Funding available - Register HERE 
  • FIRST Jobs – Company Registration Open - bringing Post-Secondary Students into Alberta’s Tech Sector: Funding available - Register HERE
And please see the Newsletter below, and our website for listings of Workshops and other programs of value.

Also - It is my sincere pleasure to announce our newest addition to the Technology Alberta team:

“Hello Everyone - my name is Paige Hodgins and I am the new Program Coordinator. I am looking forward to using both my Bachelor of Commerce degree and my entrepreneurial background to successfully support companies, job seekers, and community members.”

Paige can be reached at – so please feel free to send her a “Welcome to the Tech Community” note.

Thanks Everyone - for helping us build a Community in Alberta’s Tech Sector,
Gail J. Powley, P.Eng
President, Technology Alberta
Rainforest Scorecard
Measuring Alberta's Innovation

Rainforest Alberta is a movement to build a collaborative community mindset – where by everyone working together, Alberta's entrepreneurs succeed.

Join in the regular zoom meetings, and support the progress measurement process through completing the annual scorecard. 6 main areas of focus include: Culture, Leadership, Activities and Engagements, Policies and Infrastructure, Role Models, and Resources.
  • You can learn more about the initiative HERE 
  • Fill out the Rainforest Scorecard by clicking HERE.

Government of Alberta Jobs Now Program - Second intake open: Funding available for companies

The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses with job supports to get thousands of Albertans back to work. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. This federal-provincial investment is the largest job training program in Alberta’s history

Employers can apply for a grant to offset salary or training costs, or both, equal to 25% of a new hire’s salary up to $25,000 per employee. New option - 2 re-payment option: half of the eligible grant paid when the new hires have been employed for 3 months; the other half paid when the new hires have been employed for 52 weeks

For more information, click HERE
Start Alberta Tech Awards – Winners Announced

The 2021 Awards feature 13 categories of exceptional winners, including two new awards honouring champions in Alberta’s technology and innovation ecosystem as well as those contributing to ESG initiatives.

Thank you to sponsors: SAIT School for Advanced Digital TechnologyATB FinancialPwC, BDCAlberta Enterprise Corporationthe A100VCAACalgary Economic DevelopmentEdmonton GlobalStartup CalgaryStartup EdmontonTechnology Albertaand TMX/TSX

2021 Winner Announcements
 For complete click HERE 
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 any company below to visit their website directly, or go to Technology Alberta’s website to see examples of typical positions available.


Date and time: 
Date: December 6 - December 9
Location: Online + In-person.
Tickets: Free

To register click HERE
Banff Venture Forum
The Banff Venture Forum, Canada’s premier company financing event, exists to provide the hottest emerging technology companies with unparalleled visibility and an opportunity to present to leading private equity and venture capital investors from across North America. Every aspect of the Forum is built for you, the participant — your business challenges, your ambitions, and your success. Learn about key issues within the industry, network with industry leaders and experts, and hear from world-class professionals in the investment community.

Date: December 6th, 2021
Location: Online event
To register click HERE
AWE – Alberta Women Entrepreneurs:
Content Marketing 101 Workshop 
In this interactive workshop, explore how to blend strategy and storytelling to create content that helps drive revenue. Not exactly sure what content marketing is? You don’t need any prior knowledge for this workshop. You simply need a business to market and the desire to grow your company by creating meaningful connections with your audience.

Date and time:
Date: Wed, December 8th 2021. 
Calgary, TELUS Convention Centre.(Hybrid)
TECTERRA: Uncovering the Future of Geospatial Technology December 8, 2021
TECTERRA is bringing together a panel of industry CEOs for a conversation about the future course and direction of the geospatial industry. Leading into the NORTH51 Conference’s theme in May 2022, RECOMBINATION, the discussion will focus on the changing landscape of geospatial technology and how geospatial elements are being integrated into new technologies; supercharging the power of data.

For more information click HERE 

Date and time:
Tue, December 14th, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Online 
To register click HERE
Rainforest Connector: Government as a customer
Rainforest Alberta – Connector is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs at all stages (from ideation to exiting), small business owners, and ecosystem helpers looking to encourage and promote collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta’s innovation system.

Who should attend a Rainforest event?
Anyone interested in starting or growing an innovation-based business in Alberta
Former entrepreneurs and business owners looking to share their experience and give back to the community that helped make them successful
Anyone exploring entrepreneurship as a potential career path
Individuals or companies who provide services to entrepreneurs at any stage of growth, from pre-start to growth to succession
Anyone interested in improving the culture of innovation and trust in Alberta, making a meaningful impact on the growth of the emerging innovation economy, or individuals who want to be part of the solution
Researchers, inventors, or makers who are looking for help in making their idea a reality

December 15th, 2021
Online event
To register click HERE

Scientific achievement and innovation award

This Award is presented to an individual or a team who is responsible for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application. This award is open to major innovations that have reached varying levels of development

Company of the year award.
This Award is presented to a company that has shown significant achievement within the marketplace and Alberta’s business community through strong performance or a leadership role. The company has distinguished itself in any of the following ways: unique product/technology development, how it markets to potential investors/partners/customers, through establishing unique collaborations, or how it has paved the way for other Alberta life science entrepreneurs.

Date:January 18, 2022
Time:4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Online event
To register click HERE
Rainforest Connector: Stay Tuned For More Information!
Rainforest Alberta – Connector is an informal get-together for Edmonton entrepreneurs at all stages (from ideation to exiting), small business owners, and ecosystem helpers looking to encourage and promote collisions between people and create connections that will help drive the success of entrepreneurs in Alberta’s innovation system.

Stay Tuned For More Information!

Date:January 25 - March 15
Time:4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Online event
To register click HERE
AWE Workshop Series: Bold Leadership – Digital Transformation Series
AWE’s Bold Leadership Program sets you up for success by getting strategic about your digital transformation journey. Gain the knowledge you need through interactive, live learning with experts, and connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs along the way.

Bold Leadership helps women entrepreneurs to use digital strategy and technology to improve their business performance. Participants learn through 8 live online classes with experts and are supported with tools, advising and potentially funding to implement their plans over the following 6 months
Program Dates:
Tuesdays, from January 25 – March 15, 2022
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Includes 8 live online sessions, plus one-on-one advising with digital experts

Course Fee: $400 (valued at over $5000)

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