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San Francisco company to connect Alberta tech firms with Silicon Valley cash and contracts
Alberta village could be ‘Foremost’ destination for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) technology

Innovation Events:
Tues, October 2 & 9, 11:30 AM - Edmonton: Rainforest Alberta - Lunch Without Lunch
Wed, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 12 PM - Calgary: Rainforest Alberta - Lunch Without Lunch
Thur, October 8 3:30 PM - Edmonton: Rainforest Alberta Connector
October 15-18: Edmonton: Startup Week
Tues, October 23,  7:15 PM - Calgary:What the Tech? Breakfast Series: How cutting-edge computing will change your business
Friday, October 26, 5:00 PM - Edmonton: 2018 ASTech Awards 
Tues, October 30, 6:30 PM  - Edmonton: REWORK: Women in AI Reception 

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San Francisco company to connect Alberta tech firms with Silicon Valley cash and contracts

Connections Silicon Valley and Alberta partner JPC Corp. won three-year contract with province

CBC News · Posted: Sep 20, 2018 1:33 PM MT | Last Updated: September 20

Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous (centre) with Alberta business leaders (from left) Cory Janssen, Ashif Mawji, JPC Corp. director Christy May and Connection Silicon Valley CEO Joanne Fedeyko. (Government of Alberta)

The province has signed a three-year contract with two companies that will work to connect Alberta tech start-ups with opportunities and capital in California's Silicon Valley, home of the technology industry.

San Francisco company Connections Silicon Valley and Alberta-based trade consulting firm JPC Corp. won the $900,000 contract through an open competition.

Connections Silicon Valley is run by Joanne Fedeyko, an Albertan who has lived in the Bay Area for 19 years and has connections throughout the area's tech industry and understand how it works.

Fedeyko will work as a resource for Alberta entrepreneurs who want to do business in the industry.

Alberta village could be ‘Foremost’ destination for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) technology

Posted on September 24, 2018; Government of Canada Press Release

The Government of Canada is funding enhanced aerial systems technology at the Foremost Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Range.

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Lockheed Martin has tested its Indago unmanned aircraft system (pictured) at the range in Foremost, Alta. Lockheed Martin Photo

On Sept. 24, 2018, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $225,000 through the Western Diversification Program to support the purchase of specialized safety equipment for the Foremost Unmanned Air Systems Range.

The safety system is required to test unmanned aerial vehicles beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

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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, 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.

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

Join us to meet new like-minded people, celebrate successes and learn from failures, and build community that supports and promotes entrepreneurship across the Province... and don't forget to bring your lunch! Also, watch for our Connector events that run the evenings of the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Note that we have the room from 11 until 2, so feel free to come early or stay late and network!

DATE:  Tue, October 2 & 9, 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(October 2):

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

  • 12:00 Welcome

  • 12:10 Entrepreneur Profile -  Ashley Janssen

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

  • 12:35 Networking

Ashley Janssen is a local entrepreneur, writer, and community advocate. She is co-founder and CEO of Code and Effect (, a software company that develops web-based business and consulting tools, and co-founder of Tadum ( the real-time agenda app to plan, run, and document recurring meetings. She has been an entrepreneur for over 10 years and specializes in strategic planning, operations consulting, and business development. Her superpower is bringing structure to chaos which she shares through one-on-one consulting, her blog ( and public speaking. She is vice-chair of the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) board of directors, entrepreneur representative for the University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Service board of advisors, and volunteers as a mentor for several other community organizations. She was also awarded Avenue Magazines Top 40 Under 40 in 2017.

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Agenda and Profile(October 9):

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

  • 12:00 Welcome

  • 12:10 Entrepreneur Profile -  Dave Damer, CEO Testfire Labs

  • 12:25 Who's in the Room

  • 12:35 Networking

Dave Damer is a computer engineer and proven tech entrepreneur with over 27 years of business leadership experience, 18 of which have been spent building startups. Dave’s first startup, ThinkTel Communications Ltd. (now DistribuTel), leveraged a variety of technologies to accelerate its growth to a company of over 100 employees with revenues of greater than $25 million. Then, in 2017 Dave founded Testfire Labs, a software company that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to build custom productivity tools for enterprises.

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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, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT



Nucleus Calgary

100 6 Avenue Southwest

Calgary, AB T2G 2C4




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Edmonton Startup Week is a massive celebration of our city's entrepreneurs, growing companies, and startup community! Join us for talks, workshops, networking socials, parties, and more in the startup spaces you love. 


Edmonton Startup Week is all about bringing the community together through creative collisions. With more than 50 events to choose from, don't miss an opportunity to learn a new skill, get advice from experts across industries, or even find a new career! 


Connect with the hottest startups in town! Meet entrepreneurs, try out their products, and celebrate everything our thriving innovation community has to offer. 

Come out and meet new people, forge friendships, and try top tech trends! 

Rainforest Connector Edmonton


Thu, October 18, 2018
4:00 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

FaTopculty of Science

Ever wondered how the latest developments in digital tools, data analytics and software are affecting your industry?

Join us for breakfast on October 23 to hear from our computer science experts as we unpack innovative technologies, like AI (artificial intelligence), IoT (Internet of things), AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) and cloud computing, that will change your business. Geared towards the energy industry audience, What the Tech? is a new series of computing technology themed breakfast lectures offered by the University of Calgary, Faculty of Science.

DATE: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
TIME:  7:15 a.m. Doors open
            7:30 a.m. Breakfast served
            8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Panel discussion
            9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Networking (optional)
LOCATION: Main floor, UCalgary Downtown Campus (906 - 8 Avenue SW)
PRICE: $10* includes breakfast


Limited Seats Available - RSVP by Monday, October 15

*No refund available

Join us at the Province-wide ASTech Awards - October 26

Join us in Edmonton on Oct. 26 at NAIT‘s brand new Productivity and Innovation Centre to celebrate outstanding achievement in Alberta Science and Technology.

Why attend the ASTech Awards?

Because NOW more than ever, we need to recognize and celebrate our Finalists’ innovative spirit that drives the Alberta economy forward. The ASTech Awards and NextGen Innovators Showcase alternates between Calgary and Edmonton, and is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs, researchers, students and industry leaders. The Awards celebrate the people who are taking on significant challenges and solving real world problems through their ground-breaking work. You’ll be absolutely inspired by researchers and entrepreneurs, students and start-ups, life time achievers and commercial success stories. To read the full Finalist interviewsclick here.

Event HighlightsReception-style format conducive to networking and connecting; Next Gen Innovators Showcase in theme areas that drive the Alberta economy; Dress code: business attire

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GLOBAL SERIES - Women in AI Reception 
Edmonton - Location: To Be Announced Shortly

An evening of discussions & networking around the progress and application of artificial intelligence.

30 OCTOBER 2018




Over the course of the evening, hear from leading female experts in Artificial Intelligence and discuss the impact of this rapidly advancing technology. Attendees will establish new connections and network with peers in sectors including retail, manufacturing, transport, healthcare & security.



Attendees will arrive to a wine reception with a selection of canapés available. We will hear a number of short talks from leading female experts in the field which will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience before moving on to further networking opportunities.



As a female led company, RE•WORK is a strong advocate for supporting female entrepreneurs and women working towards advancing technology and science. The evening is open to anyone keen to support advancing women in the industry! Please note that this event is closed to recruiters.

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Cyanic Automation - Marketing/Copywriter

Cyanic Automation is looking to hire someone with Marketing / Copywrite skills.  We are flexible with hours and working conditions, the contract would be for 3 to 9 months. The candidate should be able to write “how to” documents for our software and create case studies that can be posted on our website. If you have any questions feel free to contact  Doug Kondor, Director - 
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