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Farmers, researchers weigh merits of flax

A large and growing number of Western Canadian farmers are looking for alternative crops to plant this spring, as prices for wheat and canola remain depressed and seem unlikely to improve in the near future. One crop that’s attracting a lot of attention this year is flax.

Jan Slaski, a senior researcher at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF), is Principal Investigator for the agronomy portion of the multi-year Northern Adapted Flax Variety Development Program (NAFVDP). The program’s goal is to move flax production beyond areas where the crop is presently grown. The Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission, Viterra, the B.C. Grain Producers Association and AITF are collaborating on this important crop development work. Read the whole story.

Tech Futures is Pulp & Paper Canada cover story
Alberta’s one-of-a-kind Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) pilot plant was commissioned in September 2013 at Tech Futures’ Mill Woods facility in Edmonton. Pulp and Paper Canada featured this story in its November/December 2013 issue and highlighted it on its cover. The story describes the efforts of Tech Futures and our partners to produce high-quality CNC from a variety of forest and agriculture materials for researchers across Western Canada. CNC has many intriguing properties and uses from increasing the strength and stiffness of materials to altering the surface of material like paper, i.e. permeability, strength, flexibility. Researchers are developing potential commercial applications.

To read more about this project.

To read the article on Pulp and Paper Canada.

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Alberta Innovates functions as a globally competitive research and innovation system. Within the system government, industry and academia interact to develop solutions to global challenges and use knowledge for the growth and diversification of Alberta’s economy. Alberta Innovates operates as an integrated system aligned with the strategies and priorities of Government of Alberta line departments.

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Upcoming Events
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Developing an Iron Clad Integrated IP Strategy Workshops

Industry Canada and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP are holding several workshops across Canada:

  • Understand how IP creates value
  • Understand the elements of a good IP strategy and how to develop one
  • Understand the importance of key IP trends in the US

These workshops are being held between March 20 and March 31 for SMEs at no cost.

For further details of location, date and registration.

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3/20/2014 - 3/31/2014

Developing an Iron Clad Integrated IP Strategy Workshops

Industry Canada and Borden Ladner Gervais LLP are holding several workshops across Canada:

  • Understand how IP creates value
  • Understand the elements of a good IP strategy and how to develop one
  • Understand the importance of key IP trends in the US

These workshops are being held between March 20 and March 31 for SMEs at no cost.

For further details of location, date and registration.

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ZERO 2014 Conference

Location: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

The conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together worldwide players in the carbon management sector.

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4/15/2014 - 4/17/2014

ZERO 2014 Conference

Location: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

The conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together worldwide players in the carbon management sector.

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ZERO 2014 Conference

Location: Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton

The conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together worldwide players in the carbon management sector.

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How to Seize Oil and Gas Services Opportunities in Asia

Learn about Asian opportunities, find ways to overcome barriers, network with others already in Asian markets and share your experiences.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:45 am - 5:30 pm
Location: City Centre Campus, MacEwan University
Price: Early Bird Registration: $50 + GST (before March 21)

 

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Southern Alberta Energy Expo

Location: Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Cypress Centre, 2055 21 Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Date: May 5-7, 2014

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Updates

Industrial hemp acres on the rise, especially in southern Alberta

Industrial hemp has a huge variety of uses, and is gaining new markets for both seeds and fibre. Alberta is at the forefront, says Jan Slaski, researcher at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, who has been helping to develop the crop for more than a decade. Read more.


Alberta-based Partnership Aims to Boost Investment Returns

A new partnership between the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning (AICML) at the University of Alberta aims to improve potential investment returns for AIMCo clients in select investment strategies. Read more


LpxC Enzyme Substrates

Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures has expertise in the chemical synthesis of LpxC enzyme substrates which can be used as probes in the development of new antibiotics. The inhibition of LpxC by novel antiobiotics makes our synthetic enzyme substrates attractive in the design of antibiotics. These synthetic enzyme substrates can help win the war against bacteria. Find out more.


May 26-28, 2014

In Western Canada for the first time, the 2014 Canada 3.0 Conference will explore how digital innovation can enable the energy economy. Read more.

March 3, 2014

Check out Alberta's new Economic Dashboard, a new tool featuring up-to-date economic data for the province. See it here. 


February 28, 2014

Laser Inertial Fusion Energy for Oil Sands and Electric Power Production Report. This report, A Technology Assessment of the Potential for Fusion Energy in Alberta, December 2012, undertaken by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is now available. Read more.