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  • Connectica

    Introducing Connectica: a new self-service tool for SMEs and service providers to connect with other provincial innovators, in alignment with AITF's strategic priority for contributing to an effective Innovation System...

  • Innovative pipe stands for the oil and gas industry

    Doug Thompson, owner of Hell ‘N’ Back Industries, is a journeyman welder with a flair for invention and a practical grasp of engineering. Thompson set out to create a better pipe stand in his large welding and manufacturing shop in Nampa, south of Peace River...

  • AITF at GPRC

    Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures representatives visited Grande Prairie Regional College's Centre for Research and Innovation, during a Regional Innovation Network meeting.

  • Technology Alberta launch

    Speed networking is how Claudia Sammer and Gail Powley describe the unique event held at Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures. Together with Randy Marsden, they took an idea mulled over at a Starbucks and turned it into a 250 person event.  Alberta's high tech companies, along with successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, mixed with job seekers, discussed policy, and talked about diversifying Alberta's economy through technology...


Innovation services for Alberta's small- and medium-sized enterprises

Services provided directly by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) and through partner organizations throughout Alberta’s Regional Innovation Network (RIN) are available to support business growth. Through the RINs, businesses have access to the commercialization expertise and services required to address their unique needs. Member organizations in the Network offer a suite of geographically convenient services and programs including advisory services; technology and concept development; industry and academic funding programs; market and customer development; financing and investment attraction; and educational programs. In addition to AITF’s programs, a range of services and supports to new and growing businesses are also available through partner organizations in six RIN locations. Contact any of the following organizations to explore their offerings:

Additional services are available from CETAC-WEST, which offers small business development services.

Technology commercialization, funding and support is also provided through AITF's Centres for Research and Commercialization

Technology Development Advisors

Technology Development Advisors are senior business specialists working in the rural Regional Innovations Networks. 

The Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures Technology Development Advisors are:

Michael Kerr, B.Sc., MBA
Technology Development Advisor
3608 - 33rd Street NW
Calgary, AB   T2L 2A6                            
office: 403.210.5365
cell: 587-575-2837

With vast experience in manufacturing for small and large businesses, Michael assists established companies in innovation (patents, prototype development) and process improvement (lean, automation, ISO). For newer firms, support focuses on technical assistance and business strategy, including cash flow management. His several years of experience funding innovative companies make Michael a valuable partner in helping firms access funding support to develop their ideas. Having been an instructor in Operations Management at UNBC’s MBA program, Michael has taught lean, quality and process improvement techniques to the leaders of numerous manufacturing and service firms from across Canada.




Bill Halley
Technology Development Advisor
c/o Lethbridge College
IB2102 – 3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, AB   T1K 1L6                        

Bill Halley offers 34 years of experience in manufacturing management and project engineering in sectors that include plastics, aircraft, hospital support services, steel, and automotive. Bill offers SMEs the benefit of his six years experience as general manager at Pratt & Whitney Canada, and four years as vice-president of operations at Canbra Foods. Located at Lethbridge College, Bill is a board member of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and participates in the sub-committee for agriculture, industrial and transportation affairs. He is also a member of the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Management advisory council.

John Stroh
Technology Development Advisor
c/o Medicine Hat College
F-1020 – 299 College Drive S.E.
Medicine Hat, AB   T1A 3Y6

John Stroh is passionate about innovation and best practices that can be shared across businesses and manufacturers alike. He believes Alberta’s future direction includes innovation and productivity enhancement, and is excited about supporting manufacturers in his region achieve this. John started his manufacturing career as a young apprentice welder, developed experience through the industry, eventually managing plant and operations of a facility of over 500 employees. His manufacturing management experience comes from a career in industries including truck mounted equipment manufacture, and pressure vessels and piping for Alberta’s oil and gas industry. 


Matt Cornall
Technology Development Advisor
Room 2915-100
100 College Boulevard
Red Deer, AB  T4N 5H5

Matt Cornall has a strong background in Business, Economic and Community Development, as well as in project management and program implementation. Originally from the UK, Matt worked in the banking sector and public sector in the UK and with the European Union (EU) before emigrating to Alberta in 2008.

In his time in Alberta, Matt has worked in both the public and private sectors, working with engineering companies in Central Alberta to build their respective Economic Development divisions as well as being a lead on their business development efforts. Matt has also worked as the Economic Development Officer for a community of 14,000 people and most recently as the Investment Attraction and Business Retention officer for the Central Alberta region. In addition Matt is a long running board member and 2015 President of the Economic Developers of Alberta (EDA) association, and the Alberta representative on the national Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC) board. Matt is also a past community representative and chair of Red Deer’s Community Housing Advisory Board (2009-2014). He is located at the Red Deer College Centre of Innovation in Manufacturing.


Robert Hall
Technology Development Advisor
Centre 2000
11330 106th Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 7X9

For the past twenty years, Bob has been a champion for innovation as a key driver of regional and community economic development in Northwestern Alberta. As early as 1999, Bob was involved in a regional team that designed, built and managed an innovation network for Alberta's Peace Country, which later evolved into Grande Prairie Regional College's Centre for Research & Innovation (CRI).

As AITF's Technology Development Advisor in Alberta's northwest, Bob's role will be to assist small- and medium-sized businesses to advance their innovation ideas and technologies through the commercialization process. Bob will assist the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network to further champion a culture of innovation in the region. Bob values the importance of relationships and networks: he has been a key member in the region's commercialization resource team with partnerships with Community Futures offices, municipal economic development offices, educational institutions, chambers of commerce and industry groups.

Bob's interests in special projects include: productivity and competitiveness; unmanned vehicle systems; rail service infrastructure; 'pollutants-to-products' opportunities; Foresight Scenario Planning; "Increasing the Talent" - petroleum industry labour recruitment and retention; youth entrepreneurship; investment attraction and prospecting missions and more.

Bob's business experience includes residential subdivision design and project management in land development.


Introducing Connectica: a new self-service tool for SMEs and service providers to connect with other provincial innovators, in alignment with AITF's strategic priority for contributing to an effective Innovation System.