Regional innovation network

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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.

  • Compact reactor for converting used cooking oil to biodiesel

    SAIT Polytechnic's restaurants, as well as its cooking and baking classrooms, generate hundreds of gallons of waste cooking oil each month. With financial support from Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (Tech Futures), through its Regional Innovation Network, SAIT purchased a chemical reactor in 2008 to convert  used kitchen oil to biodiesel...

  • 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 and TRTech which provides ICT-related small business development services.

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

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. He is located at the Red Deer College Centre of Innovation in Manufacturing.




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. 


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

Bob has been a champion for innovation in Northwestern Alberta for many years and has over 20 years of experience mentoring and coaching Alberta companies. He has been the Manager, Innovation Services at the Centre for Research and Innovation - Grande Prairie Regional College for the last 3 1/2 years. Bob's extensive knowledge of the region combined with his business acumen make him the perfect fit for the TDA role.