Regional Innovation Network

Overview

Alberta Innovates provides technology commercialization support, mentorship and funding throughout the province via the Regional Innovation Network (RIN). There are RINs in Alberta: Calgary, Central Alberta, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, and Medicine Hat. Each RIN is made up of like-minded public organizations passionate about helping small technology- and knowledge-based businesses innovate and grow.

Learn more about Alberta's Regional Innovation Networks and Alberta Innovates' Technology Development Advisors and Industry Funding programs:

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Connectica

Connectica is a self-service tool for SMEs and service providers to connect with other provincial innovators, in alignment with Alberta Innovates' strategic priority for contributing to an effective Innovation System.





Alberta Clean Tech Guide

The Alberta Clean Tech Guide is a launchpad into the Alberta clean tech ecosystem to assist entrepreneurs in navigating programs and support resources.



Technology Development Advisors

Technology Development Advisors provide coaching and mentoring services to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in technology- and knowledge-based industries. They work with clients to increase their business knowledge and connect to other partners and services in the innovation network.

Technology Development Advisors enhance innovation system navigation and offer improved access to business networks and services for SMEs.

Please call 780-450-5111 to be put into contact with a Technology Development Advisor below.

IN MEMORIAM  
 Alex Raczenko
 Technology Development Advisor

It is with profound sadness that Alberta Innovates announces we have lost one of our own.

Technology Development Advisor  Alex Raczenko lost his brief battle with cancer and passed away on June 10, 2017 in Calgary.

While only with Alberta Innovates  for a short time, Alex was an outstanding team member who had a passion for helping SMEs. He was referred to as the best  "pitch coach" in Alberta, teaching Alberta companies how to speak to Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors in a meaningful  way.

Alex was a great supporter of entrepreneurs and fit into our team of Technology Developer Advisors instantly. He was funny, irreverent and always had us thinking of different ways to do things. He will be sorely missed.


GRANDE PRAIRIE  
  Bob Hall
Technology Development Advisor
#2000, 11330 - 106 St.
Grande Prairie, AB  T8V 7X9
bob.hall@albertainnovates.ca
780.539.2718

Bob has been a champion for innovation as a key driver of economic development in Northwestern Alberta.  As early as 1999, Bob led 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) and now into the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN).

As AI's Technology Development Advisor in Alberta's northwest, Bob's assists, coaches and mentors small-to-medium sized companies and entrepreneurs on advancing their innovative ideas and technologies through the commercialization process. Bob works with the GPRIN to further champion the culture of innovation in the region through building relationships and networks with federal business development agencies, economic development offices, educational institutions, chambers of commerce and industry groups. Bob's interests in special projects include: youth entrepreneurship; company productivity and competitiveness; sensors & unmanned vehicle systems; rail service infrastructure; 'pollutants-to-products' opportunities; foresight scenario planning; investment attraction and more. Bob's business experience includes urban design and project management in land development.
EDMONTON  
  Garth Likes
Technology Development Advisor
250 Karl Clark Road NW 
Edmonton, AB   T6N 1E4
garth.likes@albertainnovates.ca
780.450.5415

Garth has worked as a consultant, mentor, employee, and entrepreneur in multiple private start-up and fortune 500 organizations. Experience includes commercialization, sales, marketing, corporate development, financing, project management, product development and M&A experience.

Garth has served at several levels of senior management within various organizations from manager to CEO levels. He has been an independent board member for two public companies with committee chair responsibilities and understands the importance of having a strong intellectual property portfolio and the power of business collaborations. He has strong skills in product development, project management, technology transfer and commercialization. He has experience growing early-stage companies, financing/fund raising for many different types of organizations and implementing successful growth plans for these companies. His technical knowledge includes - diagnostics, therapeutics, clean tech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food/nutraceuticals, vaccine development, renewable energy and bio fermentation.  
   
  Rick Davidson
Technology Development Advisor
250 Karl Clark Road NW
Edmonton, AB   T6N 1E4
rick.davidson@albertainnovates.ca
780.450.5414

Rick is a seasoned sales and business development professional with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. Rick offers SMEs the benefit of his years of experience in developing and implementing successful marketing, sales and business development strategies. Rick believes that Alberta’s future lies in innovation and in sustainability of SMEs in the province. Rick is excited to work with SMEs to help identify strategic partners, access funding programs and help them develop strategic business opportunities.
LLOYDMINSTER  
  Kara Johnston
Technology Development Advisor
2602 - 59 Ave. 
Lloydminster, AB   T9V 3N7
kara.johnston@albertainnovates.ca
587.401.3533

Kara, the TDA based in Lloydminster, is a high-energy individual who excels in relationship building. She has vast entrepreneurial expertise and experience in the oil and gas sector, agriculture, retail, and most recently, the construction industry. A former Dean at Lakeland College, Kara built a strong foundation of varied industry relationships and gained valuable insight into both the post-secondary sector and innovation network.

Kara is excited to use her vast experience to focus on her passion - mentoring businesses and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit that is so vibrant in our community and province. She believes that innovation and collaboration are the foundation for the future of the Alberta. As such, she looks forward to assisting entrepreneurs make advantageous connections that will endure them on the path to success.

Kara is a strong advocate of life-Iong learning and is living that belief. She is close to completing her Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Leadership through Athabasca University. Kara’s office is located at Lakeland College’s Lloydminster Campus with the Regional Business Accelerator. Both are key partners to the Regional Innovation Network in East Central Alberta.
CENTRAL ALBERTA  
  Matt Cornall
Technology Development Advisor
#2915, 100 College Boulevard
Red Deer, AB  T4N 5H5
matt.cornall@albertainnovates.ca
403.342.3475

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
MEDICINE HAT  
  John Stroh
Technology Development Advisor
c/o Medicine Hat College, F-1020 - 299 College Drive SE
Medicine Hat, AB   T1A 3Y6
john.stroh@albertainnovates.ca
403.878.4378

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.
 LETHBRIDGE  
  Bill Halley
Technology Development Advisor
c/o Lethbridge College,  IB2102 - 3000 College Drive South 
Lethbridge, AB   T1K 1L6
bill.halley@albertainnovates.ca
403.715.0466

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.
CALGARY  

David Bocking
Technology Development Advisor
3608 - 33 St. NW
Calgary, AB   T2L 2A6
david.bocking@albertainnovates.ca
403.305.1720

David brings over 30 years experience in consulting, product management, marketing and business development to help clients launch successful businesses. He is an accomplished growth leader who delivers insight and innovation across multiple industries with a strong background in telecom, wireless, software, energy and health. He is passionate about creating enterprise value from new market entry, product development, technology adoption and business model innovation. He quickly develops empathy for customer problems, creates solutions, and turns complex scenarios into a strategic vision coupled with a corresponding business model to create, deliver and capture value.

David is an enthusiastic proponent of Lean Startup Methods and tools including Value Proposition Design, Business Model Canvases and Customer Development that guide an innovator’s efforts to rapidly create winning business models.


Michael Kerr
Technology Development Advisor
3608 - 33 St. NW
Calgary, AB   T2L 2A6
michael.kerr@albertainnovates.ca
403.210.5365
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.