The Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network presents Lunch and Learn session with Craig Ellis!

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About the event

Join us for a lunch and learn with Craig Elias, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bow Valley College, for a lively and informative session.

Learn about the role the Regional Innovation Networks play in the ecosystem, and how to engage diverse groups within the region.

Sponsored by the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network, GPRIN is the Innovation Network serving northwestern Alberta innovators and entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and connections to develop, validate, manufacture, market and launch innovations into the marketplace.

The innovation ecosystem in Alberta is expansive and GPRIN has access to resources and expertise in a wide variety of areas, in Alberta and across Canada.

New Canadian Technology Incubator Program

The New Canadian Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to immigrant entrepreneurs and newcomer Canadians who have a business idea or current business that is looking to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources on fundamentals, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology.

Each week there will be a 2-hour evening session for you to engage with covering the topics from the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for 1-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the New Canadian Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The 2-hour evening sessions will be on Thursday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 10th through March 14th, 2022.

Indigenous Technology Incubator Program

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The Indigenous Technology Incubator Program is meant to bring additional learning and supports to Indigenous entrepreneurs who have a business idea or current business that is looking to explore entrepreneurial fundamentals while learning how to better use and consider technology and innovation in their operation. Through a mix of presentations and resources to work through, as well as speakers and guidance from business advisors about using and applying new technology, this program sets out to be a flexible way for you to grow your business outlook and your skills and familiarity with technology concepts.

Each week there will be a two-hour evening session that is required to graduate from the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program. You will also be asked to complete a 30-minute reflection assignment each week.

Every 2 weeks, you will be able to meet for one-hour with your Tecconnect Business Advisor to review and progress through the program milestone completion challenges. These are the items you complete each week (so the advisors can go over with you at your check-ins).

Total Commitment for the Indigenous Technology Incubator Program:
• approx. 2.5 hours/week for 10 weeks and a 1:1 advisor appointment every 2 weeks (5 appointments)

The two-hour evening sessions will be on Tuesday’s from 6pm to 8pm and run from January 11th through March 15th, 2022.

Creative storytelling banner promotion

In this digital age, the ability to share attention-grabbing stories is no longer just a luxury: it is an absolute necessity. Mahfuz Chowdury shares practical ways to be heard, in a world dominated by social media networks, through the art and science of creative storytelling.

During this session, attendees will learn:

  • How to create attention-grabbing stories that are easy for your customers to consume
  • How to develop a consistent voice for your brand and implement it into your marketing strategy
  • How major companies use brand archetypes to gain a competitive advantage, and how you can do the same
  • How to connect with your audience through different mediums (and why context matters more than content)
  • The latest digital marketing trends that will allow you to stand out in a crowd

The Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) Open Call 2.0 builds on the successful initial round of the DICE program which supported 17 approved projects completed between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

Projects that align with the program will be eligible for funding. Up to $2.5 million is available over 18 months for DICE 2.0. Project funding can be up to but not exceed $350,000.

Learn more about the program.

Webinar details

This webinar is presented by Bryan Helfenbaum and Bruce Duong and will help potential applicants to prepare to submit a funding application.

This webinar is for potential applicants and is on October 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. MST. The webinar will include a presentation and a question and answer session. The PDF slide presentation will be posted here along with a recording of the webinar on October 29, 2021.

Join us for this dynamic and interactive session to offer rural ecosystem stakeholders insight to grow rural entrepreneurship and innovation!

With a 20-30 minute preface by Forward Cities, this engaging, interactive session with discussions on strategies to encourage equity and inclusion to your ecosystem, allowing communities and regions to grow and sustain equitable entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem.

Look at systems of support and identify ways equity can be advanced through an ecosystem’s: people, programs, networks, and narratives. How can we amplify rural ecosystem’s greatest opportunities and address persistent challenges. Share your perspectives and insights on the state of the rural ecosystem.

We will engage in small group and larger group discussions around entrepreneurial journeys and stories. We want to encourage a storytelling strategy designed to tell the stories emerging from rural Alberta around entrepreneurship and innovation to grow broader community support for local ecosystems.

This event is being put on by the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network.

Learn more about Alberta’s Regional Innovation Networks.

STEM Fusion is a conference to connect with STEM professionals and explore commercialization, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Meet industry leaders to form new collaborations, network, and create connections. Showcase your innovative research and meet the future generation of highly qualified personnel!

Topics include:

  • Research Collaborations: How to grow value in your research and company
  • Hiring and job seeking best practices in STEM
  • Lots of group and 1-1 networking opportunities to grow your network, including free 1-1 consultations with STEM experts

For the updated list of speakers and service providers visit www.stemfusion.ca! Speakers are added and updated daily.

Students will benefit from:

  • Networking with industry representatives
  • Learning about potential new career pathways
  • Showcasing their research

University Researchers will benefit from:

  • Collisions with industries looking for collaborations
  • Identification of new interesting research questions
  • Learning about patent and IP regulations

Industry Leaders will benefit from:

  • Lessons being learned from other innovative leaders
  • The opportunity to meet researchers and students with passion and a variety of expertise and interests
  • Access to new talent and fresh ideas
  • Potential collaboration opportunities

Event Agenda

11:50 -12:15 | Join event & Welcome at 12PM

12:15 – 12:35 | Keynote Presentation with Lunch*

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12:40 – 1:00 | Live Panel “What do you need to know about research collaborations?”

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1:05 – 1:45 | Catalyst Talks & Networking (rapid-fire, concurrent sessions)

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1:50 – 2:10 | Live Panel “Hiring in STEM”

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2:15 – 2:55 | Lab Benching & (1-1 networking sessions with experts)

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3:00 – 4:00 | Open Networking (optional)

A place for biodiversity offsets

Sponsored by Alberta Innovates, the Alberta Land Institute is presenting an eight-part web forum starting on April 19 and running until June 14.

Biodiversity offsetting is the process of intentionally producing environmental gains to counterweigh the negative impacts of development on nature, with a goal of no net loss or net gain for biodiversity. It is increasingly used as a policy mitigation tool to reconcile development and environmental protection, both in Canada and many other countries around the world.

To help advance thinking, policy and practice respecting biodiversity offsetting, the Alberta Land Institute is presenting a series of web-based presentations and discussions to improve understanding regarding current thinking on offsetting.

We will be engaging academic experts, practitioners, policy-makers and stakeholders in insightful discussions that aim to link the theory and practice of practice of offsetting for biodiversity.

This multi-part series starts on April 19th and registration is free.

Download the forum details.

We’ve teamed up with Headversity, a Calgary-based tech firm whose focus is on creating a leading workplace platform for training resilience and mental health to offer a six-part video series on mental health.

These videos will be posted every Monday and Wednesday starting Monday, March 15 and ending on Monday, March 31, 2021.

Learn more!

About this event

All entrepreneurs are united by a uniquely powerful drive—and harnessing it is just half the story. David Sax will discuss the freedom and risks of owning a small business and how to manage, reinvent and move forward.

For entrepreneurs in every sector, the challenges of the pandemic have been unprecedented. There is no such thing as “business as usual” these days: visitation is dramatically down, regulations have changed the delivery of the visitor experience, and solutions need to be improvised on the fly.

The only certainty, it seems, is uncertainty.

Join us on March 25 as we welcome David Sax for this engaging webinar.

About the speaker

We need entrepreneurs now more than ever, says David Sax. The award-winning business journalist has always worked for himself, and in fact, has spent the majority of his career writing about entrepreneurs of every type: from deli owners to hair stylists to rural farmers.

His latest book, The Soul of an Entrepreneur, goes beyond the Silicon Valley start-up myth, in order to tell the real stories of small business owners who make up our economy. How can we support the everyday entrepreneur? Sax dives into the challenges, opportunities, and the long-forgotten human element of entrepreneurship.