Recommendations to Build Alberta’s Bioeconomy
View message from chair of the BioE Initiative
Alberta, similar to many jurisdictions, is focused on identifying and securing near and long-term economic and sustainable prosperity. Economic diversification to enhance economic resilience, ensure balanced and sustained growth, maintain the well-being of communities and provide diverse employment opportunities to retain the skills and talents of all Albertans, is important.
In collaboration with stakeholders in government, academia and industry, Alberta Innovates led the development of recommendations to advance Alberta’s bioeconomy, focusing on the non-food, non-pharma bioindustrial sector, which will help to inform investments and alignment of resources in those areas of the bioeconomy with the highest potential.
The collaborative, cross sector, interdisciplinary recommendations build on Alberta’s original bioindustrial investments in research and infrastructure. The recommendations will contribute to an aligned, interconnected, networked system that focuses on enhanced research, development and commercialization bioeconomy initiatives over the next 10 to 20 years, contributing to a diversified provincial economy and economic security for Alberta.
Alberta Innovates has a strong commitment to establishing essential links and fostering innovation that creates value for Alberta bioindustries. Premier Redford has spoken about the Government of Alberta’s interest in developing “a competitive, world-class resource economy for the 21st century” (Throne Speech, May 2012). As we consider the recommendations in our future initiatives, we believe that investing in Alberta’s bioeconomy will make a major contribution to the provincial vision of a sustainable, diversified economy.
- Current State Assessment: detailed the system and players, industrial and research capacity, incentive structures, and successes stories [commercialized and profitable]
- Retrospective Analysis: evaluation, gaps, constraints, strengths, improvement
- Industry Roundtable – November 1 and 2, 2011
- Thought Leaders Forum – February 2012
- Bioindustrial Options for Alberta (May 2012), an economics and market outlook of jurisdictional advantage, opportunity assessment, market, economic, industrial analysis, indicators
- Alberta’s Systemic Competitiveness: Analyzing the Impact on Value Chains and Related Bioindustrial Options – (June 2013) This report, prepared by the company Sift Every Thing for Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, fleshes out its previous report “Bioindustrial Options for Alberta.” The report provides a deeper understanding of Alberta’s best bioindustrial options and government’s role.
- Bio-resource Information Management System (BRIMS phase I) – Jan 2013
- Bio-resource Information Management System (BRIMS phase 1 and 2) – Jun 2014
- Final Report – Recommendations to Build Alberta’s Bioeconomy – May 2013