Alberta businesses are developing innovative solutions in clean energy and advancing new applications for remotely-controlled aerial vehicles. Targeted investments by the Government of Canada to local institutions will support these businesses as they commercialize their products, technologies and services, and continue to scale up.
Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, visited the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and announced a federal investment of $3.5 million in three southern Alberta projects supporting small- and medium-sized companies to innovate, grow and compete globally.
The following initiatives are receiving federal support:
Today’s investment is expected to support over 240 innovative Alberta businesses and help create nearly 200 jobs.
“Our government is supporting Alberta’s small- and medium-sized businesses as they develop new and emerging technologies to create a cleaner, safer tomorrow. Today’s investments will help grow and strengthen leading-edge Alberta firms—enabling them to bring their innovative technologies and applications to market, benefitting our environment and creating new, high-quality, jobs for Albertans,” explained The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
“We are delighted to receive this support from PrairiesCan to establish the BVLOS Innovation Centre at the Foremost UAS Test Range. PrairiesCan funding has been a cornerstone of our success to date. With this additional support in place, the BVLOS Innovation Centre is now positioned to benefit individual drone companies and grow the drone ecosystem in Alberta and western Canada,” explained Lorne Buis, Mayor, Village of Foremost.
“SAIT, as one of Canada’s top applied research colleges, is pleased to be partnering with our governments to solve significant challenges in energy and the environment and to help drive technology and innovation forward. This major investment in applied research at SAIT by the Government of Canada will be key in combating climate change and helping our technology entrepreneurs get their products to the global market faster and create jobs in Alberta,” said Trish Josephs, SAIT Director of Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS).