PrairiesCan Success Stories in Alberta

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Publication date Region Sector(s) Stories
2022-11-17 Alberta Tourism, Indigenous
A guest at Painted Warriors Ranch cooks bannock over an open fire.

Indigenous tourism builds bridges of understanding

Visitors are looking for authentic, hands-on experiences to connect with Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. PrairiesCan funding is supporting Painted Warriors to offer an enhanced experience for visitors to engage with Indigenous culture.

Publication Date: 2022-11-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Tourism, Indigenous

2022-10-11 Alberta Tourism, Women
Visitors gather around a dining table at Prairie Gardens and are served locally grown culinary dishes.

Rural culinary experiences boost Alberta tourism

Visitors are looking to make connections through locally grown and prepared food. Two rural tourism operators are growing to showcase the best of Alberta through culinary delights.

Publication Date: 2022-10-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Tourism, Women

2022-09-27 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
An employee inspects circuit boards in Levven Electronics' manufacturing facility.

Edmonton company's smart technology saves time, materials and money when building new homes

Levven Electronics, based in Edmonton, focuses on making homes more affordable to build, buy and operate. Levven offers sustainable in-home technology to home builders to help them save time, materials and cost during construction. Homeowners get a whole new level of control and convenience in their new homes.

Publication Date: 2022-09-27
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2022-08-25 Alberta Digital technology, Women, Indigenous
An employee writing on a whiteboard

Calgary firm brings diversity to companies hungry for talent across North America

Calgary-based Virtual Gurus is changing how talent agencies, businesses and freelancers interact. The company uses innovative technology to match the needs of clients with the talents and skills of their diverse virtual assistants.

Publication Date: 2022-08-25
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Digital technology, Women, Indigenous

2022-08-16 Alberta Business growth, Community economic development
Staff at Green Eggs and Ham water crops in a greenhouse

Rural businesses in Alberta relied on support from Community Futures through the COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic changed how people accessed goods and services in their communities, rural businesses turned to Community Futures for support.

Publication Date: 2022-08-16
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Business growth, Community economic development

2022-08-09 Alberta Indigenous, Tourism
Métis Crossing in winter

Authentic Indigenous tourism experience grows in Alberta

Visitors are looking for authentic, hands-on experiences to connect with the land and Indigenous People. PrairiesCan funding is supporting Métis Crossing in developing the "Farm and Forest to Table" culinary experience.

Publication Date: 2022-08-09
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Indigenous,Tourism

2022-01-26 Alberta Francophone, Tourism
At the Flying Canoë Volant festival

Winter tourism in Edmonton gets a boost with the interactive Flying Canoë Volant festival

Flying Canoë Volant is boosting Edmonton’s reputation as a cultural and winter city destination. It bridges French-Canadian, First Nations and Métis cultures through a unique and interactive winter Prairies experience.

Publication Date: 2022-01-28
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Francophone,Tourism

2021-07-06 Alberta Life sciences, Digital technology
Two men view a digital scan of a heart on a monitor between them

Calgary imaging company gives healthcare professionals a better diagnostic tool

Blending artificial intelligence into cardiovascular imaging software is new to the market. It will also help doctors work more efficiently and help more patients

Publication Date: 2021-07-06
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Life sciences, Digital technology

2021-06-18 Alberta Transportation, Digital technology
Winged drone is launched at the Foremost UAS Test Range

Test range makes Alberta a hub of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology

The Foremost Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Range offers 700 square nautical miles of restricted airspace in rural Alberta, perfect for developing drone technology and fueling Western Canada’s growing role in the UAS sector.

Publication Date: 2021-06-18
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Transportation, Digital technology

2021-06-11 Alberta Digital technology
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping businesses solve problems

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping businesses solve problems

AltaML uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help Alberta businesses unlock the competitive advantage in their data.

Publication Date: 2021-06-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Digital technology

2021-06-02 Alberta Digital technology
Bench-top magnetic resonance (MR) spectrometer from Nanalysis

Calgary innovation takes chemical testing to new heights in labs around the world

From pharmaceuticals to agriculture: How Nanalysis is transforming scientific measurement for researchers worldwide.

Publication Date: 2021-06-02
Region: Alberta
Sector: Digital technology

2021-05-17 Alberta Personal care, Manufacturing
Lab technician at work

Edmonton salon and spa expands to become personal care products manufacturer

From salon and spa to manufacturing leader, EC Labs is leading the charge to establish a personal care manufacturing hub in Alberta, while setting its sights on the global market.

Publication Date: 2021-05-17
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Personal care, Manufacturing

2021-04-13 Alberta Transportation
Cold Shot group photo

Rural bus service connects Alberta communities

For many Albertans, inter-city bus transportation and parcel delivery connects them safely to family, neighbours and medical services that are not available in their own community. COVID-19 public health measures are impacting this essential service.

Publication Date: 2021-04-13
Region: Alberta
Sector: Transportation

2020-11-19 Alberta Women, Indigenous, Arts
Colouring books

Indigenous art advances reconciliation

Colouring It Forward embraces art to advance education on Indigenous issues and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Publication Date: 2020-11-19
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Women, Indigenous, Arts

2020-10-07 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
Attabotics robotics equipment

Calgary company reinvents supply chain management

Attabotics is taking inspiration from nature and disrupting traditional logistics, storage and fulfillment. This Calgary-based innovation combines robotics with efficient ant colony design to reduce warehouse footprints by 85%.

Publication Date: 2020-10-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2020-09-21 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology, Life sciences
Kent Imaging spectroscopy display

Calgary company grows Alberta’s health technology sector through leading-edge imaging software

Kent Imaging is expanding its services with the introduction of near infrared spectroscopy-imaging technology, which allows healthcare professionals to monitor tissue viability at a wound or surgical site in a timely and non-intrusive manner.

Publication Date: 2020-09-21
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology, Life sciences

2020-08-07 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
Cochrane, Alberta, company expands market to export globally

Cochrane, Alberta, company expands market to export globally

With its light and robust power meter, Cochrane’s 4iiii is poised to take over the global fitness monitoring market.

Publication Date: 2020-08-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2020-07-08 Alberta Agriculture and agri-food, Women, Clean technology
Coaldale, Alberta, company transforms the produce sector

Coaldale, Alberta, company transforms the produce sector

Whole Leaf is transforming the leafy green section of the produce department. Using less water, its pesticide- and chemical-free produce brings new ideas to Canadian tables.

Publication Date: 2020-07-08
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Agriculture and agri-food, Women, Clean technology

2020-03-11 Alberta Women
Edmonton entrepreneur creates possibilities for special needs children and young adults

Edmonton entrepreneur creates possibilities for special needs children and young adults

AdaptAbilities is an inclusive environment where people with special needs can develop essential life skills.

Publication Date: 2020-03-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Women

2019-03-06 Alberta Francophone
Radio station serves as cultural hub for Edmonton’s Francophone community

Radio station serves as cultural hub for Edmonton’s Francophone community

Radio Cité brought the heart and the people. WD helped them with funding. Now Radio Cité is making beautiful music and so much more for Edmonton's francophone community.

Publication Date: 2019-03-06
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Francophone

2019-02-05 Alberta Clean technology, Natural resources
Wellhead innovation makes drilling for oil and gas safer

Wellhead innovation makes drilling for oil and gas safer

The aptly-named Intelligent Wellhead Systems (IWS) knows a lot about working under pressure in the energy sector.

Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Clean technology, Natural resources

2019-02-05 Alberta Indigenous, Skills and training
Training program opens opportunities for Indigenous people across Alberta

Training program opens opportunities for Indigenous people across Alberta

In 2015, Trade Winds to Success Training Society received $1,069,938 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to support the expansion of pre-apprenticeship training for Indigenous Peoples in Alberta.

Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Indigenous, Skills and training

2018-08-04 Alberta Women, Skills and training
Alberta women gain training in valuable skilled trades

Alberta women gain training in valuable skilled trades

The pursuit of inclusive participation in the economy requires a change in perspectives and a change in traditional ways of thinking. This belief prompted a small group of women to set up Women Building Futures (WBF) in 1998.

Publication Date: 2018-08-04
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Women, Skills and training

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