Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehicles

We need a national mining strategy so Canada can supply the global market with the lithium needed for electric vehicle batteries

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehiclesPolitical pundits, politicians and talking heads in the media for the most part spend very little time watching for disruption and innovation in the marketplace. A global consensus has formed that oil as a form of transportation energy should become a stranded asset. Alberta’s vast lithium reserves mean the province can forget about yesterday and…

Investing in innovators its own reward says chair of mentoring service

For Kristina Milke, success is measured by the growth of an entrepreneurial community that helps people achieve their dreams

Investing in innovators its own reward says chair of mentoring serviceKristina Milke remembers receiving an email in 2013 from the alumni office at her alma mater, wondering whether she might stop by the University of Alberta to meet with Ray Muzyka of BioWare fame about a new mentoring opportunity on campus. “I was really excited – what an opportunity for me to get some business…

Indigenous communities leaping the digital divide

Indigenous communities are setting up their own satellite, fibre optics and even cellular phone networks

Indigenous communities leaping the digital divideWhen Bruce Buffalo returned to Maskwacis after years away in the big city, he was appalled to discover parts of his community still had no internet service. Just an hour’s drive from Edmonton, some neighbourhoods in the Indigenous community remained cut off from the rest of the world as recently as 2016, apart from a few…

Transit opens door to startup’s germ-killing innovation

Transit opens door to startup’s germ-killing innovationTransit users are part of a six-month pilot project assessing a new and surprisingly simple method of killing dangerous bacteria on touch surfaces – door push plates made of compressed salt. The pilot project, conducted by Edmonton biotechnology startup Outbreaker Solutions with Edmonton Transit, involves compressing sodium chloride (the chemical name for salt) into moulds to…

World’s Longest Hockey Game moving cancer research closer to goal

Annual fundraising effort to support clinical trial of precision drug developed at U of A

World’s Longest Hockey Game moving cancer research closer to goalAs 40 local hockey players brave the elements on an outdoor rink just outside Sherwood Park, Alberta for the World’s Longest Hockey Game, they’ll be making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Edmonton. Over the course of more than 10 days and nights of non-stop shinny, the game, which began on Feb.…

How to put Canada’s post-pandemic recovery on the right track

Four areas of focus – now and in the coming years – are interprovincial trade, streamlined taxation, immigration and innovation

How to put Canada’s post-pandemic recovery on the right trackSocial engineers are eager for Canadians to buy into the same madness touted across the globe for post-pandemic recovery: more government spending. Now is precisely when technocrats must take a back seat and let markets take the wheel. On Nov. 30, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2020 Fall Economic Statement to Parliament. The report…

Canada can ride the electric vehicle trend to prosperity

A three-point plan to ensure Canadians benefit from the market disruption and innovation

Canada can ride the electric vehicle trend to prosperityThe home of hockey, curling, maple syrup and Celine Dion is a nation overflowing with precious metals from coast to coast to coast. Canadian provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan, known for oil sands operations, also have an abundance of lithium. Why is this important? The impending global electric vehicle tsunami is about to cause major…

New accelerator launched to commercialize innovations

New industry-led accelerator will address the earliest barriers faced by researchers just starting on the path to commercialization

New accelerator launched to commercialize innovationsThe University of Alberta and a local business consultancy firm, with the backing of the federal government, have launched a new accelerator program specifically designed to increase the number and quality of commercial ventures at the earliest stages coming out of the university. Innovation Masterminds Edmonton (imYEG) stems from a partnership between the U of…

Virtual clinic pilot sees success in rural Alberta community

U of A spinoff company launches MedROAD virtual clinic in Alberta, making long-distance health care a reality during COVID-19

Virtual clinic pilot sees success in rural Alberta communityA new pilot project called MedROAD is bringing the power of precision health to Pincher Creek, Alta. – and seeing promising results. MedROAD promises to be the future of telehealth, leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and cloud-based computing to remotely connect patients with health-care professionals, no matter where they are. Developed at the University of Alberta by computing scientist Pierre…

Researchers developing treatment for protective wear that kills viruses

‘Self-decontaminating’ medical gowns and masks could also be washed and reused, says U of A textile scientist

Researchers developing treatment for protective wear that kills virusesNew University of Alberta research aims to make medical gowns and masks even safer for front-line health-care workers. Using a one-year, $50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grant, textiles scientist Patricia Dolez is leading research on developing a textile treatment that would kill viruses – including COVID-19 – on contact. “We are developing something that will make these fabrics self-decontaminating,”…
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