Government of Canada Supports High-Tech Innovation and Skills Training Opportunities
Friday, July 31, 2015
For Immediate Release
Government of Canada Supports High-Tech Innovation and Skills Training
Opportunities in Western Canada
July 31, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada
Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification,
announced two federal investments, through the Western Diversification Program (WDP), to
enhance economic competitiveness in the West.
Federal funding of $291,375 will enable Innovate Calgary, in partnership with the University of
Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic, to establish the Kinetica Innovation Centre for high-tech start-up
companies to develop innovative technological solutions for the energy sector, accelerate
commercialization opportunities, and engage students to participate in industry-relevant projects.
A second investment of $297,500 will support SAIT Polytechnic in the development of 3D virtual
training modules for skilled trade workers, which will allow students to access training through a
blended classroom and online distance learning experience. This investment will promote
economic growth by helping to train workers for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades.
• The Kinetica Innovation Centre, located at SAIT Polytechnic, is a collaborative initiative
combining science and engineering strengths, technical talent, and business acceleration
services to help create an innovation ecosystem for the energy industry.
• Kinetica, a program of Innovate Calgary, is working with the energy industry to identify key
challenges and will help guide the Centre’s clients to align their product development
activities with industry needs.
• The development of 3D educational applications at SAIT Polytechnic will train students in
electrician, millwright, and non-destructive testing trades.
• Over the next 10 years, Alberta will experience up to 25 per cent attrition in the skilled
workforce in the energy industry due to retirements.
“Our Government recognizes the important role that innovation plays in creating jobs and
economic growth. By investing in the collaborative work of these institutions we are not only
helping to develop sophisticated technological solutions, we are also preparing students for
skilled positions in the future.”
- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification
“Innovate Calgary is proud to have a role in creating additional opportunities for the development
of pivotal energy technologies. This Centre is an example of how government, universities and
poly-technical institutions can come together in a collaborative way to support entrepreneurs. It
also demonstrates the opportunity to create a world-class energy innovation ecosystem, within
our province, that enables and expedites the most promising energy technologies to industry.”
- Peter Garrett, President, Innovate Calgary
“Calgary’s strengths as an energy leader will be catalyzed by the kind of partnership represented
by Kinetica – where emerging research is formally supported by technology development and test
facilities, and where companies can connect with support for faster application. This is how new
opportunities will also solve the sector’s most pressing challenges.”
- ED McCauley, Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary
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“The Government of Canada recognizes the value of industry partnership and applied education
— two of SAIT’s key institutional priorities. Through their support, SAIT can continue to elevate
the learning experience for our students and set them up for successful careers.”
- Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT Polytechnic
• Innovate Calgary
• Kinetica Ventures (A division of Innovate Calgary)
• University of Calgary
• SAIT Polytechnic
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