Introducing Alberta's Innovation Ecosystem

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The Canadian Landing Pad at The Vault

415 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94111

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Once thought of as "the country above the US", Canada has recently emerged as a global leader in technology & innovation.

Canada has also been focusing its efforts on an open immigration policy designed to attract a group of diverse, educated professionals. Coupled with lower salaries, higher quality of living, generous R&D tax credits and an attractive exchange rate, it's no surprise that US companies are experiencing "Boarder Envy" and are looking to the North to leverage the strong talent and lower costs of doing business.

But not all of Canada is created equal. Both Toronto and Vancouver are quickly joining the ranks of Silicon Valley with large tech companies opening huge offices, creating a crowded ecosystem and demands for salaries akin to their company HQ.

Enter Alberta.

Long known for being a leader in energy and natural gas, Alberta has been quietly diversifying to compete on the global stage in areas such as food & agritech, health & life sciences, cleantech, nanotechnology and AI/ML.

Not to mention the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), which spun out from the University of Alberta (UAlberta), is one of three AI Centers of excellence in Canada. UAlberta’s reinforcement learning, game and AI development expertise are world-renowned.

Alberta now stands out as a huge competitive advantage when it comes to Silicon Valley companies looking to grow their business. It offers the same high quality talent but in a less competitive environment, with a higher quality of living and an ecosystem eager to show Alberta's strengths.

Join us to learn more!


9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Networking, Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Remarks & Alberta Advantage

9:45 – 10:30 The War for Talent - Why Google/DeepMind and Apple are expanding in Alberta

10:30 – 11:00 Amii, Alberta's crown jewel in AI

11:00 - 11:30 The case for Health in Alberta

11:30 – 12:00 General Discussion and Q&A

12:00 – 12:30 Networking Lunch Session

Over the period from 2000-2018, the University of Alberta has been ranked number 3 AI/ML institute in the world (see and first in Canada.

Speakers Include:

Cory Janssen, Founder & CEO @ AltaML

AltaML partners with organizations using a co-development model where we can provide our technical and strategic expertise to build transformative applications using applied AI/ML.

Cory co-founded Investopedia with his college roommate in 1999, while still at the University of Alberta. He sold the company to Forbes Media in 2007.

Nella Brodett, Director of Global Outreach @ Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

One of three centres of excellence in Canada’s national AI Strategy, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) performs advanced research in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and guides businesses as they grow their AI capabilities.

Nella leads Amii's efforts in building industry engagement through meaningful partnerships. Her passion lies in supporting the application of emerging technology and exposing the world to Alberta.

Dornoosh Zonoobi, Co-Founder & CEO @ MEDO

MEDO envisions transforming ultrasound into the stethoscope of the 21st century by radically simplifying the use of it for common and critical conditions.

Antonio Bruni, Health City

Health City is an economic development organization created to catalyze and accelerate innovation in the health sector in Edmonton. Our focus is on transforming innovations from our health ecosystem into solutions that have commercial application and global relevance; adopting them for impact in Edmonton and scaling them for export to global markets.

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