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A presentation given by Tom Ogaranko to the Rotary Club of Edmonton on the elements needed to assure the successful future of Alberta's ICT industry.

A presentation given by Tom Ogaranko to the Rotary Club of Edmonton on the elements needed to assure the successful future of Alberta's ICT industry.

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Alberta's ICT Opportunity Alberta's ICT Opportunity Presentation Transcript

  • Capturing Alberta's Opportunity to Build a World-Class IT Industry Rotary Club of Edmonton November 16, 2006 Tom Ogaranko
    • What you
    • imagine steers
    • what you see, feel, think
    • and experience.
  • What if our new Premier Faced…
    • 2006
      • no water permits issued south of Red Deer
    • 2011
      • major workforce retraining required due to changing capital projects
    • 2020
      • Alberta Forests devastated by Pine Beetle
    • 2025
      • net importer of natural gas, conventional oil, falling royalties
      • NOT so fictional!
  • What if this was 1981 again?
  • Why do I care? Simply, their future.
    • “ Ideas are the factors that lift civilization. They create revolutions. There is more dynamite in an idea than in many bombs.”
    • John H. Vincent
  • Overview
    • Background on Information and Communications Technology
      • The impact
      • The opportunity
      • The imperative
    • Outline an Action Agenda
      • For our families
      • For our businesses
      • For our public sector
  • What is the ICT Industry?
    • Businesses involved in
      • computer software and services,
      • telecommunications equipment and services,
      • computer hardware,
      • communication cable and wire,
      • recorded media,
      • internet service providers (ISPs) and
      • additional ICT products.
  • What is ICT’s impact?
  • How big is the ICT Industry?
    • Though the global market is growing steadily at 7%, Alberta’s current strategy has targeted 15% growth.
    0.3% 10 149 3,200 2007 Est. 0.6% 0.3% 0.5% AB as % of Global 12.5 125 $2,500 1998 30 8.5 Alberta 220 130 Canada 4,800 $2,800 Global 2013 Est. 2005 ICT Market (C$B)
  • ICT Industry is key to competitiveness
    • Advanced Technology Industries account for only 32% of US GDP.
    • Advanced Technology Industries account for 76% of US GDP Net Productivity Gains over the past 10 years; 85% globally.
    Why? Strategic Use of ICT to create products/refine processes.
  • ICT is an Enabling Technology
    • ICT is an enabling technology and Canadian
    • Businesses and individuals have embraced it
    Indexed growth of business sector investment in ICTs and non-ICTs 1990 = 100 (current $) Breakdown of business sector investment in ICTs by type of asset 1990-200 2 (millions of current $)
  • ICT is an Industry & an Enabler
  • ICT Canada’s most innovative sector
    • ICT sector R&D expenditures are expected to reach $ 5.2 billion in 2003; 43% of the total Canadian private sector R&D
    • Six of the top ten R&D performers in Canada are ICT firms
    Private Sector R&D Expenditures 2003 Intentions ($ millions) Source: Industry Canada ’s compilation and Statistics Canada Cat. 88-001 5,182 ICT Sector A erospace Products & Parts Scientific R&D Architectural and Engineering Services Pharma - ceutical & Medicine 1,147 1,051 872
  • Alberta’s ICT Industry
    • 4 th largest sector in terms of GDP contribution (7.5%), 5 th largest employer
    • 4500 companies
    • Employees focused on two major activities
      • 50% in computer consulting mostly global brands
      • 50% developing products and technologies
    • Technology company profile
      • 6-10 people, most under 40 years old
      • Little business experience
      • Undercapitalized
    70,000 $10.0b ICT Sector 122,600 $42.5b Mining, Oil and Gas 159,700 $42.1b Construction 147,100 $59.3b All Manufacturing Employees Revenues (2005) $ in Billions Industry Sector
  • What are some of the Global opportunities?
    • Thought based computing
    • Simulation
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Robotics
    • Social Economy
  • What is Alberta’s ICT Opportunity?
    • Wireless, Software
      • Focus: Data Services, Simulation and Business Intelligence in
        • Heritage Industries (Energy, Forestry, Agriculture)
        • Healthcare and Life Sciences
        • Entertainment and Education
        • Defense and Security
    • 2 (real) Examples:
      • Forestry: Sustainable Forest Management Modeling
      • Healthcare: Ending Diabetes
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  • Potential Alberta Impact Areas
    • Opportunities
      • Simulation and modeling
      • Data acquisition
  • Healthcare: Ending Diabetes
    • Integrate leading health, nano and ICT research with
      • Wireless Nanosensors
      • Artificial Pancreas
      • Transmit blood sugar level from sensor to artificial pancreas for automatic insulin dosage adjustments
  • Our Choice Today
    • “Buy” or “Build and Sell”?
    ICT
  • Why Act Now? 7%
  • Our Heritage Industries are Threatened
    • Oil and Gas
      • Forecasts – out of Natural Gas and Conventional Oil by 2025
    • Forestry
      • Pine Beetle threatening forests and migrating species
    • Agriculture
      • No more water permits south of Red Deer
      • Salination of Southern Alberta
      • Water for Life Strategy
        • Our water use by 2020 determines the sustainability of Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • The Challenges
  • Access to Patient Capital
  • Access to Markets
    • First Customer Access
      • 85% of Alberta ICT firms have more problems selling locally than elsewhere
    • Export Market Access
      • No natural distribution channel
      • Weak intelligence on target markets
      • Little support to access market
      • Underdeveloped international business skills
  • R&D Commercialization, Leverage
    • Improve commercialization track record
      • 2005, C$19M net commercial returns on C$5B in Canadian research funding
      • Poor linkages between industry and research
    • Increase R&D2
      • 0.73:1 Ratio of Private:Public R&D in Alberta
        • 3:1 in Finland and leading countries
      • Build capacity for demonstration projects
      • Increase innovation and adoption rates in Alberta industry
  • Skilled, Experienced People
    • Technologists
      • Canadian Software Human Resources Council projects 75,000 ICT jobs offshored by 2010
      • Alberta leads Canada in supply of educated S&T graduates (7.5/1,000 persons employed v. 6.4 nationally) but we lack US (9/1,000) and Finland (15/1,000)
    • Business Skills
      • International business
      • Finance
      • Technology product development and marketing
  • Supportive Tax, Fiscal Environment
    • R&D Tax Credit
      • Alberta is the only province in Canada to not have one.
      • Canada’s SRED Credit skews start-up behaviour
    • Investor Incentives
      • Parallel flow through share, stumpage fee, agricultural subsidy, film tax credit
      • BC Angel funding experiment created 16000 jobs and 570 companies with a 90% survival rate after 5 years.
    • Foster Collaboration in key public sector areas with ICT industry
      • Procurement practices
  • What Can you Do At Home?
    • Promote ICT education with your kids, grandkids
      • As a career
      • As a life skill
    • Mentor
      • Help a technology entrepreneur
    • Invest
      • Ask your investment advisors how you can invest in Alberta’s technology sector
    • Ask your MLA, MP
      • what they are doing to support Alberta’s technology industries
  • What Can you do At Work?
    • Strategic Sourcing – co-develop solutions with local firms
    • Encourage commercialization of technologies
    • Invest
      • In innovation
      • In training
  • What can we do as Rotarians?
    • Equipment
    • Training
    • Mentorship
    • International linkages
  • Your actions will make them smile!
  • Thank you!