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  • Background Info: Concept Chamber of Commerce focused on Basic sector of the economy. Resource sector: Northern Alberta is disproportionately higher than the rest of AB Value-Added (and I include manufacturing) is somewhat lower that the rest of the Province. New Economy (Knowledge sector) – this is where we (NW AB) lag behind. Source: Gary Christopherson developed this slide from information available from NADC.
  • Instructions: This is an example of an innovation (although not well illustrated) – Came from Grande Prairie Regional College – Integrated Research Unit and represents an innovation – a project management approach to new product development. ‘ Know this because’ it is the basis from which the Centre for Research & Innovation promotional booklet describes the new product development process AND is an (our) example of how we are ‘innovating innovation’. Refer them to the CRI promotional booklet.
  • Instructions: 1025 client “servings” represents: -179 client application forms completed; -145 intellectual property consultations (ie. meetings with Doug Thompson); -527 people attended 13 workshops; -154 people attended 3 celebration events (RADF funding announcement Oct. 2008; Innovation feast Oct. 2009; Round 2 Innovation Voucher announcement) -29 miscellaneous Round 1 Vouchers: Bill Wilt – Free Wing Industries Ltd. Adam Corfe – Endeavour Equipment Inc. Julie Boucher – The Woopad Inc. (formerly Nordic Pac Ltd.) Rchard Vanderzee - On-Track Supplies & Equipment Ltd. Cameron Tofer – Hermitworks Entertainment Corp Steve Cameron – Criticare Emergency Response Round 2 Vouchers:
  • CRI Short Summary

    1. 1. Presented by: Bruce Rutley PhD PAg Director June 15, 2010 The Centre for Research & Innovation ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    2. 2. The CRI seeks to advance the culture of innovation and the commercialization of innovation initially in the Peace Country and then throughout rural Alberta by sharing our best practice model. The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~ Funds are being used to develop best practices in rural innovation and to provide a suite of services to rural innovators.
    3. 3. Need for Change: Develop Manufacturing and New Sectors Sector Northern Alberta Province of Alberta Basic (primarily Retail & Wholesale Trade, Transportation & Warehousing, Construction, Health, Hospitality, Public Administration) 66% 67% Resources (Agriculture, Forestry, Energy, Mining, Hunting Sectors) 22% 10% Manufacturing (value-added) 5% 8% New Economy (Information, Culture, Finance, Insurance, Professional, Scientific, Technical Services, Management, Arts, Entertainment, Recreation) 7% 15%
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    5. 5. Building a culture of innovation in NW-AB; creating a one-stop-shop for SMEs; and Applied Research <ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>Science (Industry) </li></ul><ul><li>Social (Community) </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Clients </li></ul><ul><li>Student Integrated </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation: </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>Client Services (CRISP) </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation Vouchers (ASP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Idea Filtering Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>Design/Prototypes </li></ul><ul><li>IP Protection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring/ Business Development (R&D) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to Capital Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational (Social) </li></ul><ul><li>Programs ( LEAN, PeRMA, Marketing – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competitive Intelligence) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Awareness: </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise Database </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul>
    6. 6. Partners: <ul><li>Peace Region Economic Development Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Alberta’s Development Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Innovates Technology Futures (AET) </li></ul><ul><li>Community Futures / Business Link </li></ul><ul><li>Grande Prairie </li></ul><ul><li>- Business Planning; Youth Technopreneurship Program </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Country </li></ul><ul><li>- Business Planning; Youth Technopreneurship Program; Office Space </li></ul><ul><li>Business Link </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Market Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IRAP </li></ul><ul><li>clients in common; projects (marketing competitive intelligence 2009-2010) </li></ul><ul><li>AACTI – Innovation / Regional Forest Industry / City of Grande Prairie </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research </li></ul>The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators ~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    7. 7. <ul><li>Innovation Clients – over 1000 people served (as at June 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>A) Client Services (Invention Management Services) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I) Innovation Vouchers: Round 1 (6); Round 2 (12) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>II) Projects (35) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>E) Angel Investment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I) Access to investors and Angel Capital Network (under development) </li></ul></ul>The Centre of a Network of Regional Researchers and Innovators <ul><li>B) Intellectual Property Consultations (145) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2008/2009: 73 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009/2010: 72 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>C) Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>527 total attendees over 13 workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a) 2008/2009: 69 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b) 2009/2010: 458 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>D) Events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I) 154 total attendees over 3 events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a) 2008/2009: 43 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b) 2009/2010: 111 </li></ul></ul></ul>~a GPRC-PREDA partnership~
    8. 8. Contact Info: Innovation Services Centre 2000 11330-106 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 7X9 Phone: 1-877-539-2808 Fax: 780-539-7410 Director’s Office: Applied Research Room B309, GPRC 10726-106 Avenue, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 4C4 Phone: 780-539-2054 Fax: 780-539-2764 Email: