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Alberta's ICT Opportunity


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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.

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Alberta's ICT Opportunity

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