A Sold Out Event

More than 560 innovation and business leaders converged in Edmonton last week to attend SPARK 2017. The conference, featuring more than 80 speakers, was co-hosted by Emissions Reduction Alberta and Alberta Innovates. It brought cleantech researchers and innovators together with representatives from the business community, government and the innovation system.

We have received permission to post some presentations from SPARK 2017. They are now available on the conference website in PDF format for viewing HERE. Click the blue “View Presentation” links within the program schedule to access each PDF.

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Unleashing the Best Minds

Aberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak at SPARK

Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are pleased to announce that Premier Rachel Notley is scheduled to speak at SPARK 2017, the clean technology conference being co-hosted by the two provincial organizations next month.  

Rachel Notley WebPremier Notley will address the gathering during a plenary session on Tuesday, Nov. 7. In addition, all SPARK attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office. The ministers are scheduled to speak during plenaries on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8, respectively.

With more than 80 speakers now confirmed, the SPARK 2017 program is designed to spur research and innovation at the intersection where energy, the environment and economic development meet.  

ERA and Alberta Innovates have joined forces to accelerate scale-up of technologies and products that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The conference is also aimed advancing research, development and commercialization of technologies and bioproducts (advanced materials, biochemicals and bioenergy) using forest and agricultural biomass available in Alberta.  

When Social Innovation Meets Technology Innovation:SPARK 2017 and the Energy Futures Lab

Alberta is poised for a big leap forward in energy innovation.This will be on display in early November at SPARK 2017, a two-day conference in Edmonton co-hosted by Emissions Reductions Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates (AI). Many EFL partners and Fellows will be taking part in the event.

In preparation for SPARK 2017, Energy Futures Lab Director and Chief Innovation Officer of The Natural Step Canada, Chad Park sat down with Steve Macdonald, ERA’s Chief Executive Officer and EFL Steering Committee Member, and Elizabeth Shirt, ERA’s Executive Director of Policy and Strategy and an EFL Fellow.

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Sustainability Push Sparks Conference

Energy, industry and agriculture sectors get together to discuss innovations to curb climate change.

Meetings about greenhouse gas emissions and biofuels are just starting to become regular occurrences in Western Canada.

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