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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak at SPARK 2017

October 27, 2017
By SPARK 2017

Oct. 27, 2017 - 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.

Premier 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.

SPARK 2017 registration tops 300
More than 330 people have registered for the SPARK 2017 conference, and the number is expected to continue getting larger.


Registrants are coming from multiple sectors (i.e., oil and gas, bioindustrial, power generation, construction, transportation). They include business leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers and academics, investors and senior government officials. There will also be representatives from regulatory and funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and industry associations.

If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time. The conference takes place Nov. 6-8 in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Register for the opportunity to learn about ongoing research and innovation in clean technology, what the marketplace wants, and how to finance your clean tech business. In addition to scheduled sessions, attendees will have networking opportunities and be treated to an interactive space where you can engage with groups and agencies supporting innovation along the development pipeline.

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