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Alberta’s Clean Tech Sector is ready for liftoff

April 21, 2017
By Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance

April 21, 2017 - Long known for their entrepreneurial spirit, and increasingly for their engineering skill, 1,200 Albertans are employed today in building cleantech businesses that seek new ways to profitably solve the environmental challenges facing the Province, and the world. Together, these startups and scale-ups have brought over half a billion dollars of investment to the province, and collectively generate over $300M in revenue annually.

These are just some of the important findings in a new study to be released on April 28th by the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance, in partnership with Deloitte and MaRS Data Catalyst. The study reports on the findings of a cross-province survey of over 70 “pure play” cleantech companies based in the province.

“ACTia’s vision is to make Alberta one of the world’s leading destinations for cleantech venture development and investment. But success must be underpinned by good data… This report gives us a rigorous baseline from which to build.”
– Rus Matichuk, President of ACTia

“As this report shows, Alberta is much more than a resource economy – Alberta is a place where we turn challenges into opportunities.”
– Minister Deron Bilous, Alberta Economic Development and Trade

Quick facts
– Over 90 per cent of Alberta’s cleantech companies plan to hire more staff this year.
– Those that have reached meaningful scale offer high-wage jobs for highly skilled individuals, reporting paying on average just under $100,000 per year.
– Three of every four companies hold patents or other forms of intellectual property.


To share the results of this study, ACTia is hosting a webinar to bring interested parties – innovators, investors, corporate partners, journalists and public decision makers – up to speed on the state of the Province’s cleantech sector and what we can do to help it flourish.

Alberta is poised to see globally significant investment in green infrastructure. Can we use this inflow of capital as an opportunity to transform our economy from one of technology customer to technology creator? What are our current strengths in cleantech, and where can we improve?

Please join ACTia’s Jason Switzer, Deloitte’s Paul Leroux, and Albertan cleantech CEO Steve Petrone as they discuss these questions and present the results of the survey.

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 10:30-11:30 MST
Register: Ready for Liftoff

Presenters: Jason Switzer, Executive Director, ACTia
Paul Leroux, National Cleantech Leader and Associate Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP
Dr. Steve Petrone, CEO, Quantiam Technologies Inc.

Participating in Alberta’s Cleantech Sector webinar is free, but online registration is required.
Visit our website page for a copy of the report:

Founded in 2011, ACTia is the only multi-stakeholder, province-wide and industry focused group working to position Alberta as a world-class launchpad for clean technology businesses. Learn more: 

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