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  Mar. 31, 2015           News Flash

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions releases its 2015-18 business plan

As legislated in the Alberta Research and Innovation Regulation, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions submitted its 2015-18 business plan today to the Minister of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education. Outlined in the plan are research and innovation initiatives across six business lines to help grow and diversify Alberta's agriculture, food and forest sectors. In total, these sectors generated more than $30 billion in sales in 2013. The 161 active grant agreements AI Bio was managing as of March 2015, plus new ones to be launched in 2015-16, will very likely result in new or improved products, processes or services, leading to additional economic activity for the province.  In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the 39 projects that AI Bio closed may lead to 70 new innovations for the marketplace.


  Mar. 13, 2015           Info Bulletin

New AI Bio funding program aimed at leading-edge bioindustrial innovation, sustainability and diversification

EDMONTON …Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has introduced a major new funding program aimed at diversifying the provincial economy by accelerating growth of an emerging field with great potential for Alberta - the bioindustrial sector.

The new program, calledAlberta Bio Future(ABF), will also increase sustainability by promoting use of Alberta's renewable resources.

  Feb. 24, 2015           News Release

Science and Economics Mix With Water in New Wetlands Research Project

EDMONTON, AB - Water will soon return to selected drained wetlands in Alberta, thanks to an innovative research project supported in part by a $390,000 investment by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. Today, the Alberta Land Institute launched the "Alberta's Living Laboratory - Wetlands Project", which will work in partnership with private land owners to better understand wetland restoration.

  Feb. 19, 2015           News Release

Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) funds seven projects valued at $3.2 million to address GHG emissions from biological sources

Edmonton - ..."The biological program is an important part of the CCEMC portfolio," said CCEMC Managing Director Kirk Andries. "These diverse projects demonstrate the range of opportunities available to tackle GHG emissions from biological sources, from reducing emissions in Alberta's agriculture sector, to examining the potential for completely new sources of costly diluents in the oil and gas industry." ...The Biological GHG Management Program is delivered in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

  Jan. 26, 2015           News Release

Farmers Edge and Capital Power Sign Exclusive Agreement to Achieve Agricultural Sustainability for Farming 4R Land

Winnipeg, MB - Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced the closing of an exclusive agreement with Capital Power to develop carbon offsets eligible for use in the Alberta Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. This partnership formalizes the parties' April 2014 commitment to develop a project under the Alberta Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP). The project builds upon the Farming 4R Land Program, which was developed by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, and funded by Alberta's Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.

  Dec. 04, 2014           News Release

Ceapro Awarded Research Grant from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions to Develop Novel Formulations for Energy Drink

Ceapro Inc.  (TSX-V: CZO) ("Ceapro" or the "Company"), a growth-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of active ingredients for health care and cosmetic industries, announced today it has been awarded a non-reimbursable grant of $198,000 by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) to develop the Company's proprietary Beta Glucan formulation in combination with certain bioactives, for use in an energy drink.

  Nov. 19, 2014           News Release

AI-EES announces $2 Million call for proposals - next generation renewable energy storage technologies

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) announced they are making $2 Million in funding available to help develop the most promising next-generation energy storage technologies for Alberta. AI-EES is looking for technology providers - from Alberta and beyond - that have ideas for energy storage to enable and accelerate the deployment of wind and solar power in Alberta.

Application form and full Call for Proposal description  

  Nov. 13, 2014           News Release

Delta Genomics Centre Spin-Out from the University of Alberta

Delta Genomics Centre, a full-service DNA facility specializing in livestock genetic testing has officially spun-out of the University of Alberta's business incubation program to become a fee-for service non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the livestock industry. Delta Genomics is the service arm of Livestock Gentec, an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions centre.

  Nov. 07, 2014           News Flash

Resumes invited to fill CEO position at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

Executive search firm, AltoPartners, invites qualified candidates to submit resumes for the position of Chief Executive Officer at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. For more information, visit http://bio.albertainnovates.ca/about/careers/

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.   

  Nov. 06, 2014           News Flash

Steve Price appointed Interim CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

The Board of Directors of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have appointed Steve Price as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. In addition to his responsibilities as AI Bio's Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation, Mr. Price will take on the responsibilities of CEO until a permanent candidate is selected.

  Nov. 05, 2014           News Flash

Presentations from Biological Solutions Forum 2014 available online

On October 1 to 2, 2014 more than 140 delegates from industry, finance, government and academia attended the "Biological Solutions Forum 2014 - Building the Business Case." It was hosted by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions in collaboration with the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. The event featured speakers talking about opportunities to use biological systems to reduce net GHG emissions in Alberta, while generating useful products and services with market potential.  The presentations from this event are available for viewing at http://bio.albertainnovates.ca/stratthemes/ecosystem-services/bioghg/events/forum-2014/

  Oct. 31, 2014           News Flash

Eddy Isaacs, Winner: 2014 Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community
Since earning his PhD at the University of Alberta in 1974, Dr. Eddy Isaacs has been promoting innovation in energy and the environment across Canada. As CEO of Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES), Isaacs continues to be an ambassador for Alberta's science and technology community.
Isaacs says that his transition into leadership roles occurred serendipitously. Opportunities presented themselves and he realized he was in a position to learn and benefit Alberta's energy and environment sectors.
"Once I started getting into it I saw that energy innovation is a critical component," says Isaacs. "Alberta is an energy province, very few jurisdictions in the world that have the magnitude of resources that we have here. It was a natural challenge but it was also an exciting opportunity."

  Oct. 31, 2014           News Release

Lucrative extract market uses ag and forest biomass

EDMONTON... Radient Technologies' commercial plant opens in Alberta. The door is open for Alberta farmers and forestry companies to grow specialty cash crops for their high value extracts right here in the province with the launch of the Radient Technologies commercial production plant in Edmonton.

  Oct. 24, 2014           News Release

Free Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with Lakeland College and Medicine Hat College to host free public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Lectures will be held in Lloydminster, Pincher Creek and Brooks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta.

  Oct. 17, 2014           News Release

NRCan Announces Funding for Clean Technology Project in Edmonton

The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced an investment of $1 million under Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII). The funding will support the InLine Dewatering of Oil Sands Tailings research and development project, which will conduct research into reducing water and energy use when extracting bitumen from Canada's oil sands.

  Jul. 21, 2014           News Release

Alberta aims innovation at economic development

The Innovation Council will act as a "system architect", providing vital oversight and advice to align priorities, advance strategic initiatives and clarify roles and responsibilities while providing advice to government on ways it can enhance research and innovation in the province.

  Jul. 09, 2014           News Release

GE Launches Global Ecomagination Innovation Challenge to Reduce GHG Emissions in Canada's Oil Sands

GE announced the launch of an up to CAD$1 million ecomagination open innovation challenge to help accelerate technology development in Canada's oil sands. The Innovation Challenge will target two of the biggest opportunities to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in the oil sands: new uses for waste heat and improved efficiency of steam generation.

Strategic advisors for the GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge include Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES)

  Jun. 24, 2014           News Release

Energy Efficiency Studies Identify the Best Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Alberta

Results of the groundbreaking comprehensive assessment of energy consumption and opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions show that more than eighty per cent of the electric energy used in the province comes from fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). Dr. Surindar Singh, Executive Director, Renewables and Emerging Technologies, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES), says, "These studies provide insights on how the government could maximize the impact and benefits of its climate change and energy efficiency policies."

  Jun. 24, 2014           News Release

Teagasc and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Fund Agri-Food Research at the University of Alberta

Edmonton, Canada…Four PhD students to receive prestigious Walsh Fellowships. Teagasc, Ireland's agriculture and food development authority, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and the University of Alberta in Canada have signed an agreement that will result in additional highly qualified personnel working in the agri-food sector.

  Jun. 13, 2014           News Flash

Ceapro Inc. wins Gold Leaf Award for being the best in emerging agricultural biotechnology

Ceapro Inc., an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions-supported company, has won the prestigious Golf Leaf award by BIOTECanada for excellence in agricultural and industrial biotechnology. Ceapro is a small Alberta-based manufacturer of oat-based natural ingredients used in personal care and cosmetic products. Nominated and judged by biotechnology industry leaders, the awards honour companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth of Canada's biotech sector. Ceapro has been financially supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions through its Advancing Materials and Chemicals program.

  Jun. 04, 2014           News Release

Enerkem launches world’s first full-scale waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility

Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) officially inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first commercial advanced biorefinery to exclusively use municipal solid waste to produce advanced biofuels and chemicals. This industry breakthrough is a collaboration between Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions.

  Jun. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

Advanced Energy Research Facility Fact Sheet 2014

Activities underway at the Advanced Energy Research Facility:

  • Wastes-to-liquids and higher value products
  • Energy recovery from plastics for the American Chemistry Council
  • Field demonstration of advanced membranes for syngas cleanup and CO2 capture
  • Production of renewable fuels from agricultural feedstocks

  May. 23, 2014           News Flash

Wake Up Canada: seize the opportunity for super-sized value-added projects

There was once a time when it made eminent sense to send all our oil and gas south. It no longer does. And it's not just because of the XL pipeline. It's because Canadians are losing billions of dollars a year by being too slow and complacent about finding new markets.

  May. 13, 2014           News Flash

Silvacom video "Measuring Ecosystem Services" wins GOLD at Graphex 2013

Congratulations to Silvacom on winning gold at the Graphex 2013 Awards. These biennial awards celebrate the best designs across Canada in all mediums. More than 800 applications were submitted across 16 categories. According to a panel of international judges, the Silvacom video animation "Measuring Ecosystem Services" was best of 10 finalists in the digital category. The award was presented at the Graphex Awards Gala held May 9, 2014 at MacEwan University's Robbins Health Learning Centre.  Silvacom developed the video as part of its work on the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) project for Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, which is now in its second phase. The video was created to describe ecosystem services and why they're important to society.

  May. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solution Newsletter

We are pleased to present the first issue of our Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions newsletter. In this and upcoming issues, we will provide updates on our latest news and provide information about how we are working with partners to develop solutions for the key technical challenges facing Alberta's energy, environment, and water sectors. In this edition:

  • Committed to the reduction of oil sands tailings
  • What's in your garbage
  • Staff Profile
  • Recent Reports

  Apr. 23, 2014           News Release

Faculty of ALES names Dr. Stan Blade as new dean starting August 1

"On behalf of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Board of Directors I would like to congratulate our CEO, Dr. Stan Blade, on his appointment by the University of Alberta as the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, effective August 1, 2014," said Art Froehlich, Board Chair of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. "We greatly appreciate the leadership that Stan has provided. Stan will continue to lead Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions until July 31, 2014 during which time the Board will ensure that there is a seamless transition in the leadership of our organization." 

  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Research collaboration provides opportunity for promoting greenhouse gas reduction in Alberta

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Alberta Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) and the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) have signed a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of the agreement is to link ARECA's objectives for economic and environmental performance through research, knowledge and capacity building and extension activities with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programming developed by Canada's fertilizer industry...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.

  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Lakeland College Student Managed Farm Adopts 4R Nutrient Stewardship

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Lakeland College are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at incorporating the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program into Lakeland curriculum...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.

  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Fertilizer industry and energy company promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction and agricultural sustainability for Farming 4R Land

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Capital Power Corporation are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Canadian agronomy firm Farmers Edge and Alberta's agricultural producers. The group will develop a pilot program to generate offsets utilizing the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP) approved for use in the Alberta Offset System...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.

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