Conference Features

The conference will include:

  • Innovation showcase: An interactive display area that highlights projects, technology advances and research across the innovation spectrum.

  • Plenary and breakout sessions: Featuring panel discussions on timely topics, including how Alberta is advancing clean technology through policy and regulation, how other jurisdictions have succeeded in advancing innovation, innovators who have successfully accessed funding and what they learned along their journey toward commercialization, what the market is demanding today, and next-gen products and technologies. The conference will also feature expert and inspirational keynotes that enlighten and inspire the audience.

  • Plenary sessions:

    Advancing innovation around the world
    What solutions have been effective in driving clean technology innovation around the world? Can we apply lessons from other jurisdictions to find complete solutions that will advance technology more quickly in Alberta and Canada?

    What does the marketplace want?
    What cleantech challenges are confronting Alberta’s biggest industry sectors? How can the research and innovation community better understand and address market needs?

    Where money and ideas meet
    What are the new, innovative funding approaches under development and how we can leverage global efforts to fund cleantech in Alberta?

  • Access to supporting organizations: Supporting organizations will be on-site with staffed displays to respond to innovator questions and to connect them with the tools they need.

  • Networking opportunities: Provided formally or informally over breaks, lunches and receptions.

  • Legacy Report: Launch of the 2018 Cleantech Directions research report that will provide a conditional outlook for both innovators and technology adopters.

  • Post-conference site tours


Connect innovators with supporting organizations

Connect researchers and innovators in a supportive environment to accelerate GHG-reducing technologies and advance the research, development and commercialization of value-added products and technologies in Alberta’s bioindustrial sector.

Demonstrate solutions that advance innovation

Demonstrate how different parts of Alberta’s innovation system are working together to provide complete solutions (e.g. policy, regulatory, technological, financial and business development) that advance innovation.

Showcase climate leadership outcomes

Demonstrate how technology providers are making progress toward identified climate leadership outcomes.


Conference Audience

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Includes cleantech innovators and researchers from industry and academic institutions that span traditional energy and bioindustrial sectors. (Bioindustrial innovators include agricultural producers, forest-product companies and sawmills, entrepreneurs, and small- and medium-sized enterprises.)


Includes companies and organizations in the agriculture, oil and gas, petrochemical, pipeline, power generation, fertilizer manufacturing, industrial operations, construction and forestry industries.


Includes investors and provincial and federal government bodies, as well as regulatory and funding agencies, public and private funding organizations, academic and research groups and networks, various industry associations and advisory groups.