"The enduring competitive advantages in an economy lie increasingly in local attributes that competitors cannot match........
Knowledge, Relationships, Motivation
The focus should be on high growth, technology-driven innovation (“Technovation”) industries with high wages."
Michael Porter, Harvard Business School
Economic Development "Cluster Strategy"
Our Economic Development Perspective
Today, emerging technologies are signalling the start of a new economic cycle where regions that are effective in translating technology innovation into commercial success will gain competitive advantage and enhance economic resilience.
To create, nurture and develop an integrated technology ecosystem in Canmore and the Bow Valley, culminating in the establishment of an internationally recognized, campus-style, Technology Innovation and Development Center.
To support the development of new start-up entrepreneurial talent to create innovative technology products and market-driven companies translating science and technology innovation into commercial success.
To build a vibrant co-working and residency community of researchers, developers and entrepreneurs to work, learn and collaborate together to develop their projects and to have access to the resources to expand to global markets.
To collaborate with existing local organizations, including the district school community, to establish an interdisciplinary technology education platform by providing programs for kids, teens and adults to develop the skills in coding, design and entrepreneurship to contribute to, and prosper in, the trans-formative social and economic systems of the 21st Century.
Established in late 2017 as a new, impactful economic development and diversification initiative, Innovate Canmore is a Not-For-Profit corporation governed and operated by a local Board of Directors with extensive professional backgrounds in education, computer and life sciences, AI and machine learning, technology product development, financial engineering, and the entrepreneurial venture cycle of startup, build out, and exit.
FOUNDERS & Board of Directors
President & CEO
Brian is a corporate director with extensive international business experience in corporate finance and investment banking, management consulting and general management in Europe, North America and the Far East. His clients have included startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies and international development agencies.
He has held several senior corporate Board of Director positions including as a Member of the Board and Corporate Finance Director of a London, UK-based consortium investment bank, and Member of the Board and President of a Boston, US-based strategic consulting firm in a collaboration between the investment bank and a senior faculty member of Harvard Business School.
Matthew Brown PhD
Chief Technical Officer
Matthew holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario and has extensive experience in the areas of computing science, machine learning (artificial intelligence, A.I.), image and signal processing, statistics, brain imaging, and mental health. He has conducted scientific research for over two decades including projects with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute and is a current recipient of an NSERC Discovery Grant looking at how machine learning can be applied to brain imaging and mental health treatment.
His leadership and experience has attracted over $1.6 million in research funding for projects on which he has collaborated. Matthew founded Puzzle Rock Coding Inc. in 2017 to provide consulting services for machine learning, data analysis, and software development.
Matthew lives in Canmore and has a keen interest in hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking.
Member of the Board
Stephen Bates holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and is a world class expert in performance storage, non-volatile memory, computer networking, signal processing and error correction coding. As a former Professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s ICORE High Capacity Digital Communications Lab, Stephen was awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant and an SRC Research Grant to investigate bridging the domain between algorithm development and silicon implementation.
Stephen has been instrumental in solving some of the most complicated communication and storage solutions in the industry. His entrepreneurship has seen him direct and found several technology companies. He was Senior Technical Director at Microsemi (formerly PMC), where he worked to shape and execute on Microsemi’s roadmap for high-performance storage. He was cofounder and Chief Architect of Rad3 Communications, a communications IP provider which was acquired by PMC Sierra in 2011. In addition, in 2005 he founded Raithlin Semiconductor to deliver consulting, design services and IP solutions in the areas of Ethernet, mobile-TV, bioinformatics and home networking.
Stephen lives in Canmore and is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a particular passion for mountain biking.
Member of the Board
Douglas holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Simon Fraser University and has expertise in earth system science, statistics, forest fire, natural hazards and climate change as a research scientist. He is also a research fellow at the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary.
With an eye to the future and a keen awareness of following generations, he now works collaboratively with engineers, university researchers and business leaders seeking to advance the Clean Tech space where AI (artificial intelligence) methodology is being applied to disrupt, analyze, optimize and solve various infrastructure challenges.
Douglas leads research and innovation projects funded by industry partners, the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, Mitacs Canada and Alberta Innovates. His leadership and insight have initiated investigations of novel machine learning applications at water treatment facilities where the effects of natural hazards and contaminants of emerging concern can threaten public health and the environment.
A resident of Canmore, Douglas is an avid cyclist on both the road and mountain bike trails and is the President of the Rundle Mountain Cycling Club.Additionally he is an avid backcountry skier, trail runner, hiker and paddle boarder.
INNOVATION AND S.T.E.M EDUCATION TEAM
Preparing the next generation for the new world of ever-increasing technological change.
Julie-Anne Fritz, PhD
Julie-Anne received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The Australian National University. She has extensive experience as both an educator and research scientist, including research positions at the University of Calgary, The Australian National University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Harvard Medical School.
Most recently she has served as a Professor in the Department of General Education (Scientific and Mathematical Literacy) at Mount Royal University, Calgary. Her personal and professional interest in education and the importance of Innovation and STEM Learning has led her to become a co-organizer of the Innovation Exchange project in partnership with the Science Alberta Foundation MindFuel program, the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Additionally, Julie-Anne has extensive experience with developing and writing research protocols, funding proposals, grant applications and reports, newsletters, media articles and social media content.
Julie-Anne lives in Canmore and is an avid rock climber.
Steve Greene, MEd
Steve holds an MEd degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary and is the Director of Technology, Learning and Facilities within the School Superintendent’s Office of the Canadian Rockies Public Schools District. He is also the Chair of the Partnership Committee established as a collaboration between Innovate Canmore and CRPS to develop programming opportunities for local school children to learn creative skills in innovation, coding, design, robotics, science and entrepreneurship. The Innovate Canmore, Canadian Rockies Public Schools and Stoney Education Authority Partnership:
“Foundations for Learning and Innovation” Partnership Vision and Mission.
Prior to his current position, Steve has occupied positions of Education Assistant, Teacher and Principal and has been a member of multiple staffs within the District. He has actively participated in supporting the District in many of its programming initiatives, including the development of Inspiring Hearts and Minds, Shared Vision of Instructional Excellence and Nurturing Excellence in Instruction and Leadership.
Steve lives in Canmore with his wife and daughter and they fully enjoy the outdoors for all that it has to offer; including running, cycling, golfing and skiing.
Sarah holds a Degree in Management with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge and a Marketing Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She is a trained Innovation Coach and uses a variety of methods to support internal business innovation at a major global Life Science company.
For over 20 years Sarah has committed herself to developing, leading, and coaching both young athletes and corporate professionals. She is passionate about helping individuals and teams gain skills to experiment, problem solve and innovate.
Her professional playground has primarily been the biotechnology sector of the pharmaceutical industry, but also embraces healthcare, recreation, education and Information Technology. She has specific expertise in sales/marketing and strategic program and business development.
Sarah lives in Canmore with her husband and daughter and enjoys hiking, skiing and making music.
Terry Ross, PhD
Terry received his MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Haskayne School of Business and his PhD in Business from the University of Calgary. He has over 16 years of experience in business development, policy development and social science research fields.
Terry has worked with several Information and Communications Technology start up companies, the Ministry of Innovation and Science, the Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence, Alberta Innovates and the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.
Currently, Terry is the Director of Strategic Centre Initiatives at the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business and the Executive Director of YY Chain, a Calgary based not-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of blockchain adoption and development in collaboration with government, industry and academia.
TECHNOVATION CONSULTING TEAM
Bringing together world-class technology and company builder expertise to create transformational, scalable and disruptive product solutions to Tier 1 problems in select large markets.
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT team
Our Resident Company entrepreneurs and advisors.
Mike Dixon holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide. He is a global expert in water treatment technology working with membrane and thermal technologies in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. Mike has worked across the entire value chain with technology manufacturers, water utilities, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies and research hubs.
Dr Schmoelzer holds a PhD in Neonatal Resuscitation from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and is both a neonatal clinical physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton and the inaugural Heart and Stroke Foundation Professor of Neonatal Resuscitation at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. He is also the Director of the Centre for the Studies of Asphyxia and Resuscitation (CSAR) and co-founder of Retain Labs Inc., which creates products to assist and enhance the training of clinical personnel in the field of neonatal resuscitation.
Georg lives in Edmonton and is a competitive marathon runner.
George Kim’s academic background includes a B.Eng. in metallurgical engineering from McGill University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from McGill University. He has worked as a research scientist, marketing manager, and business development manager for a private commercial company and as a research engineer at the Canadian Space Agency. In May of 2000, George established his own consulting company, Perpetual Technologies.
Nathan is a staff anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology, Preoperative and Pain Medicine, at the South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.
He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. In addition to his clinical practice, he has a strong interest in innovation as it applies to teaching medicine in general, and anaesthesia in particular.
Nathan resides in Calgary but is a part-time resident of Canmore and has a passion for rock and ice climbing.
Herbert received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, with a specialization in fusion power, through the Penn State University World Campus.
He has over ten years of experience in multiple energy industries including oil and gas, thermal power generation, hydro, and his most recent assignment includes the Gas and Renewables portfolio, including wind and solar, at Trans Alta.
Additionally, Herbert is the co-founder of Delta Point Wireless Inc., a Saskatoon based technology start-up company which develops indoor wireless patient tracking systems for the senior living and care-home markets.
He resides in Canmore with a passion for cycling, hiking and skiing.
Mark received his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary and completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sport Medicine at Carlton University in Ottawa.
He has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Banff since 1992 and is currently a consulting surgeon for Canadian Alpine and Snow Sports and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
Mark is involved in several sport medicine organizations including the International Association of Arthroscopic, Knee and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise.
He is the 2019 recipient of the prestigeous Jan I. Gillquist Scientific Research Award for the 1st place scientific paper read at the 2019 Biennial ISAKOS Congress.
Mark is a long-time resident of Canmore and has a passion for outdoor recreation including, skiing, biking, mountaineering and kayaking. He is a past member of the Canadian Whitewater Kayaking/Canoe Team.