The Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee (ARIAC) works with key innovation support agencies, publicly funded post-secondary institutions, industry and government to advance research and innovation in the province and make Alberta more competitive in the global economy.

The Committee provides strategic advice and recommendations to the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Economic Development and Trade on matters such as:

  • identifying leading research areas and innovation policies that will support the diversification of Alberta's economy
  • providing the Minister with regular reviews and reports on the performance of Alberta's research and innovation system
  • making recommendations to increase Alberta's competitiveness
  • exploring, gathering and synthesizing information on best practices in other jurisdictions
  • utilizing benchmarking strategies to assess the status and progress of Alberta's research and innovation system
  • identifying emerging global science, research, technology and innovation trends of greatest impact to Alberta


Governance documents

ARIA Mandate and Roles

ARIA Code of Conduct

Reporting documents

Annual reports

Business plans

Action plans

Committee members

The Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee is comprised of international research, innovation and business leaders.

Oryssia Lennie, Chair

Oryssia Lennie

Former Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada
Edmonton, Alberta

Oryssia Lennie served as the Deputy Minister of Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) from 1997 to her retirement from the Government of Canada in 2009. In her role, she provided leadership in meeting WD's mandate to develop and diversify the Western Canadian economy through support for innovation and technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and community economic development. She also served 26 years with the Alberta government including her role as the Deputy Minister of Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs from 1990-97.

Ms. Lennie is currently board chair for Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, and she serves on the board of directors for Canada West Foundation. She is also the recipient of multiple awards including the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Service, the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy and the University of Alberta's 2015 Alumni Honour Award.

Geoffrey M. Pradella, Vice-Chair

Geoffrey Pradella

President & Senior Partner, PA Group Inc.
Calgary, Alberta

Geoffrey M. Pradella, B.A., B.A. (Hons) Law (Cantab), LL.M. (Edin), M.A. (Cantab), is President & Senior Partner of PA Group Inc., and a senior executive experienced in public administration, higher education, community and not-for-profit services, and the private sector. His background includes work in international relations, public affairs, law, medicine, ethics and public policy, with publications in the fields of philosophy, policy, medical law and ethics.

Prior to returning to Canada in 2007, Mr. Pradella was a Research Fellow & Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law, and a member of the AHRC Research Centre. He currently serves as Chair of the Alberta Health Research Ethics Harmonization Initiative (HREH) – Implementation Steering Committee, is an Associate of the J. Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law, and holds memberships in a number of professional and academic societies. In November of 2012, Mr. Pradella became a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Alan Bernstein, OC, PhD, FRSC

Alan Bernstein

President and CEO, CIFAR
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Alan Bernstein is the President of CIFAR, one of Canada’s major global research assets. From 2008-11, Dr. Bernstein was the executive director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, an international alliance of researchers and funders charged with accelerating the search for an HIV vaccine. Previously, he served as the founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2000-07), Canada’s federal agency for the support of health research. In that capacity, he led the transformation of health research in Canada.

After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and following postdoctoral work in London, Dr. Bernstein joined the Ontario Cancer Institute (1974-85). In 1985, he joined the new Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto, was named Associate Director in 1988 and then Director of Research (1994-2000).

Author of over 225 scientific publications, Dr. Bernstein has made extensive contributions to the study of stem cells, hematopoiesis and cancer. He chairs or is a member of advisory and review boards in Canada, the US, UK, Italy and Australia. Dr. Bernstein has received numerous awards and honourary degrees for his contributions to science, including the 2008 Gairdner Wightman Award. He is a Senior Research Fellow of Massey College and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002.

Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease

Founder and Managing Director, Triton Ventures LLC
Austin, Texas

Laura Kilcrease is founder and managing director of Triton Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage technology companies. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology, she has a deep understanding of how to cultivate new opportunities to grow businesses and achieve results. She founded Triton Ventures to provide management and operational leadership to emerging technology-based companies formed to acquire and commercialize technology developed by Fortune 500 companies and other large domestic and foreign corporations, universities and government or private research institutions.

Matthew Bailey

Matthew Bailey

Former Chairman of Marketing, Weightless SIG
United Kingdom/Boulder, Colorado

Matthew James Bailey (B Eng.) is a pioneer in the wave of global innovation termed the “Internet of Things” (IoT). He is recognized for his work internationally, including recognition from the US government and the World Technology Network.

Mr. Bailey has over 25 years of experience building teams and businesses that have created new technologies, products and services for global brands. He has been a mentor and educator at numerous incubators and accelerators and the catalyst for new IoT wireless standards, working with international technology giants on food and water security. He recently partnered with a Fortune 500 and economic development agency to develop one of the US’ first IoT business accelerators. Mr. Bailey is a popular international keynote speaker on the IoT. Now based in Boulder, Colorado, Mr. Bailey speaks and writes about IoT and designs frameworks that stimulate innovation, economic growth and positively impact global issues.


Main office

5th floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB

ARIAC Secretariat

Shaun Peddie
Executive Director

Nicola Stevens
Director, Operations and Projects