Research Commercialization Working Group

Representatives made recommendations to strengthen post-secondary research and innovation.


The Research Commercialization Working Group was established in August 2021 to implement goal 3 of the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy – support innovation and commercialization.

The working group delivered an action plan to ensure Alberta’s post-secondary research drives economic diversification and growth by continuing to discover and commercialize new knowledge, ideas and solutions.

The group’s work supports economic growth and diversification, and included representatives from the energy, agriculture, health and emerging technology industries, post-secondary institutions and government.


  • Open

    August 2021 to May 2022

  • Results under review

  • Completed

    April 2023

Who is listening

Ministries of Advanced Education and Jobs, Economy and Innovation


The working group implemented goal 3 of the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy, which is to support innovation and commercialization and provide input on the direction of emerging research and innovation directions for the province.

They have finished their work and submitted its final report to government:


Progress on several actions from the report is underway. Alberta's government is working on next steps and assessing any necessary policy and budget implications before committing to implement specific recommendations or actions.


  • 10 industry representatives from the energy, agriculture, health and emerging technology sectors
  • 7 members from post-secondary institutions that are actively engaged in research (Athabasca University, the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, NAIT, Olds College and Grant MacEwan University)
  • 4 members from key research and innovation ecosystem organizations (Alberta Innovates, Alberta Enterprise Corporation, Council of Canadian Innovators and Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation)
  • Government of Alberta representatives