2002 Winner: Outstanding Contribution To The Alberta Science And Technology Community
One Man’s Dedication To Alberta Innovation
Andrew Gilliland is recognized by colleagues and clients for his significant vision and dedication to building a thriving innovation community in Alberta and Canada. In 1980, Gilliland moved to Alberta and soon started the remarkable evolution of linking government and private sector resources to the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises. Specifically, he grew the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) from two professionals in 1984 to 26 in 2002. Over the years, IRAP has assisted thousands of innovative firms, some of which are multi-million dollar international successes and strong contributors to Canada’s economic strength.
Gilliland was instrumental in the development and sustainability of the Canadian Technology Network, which links numerous organizations from across the country in all industrial sectors for the benefit of Canadian innovative business. He also attracted seed and ongoing funding for the creation and establishment of the Edmonton and Calgary Innovation Centre’s. Over the last three years, the Calgary Innovation Centre has assisted and participated in the creation of 36 technology companies. In addition, he also played a major role in supporting InnoCentre Alberta – increasing access to venture capital for early stage companies.
His belief in partnerships between governments, academia and industry are demonstrated by his critical work in the creation and establishment of the $120 million National Institute for Nanotechnology, in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Government of Alberta and the University of Alberta. Gilliland now enjoys his continuing work as Director of Stakeholder Relations for the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology.
Leaving a Mark
Gilliland’s reach and recognition is further demonstrated in his election to the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) Council in 2001, and as a board member of the Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology at the University of Calgary. Without question, Gilliland has made an indelible mark on the Alberta science and technology community. He is recognized for his constant pursuit of excellence, commitment to furthering Canadian innovation, and his honorable qualities admired by all.