Awards Process


Every year the ASTech Foundation presents 10 to 15 prestigious awards to recognize outstanding innovation in science and technology in Alberta. CLICK HERE for details about the nomination process. The 2017 nominations are now CLOSED.

Eight sponsored awards include a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner. These include Technology sponsored by NAIT, Applied Technology sponsored by SAIT, Start-Up sponsored by JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT, Commercial Achievement sponsored by NAIT, ICT sponsored by TELUS, Agriculture sponsored by Dow AgroSciences Canada, Oil Sands sponsored by Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Leaders of Tomorrow sponsored by Alberta Economic Development & Trade.

Award Categories

  • Innovation Spectrum Awards: Research (Science, Technology), Development (Applied Technology), Commercialization (Start-Up; Commercial Achievement)
  • Industry Sector Awards: ICT, Agriculture, Environment, Oil Sands
  • Leadership Awards:  Public Awareness, Societal Impact, Leaders of Tomorrow, Community Leader


Each award is subject to a very specific set of criteria which must be met or exceeded in order for the nomination to be selected as a Finalist and/or a Winner. Nominations MUST draw a parallel between the award criteria and the accomplishments of the nominee.  CLICK HERE for award descriptions and criteria.

The 2017 ASTech Awards Finalists and Winners are determined by our esteemed judging panel.

2017 ASTech Awards Judges

Fabrizio Chiacchia: Fab is a business and product development professional with experience in the not-for-profit, health technology, and energy sectors. Named one of Avenue Calgary’s 2014 Top 40 under 40 and winner of the prestigious Manning Innovation Award in 2015. A co-founder of Surface Medical Inc., 2014 ASTech Award winner for Outstanding Science and Technology Startup sponsored by NAIT.

Dr. Morris Flynn: University of Alberta mechanical engineering professor. Flynn’s expertise includes the development of mathematical models behind phantom traffic jams, research on low energy building ventilation, plastron respiration by aquatic insects, and environmental fluid mechanics. In 2010, Flynn was awarded the Undergraduate Teaching Award by the Faculty of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contributions to engineering education.

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour: University of Alberta Associate dean of science for diversity and 2007 ASTech Special Award recipient. For more than 25 years, Dr. Armour has been Canada’s premier ambassador of science, working to encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering by creating and nurturing a series of initiatives under an umbrella organization called WISEST—Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology.

Dr. William Rosehart: Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Dr. Rosehart is an expert in complex power systems of renewable technologies. He has been recognized with two University of Calgary Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Awards and has twice been named Professor of the Year in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Robert Graf: Senior Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and winner of the 2016 ASTech Award for Innovation in Agriculture Science sponsored by Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc. Dr. Graf is an expert in plant breeding and cultivar development and has developed Canada’s first hard winter wheat, which is resistant to cold climates and diseases.


Public Awareness Panel

Cheryl Croucher, Producer, Innovation Anthology, Edmonton

James Heppner, Range Road Media, Calgary

Tammy Yamkowy, Director, Marketing & Communications, MindFuel, Calgary



Since 1990, we have added to the ASTech alumni database of Finalists and Winners, providing a rich fabric of more than 500 stories of innovation and achievement in Alberta. CLICK HERE to search the database by year or by award category.