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 open.

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.


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.