Awards Criteria

Science & Engineering: Outstanding Achievement in Science & Engineering sponsored by Alberta Economic Development and Trade

This award honours leadership and significant contribution to a science, engineering or mathematics innovation or breakthrough.

Technology: Outstanding Achievement in Technology sponsored by SAIT

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution to a technological innovation or breakthrough..

Applied Technology: Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology sponsored by SAIT

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation of technology products or processes.

Startup: Outstanding Science and Technology Start-Up

This award is honouring outstanding entrepreneurial activity in a science and technology related business.  There must be a clear Alberta connection to the development, enhancement, commercialization, marketing or other related activity.

Commercial: Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Science and Technology

This award honours outstanding entrepreneurial achievement with measurable results in a science and technology related business. The science or technology need not have originated in Alberta, but there must be an Alberta connection to the development, enhancement, commercialization, marketing or other related activity. 

Tomorrow: Outstanding Leaders of Tomorrow sponsored by Alberta Economic Development and Trade

This award honours leadership potential in science and technology teaching, research, entrepreneurship or a technology-based business. Nominees must exemplify qualities that are expected to make him/her a future leader in Alberta's science and technology community.

Agriculture: Outstanding Achievement in Agricultural Innovation sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

This award honours the successful development and/or commercialization of novel technology or process with significant benefit within the agricultural and food industry.

Energy & Environment: Outstanding Achievement in Energy and Environmental Innovation sponsored by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

This award honours work leading to innovations in the energy sector that advance the science or technology and have a positive environmental impact.

Health: Outstanding Achievement in Health Innovation

This award honours leadership and significant contribution leading to the successful development and/or commercialization of a medical or health innovation or breakthrough, including improved quality of care; enhanced system-wide approaches to wellness, prevention, early intervention and management; mental health and addiction or accelerating health and wellness innovation.

ICT: Outstanding Achievement in Information and Communications Technology sponsored by TELUS

This award honour development and/or commercialization of a novel product or application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This product or app must demonstrate a substantial increase in the overall efficiency and operational improvement in its market sector. 

Special: ASTech Special Award

On occasion, the Adjudication Panel determines there is a nominee worthy of recognition that does not fit into the exact criteria of a specific award category. In this case, the Panel is empowered to recommend a Special Award which is then discussed and approved by the Board of Directors. As this award is presented irregularly and only under special circumstances, there is no criteria and no opportunity to nominate for this award.