Awards Criteria

Science: Outstanding Leadership In Alberta Science

This award salutes individuals or teams of individuals who have played a leadership role in and made a contribution to a scientific innovation or breakthrough.

Technology: Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology sponsored by NAIT

This award is presented to individuals or teams of individuals who have played a leadership role in and made a contribution to a technological innovation or breakthrough in Alberta.

Applied Technology: Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology and Innovation sponsored by SAIT

This award is presented to individuals or teams of individuals who have demonstrated leadership and innovation and have made a significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation of technology products or processes.

Startup: Outstanding Science and Technology Start-Up sponsored by JR Shaw School of Business, NAIT

This award is available to entrepreneurs and companies participating in a new venture. It recognizes an individual or team that has demonstrated 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 activity related to the science or technology.

Commercial: Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology sponsored by NAIT

This award recognizes a company (sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation) that has demonstrated 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 activity related to the science or technology.

Agriculture: Innovation in Agricultural Science sponsored by Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc.

This award recognizes an individual, team, or company that has demonstrated exceptional innovation or has developed a technology of significance to Alberta's agriculture, agrifood, or agrivalue™ industries. The recipient must be currently active in the scientific area for which they are being nominated.

Environment: Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Technology and Innovation

This award is presented to an individual, team or organization that has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the successful development and/or commercialization of novel technologies or processes with significant environmental benefit

ICT: Innovation in Information and Communications Technology sponsored by TELUS

This award is presented to an individual, team or organization that has demonstrated leadership and innovation resulting in the successful development and/or commercialization of a novel product or application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and that has had a significant impact in enabling applications in a sector. Nominations should demonstrate the translation of innovative concepts into successful applications or commercial products that substantially increase the overall efficiency and operational improvement in the chosen market sector of the application.

Oil Sands: Innovation in Oil Sands Research sponsored by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

This award is presented to an individual or team working in academia, industry, or government. The recipient(s) must be currently active in a research group and have demonstrated exceptional research ability or have developed a technology of significance to the Alberta oil sands industry.

Public Awareness: Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness

This award recognizes a recipient whose project, activity or organization increases public awareness of the benefits of science and technology, or enhances the understanding of science and technology in Alberta. The nominations are judged by a special panel of print and broadcast journalists and science and technology public relations professionals.

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

This award is presented to an individual who is 30 years of age or less and has exemplified the qualities that are expected to make him/her a future leader in Alberta's science and technology community. The award recognizes an individual who shows leadership potential in the areas of science and technology teaching, research, entrepreneurship or a technology based business.

Societal Impact: Societal Impact Award

This award is presented to an individual or team who has led, or significantly contributed to a technological innovation that has resulted in a positive impact on society.

Community: Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community

This award acknowledges an individual who has made extensive and tangible contributions to the Alberta science and technology community in one or more of the following areas:

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.