1991: Breadth of Innovation

1991’s ASTech Winners show the breadth of innovation in Alberta, focused on airborne monitoring, laser technology, and advancements in space science. Here are the 1991 winners:

In 1991, ITRES Research received the Industrial Research award for its innovative casi instrument, revolutionizing environmental management. The casi instrument, vital for environmental monitoring, forestry, and resource management, was developed with the assistance of Darren Cosandier. Cosandier produced software to geocode data from the casi instrument, enabling its transformation onto a map grid. ITRES continues their high tech research in commercial airborne remote sensing.

Dr. Leroy Cogger, the 1991 winner of Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science, played a crucial role in advancing the University of Calgary’s Space Science programs. His leadership in projects like Canada’s ISIS-2 satellite significantly contributed to our understanding of auroral and ionospheric phenomena. The Space Science Group’s reputation was further enhanced with the development and successful operation of a novel Ultraviolet camera that was flown on the Swedish Viking satellite in 1986.

Dr. John Tulip‘s 1991 award for Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology celebrates his groundbreaking contributions to Laser Technology Innovation. Beginning his journey at the University of Alberta’s Department of Electrical Engineering in the late 1960s, he and Dr. H.J.J. Seguin established a renowned laser laboratory. To facilitate the transfer of his technology, Tulip helped found Boreal Laser Inc., known for its Enhanced Sensing Element, widely utilized for precise gas concentration measurements in industrial settings.  Boreal Laser continues to expand and seeks new talent.

1991 ASTech Award Winners include:

  • Dr. Clement Willis Bowman recognized for Outstanding Contribution To The Alberta Science And Technology Community. He was the former president and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Research Council and had a career spanning 36 years in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Bowman received the Order of Canada.
  • Axion Spatial Imaging Ltd. recognized for Industrial Research – Solution To Tracking Mobile Assets creating a hardware and software system solution to track helicopters, aircraft, ships and land vehicles using Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • INTERA Information Technologies Corp. winner for Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology. Their products cover a wide range of applications and markets, from petroleum software to Geographic Information Systems (GIS).