1995 Winner: ASTech Special Award

Fast Tracks Innovation to Market

Since first defining that motto, TRLabs has expanded from its three founding sponsors: Bell­Northern Research, the University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta, to attract 35 major telecommunications players. In doing so, TRLabs has built a research program so successful it now includes five laboratories across Western Canada and international recognition for its annual telecommunications technologies conferences.

Since 1986, TRLabs have produced 60 transferable technologies and 120 graduate engineers. They’ve helped junior companies improve small business-sector products and intermediate companies define market opportunities. In each case, TRLabs gained the expertise and momentum necessary to become the largest (and best) non-governmental not-for-profit telecommunications research organization in Canada.