Awards

Awards Process

In 2019 the ASTech Foundation will present 10 prestigious awards to recognize outstanding innovation in science and technology in Alberta. CLICK HERE for details about submitting a nomination.  Nominations for the 2019 awards were open March 4th – May 31st.

Sponsored awards include a cash prize of $10,000 to the winner. These include the Core awards of  Applied Technology sponsored by SAIT and Leader of Tomorrow sponsored by Alberta Economic Development & Trade and the Sector awards of Agriculture sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, Energy and Environment sponsored by Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Information and Communications Technology sponsored by TELUS.

Award Categories

  • Core Awards (6): Science and Engineering; Technology; Applied Technology; Start-Up; Commercial Achievement; Leader of Tomorrow
  • Sector Awards (4):  Agricultural Innovation; Energy and Environmental Innovation; Health Innovation; Information & Communications Technology

AWARDS

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.

To help you determine the best category for your nomination, please answer these questions:

Are you an academic/researcher, or an entrepreneur?

Have you commercialized your product and set up a company?

What stage are you at? Based on this startup ecosystem chart of development phases, http://www.startupcommons.org/startup-development-phases.html has your business moved beyond validation to the growth phase (i.e. have you moved beyond 1 on the scale)?

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Commercial Achievement; Applied Tech; Leaders of Tomorrow

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Startup; Applied Tech; Leaders of Tomorrow

Is your research science and engineering based or applied technology based?

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Science and Engineering; Leaders of Tomorrow

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Technology; Applied Technology, Leaders of Tomorrow

What stage are you at? Based on this startup ecosystem chart of development phases, http://www.startupcommons.org/startup-development-phases.html has your business moved beyond validation to the growth phase (i.e. have you moved beyond 1 on the scale)?

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Commercial Achievement; Applied Tech; Leaders of Tomorrow

Based on your answers, please consider the following awards:

Startup; Applied Tech; Leaders of Tomorrow


The 2019 ASTech Awards Finalists and Winners will be determined by our esteemed judging panel.

2019 ASTech Awards Judges

Brenda Crickmore: Now retired, Brenda worked as a chemist, researcher and senior analytical advisor at Syncrude Canada for over three decades. She was a foundational part of the research and development team at Syncrude Oil Sands Research Centre and was previously the ASTech Foundation Awards Chair.

Stephanie Enders: Startup Edmonton Manager. Stephanie manages the marketing, communications and foundational programming at Startup Edmonton. For more than a decade, she has bridged the gap between creators and audiences. In addition to her work supporting technology founders, Stephanie also develops and teaches courses at MacEwan University.

Jean Forsythe: VP of Corporate Development at Metabolomic Technologies Inc. Jean has extensive experience in project management and business development in both industry and academia. Prior to working with MTI, she was the Campaign Coordinator for development at Stanford University.

Margaret Glover-Campbell: Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute Regional Director. For over 20 years, Margaret has been connecting innovative product ideas with like-minded markets on the edge of breaking into industry. Margaret is also a board member of Chic Geek, a non-profit organization empowering women to succeed in the tech sector.

David Hill: Director of Development for the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness Program and Director of the Centres and Institutes and Research Advocacy at the University of Lethbridge. David focuses on mobilizing knowledge and expertise to increase the impact of research outcomes. He has more than 40 years of experience in water, agriculture and natural resource management.

Dr. Andy Knight: Professor and Transmission Electric Industry Chair at University of Calgary. Andy’s research focuses on the efficient generation, transportation and use of electrical energy with a particular interest in renewable generation. He is spearheading a collaborative research initiative called Calgary Electric Power and Energy Systems (CaPES) and he serves on the Executive Board of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Industry Applications Society.

 

AWARDS HISTORY

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.