ASTech Award nominations are now closed. Awards will be announced in October, 2021.
The innovation ecosystem needs INSPIRATION.We all need encouragement to persevere. A reason to invest. And motivation to work hard.
Celebrating Alberta-grown success proves that turning an idea into a worldwide commercial success is possible in Alberta. The ASTech Awards build on important recognition of success in the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.
Learn more about submitting a nomination.
**NEW Award Categories for 2021
- Digital Innovation
- Energy and Environmental Innovation
- Change Makers
- Woman in Innovation
- Researcher of the Year
- Innovator of the Year Award
ASTech Awards honour the best of the best innovations in science and technology in Alberta. An independent judging panel assesses nominations against the award criteria to select Finalists and Winners. Nominations MUST draw a parallel between the award criteria and the accomplishments of the nominee. Learn more about award descriptions and criteria here.
Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the 2020 ASTech Awards were paused. The 2021 Awards will be presented in October 2021.
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.
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. Search the database by year or by award category here.