2023 Awards Process
ASTech Award Nominations are NOW OPEN!
To learn more about the award process see below.
The innovation ecosystem needs INSPIRATION. A reason to invest, stay motivated and work hard.
The ASTech Awards build on important recognition of success in the innovation ecosystem in Alberta.
Who are qualified nominees?
- Companies, Entrepreneurs, Industry Champions, Researchers, and many more. Nominations can be made for companies, teams, or individuals; we want to reward all those who are making a difference in our province.
Learn more about submitting a nomination.
2023 Nomination Pathways:
- 1. Standard Process Nomination Form
The process is very similar to that of recent years. The Standard Nomination Form has room for approximately 3 pages of information and attachments. This Standard Process Nomination Form is required for all nominations and is to be used for all the 2023 ASTech Awards – Event Date Friday, November 3.
Are you curious about the nomination form, our streamlined process, or the information needed to complete it? Check out our 2022 PDF example nomination form and see just how easy it is to nominate a deserving candidate for a 2023 ASTech Award. The PDF Form is strictly for viewing purposes; an online submission must be made to be considered for a 2023 ASTech Award.
View PDF Example Nomination Form
- 2. Recommendation (Pre-Nomination) Form (Optional)
2023 Overall Awards Process Sequence:
- Recommendation Stage – Pre-Nomination: [Optional] Community Pre-Nomination Short Form* (approx. 10 minutes) Note 1: Earlier applications allow the eligible nominees more time to complete the next steps. Note 2: This Step is not required, if the Nominee is already informed, and is willing to proceed with Step 2 on their own.
- Standard Nomination Form Stage: Accepted Pre-Nominees are invited to complete a full award nomination for a specific award category of their choice (typically a 3-page submission). (Note: Applicants can proceed directly to this stage – and are not required to do Step 1)
- Judging Stage: All Completed Standard Nomination Forms are reviewed by the Judges. Finalists in each category are notified and are invited to attend the 2023 ASTech Awards.
- Award Stage: Finalists will be recognized prior to, during, and post-event. Award winners will be announced at the ASTech Awards on November 3, 2023.
Need more Information? Join us at the upcoming Q&A Sessions in April
What will be discussed? How to Nominate and Who are good Nominees (Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Community Builders). This interactive session will provide an opportunity to ask questions to maximize your chances of a successful submission in 2023.
Attend an Information Session:
- Wednesday, May 3 at 1:00 PM Information Session – Register
- Wednesday, May 10 at 1:00 PM Information Session – Register
2023 Awards Categories
A. Best in Sector Categories
- Aerospace Innovation **NEW**
- AI/ML Advancement and Application
- Digital (General)
- Construction/Smart Cities/Transportation
- Environmental Innovation in Energy Applications
- Hydrogen and Alternative Energies: Technologies and Initiatives **NEW**
- Social Innovation/Educational Technologies
- Sustainability Solutions/Approaches
B. Leadership/Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Categories
- Change Makers (Early Career)
- Early Adopter of Innovation (Combination: Customer and Alberta Innovator)
- Indigenous-led Entrepreneurship and Contribution to Knowledge
- Innovation of the Year Award (Entrepreneur/Startup/SME Company)
- Regional Champion (8 Regions across Alberta/1 award per region)
- Researcher of the Year (Individual/Team: Academia, Research Institutions, Large Companies)
- Woman in Innovation
- Alberta-wide Community Champion of Innovation
- Special Award (outstanding merit – in areas outside of existing categories)
The 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.
Save the date: The ASTech Awards will be held on November 3, 2023, as a hybrid event!
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.
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