The Exciting Road Ahead

I’ve traveled a lot in my lifetime.

With each new destination, I make a conscious effort to immerse myself in the culture, to appreciate the impressive backdrops both natural and built and to cultivate relationships with interesting people.

I try to make the most of every opportunity.

For the last six years, I have been on an exciting but uncertain adventure. And while I know how it all started – with an offer to Chair Alberta Ingenuity Fund’s International Panel of opportunity Assessment – I’m not entirely sure how it will end. I just know that it will be something extraordinary.

In 2007, I had the privilege of working with seven representatives from academia and industry as we delved deep into the potential of the small wonder of nanotechnology.

Together, we closely examined existing global research and development and identified how we might leverage unique opportunities in Alberta. We then took it a step further, defining priority areas and developing the required strategy to create the province’s first and only Nanotechnology Accelerator.

While the work paved the way for where we are today and sets the scene for our future, it doesn’t tell us where we will ultimately end up. Our journey is unpredictable. But there is one certainty.

Nanotechnology will change our course forever.

In fact, this science, which hones in on the very makeup of natural and inorganic components in our universe, holds infinite opportunities. It will alter the way we look at our natural resources, how we address our greatest environmental challenges, and how we safeguard the health, sustainability and prosperity of our generation and those to come.

With the Accelerator planning and development stages behind us, its time for the rubber to hit the road. We are beginning the next leg of our revolutionary journey and our focus is on Ingenuity.

Ingenuity Lab, the centerpiece of Alberta’s provincial strategy to develop nature inspired smart materials and a globally competitive and sustainable value-added resource industry, is operational and things are about to get very interesting.

We have successfully assembled an outstanding team of world-class researchers who are ready to connect with industry to create, develop and bring to market leading-edge technology that addresses today’s global societal challenges.

Our future is bright with the promise of ingenuity. But today we celebrate just how far we have come, knowing that the next big milestone is fast approaching.