InnoTech Alberta, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, was established to assist Alberta Innovates in carrying out its mandate. InnoTech’s primary focus will be to facilitate the conversion of applied research to economic, social and environmental benefits for Alberta.
Working with Alberta Innovates, InnoTech links basic research and commercial outcomes in accordance with the strategic directions for research and innovation as set out by the Government of Alberta. This is achieved by operating laboratories, performing applied research and development, and delivering laboratory services in key areas of strength, in multiple locations within the province for government and industry clients.
The Crop Research teams support the Alberta agriculture industry, which is one of the strongest in the world. We do this by helping the sector develop crop varieties that resist biotic stresses like plant disease and abiotic stresses like drought and cold. We are also leaders in development of new industries, particularly fibres from industrial hemp and flax. We are also Canada’s most experienced cannabis research team, with a track record of over a decade in marijuana safety testing and in the agronomy and industrial application of fibre hemp.
The Feedstock Development program works with industry, government and others by facilitating the profitability and sustainability of Alberta’s $4.4 billion crop industry, with an emphasis on crops canola, cereals, cannabis and flax.