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Upcoming IEDC Training Course: Technology-Led Economic Development

International Economic Development Council
Oct 13, 2016
Calgary, AB, CA


Training Course: Technology-Led Economic Development

Date: October 13 - 14, 2016

Location: Calgary, AB

This course is held in partnership with Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and has been adapted to fit the professional development needs of the Canadian economic developer. While anyone may attend, all content covered in the course may not be relevant for a U.S. based practitioner.

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This technical course focuses on the competitive advantage of regions and the role of economic developers and community stakeholders in building an innovation ecosystem. It is important to understand the process of technological commercialization. In this course participants will be introduced to the legal and financial framework for bringing innovation to market, including technology protection and product licensing. Learn how to partner with government, industry, higher education and the private sector to create a highly integrated network of technology and innovation. Multiple case studies will be presented to explain the role of business incubators, accelerators, venture capital, angel networks, gap financing and more.


Maureen "Mo" Collins
Entrepreneurial Communities

Maureen Collins is a speaker, trainer and partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. A native of the Midwest, Collins was recruited to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 1997 to serve as the Small Business Development Center Director and later became the Director of the UNI Regional Business Center. In 2001, she launched an award winning service-technology incubator as part of an adaptive-reuse downtown revitalization project, followed by a second, campus-based incubator supporting technology transfer and commercialization. Collins received the 2010 Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation Award and was twice awarded Iowa’s ASBDC State Star awards.

Jason Ding
Executive in Residence; Program Director, TEC Health Accelerator
TEC Edmonton

As an Executive in Residence and the Program Director of the TEC Health Accelerator, Jason is responsible for managing the activities of the TEC Health Accelerator with a particular focus on working with Alberta Health Services and forming relationships with multinational strategic partners. Jason is also the Managing Director of H2 Technology Consulting, and a Board Member of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. His previous repertoire includes being a National Biotechnology Deputy Leader at Deloitte, and CFO of Drivewyze, a technology service provider to the transportation industry. Jason holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alberta, a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, and is a Chartered Business Valuator. Outside of the office, Jason enjoys spending time with his family.

Puneet Mannan, MBA, B. Eng., PMP
Sr. Business Development Manager, Western Canadian Innovation Offices
Innovate Calgary

Puneet Mannan is a Senior Manager at Innovate Calgary and brings to the course skills related with technology commercialization, project management and techno-economic evaluation of technologies in energy, carbon capture and utilization, and chemical processing industries. In his current role with Innovate Calgary he works closely with the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Lethbridge College, Western Canadian Innovation Offices Consortium (WCIO) and other Alberta based innovation partners for accelerating cross-border industry-academic collaborations. Some of his current engagements include helping some University of Calgary startup companies and researchers plan and implement technology derisking and commercialisation initiatives.

Jim Wilson, PhD
Intellectual Property Manager, Health & Environmental Technology
Innovate Calgary

As Intellectual Property Manager, Health & Environmental Technology, Jim Wilson is responsible for managing a portfolio of new technologies and discoveries in the fields of environmental, medical and life sciences.

Prior to joining Innovate Calgary, Jim was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. His research on the electrical properties of cartilage cells was part of the province’s AHFMR Osteoarthritis Team. A former instructor for the Schulich School of Engineering, he was the recipient of the University’s 2009 Teaching Excellence Award. Jim also has previous experience as a Research Analyst in an aerospace manufacturing development group at Rolls-Royce in England.

Accommodations/Training Location

Training Location:

Calgary Economic Development Ltd.

731 First Street SE

Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2G9


Hotel Arts

119-12th Avenue SW

Calgary, AB, T2R 0G8


Room Rate: $165 CAD

Cutoff Date: Wednesday, September 21

So much for you to learn, and all you have to do is register. Everything you learn in this course will help you position your community ahead of the technological curve.

Published on:
October 7, 2016 - 12:30pm
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