September 29, 2016
Alberta Innovates, Lakeland College, and the Regional Business Accelerator have partnered to create an East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (RIN) in Lloydminster
In conjunction with the creation of the new RIN, Alberta Innovates has also established a Technology Development Advisor position in Lloydminster located at the Regional Business Accelerator. Kara Johnston, a former Lakeland College Dean with vast entrepreneurial expertise, will provide coaching and mentoring to local companies in the region.

The new regional network will increase collaboration between existing economic development leaders throughout the region to ensure businesses have access to commercialization expertise, training, programs and services required to address the unique needs of a new innovation-based business. Member organizations in the RIN offer a suite of geographically convenient services and programs including advisory services, technology and concept development, industry and academic funding programs, market and customer development, financing and investment attraction, and educational programs.

“Small businesses add $97.8 billion a year to our GDP and create 35 per cent of the jobs in our province,” says Deron Bilous, Minister of Alberta Economic Development and Trade. “Through our Jobs Plan we are providing a variety of supports to help Alberta continue to be the best place to do business in Canada. The new East Central Alberta RIN, supported by Alberta Innovates, means small businesses in the region will have greater access to the resources and services they need to grow, diversify the economy and create new jobs.”

“We are pleased to expand our services to the Lloydminster region,” says Rollie Dykstra, General Manager of Commercialization at Alberta Innovates. “The partnerships that develop will grow new ventures and set the stage for a stronger Alberta economy.”

“Lakeland College’s applied research and innovation activities are focused on energy, entrepreneurship, agriculture, sustainable environments, and fire and emergency medicine,” says Diane Harms, Lakeland’s Director of Applied Research. “The RIN partnership enhances the college’s connection to industry and strengthens Lakeland's core capacity areas to the benefit of students, local industry, and the region it serves.”

In addition to the new RIN in Lloydminster, the Regional Business Accelerator, Lakeland College and the East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network are hosting the fall provincial meeting of the Alberta Innovation Network. The two-day meeting held Oct. 3 and 4 is an opportunity to showcase local innovation and technology in Lloydminster, and discuss services and strategic partnerships the group can provide to the region.

“The services and resources the Regional Business Accelerator provides to the Lloydminster region are strengthened by the addition of the Regional Innovation Network,” says Chad Tabish, Board Chair of the Lloydminster Regional Business Accelerator. “We are pleased to host this provincial gathering to showcase regional innovators.”

September 29, 2016