In any economy creation of a bioventure is a complex process. Choosing where to incubate your concept or expand an established company is a crucial decision. Many companies are choosing Alberta, thanks, in part, to the efforts of Bioeconomy Alberta. Bioeconomy Alberta is an informal network of key organizations supporting, coordinating and partnering in bioinnovation through their strong technical knowledge in biomaterials, biochemicals, bioenergy and their excellent business knowledge and relationships in the developing biosector. Bioeconomy Alberta also collaborates to provide a coordinated presence at targeted trade shows and conferences.

With the aim of stimulating partnerships and collaboration with researchers, businesses and investors from beyond Alberta, Bioeconomy Alberta focuses on promoting Alberta’s bioindustrial strengths, which include world-class infrastructure; unparalleled access to tremendous renewable biomass resources; capable and responsive research and development system; and a supportive business environment integrated with government, universities, and industry.


Development Initiatives

Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education – leads the development of Alberta’s knowledge-driven future through a dynamic and integrated advanced learning and innovation system.

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions – works with partners to identify, coordinate and fund research projects to help create new technologies and products that will grow Alberta’s agriculture, forest and healthy food sectors.

Alberta Energy – assures sustained prosperity in the interests of Albertans through the stewardship of energy and mineral resource systems, responsible development and wise use of energy, including bio energy.


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development – provides the frameworks and services necessary for Alberta’s agriculture, bioindustry and food sector to excel, to inspire public confidence in the quality and safety of Alberta products and to lead the collaboration that enables resilient rural communities.

The Bio-Based Chemical Program – includes two major bio-industrial sector priority areas: the Industrial Bio-Based Chemicals Initiative (IBI) and the Specialty Chemical Ingredients Initiative (SCI). The Bio-Based Chemicals Program is facilitating the development of new and additional value from agriculture biomass resources.

Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) – leads and supports the provincial research community in the areas of biorefining and biomass conversion technologies. By striving to form strong partnerships between academia and industry, the BCN promotes research programs that are structured towards achieving commercializable outcomes.

Olds College School of Innovation – offers facilities and staff to assist Western Canadian agribusinesses with product and processing development.

Scale – Up

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures – helps to build globally competitive commerce in Alberta by facilitating the commercial use of new technologies, developing new knowledge-based industries and encouraging an entrepreneurial culture in Alberta.

Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre – helps industry create new products from wood, agricultural fibre and other bio-based feedstock.

Agri Food Discovery Place – is a world-class bio-product processing facility dedicated to applied research activities in the areas of food safety, ag-industrial technologies, functional food, and natural health products, and facilitating commercializable opportunities through initial stages of the value chain.

Food Processing Development Centre – is a modern, fully equipped pilot plant and product development laboratory facility. It is staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists. Centre services are designed to strengthen and expand the capability of Alberta’s food processors to meet the challenges of the marketplace through application of new technology and the development of new or improved products and processes.

Industry Development

Alberta Treasury Board and Finance – provides expert economic, financial and fiscal policy advice to government and effective tax and regulatory administration to enhance Alberta’s present and future prosperity.

Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations – responsible for international trade, investment attraction and business development in Alberta.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development – manages Alberta’s public lands and natural resources, including forests and biomass, through responsible and innovative resource management.

BioAlberta – is a private, not-for-profit industry association representing Alberta’s growing life science sector. It provides attentive, proactive and timely services and programs to over 130 member organizations.

For more information contact Bioeconomy Alberta here.