Alberta Information and Communications Technology Institute
Annual Report 2008-09
A Year in Review
The Alberta Information and Communications Technology Institute (AICTI) was formed in 2006.
It is an unincorporated board established under the Alberta Science and Research Authority Act.
The Board is comprised of leading academics, scientists and entrepreneurs. AICTI’s mandate is
to support the development and growth of an information and communications technology (ICT)
sector in Alberta by providing strategic advice and policy guidance to government on public
funding and investments in ICT-related research and innovation. The Institute works closely with
other departments, agencies, and institutions in developing advice on mechanisms to stimulate the
development and application or commercialization of new knowledge, technologies and products.
The Institute also provides advice to support research capacity, particularly in terms of highly
qualified people and research infrastructure.
Over the past several decades, ICT has been a major competitive driver of the global economy.
ICT has been fundamental to innovations in a range of knowledge-based fields within Alberta,
including energy, life sciences, environment, and education. Building on these existing areas of
strength, Alberta has the opportunity to be a world leader in key ICT applications that can be used
across many industry sectors.
AICTI Board 2008-09
Mr. George Rogers, MLA Co-Chair
Dr. Roger Smith, Industry Co-Chair
Alberta Science and Research Authority (ASRA) Board Member
Professor Emeritus and former Vice President (Research), University of Alberta
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
Dean, Schulich School of Engineering and Professor, Department of Geomatics Engineering,
University of Calgary
Dr. Charles Kim
President, Canakor Inc.
Mr. Stephen Lougheed
ASRA Board Member
Chairman, Multiplied Media Corporation
Mr. Brian Olafson