Alberta IoT Association News

Alberta IoT Start-Up Visa Program: A Gateway to New Opportunities 

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The Alberta IoT Start-Up Visa (SUV) Program has taken a significant step towards empowering newcomers in the province by forging a new partnership with Gateway. Gateway, a leading organization dedicated to connecting newcomers with essential services, offers a unique experience that aligns perfectly with the program’s goals. Let’s explore how both the Alberta IoT SUV Program and Gateway aim to help Alberta newcomers navigate a new and complex landscape. 

One of the biggest challenges that newcomers face when arriving in Alberta is understanding the intricacies of the local service landscape. With multiple agencies and departments involved in providing essential services, it can be a daunting task to find the right resources. Alberta IoT’s partnership with Gateway aims to bridge this gap by providing Start Up Visa candidates with a clear understanding of Alberta’s service landscape. By offering comprehensive guidance and support, the Gateway partnership will help scale-up entrepreneurs and their families to build confidence and trust in relocating to Alberta. 

The Partnership 

Gateway’s partnership with the Alberta IoT SUV Program goes beyond a mere service provider relationship. It is built on shared values and a common purpose, inspiring collaboration within the sector. Both organizations are committed to unlocking the economic, social, and civic potential of newcomers, and their collective efforts create a synergy that drives positive change. 

Gateway acts as a catalyst, facilitating connections and partnerships between newcomers, businesses, and government agencies. This collaboration not only benefits the individuals involved but also contributes to the growth and innovation of the Alberta IoT ecosystem.  

Gateway’s steadfast commitment to newcomers revolves around a clear set of values that align perfectly with the Alberta IoT SUV Program. Their mission is to connect newcomers to the right service at the right agency every time, ensuring that individuals receive the support they need, when they need it most. By streamlining the process and eliminating barriers, Gateway empowers newcomers to take control of their journey and make informed decisions. 

The partnership between the Alberta IoT SUV Program and Gateway is a game-changer for newcomers in Alberta. By leveraging Gateway’s expertise in connecting individuals with the right services, the program creates a welcoming and supportive environment for aspiring entrepreneurs. With this partnership, SUV participants can embark on their entrepreneurial journey with the assurance that they will be provided with the necessary support, ultimately contributing to the growth and prosperity of Alberta’s tech sector. 


Alberta IoTee: 4th Annual Golf Tournament

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Calling all golf enthusiasts and tech professionals!  

Join Alberta IoTee’s 4th Annual Golf Tournament. 

Alberta IoT is thrilled to announce the return of our highly anticipated Golf Tournament! Mark your calendars for July 21st, 2023, and join us at the Lynx Ridge Golf Course for a day filled with golf and networking. 

At Alberta IoT, we take immense pride in fostering a thriving community within Alberta’s ever-expanding tech ecosystem. Our mission is to provide unique platforms that bring together our members and prospective members, allowing them to uncover growth opportunities and forge valuable connections. 

After the success of our 2022 tournament, we are more excited than ever to welcome you to this year’s event. Last year, the tournament brought together golf enthusiasts and industry professionals from across Alberta’s tech sector, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and excitement. The positive feedback we received from participants and sponsors alike was overwhelming, and we are excited to do it all again this year. 

Our Golf Tournament is more than just a day on the green. It’s an opportunity to build a strong community and connect with like-minded individuals in the industry. We strongly encourage our members and participants from the technology ecosystem to break away from traditional channels and develop lasting relationships in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. 

Participants will have the chance to engage in lively discussions and exchange ideas on the fairways. The atmosphere is always buzzing with excitement as individuals from various sectors within the tech industry come together, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration that extends far beyond the tournament itself. 

Event Details:  

July 21st, 2023  

Lynx Ridge Golf Course  

Full day event – Golfer Registration opens at 9:30 

To secure your spot in this exciting event, REGISTER TODAY. Spaces are limited, and demand is high! 

Let’s unite the tech community, unleash its potential, and drive Alberta’s tech ecosystem to new heights. This is an event you won’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Unleashing Alberta’s Manufacturing Potential: Spotlight on August Electronics

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Alberta, a province known for its vast natural resources and thriving energy sector, has increasingly recognized the importance of diversifying its economy. In recent years, manufacturing has emerged as a key sector with tremendous potential. This resurgence is driven by a combination of factors such as technological advancements, evolving consumer demands, and a strategic shift towards economic diversification. This sector not only presents an opportunity for Alberta to reduce its reliance on the energy industry but also creates new avenues for skilled employment. August Electronics, based in Calgary, is an example of a company committed to adding to the province’s manufacturing landscape by keeping skilled workers in Alberta and attracting new talent to the province. 

August Electronics has emerged as a prominent player in the province’s manufacturing scene. The company specializes in electronic manufacturing services (EMS) and boasts a strong reputation for delivering high-quality products and exceptional customer service. With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to innovation, August Electronics has been at the forefront of driving manufacturing excellence in Alberta. 

One of the key factors contributing to August Electronics’ success is its dedication to nurturing a skilled workforce. Recognizing that human capital is the backbone of any thriving manufacturing industry, the company has implemented comprehensive training programs and apprenticeships to equip its employees with the necessary skills and knowledge. By investing in continuous learning and professional development – they have onsite training programs to keep worker certifications up to date, and continually push to reach new levels of certification that allow them to fulfill increasingly complex and sensitive contracts— August Electronics ensures that its workforce remains at the cutting edge of technological advancements. 

August Electronics actively collaborates with local educational institutions, industry partners, and government initiatives to foster a culture of innovation and long-term partnerships. They firmly believe in viewing clients as partners and prioritize establishing strong, enduring relationships with them. By treating clients as valued collaborators, August Electronics aims to create a synergy that goes beyond a mere business transaction. This approach ensures that both parties are invested in each other’s success and work together to achieve common goals. 

In addition to their emphasis on client partnerships, August Electronics is committed to maintaining a positive work environment and protecting their culture and values. They take pride in being recognized as a great place to work and are selective about the partners they choose to collaborate with. They believe that a successful partnership is not only based on the compatibility of services or products but also on shared values and a mutual commitment to excellence. 

To preserve their culture of excellence, August Electronics sets high standards for their partners and actively seeks out those who align with their values. They understand the importance of a cohesive work culture and the positive impact it has on employee satisfaction and productivity. By partnering with organizations that share their commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment, August Electronics ensures that their employees thrive and contribute to the company’s success. 

Overall, August Electronics values long-term partnerships with clients and prioritizes shared values and a collaborative approach. Their dedication to creating an environment where employees feel valued and motivated is reflected in their rigorous selection process for partners. By nurturing these relationships and upholding their cultural values, August Electronics continues to excel in their industry while contributing to the growth and advancement of the manufacturing sector in Alberta. 

As August Electronics expands its operations and forges new partnerships, it continues its contribution to Alberta’s economic growth. The company’s commitment to manufacturing excellence creates jobs, stimulates local businesses, and attracts further investment to the province. By leveraging its expertise and tapping into Alberta’s skilled workforce, August Electronics plays a pivotal role in establishing the province as a hub for advanced manufacturing. 

Alberta’s manufacturing industry has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, and August Electronics serves as an example of the sector’s potential. With its emphasis on skilled work, innovation, and collaboration, the company continues to drive economic growth while setting a high bar for manufacturing excellence. As Alberta embraces diversification, companies like August Electronics play a crucial role in shaping the province’s future as a manufacturing powerhouse. 


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Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

Alberta IoT Member Benefits

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As an Alberta IoT member you gain access to a variety of benefits that can help you advance your personal and professional goals. Among these benefits are access to exclusive events and networking opportunities, conference discounts, exclusive member offers, as well as brand visibility. Attending conferences is a great way to stay up to date on industry trends, connect with like-minded professionals, and expand your knowledge and skills; but conferences can be expensive, especially if you’re paying for registration, travel, and accommodations out of pocket. By joining an organization like Alberta IoT and taking advantage of the discount codes offered to members, you can significantly reduce the cost of attending conferences and make the most of your professional growth and business development budgets. Check out some of the current event discounts below and contact the team for more information. 

In addition to conference discounts, Alberta IoT offers access to exclusive events and networking opportunities to our members, as well as early registration access for event and collaboration opportunities. These events may include workshop sessions with industry leaders, access to private tours, and invitations to members-only gatherings or roundtable discussions. By attending these events, you can build relationships with the emerging technology community, gain insider knowledge about the industry, and potentially even secure new business opportunities. 

Additional perks of membership include access to exclusive service offerings including, educational resources, career development tools, and employee benefits. Have a look at some of these member offers below! 

Check out some of the current member benefits offered to Alberta IoT members including event discounts and service offerings. If you’d like to speak to the Alberta IoT team about membership opportunities or if you’re already a member and you’re interested in these offers, reach out to Emma Duffy.  



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Within this training program you’ll have access to unlimited content 24/7/365 to support you and your team scale successfully and Sandler Calgary will offer guidance and content suggestions on a regular basis.  

Sandler, the next evolution of sales and leadership.  


Olympia Trust Company is offering Alberta IoT Members the following: 

  • Fixed service fee program 
  • Private company Transfer Agent & Registrar services 

Initial services include:  

  • liaising with the Issuer 
  • legal counsel 
  • applicable securities industry participants on the appointment of Olympia as transfer agent and registrar, including:  
  • all required notifications 
  • loading of securityholder records maintained by the Issuer or a prior agent 
  • set-up of generic share certificate inventory 
  • Direct Registration System (DRS) statement 


Did you know our group gets preferred rates with Co-operators Group Home and Auto insurance program?  

When you get a Home or Auto insurance quote, you’ll get a chance at a $10,000 prize. Along with exclusive savings, Co-operators coverage offers exceptional features like: 

  • A home deductible that shrinks by $100 each claim-free year 
  • A free Legal Assistance helpline with guidance from qualified lawyers for Co-operators property insurance clients. 


New clients receive $100 in credits towards their first Goodlawyer service, including Fractional General Counsel. To redeem, just let Goodlawyer’s customer experience team know that you’re an Alberta IoT member.  


Alberta IoT is proud to present our partnership with Sun Life to offer customized group benefit solutions to our members. Follow the link below to learn more.


IOT NORTH: November 21st-22nd  

  • At IoT North Conference, world-leading companies and trailblazers share the latest trends and insights about the progression and future of tech and innovation. Experts and practitioners take centre stage and provide over 60 hours of thought-leadership. 
  • Alberta IoT Members receive a 10% discount for attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors 


Interested in our other Alberta IoT events? 

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you there.


Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

Alberta IoT and Valhalla Private Capital Announce 2023 Partnership

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With a common mission to support scaling organizations in the Alberta tech sector, Alberta IoT and Valhalla Private Capital have made their partnership official for the 2023 fiscal year. The partnership ultimately strengthens the network of expertise supporting organizations on their journey to achieve next level growth.

Alberta IoT and Valhalla will co-host their first joint investor readiness event, Founder Basecamp, on March 10 & 11, 2023, culminating in a live pitch practice session and networking event on March 16, 2023.

“Connecting scale-up businesses to capital has always been a core pillar of Alberta IoT and this partnership signifies our commitment to remain focused on this area. We are thrilled to have an increased ability to offer Fast Track participants and Alberta IoT members valuable resources, knowledge and a network to support their investment journey.” – Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director, Alberta IoT Association.

“With over 20 years of early stage investment experience, Valhalla Private Capital sees the partnership with Alberta IoT as a critical component in attracting talent, capital and awareness of the growing Alberta Tech scene. Our joint vision is to increase investment into early-stage and scaling companies by building knowledge about the asset class.” Teruel Carrasco, President, Valhalla Private Capital.


Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

More Alberta IoT and partner events can be found at: Events – Alberta IoT Association


Valhalla is a full-service corporate finance firm focused on early-stage entrepreneurs. With the largest angel network in Western Canada, a suite of investment funds, education, training & mentorship programs, and M&A advisory services, Valhalla serves the entire lifecycle needs of entrepreneurs who operate businesses and entrepreneurs who invest in businesses.

Learn more about Valhalla Private Capital at: Home (

Register for Founders Basecamp presented by Alberta IoT and Valhalla Private Capital HERE.

Interested in our other Alberta IoT events? 

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you there.


Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

Alberta IoT’s Demo Day Brought Together Over 300 Students and Industry Representatives

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Gathering industry and students for Alberta IoT’s Demo Day, Alberta IoT was thrilled to bring together 20 exhibitors, 70 industry representatives & faculty,and more than 140students, based on registration metrics, to help build talent within the province of Alberta. Demo Day sought to showcase the impact and opportunity technology has across various industry sectors with a focus on traditional industries such as construction or telecommunication.  The event was a great opportunity for students and industry to come together to explore emerging technologies, raise awareness of the potential for technology in traditional industries, and for Alberta IoT to support the growth of new tech talent to support the growth of these sectors.

A Look Back at Key Demo Day Metrics

It was important for Alberta IoT to gather information on where emerging technology and industry can help students and recent graduates. Below you will find insightful metrics from students and industry who participated in Demo Day.

25% of students believe they will need to move to another jurisdiction to find industry disrupting.

80% of student responses believe they will have a job following graduation

To check out the full breakdown of Demo Day Metrics click HERE.

Check out some open postings below:

From Exhibiting Companies:

August Electronics Careers | Current Openings at August Electronics (

  • Potential positions include Process technician, SMT Operators, Account Managers (Sales), Purchasing and Finance.

Blackline Safety

  • Blackline Safety has the following positions available, Full Stack Developer, Financial Analyst, Firmware Developer, Firmware Intern. Check out more opportunities at



  • Hiring opportunities available for Sales Development Specialist and Accountant/Bookkeeping.

Network Innovations


  • Hiring opportunities available for Business Development Analyst and Summer Engineering Internships.


  • Hiring opportunities available for Hardware Test & Validation Engineer, DevOps Lead, Sr. Software Developer, Project Manager, and Intermediate Software Developer. Careers | ZeroKey

Long View Systems –


Olympia Trust Company –

Osperity –

PCC Integrate –

Rigstar Industrial Careers – Rigstar Industrial Telecom

Rogers  –

Symroc –

Wesco –


From Participating Industry Representatives

Expeto Wireless, Solution Architect – PreSales

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Ambyint, Snr. Software Engineer and Data Scientists

Dynamysk Automation, Manager, Business Systems


Aqurus Solutions Inc.

Aqurus ERP Software



Thank you to our annual sponsors for making events like these possible. A special shout out to supporting companies Calgary Economic Development and SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology.


Interested in our other Alberta IoT events? 

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you there.



Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

Connecting Industry and Talent at Alberta IoT Demo Day

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 Alberta IoT seeks to support industry in several ways, including building talent within the province. Through roundtable discussions, industry partners of Alberta IoT identified a need for:

1. More opportunities to meet with student talent; and

2. Educating students on opportunities for technology related careers across different industry sectors

In response to these industry needs, Alberta IoT has launched the Demo Day initiative with support from Calgary Economic Development and SAIT School for Advanced Digital Technology. Demo Day seeks to showcase the impact and opportunity technology has across various industry sectors with a focus on traditional industries such as construction or telecommunication. The event is open to industry as well as students at SAIT to explore the technologies leading to impactful transformation in these more traditional sectors.

“Alberta IoT’s Demo Day at SAIT is an excellent an opportunity for students to gain insight into the range of careers available in Alberta’s emerging technology market and to connect industry with their future talent pool. As we continue to experience significant growth in the tech sector, working closely with industry partners to create work-integrated learning opportunities will further prepare students for successful careers.” – Dr. Raynie Wood, Dean of SAIT’s School for Advanced Digital Technology.

By bringing together 20 industry exhibitors, students can expect an immersive experience in the heart of the SAIT main campus to explore career opportunities and technology applications that they may not have previously considered. “Our goal as an Association really is to be a connector. The Demo Day event on November 23 is about connecting industry to talent, and to one another, while educating all participants on the impact emerging technologies are having across various sectors,” Brenda Beckedorf, Executive Director of Alberta IoT Association.

To learn more about the event exhibitors at Demo Day, visit the event page at: Demo Day (

Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.

The School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT) is committed to preparing our students to thrive in the borderless, global economy. We offer an exciting range of media and technology programs built on a foundation of applied, technology-immersed experiences and enhanced with work-integrated learning opportunities.

Calgary Economic Development is an opportunity-maker, helping to spark Calgary’s economic growth and diversification. Our job is to connect people with resources to help them grow their careers or businesses, thrive in new locations or markets, and feel at home in our welcoming and inclusive community. We offer a wealth of information to help everyone succeed and we tirelessly promote Calgary, in Canada and around the world. We’re exhilarated about our role in shaping and sharing Calgary’s story.

Interested in our other Alberta IoT events? 

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you there. 

Turn movement data into health and wellness knowledge

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Hi fellow Alberta IoT members; I am Nigel, the founder of MindFull Solutions Inc., where we turn movement data into health and wellness knowledge. MindFull was invited to participate in Alberta IoT in Action at the Alberta IoT 3rd Annual Golf Tournament.

We took the opportunity to showcase our tech while simultaneously testing the firmware/database integration and our core stability metric. Our core stability metric measure how much the low back jolts and oscillates during movement. A higher score means how well a person transfers the forces smoothly during moving, having less consequence on the joints.

The results.
We had roughly 30 golfers strap on the device and do everything from climbing trees, cartwheels, and myriad golf swings and tee-offs. The core stability score of all activities was 8.85 out of 10. Walking equated to 80% of the data collected was 9.01 out of 10. Dynamic movements equated to a stability score of 7.86, roughly 4% of the viable data collected. Interestingly, within the last two hours of the day, our core stability score was higher at 9.28 for all activities, including dynamic movements score of 9.44!

The knowledge we can gain from this data are:

1) The people who participated are generally good movers!

2) Our bodies need time to find joint stability for dynamic or complex movement. Not so much time for simple actions like walking.

3) An optimized warmup may help. Our partners at Coalition Performance Care have provided a simple way to get the body ready for golf.

If you are interested in partaking a pilot study or our pre-sale/Kickstarter, sign up for our newsletter for more information and updates!

Three lessons learned from signing one of Canada’s largest-ever biotech deals

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Chris Micetich is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder, President, and CEO of Fedora Pharmaceuticals (Fedora). Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Fedora specializes in the discovery and development of novel antibiotics. In 2015, Fedora signed a licensing deal with Hoffmann La Roche for Fedora’s world-class anti-infective, the beta-lactamase inhibitor Nacubactam. The deal was valued at USD $750MM + royalties and at the time was the largest biotechnology licensing deal in Canadian history. Chris has learned many things from his many successful start-ups, but three key lessons came into focus after the Roche deal:

Take Advice and Persevere

Everyone – and I mean everyone – will have an opinion on what you should and should not do with your start-up. Although it is well-intentioned, some of the advice is contradictory, confusing, and even impractical. The important thing, however, is to solicit advice from those you trust, and those who have “been there and done that”. Prior experience beats theoretical knowledge 10 times out of 10. So, heed all the opinions you respect and discard the rest

But along your entrepreneurial journey you may get one set of feedback that is hard to brush off: “This will never work.”

The virtues of failing early and failing forward are well known in the entrepreneurial world. But it’s very different when you hear those words from those around you, and what if they don’t jibe with what you know in your heart to be true? What if you know that it will work? What if you are clear eyed and still disagree with their assessment?

That is when your entrepreneurial grit must kick in. After making sure they’re not pointing out something essential that you missed – note the feedback and carry forward. It’s certainly easier to explain why something will not work than it is to believe in an entrepreneur’s vision. I had countless people tell me that a start-up couldn’t play with big pharma. We were out of our depth. We could not get a deal done. But I knew in my heart that we were right. And when vindication came, I was not surprised, I saw it all the way back from the beginning.

Start with the End in Mind

Speaking of seeing the end way back in the beginning, that is where your start-up needs to start – at the end. What’s the end game? How do you see this story ending? Is it a licensing deal? Are you going to build a worldwide success from the ground up? Maybe it’s an early sale or a partnership once you hit the right stage. The specifics of your ending are less important than the fact that you need to know it at the beginning. It will be your True North and the basis of your strategy and decision making, informing each and every aspect of your business.

With Fedora, I knew we wanted a licensing deal with big pharma, and I knew which stage we wanted it at. Starting from the end, we worked backwards and built a plan that we could execute on, with each step bringing us closer to the finish line that we designed and placed. By dictating the terms of our own success, we became masters of our own entrepreneurial destiny.

Validate, Validate, Validate

At this point it’s cliché to say, but I’m still seeing start-ups with solutions in search of a problem. So, I’ll say it again here: Validate, Validate, Validate!

Validate your problem. Validate your solution. Validate it with end-users. Validate it with payors. Validate it with industry. With Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs). With decision makers. At Fedora, we made sure that our validation was second-to-none. We asked Big Pharma: is this a product you would acquire? We asked KOLs: is our science sound? We asked reimbursement specialists: is this a product you would pay for? With binders full of positive responses, we charted our course.

It’s more than asking if people like your product, they must be willing to pay for it. Validate the problem as well as your solution inside and out before diving in.

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Third Time is the Charm – Celebrating #AlbertaIoTee

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Teeing off for the third time, Alberta IoT was happy to host the tech and broader business community at Lynx Ridge on August 12, 2022. The annual tournament brought together businesses across sectors with a vested interest in IoT and emerging technology.

The day would not have been possible without the incredible sponsors as well as the hard work of a dedicated volunteer committee helping with all of the planning and preparations leading into the tournament. 

A special thank you to Rogers for Business, EY, Alberta Innovates, Moby, Goodlawyer, Victaulic, Delphi Technology Corp, SaaS HQ, Ignite Technology, Aspen Films, Olympia Trust Company, Infront Marketing, Aura Advanced Technology/Cloudian, Andersen LLP, and Virtual Gurus along with our cart sponsors, Socium Law and PCC Integrate. 

Missed the day? Check out the highlights! 


Interested in our other Alberta IoT events? 

Check them out HERE. We can’t wait to see you there. 


Alberta IoT is a non-profit, member-based association that exists to nurture and support the growth of Alberta’s Internet of Things and emerging technology sectors. Our mission is to position Alberta as the worldwide leader in IoT and emerging technology.