Posted October 1, 2008
The whirlwind visit began with a Board of Governors dinner. Chris Bloomer, the VP, Heavy Oil, of Petrobank was the featured guest speaker. Petrobank is a natural gas and oil exploration and production company. He gave a presentation on a remarkable new technology his company has developed that uses heat rather than steam in oil sands extraction. It provides a more environmentally friendly approach, with a small surface foot-print and less water pollution and use than conventional technology. Chris amply demonstrated that spirit of inquiry that drives innovation also flourishes in the energy sector.
The next morning the Alberta ICT Council hosted a roundtable discussion that featured Annette Trimbee, the Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Technology for the Province of Alberta. Annette reiterated the Province’s commitment to foster a diversified knowledge-based economy and outlined their strategy to do so. She later participated in a special joint board meeting between ITAC and the Alberta ICT Council.
The program also featured excellent opportunities to experience Alberta Technology up close. Visitors toured the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Technology for a perspective on the way modern imaging technology is assisting in eco-friendly resource exploration. Up at the University of Calgary, they got to meet the bright young students who are building an energy self-sufficient solar house that will compete in the Solar Decathlon next fall in Washington, DC. And the Medical Ward of the 21st Century gave visitors a peek at the way ICT will enable new approaches to healthcare.
Chris Bloomer (centre) was the featured speaker at the Board of Governors Dinner. Here he is in conversation with Ron Theile (left) President of the Digital Media Alliance and John Masters, President of Calgary Technologies Inc.
ITAC Director David Rathbun (President of xWave) has a bed-side view of 21st century patient care.
Annette Trimbee, Deputy Minister, Advanced Education and Technology, kicked off a breakfast discussion on “ICT: Enabling the Next Generation Economy”.