Nov. 8, 2022

The Energy Transition Centre officially opens for Business

The University of Calgary and Innovate Calgary invite the energy industry, researchers, and policy makers to collaborate on Canada’s energy transition

Calgary, AB – The Energy Transition Centre welcomes the energy industry, researchers, and investors into their new downtown Calgary space. The centre will support the research and development of new energy technologies while accelerating the commercialization of promising innovations by supporting new startups. This one-of-a-kind initiative nurtures, improves and steers emerging energy transition technologies into profitable startup businesses.

Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and CIBC announced an initial investment in the ETC earlier this year, bringing together the University of Calgary (UCalgary), Innovate Calgary and Avatar Innovations to collaborate with the energy industry. The doors to the downtown office officially open this week.

As Canada and the world continue to move toward a cleaner and more sustainable economy, our government is supporting our energy industry and its workers in being at the forefront of developing clean technologies. Our investments in the Energy Transition Centre and tax credits for clean technologies and clean hydrogen from the Fall Economic Statement, will make a positive and lasting impact on our economy, the environment, and the many families and communities who depend on Alberta’s energy sector for good-paying jobs and a high quality of life.”

The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan

Our investment in the Energy Transition Centre will help enable small- and medium-sized cleantech companies to grow and create quality jobs here in Calgary. I’m proud to see our government building on Alberta’s energy expertise, talents and strengths in order to position our province as a leader in cleantech and clean energy applications.”

George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview

Novel solutions need novel approaches
UCalgary is a world-renowned place of discovery and training ground for the talent that will serve tomorrow’s needs. Innovate Calgary brings business acumen and experience with supporting researchers and startups to make an impact as can be seen with the success of Life Sciences Innovation Hub. Together they are taking a unique approach aimed at connecting industry and community with research and technology developed at the university, tapping into the talent, expertise and resources available on campus.

“As a top research university located in the energy centre of Canada, the University of Calgary is excited to work with Innovate Calgary and industry partners to find new energy solutions. Bringing together our top researchers and highly qualified industry professionals, this initiative will create new technologies, generate employment opportunities, and provide innovative energy solutions that will benefit all Canadians.

Dr. Ed McCauley, PhD, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary

Collaboration leads to impact
The ETC will engage all those interested and invested in Calgary’s energy future including large retailers and producers of energy, policy makers and members of the UCalgary community such as postdoctoral scholars, researchers, and students to move the needle. This focus on collaboration and integration between academia and industry will truly accelerate the development of energy technologies which often takes decades to develop. This transformational approach not only leads to new energy solutions but also the creation of spin-out startup companies, new jobs and economic diversification.

The Energy Transition Centre has embraced ‘innovation’ in its truest spirit – from its foundational structure to programming elements. For example, we are testing the limits of collaboration between post-secondary institutions and industry with novel programs such as the Energy Transition Transformative Talent Internships and co-funded postdoctoral fellow positions with the University of Calgary. We are redefining and setting the bar for ‘collaboration’ while discovering energy transition solutions.”

Mr. Puneet Mannan, associate director, Energy Transition Centre

“The energy transition represents a multi-trillion, multi-decade investment opportunity for Calgary that will require collaboration, technology and innovation on a scale never before seen. Avatar Innovations is pleased to partner with the Energy Transition Centre headquartering this opportunity beside Canada’s largest energy companies to win this global race.”

Kevin Krausert, CEO and co-founder, Avatar Innovations

Come and join the energy
Organizations and individuals interested in collaborating with the Energy Transition Centre and its members can contact us to explore partnerships and receive a personalized tour.

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About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top-five research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 35,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-upsStart something today at the University of Calgary.

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About Innovate Calgary
Innovate Calgary was founded in 1986 to support the University of Calgary’s innovation community. Our team of experts offers intellectual property and business incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs, and businesses within the advanced technology sector. Innovate Calgary supports commercialization by providing business and technical advice, workshops, assessments for commercial potential, access to sector resources and networking events, licensing and intellectual property protection, impact measurement discovery, company creation/incubation programs, and office and lab space. Learn more: