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Information and Communications Technology

Alberta Venture Magazine ranked Lethbridge as one of the three Best Communities for IT/High-Tech business in Alberta in 2011 and in Western Canada in 2012. With two post-secondary institutions, Lethbridge is a smart city with a highly-talented workforce fostering the development of new ideas.  Development of a knowledge-based cluster is one of the ways we can work to ensure a diversified economy that strengthens the economic future in this region.

Overall, the opportunities in the ICT field are significant.  Direct and indirect employment in Alberta’s ICT sector now exceeds an estimated 100,000 people. Its direct economic impact is greater than $8 billion per annum.  Alberta’s ICT sector today drives up to 15% of Alberta’s GDP, making it larger than forestry and third only to energy and agriculture. Recognizing the strength that already exists in this sector, EDL opened a technology commercialization centre to anchor additional like-minded companies to the community. tecconnect – An Alberta centre for new commerce strengthen existing industries and attract new business as part of a goal to develop a globally strong knowledge-based economy. It will support a solid employment base, while facilitating vibrant commercial and retail activity within our community. Of primary interest to tecconnect is the fact the geomatics industry is growing at a rate of approximately 15-20% per annum, far outpacing many of the traditional industries.

Based on a Supply Chain Analysis the existing ICT Sector (view the Lethbridge companies on our interactive map), three key areas were identified as priorities for growth of this emerging sector in Lethbridge:

  • Company Focus – Attracting additional Intellectual property legal service providers to Lethbridge and increasing financing opportunities, in the form of locally-available lender as well as  creating and/or accessing new venture capital networks and angel investors.
  • Industry Focus – Improve local communications infrastructure, encourage service enhancements for business travel  to and from Lethbridge and increase linkages between the local ICT industry and local training institutions.
  • Awareness – Utilize marketing to increase awareness for local business as well as attracting new business opportunities to our region.  

The following innovative companies are already part of this new and emerging sector in Lethbridge:

  • BlackBridge Group ( From satellite reception to image processing, custom application development to on-line data access, BlackBridge Geomatics is creating leading geo-image and geo-information products & services that help clients make fast, accurate decisions.
  • Blue Sky Spectroscopy ( is a 100% Canadian-owned company specializing in the development of custom infrared single-pixel and imaging spectrometers and radiometers for remote sensing. They are heavily involved in Canadian space research.
  • Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Center( has 11 employees, including five research scientists, two from the University of Lethbridge, and two carrying out their graduate degrees in remote sensing. ATIC's expertise is in research and development of optical remote sensing, image calibration and validation, and image information extraction from hyperspectral and multispectral data.
  • Infochip Systems Inc. ( relocated to Lethbridge in 2011.  They design and manufacture durable RFID chips and RFID reader technology, as well as offering inspection and maintenance software. 
  • tecconnect – An Alberta centre for new commerce ( tecconnect is a new facility in Lethbridge that is designed to attract, incubate and develop technology companies through commercialization of products and services. The centre has an Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) focus with a specific emphasis in geospatial imaging. Clients benefit from:
    • Professional, Attractive Space
    • Direct Fibre connection to the adjacent BlacikBridge Data Centre
    • Co-location with a leading technology firm

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