Information and Communications Technology
Companies in Lethbridge’s Knowledge Economy are positioned to grow and take advantage of the unique qualities of our community that include access to a skilled workforce fueled by Lethbridge's two post-secondary institutions, partnerships with regional and provincial organizations focused on innovation and a business environment where investments in high speed digital infrastructure and facilities are being made to support business growth.
On average there are more than 150 graduates from IT related programs at Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge each year. With the very successful programming at these institutions, and one of the largest research stations in Canada, our community has a significant foothold in the technology industry. With diploma, degree and PhD options, graduates are recruited by employers across the province and are well equipped to fill the demand for skilled resources in this industry.
With tremendous industry and institutional support within the community, Lethbridge is fostering an innovative environment with focus on Research & Development, Commercialization and Collaboration. Partnerships like the Regional Innovative Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA) and organizations like TECTERRA and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures provide valuable resources to support economic growth in the city, province and country. As a result, municipalities such as Lethbridge, are emerging as IT hubs and investing in infrastructure designed specifically to support entrepreneurs commercializing new technology products.
Since opening in 2011, tecconnect – An Alberta Centre for new commerce has provided opportunities for high-tech entrepreneurs to be successful. The centre is currently home to six commercialization clients and two commercial tenants and in 2013 celebrated the success of its first two graduates. Since the fourth quarter of 2011, the entrepreneurs located in and connected to the centre have created 60 jobs and accessed nearly $14 million in funding from commercialization support organizations and private investors.
Did you know?
Lethbridge is one of the highest Ph.D. per capita cities with a population less than 250,000 in Canada.
In the 2014 KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report, Canada was ranked as the most cost-competitive mature market for digital operations in the world, due to lower costs associated with hiring creative and technical IT professionals.
The University of Lethbridge’s Dr. David Naylor received a Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) award for outstanding contribution to astronomy as part of the Herschel-SPIRE Consortium.
The Government of Alberta has invested $100 million to attract more venture capital to Alberta to grow early-stage technology companies.
Businesses operating in Canada have access to Scientific Research and Educational Development (SR&ED) tax credits worth up to 20% of a company’s eligible expenditures while Alberta offers an additional 10% up to $4 million.
The geospatial sector in Lethbridge is known for its specialization in remote sensing, imagery and GIS. Business leaders in this industry are forging international reputations and proving that this city has the right environment for success and growth in the high-tech industry. One of the compelling reasons for creating tecconnect was the ability to help foster a more robust technology sector and anchor the BlackBridge Group of companies to this to region.
Blue Sky Spectroscopy is a 100% Canadian-owned company located in Lethbridge and specializes in the development of custom infrared single-pixel and imaging spectrometers and radiometers for remote sensing applications.
With offices in Lethbridge and Berlin, BlackBridge is Canada’s leading supplier of high and medium resolution satellite imagery. As the world’s fourth largest private owner of space-based satellites they are a major player on the global market and conduct business in 12 languages and 100 countries. In 2011, they acquired RapidEye to further increase their presence in the worldwide geo-information market. The acquisition of five identical Earth Observation satellites combines one of the world's largest commercial archives of satellite imagery with an extensive distribution channel for satellite data and value-added solutions.
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.
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