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Technology Development Advisor


Alberta Innovates is seeking a Technology Development Advisor (TDA) to join our Entrepreneurial Investments team. TDAs play an exciting role in Alberta’s innovation ecosystem by engaging, advising, and coaching scalable Technology and knowledge based Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in the areas of business, product development and commercialization activities. The TDA is a connector who creates links between business support services, professionals and programs from the Provincial and Federal Government, Colleges, Universities, non-profits and industry contacts.   This position will be based in Calgary and provide services to Calgary and surrounding area.


Are you our next TDA? You would be a good fit for this position if you have:

  • A passion for accelerating high potential companies and growing the entrepreneur culture in Alberta
  • The ability to connect and coach others based on your previous business experience with technology based companies
  • A network that would provide value to new founders and scaling businesses
  • A collaborative approach to problem solving and can act as a resource for other TDA’s
  • Knowledge of what it takes to validate and scaling technologies, current lean startup methodologies
  • An ability to understand emerging technologies and coach companies in commercializing technologies in these areas


We are game changers

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation.

Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position:


The TDA will foster existing relationships and spend time cultivating new ones while proactively connecting the dots; act as a coach, and navigator for SMEs to access Alberta’s Innovation System programs and support services; and seek out innovative SMEs to address Alberta’s Innovation targets.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Advising and providing expertise to the client from committing to scaling along the Startup Commons client journey.  This may include expertise on business plan development, financials, marketing, and sales, including customer validation testing.
  • Coaching the client through their business and technology readiness journey
  • Developing external networks and liaising with internal and external clients to recommend funding opportunities aligned with Alberta Innovates mandate and outcomes
  • Summarizing client due diligence for internal programs while maintaining confidentiality of client information
  • Working synergistically with the Regional Innovation Networks for the benefit of the client
  • Providing services mainly to clients in Calgary and surrounding area



  • A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution.  
  • 10+ years in business, manufacturing or production setting, management consulting or founding a technology based SME
  • 5 + years in senior management and/or business coaching experience
  • Continuing education related to business and entrepreneurship
  • Experience with growing and developing SMEs in the technology commercialization space
  • Strong account management experience combined with a creative approach to business
  • Able to work under tight deadlines in high-stake executive environments
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, combined with an ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated coaching, constructive feedback, and mentoring skills
  • Willingness to challenge, question and investigate facts
  • Strong community network to support building collaboration and build synergies
  • Comfortable working with incomplete information and ability to make intelligent assumptions to produce high level estimates
  • Travel is required to attend events or meetings as required


Why Alberta Innovates?

We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.  


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.