Senior Business Partner, Health Innovation (Ecosystem Development)

Alberta Innovates is seeking a Senior Business Partner to play a key role in revolutionizing our external facing talent programs and supports to help grow Alberta’s Health Innovation ecosystem. This is a research and innovation ecosystem development role, not a human resources role. This position is expected to act proactively in the interests of Albertans, ensuring investments move towards impact and generate economic and health benefits for the province.


Are you our next Senior Business Partner, Health Innovation? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are passionate about the potential of emerging technologies to empower citizens and transform health.
  • Are a systems thinker with an interest in enhancing interactions between academic stakeholders, industry, and government in support of innovation.
  • Enjoy working with health innovators to learn about cutting-edge health research and innovation that will impact Albertans.
  • Enjoy working with diverse stakeholders who come with varying approaches, cultures, and objectives.
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment while balancing multiple clients and deadlines.
  • Have a demonstrated history of successfully managing complex projects from inception to completion, showcasing attention to detail, exceptional problem-solving skills, and a proactive approach to identifying and resolving issues.

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:

  • Leads and manages health research and innovation programming in alignment with Alberta Innovates strategic objectives.  This covers the complete investment lifecycle, from identifying potential clients, advising and facilitating client readiness, and pro-active investment oversight to drive intended outcomes.
  • Acts as a resource for stakeholders to overcome talent barriers and creates value-add relationships or partnerships to maximize investment impacts for the benefit of Albertans. 
  • Gathers and analyzes scientific literature, business intelligence, and industry trends.  Identifies challenges and opportunities, prepares business cases, implements programming to support health innovation in the province.
  • Contributes to program and portfolio evaluation and measurement by developing strategies and reporting tools for implementation across the portfolios.
  • Works closely with the Health team and Alberta Innovates Communications colleagues to communicate the value and impacts of our investments internally and externally.

Educational Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field. A post-graduate level degree is preferred. Different combinations of education and experience will be considered.    


Experience and Qualifications we are looking for:

  • 2-5 years of experience working with clients or stakeholders.
  • 5-7 years of experience in one or more of the following:
    • Working with stakeholders to identify and address talent needs and opportunities in high-tech or knowledge-intense sectors.
    • Addressing barriers and opportunities related to computationally intensive or data-driven research and innovation; or
    • Addressing barriers and opportunities related to the translation of new knowledge or technical capabilities into health-related products or services.
  • Broad knowledge of the health innovation ecosystem in Alberta.
  • A high degree of demonstratable knowledge with regards to emerging talent issues, trends, technological advances, and their application to developing healthy innovation ecosystems.
  • Demonstratable experience establishing and maintaining good working relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to identify strategic opportunities and plan actions that align with business goals.


Skills Required:

  • Project/program management skills.
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to manage resources, time, stress and work under pressure and high demands.
  • Ability to manage and respond to change and work in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Relationship management skills incorporating negotiation techniques.
  • Self-assured, confident and result oriented.
  • Ability to travel 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.  

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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.