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.

We have two subsidiaries. C-FER works with the global energy industry to advance safety, environmental performance and efficiency with full-scale testing and specialized engineering consulting services.  InnoTech Alberta offers a range of science, engineering and technological research talent and testing capabilities, and the facilities that can help accelerate technology development serving both the private and public sector.


Alberta Innovates is seeking a Business Partner, Agri-Food Sustainable Production to work with our Clean Resources team and its stakeholders to manage research or innovation projects that will assist the province of Alberta to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals associated with food and farming sectors.  The incumbent will be responsible for acting as a “Project Advisor” for projects funded by Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).

Are you interested in sustainability in agriculture and food? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Are passionate about Agri-Food research and have an interest in projects related to knowledge or technological advancement for the continued improvement of food and farming sectors.
  • Enjoy engaging with multiple stakeholders and building productive working relationships.
  • Enjoy project focused work, understand project management principles, and enjoy a dynamic environment that includes supporting multiple concurrent projects at a time.  
  • Enjoy providing technical advice in the Agri-Food sector with multiple stakeholders.

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

Job Details

  • Help establish project funding agreements between ERA and recipients to ensure alignment of project outcomes with ERA and AI Clean Resources objectives.
  • Participate in project steering committees and maintain regular interaction with funded recipients.
  • Monitor project progress and report progress updates to ERA.
  • Review and assess project progress and final project reports.
  • Support the delivery of ERA’s calls for proposals and partnership intake program.
  • Coordinate and participate in the ERA proposal review and adjudication process.
  • Interact with funding applicants during ERA’s application process.
  • Assist applicants during project application processes.
  • Provides technical advice to applicants to ensure project progress continues as expected and corrective action is taken if needed.
  • Provide feedback to applicants not selected for funding.
  • Support the development of ERA's and AI-Clean Resources’ research and innovation. programs by identifying sector needs through gap analysis, technology intelligence and developing a high-impact portfolio of projects and ensuring alignment with Government of Alberta’s (GOA) strategic plans.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including government department working groups, industrial associations, and other stakeholders to develop and implement effective agriculture and food development initiatives.
  • Participate in workshops, conferences, cross-ministry working groups, and other events to advance initiatives in smart agriculture and food.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural or Biological Sciences 
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered where appropriate.
  • Project management courses, training, or certificate is an asset.
  • Minimum two-year experience in research and innovation.
  • Knowledge of technology, theories, project management principles, regulatory issues and economics of Alberta’s agriculture, food and forestry sectors.
  • Broad understanding of the Government of Alberta’s and Canada’s agri-food related strategies, strategic business plans, policy frameworks and relevant legislation is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines and organizational goals.
  • Stakeholder and client relations.
  • Analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Flexible and adaptable to the dynamic and changing environment.
  • Ability to work both in a team environment as well as independently.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.


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.