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Executive Director, Agriculture & Food Innovation

Alberta Innovates is seeking an Executive Director, Agriculture & Food Innovation in our Clean Resources team.  The incumbent will develop and execute programs in agriculture and food to support the realization of the broader sector and organizational strategic priorities, identifying and driving innovative opportunities, and building and leveraging strong stakeholder relations to enable the achievement of desired outcomes.


Are you our next Executive Director, Agriculture & Food Innovation? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Enjoy building positive and productive working relationships both internally and with external stakeholders
  • Flexible and adaptable to the dynamic and changing environment
  • Have strong strategic planning and priority management skills, and
  • Can develop and lead new initiatives that deliver results for the province


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.


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Job Details

Responsibilites include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspires a shared vision for, and lead program development in Agriculture and Food Innovation
  • Oversees the management of staff activities, ensuring team and individual goals are established, while managing day to day activities
  • Develops opportunities to drive/advance innovation and key technologies, identifying gaps and necessary investment resources, promoting multi-stakeholder collaborative approaches, engaging business partners, securing funding, sponsorship and commitments, ensuring supporting research and analyses are conducted, preparing business cases, initiating projects and initiatives and influencing outcomes
  • Manages project/program development and initiation activities
  • Develops and maintains relationships with external and internal stakeholders
  • Ensures management and administrative processes, standards and protocols are established to support Agriculture and Food project/program development and implementation
  • Manages operational, capital and staff budgets and reporting activities for the department


Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or related field. Extended work experience may be substituted for educational credentials
  • Minimum 15 years broad based technical and business management experience
  • 10 years progressive management experience at a senior level
  • Extensive agriculture and food science knowledge
  • Familiar with Alberta’s social, economic, environmental and technological needs and priorities.
  • Extensive network in agri-food industry, government, and PSIs. Experience in working in/with government and industry in agriculture and food production, bio-materials, and climate change impact including leading research programs and participating in joint industry projects
  • Experience working with senior and executive-level government, university and private-sector representatives
  • Proven track record and possess strategic vision in working across sectors in agriculture and food production
  • Experience in leading and directing large, complex and multi-year initiatives with multiple stakeholders and translating goals of the organization into tangible measures and target
  • Ability to manage key or strategic stakeholder relationships and generate respect and trust from a diverse group of external and internal stakeholders
  • Proven ability in articulating complex agriculture and food production application in simple terms and in a business context
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership, and facilitation skills
  • Business management oversight and acumen and business case development skills
  • People management, coaching, and career development skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Self-motivated and results orientated with high attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced and complex environment
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities, and work under pressure to meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work both in a team environment as well as independently


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.