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2017 ASTech Awards Recipients



CALGARY, AB. (November 3rd, 2017) – From addressing the sugar epidemic to inspiring girls in STEM, the 28th Annual ASTech Award Winners' research, commercialization and leadership achievements are key to diversifying Alberta's economy.  
Tonight the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation (ASTech) presented 10 awards to honour outstanding achievement in science and technology. Five winners are from Edmonton, four from Calgary and one from Wetaskiwin. The event brought hundreds of guests from across Alberta to see awards presented in research, applied technology, commercialization and leadership. 
Martin Kratz, Chair of the ASTech Foundation, said shining a spotlight on STEM achievement in Alberta helps inspire the next generation of innovation.
“ASTech celebrates, grows and advances the culture of innovation in Alberta,” Kratz said. “Entrepreneurs, youth and researchers all tell us that sharing stories of success motivates them to reach beyond what they thought was possible.”
The 2017 ASTech Award winners are:

Leadership Awards

  • Dr. Kristen Barton (University of Calgary)Leaders of Tomorrow Award for revolutionizing injury prevention through her unique work on knee motion data analysis.
  • Schulich Engineering Education Outreach Team (University of Calgary):Excellence in Science & Technology Public Awareness Award for promoting diversity and inspiring girls and young women to pursue careers in engineering.
  • Sophia Fairweather (Wetaskiwin)Special Youth Ambassador Award to this 9-year-old for leading by example through Start Up by Sophia and establishing the STEM Squad network of girls across North America.
Industry-Specific Awards
  • Dr. Mohamed Gamal El-Din (University of Alberta): Innovation in Oil Sands Research Award for leading the development of new methods of treating oil sands process-affected water to improve long-term environmental sustainability.
  • Leara eLearning (Calgary)Innovation in Information and Communications Technology Award for using innovation and engineering to create a unique authoring tool to make e-learning content viewable on all devices. 
Innovation Spectrum Awards
  • Dr. Lori J. West (University of Alberta)Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science Award, for critical discoveries that increase the number of organs available to address the global shortage of suitable donor organs. 
  • Metabolomic Technologies Inc. (University of Alberta)Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology for developing a simple urine test to detect metabolites that can predict the polyps that are the precursors to colon cancer
  • Dr. Christopher Clarkson (University of Calgary)Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology and Innovation for pioneering the development of standardized rate transient analysis on unconventional reservoirs.
  • Interface Fluidics Limited (Edmonton): Outstanding Science and Technology Start-Up Award for using nano-technology to standardize testing tools and demonstrate how chemicals work inside oil reservoirs.
  • BioNeutra North America Inc. (Edmonton)Outstanding Commercial Achievement in Alberta Science and Technology Award for being a world-leader in developing a low-calorie natural sweetener for use in natural health and mainstream food products.

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About the ASTech Foundation

Since 1989, the ASTech Foundation has honoured the innovation leaders in science and technology in Alberta who enhance economic development and improve quality of life for all Albertans. We have also awarded more than 300 third-party adjudicated awards celebrating world-class creativity, industry growth and global advances and reinvested more than $1.5 million in awards into the science and technology community in Alberta. We showcase achievement year-round through community outreach, industry showcases and sharing stories of success.

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