Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation




UCalgary enables the innovation cycle from discovery to deployed solutions by promoting a culture of innovation within our community. Innovation is part of the broad spectrum of research and application activity at UCalgary, and links discovery, creativity, invention and entrepreneurship to solve local, national and global societal challenges. The program includes the Hunter Hub, Innovate Calgary, a clinical trials accelerator, W21C and The Creative Destruction Lab. The University Innovation Quarter provides an interface between the university and community entrepreneurs and industry. Learn more.

Ward of the 21st Century Healthcare Research Innovation

Ward of the 21st Century Healthcare Research Innovation

Ward of the 21st Century (W21C) is a not-for-profit research and innovation initiative based in the UCalgary and the Calgary zone of Alberta Health Services. W21C serves as a collaborative space that enables researchers and industry to bring new ideas, prototypes or products for testing in pre-clinical and clinical environments. Learn more.

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Teaching, Learning and Student Experience

13 Week Course Inspires Future Engineering Innovators

13 Week Course Inspires Future Engineering Innovators

Research associates in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering, along with members from other faculties, developed a comprehensive 13-week course that covers the full spectrum of research and innovation for second-year undergraduate students in the chemical engineering program. Learn more.

Innovation Untold

Innovation Untold

The Innovation Untold contest, a collaboration between Innovation@UCalgary and a senior-level communication and media studies course, invites undergraduate and graduate students to capture the story of a UCalgary innovator in a compelling three-minute video, podcast or another creative format. Cash prizes are available for the winning videos, and the contest allows students to gain hands-on communication experience while shining the light on innovators' work. Learn more here and here.


Campus and Community Impact



The GreenSTEM project is a pan-Alberta pilot to provide funding and support for technology company creation and high-tech entrepreneurial development. UCalgary hosts cohorts of entrepreneurially-inclined, technically skilled postgraduate participants from across the province who are working on technologies with emissions reductions potential. UCalgary is also running parallel programs in the life sciences and energy areas using the same model.

Aligning Businesses with Path to Reconciliation


Indigenous Knowledge Public Lecture Series hosted an event on building relationships and business in a good way, with a call to consider Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action before making any development proposals to a First Nation.

Student-powered project brings light to rural Peru


An 11-student team led by a faculty member in the Schulich School of Engineering designed and installed a new solar energy system in an off-grid community in Peru. The project was developed in conjunction with Light Up The World - a Calgary-based non-profit, and with IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology – an international organization that partners with under served communities to leverage technology for sustainable development.