Success Through Collaboration

Imagine a future where those who share and support our vision know they are helping to create a strong province for future generations.

Collaboration is critical to success, and ERA is working closely with government, industry, funders, and innovators to secure a lower carbon future for Alberta.

Together, we are helping to create complete solutions, including the suite of policy, regulatory, finance, program, and business innovation tools required to address system challenges and deploy new technologies.

We’ve benefited greatly from formal relationships and Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with organizations such as Alberta Innovates and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), as well as informal collaboration with organizations like Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). We learn from each other, and we will build on this experience and continue to broaden our network over the coming years.

Our success with collaborative initiatives has led ERA to introduce a Partnership Intake Pilot. This Pilot allows ERA to evaluate proposals from trusted partners, like SDTC, and consider projects for funding outside of the normal competitive calls for proposal process.

Trusted partners include funding organizations with rigorous, fair and transparent due diligence processes comparable in principle to ERA’s, including elements such as peer review and technical expertise.

The Pilot will provide credible technology developers more timely access to ERA funding, allow us to leverage our trusted partners’ due diligence processes, and enable us to develop capacity and processes for evaluating applications on an ongoing basis.

ERA has an ongoing relationship with Alberta Innovates. This partnership is critical to achieving our strategic and operational goals. More importantly, it provides innovators with a simplified means for accessing our resources and supports.

ERA and SDTC both support technologies to reduce GHG emissions. In 2016, we combined forces to offer a unique joint funding opportunity to Canadian clean technology innovators to advance GHG-reducing technologies from Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises that are deployable in Alberta.

The competition drew more than 130 submissions. Successful projects will reduce GHG emissions and be applicable in Alberta.

ERA has an MOU with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) to bolster cross-provincial innovations that will reduce GHG emissions. OCE connects entrepreneurs, startups, industry, academia and investors to commercialize innovation and compete globally.

ERA is a partner in the OCE Target GHG program that encourages large industrial emitters to adopt leading-edge technology.

ERA and MaRS have an MOU to nurture and grow Canada’s clean technology, energy innovation and low-carbon sector. MaRS works with a network of partners to help entrepreneurs launch and grow innovative companies.