At the Jasper Innovation Forum, our last task in small groups was to develop SMART objectives and place those objectives in an Impact Achievability Matrix.
So we went into groups and a) did a gap analysis between present and future states; b) translated the gaps into SMART objectives; and, c) Assessed the SMART objectives for impact and achievability. Out of this process came a number of “post-it notes” complete with objectives. I didn’t get these noted down – so will follow-up when the info is available from the Alberta Research Council.
Annette Trimbee, Alberta Deputy Minister for Advanced Education and Research/Technology was our guest lunch speaker. She brought us up-to-date on the changes that are occurring within the Alberta Government around how they organize the research and innovation space. They are creating Alberta Innovates – with 3 entities: Energy and Environmental Solutions; Health Solutions; and Bio-Solutions. They are also creating the Alberta Research & Innovation Authority (ARIA). So lots of changes there. Alberta has also created a Premiers’ Council for Economic Strategy – chaired by David Emerson – so some opportunities here for partnerships with BC given that Emerson chairs our Economic Council too.
Finally we had a session on possible demonstration projects for new and transitional next generation communities. John MacDougall, the CEO of the Alberta Research Council suggested the possibility of 4 different Alberta communities for demonstration project – communities of different size and diverse economic bases. A number of other ideas were discussed.
I actually wondered about tackling Jasper Park Lodge itself – a small community but one that could really use some attention at the level of sustainable systems and general visitor experience.
Will report back with a link when more info is available on the second Jasper Innovation Forum. As usual for me, I learned a lot. But also realize that I am pretty well at my max for inputting new info into my personal hard drive. Need some digestion time.