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An authentic, unpretentious meetings destination for the life sciences
Edmonton has always been a natural meeting
place, dating back to when it served as a hub
of celebrations and gatherings for fur traders.
Today, the destination serves as a catalyst for
the change that groups hope to create within
their organizations and industries, o;ering a
collaborative net work that sets every meeting
and event up for success.
For the life-sciences sector, Edmonton
has lured a number of well-regarded industry
meetings and events. Edmonton is home to a
thriving medical-device industry, with more
than 100 medical-device companies in the
region — making it one of the city’s largest
manufacturing industries. Edmonton is also a
hub for medical-device research and commercialization, including the Edmonton Research
Park and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research,
Innovation and Technology Hub.
TEC Edmonton’s Health Accelerator Program is a leading incubator within the health-care industry. With a goal of assisting at least
50 new health-care companies in the next
;ive years and brokering 12 major ;inancing
or partnership deals for those clients, the
program develops market-ready products
and technologies within the health-care
industry. Tevosol is one of the program’s success stories: The portable transplant device
extends the out-of-body life of an organ, as
well as assesses its transplant suitability. For
hearts alone, the Tevosol device could double or triple the number of available donor
Beyond medical devices, Edmonton is
home to 60 percent of Alberta’s life-sciences
companies and is also a leading center for
health care in Canada, employing more than
82,000 people locally. A number of globally
recognized research institutes also have roots
in Edmonton, like the Cross Cancer Institute
and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.
Edmonton’s University of Alberta is renowned
for its research within the health-sciences ;ield
and has one of the top 100 medical schools in
the world. With the full spectrum of the health-sciences industry thriving in Edmonton, it’s
clear your next meeting should be held at the
heart of it all.
For more information: Edmonton Tourism
— Daniela Stucki, Business Development
Manager; (780) 917;7621;
Upcoming events Health-care and life-sciences meetings coming to Edmonton include
the Joint Conference of the Canadian Society
of Clinical Chemists and Canadian College of
Medical Geneticists in 2016, and the Canadian
College of Health Leaders’ National Health
Leadership Conference in 2020.
Fabulous venues Edmonton has two facilities
for large meetings, conventions, and trade
shows — the Edmonton Expo Centre and the
Shaw Conference Centre.