In late April of this year Edmonton's Mayor Don Iveson gave a 'State of the City' address
to a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Part of the speech was devoted to health related companies, products, and innovations that were developed in his city. He also talked about how some of those companies left Canada and said he didn't want to see that happening.
He announced the launch of a new industry strategy to help position Edmonton as a health innovation city. A tall order for a municipality.
However the City of Edmonton has some strong partners. At the opening of the Canadian Pavilion at BIO 2016 in San Francisco Alberta's Minister of Economic Development and Trade mentioned the initiative and Edmonton as a partner in strengthening the life science sector in the province. Edmonton also has the support of several large companies such as Telus. You can read the background document
on the City of Edmonton's website and we were pleased to see Genome Alberta and Genome Canada mentioned.
After the Pavilion opening I managed to get a few minutes of the Mayor's time to talk
about making Edmonton a hub for health related technology.