Art for an Oil-Free Coast Exhibition Tour and Auction Heads to Calgary April 15 – 17, 2013

Raincoast Art Exhibit Fifty artists — some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations — have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast, one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The artists’ goal is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship diluted bitumen through their narrow and dangerous channels. Over a two-week period in June of 2012 they traveled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the rich biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years.  The resulting original artworks, donated by the artists (including Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson and Alison Watt), have become part of a traveling art show, which has completed its B.C. leg and will commence it’s Alberta leg on April 15th in Calgary at the Atrium of the Calgary Municipal Building. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of what is at stake on Canada’s spectacular west coast.  Daily hours for the art exhibition, which will run from April 15 – 17 at the Atrium, are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Social Finance for NonProfit Organizations Workshop: The Basics | Edmonton | May 1, 2013

Social Enterprise FundAre you thinking about shopping for money? Here’s the workshop you need to become a smart money consumer. This team workshop, offered by the Social Enterprise Fund, explores different social financing models, as well as examining whether a non-profit organization is investment ready. The workshop is designed for leadership teams of two to four people, and will include significant group work time. Space is limited, and priority will be given to organizations that have the capacity and readiness to access and use social financing. Organizations interested in this workshop are asked to complete an application, including a brief self-assessment survey, which you will find at www.innoweave.myreviewroom.com. Please make sure to select “Workshop: Social Finance” from the drop down menu to proceed to the application for this particular workshop. Applications close 16 April 2013, with organizations notified of their participation 19 April 2013. When: 1 May 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Startup Edmonton, Mercer Building, third floor, 10359 104th Street, Edmonton. Questions? Contact 780-756-0660, or jane@socialenterprisefund.ca.

Grade 11 Alberta Scientist Wins Entry to Sanofi BioGENEius Nationals

Bio AlbertaAn innovative project by a 15 year old Calgary student focused on research of a unique approach to treating Cancer has earned top prize in the Alberta  20th annual “Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada” (SBCC), a biotechnology research competition that encourages students to pursue future studies and careers in the exciting field of biotechnology. Grade 11 student, Arjun Nair won the top $2000 regional prize for his project that researched the potential of a unique synergistic approach in treating Cancer via photo-thermal therapy and heat shock protein inhibition.  The second place, $1500 prize, was awarded to Sujay Nagaraj from Grade 11 at Western Canada High School in Calgary for his project that assessed the therapeutic potential of Platelet Derived Growth Factor in patients with Glioblastoma brain tumour cells.

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TEC Edmonton Announces Top Three Fast Growth Finalists For VenturePrize 2013

Tec EdmontonTEC Edmonton has revealed the top three finalists in the Fast Growth category for the 11th annual TEC VenturePrize Business Plan Competition, a province-wide program that helps early-stage Alberta-based technology companies. The three VenturePrize Fast Growth finalists are: LoginRadius (Edmonton), Orpyx (Calgary), Surface Medical (Calgary). These three companies will be competing for a share of the prize package valued at over $150,000 in cash and in-kind services to help take their company to the next level. As participants in the VenturePrize program, they received access to business mentoring, training and other resources that are invaluable to new entrepreneurs and fledgling companies. Approximately 75% of VenturePrize finalists have gone on to become successful Alberta enterprises, a much higher average success rate than for technology companies in general.

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