Alberta Research Council (ARC) is an Alberta government funded applied research and development (R&D) corporation. In January 2010, the name was changed to Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures [1]

Alberta Research Council
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Typeprovincial Research Council
Legal statusactive
PurposeGovernment-funded applied research and development corporation
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Region served
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As a result of initiative on the part of Henry Marshall Tory ARC was established in 1921 (as the Alberta Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) by a provincial government Order-in-Council, with Tory as the first chairman.[2]

From 1921 to 1940 some progress was made on geological surveys of Alberta and resource energy research including preliminary coal and oil sands investigation. Further progress was made on oil sands research in the 1940s with an extraction process patent issued to Dr. Karl A. Clark in 1948,[3] laying the foundation for investment in oil sands development.

When Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures was created on January 1, 2010, it was built on the successes of the former Alberta Ingenuity, former Alberta Research Council, former iCORE, and nanoAlberta.

Pine beetle researchEdit

ARC is a member of I-CAN,[4] a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2006[5]that focuses on commercializing research. In his role as President of Innoventures, McDougall used a market-based competitive business model and focused on results-orientated research that reduced business risk.[6] Major projects included a project on utilization of pine beetle damaged wood.[7] I-CAN and the Alberta Research Council (ARC) are part of a $28-million research project with the Government of Alberta contributing $11 million and the Alberta Newsprint Company contributing $17 million, initiated in 2008 that transforms beetle-killed wood into newsprint.[8]



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