Advanced Technology & Manufacturing

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Information and Communications Technology

Toshiba Exif JPEGCFB Suffield houses the Department of Research & Defence Canada (DRDC), internationally recognized for chemical and biological defence, military engineering, casualty management, countermine technology,
robotics and novel energetic materials. Suffield is also home to the Counter Terrorism Technology Centre.


World class expertise and R&D at the DRDC-Suffield
Development of advanced technology in robotics and remote controlled vehicles
Opportunities private companies to work closely with DRDC

3D Printing

Medicine Hat College has purchased and commissions a Stratasys Fortus 400mc 3D printer and Faro EdgeArm and Laser Tracker for scanning. The printer uses Fused Deposition Modeling and is able to produce a variety of prototypes and end use parts out of a number of thermoplastics. The scanning equipment can be used for a variety of applications such as reverse engineering of existing parts, creation of models to archve unique parts, or providing models for mold making. This equipment that is housed at the college is used by students, faculty, and industry.
This equipment and its operation has been supported by:

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada
  • Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
  • APEX Regional Innovation Network
  • Cimetrix
  • Industry partners

If you would like to learn more about the 3D printer or find out how you can use it, contact Medicine Hat College 3D site here.

Competitive Advantage

Our central location and strong transportation network provide excellent access to civilian UVS markets. The vibrant agricultural industry in and around Southeast Alberta also requires automated machinery, monitoring and positioning applications


Southeast Alberta’s hard working and dedicated workforce already possesses a high degree of skill and knowledge, providing companies in the region with access to experts, institutions and industry specialists.


A move to Southeast Alberta would put you in the company of thriving, world-class businesses in advanced manufacturing, UVS technology and ICT. Take a look at our success stories to learn more about the exciting work happening in the region.

Sector Reports

Technology Incubator Business Plan
Business Visitations Advanced Manufacturing & Oil & Gas Sector: Conclusions


Technology & Manufacturing

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APEX Alberta
is the regional innovation network for the technology sector in Southeast Alberta. This network is made up of public, education and non-profit organizations who offer access to assistance, resources, networking and training/workshops for anyone in the region interested in technology. As one of APEX’ partners, the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta provides support to technology start-ups and is on the Executive Board.


Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing has long been a highly profitable sector in the region. Some of the largest manufacturers in the world are located in Southeast Alberta to take advantage of our strong infrastructure, low cost land and utility rates.

Advanced manufacturing in Southeast Alberta ranges from metal products and machinery to chemicals and rubber. Opportunities are wide-ranging and anything from oilfield equipment, tires, and clay bricks to playground systems, modular homes, and home furnishings are made here.

  • Abundant natural gas resources for fuel used in chemical production
  • Continued demand for capital maintenance and services for the oil sands facilities
  • Stable and competitive utility rates
  • Opportunities for local manufacturers, maintenance providers and fabricators at CFB Suffield and BATUS


Technology and Unmanned Vehicle Systems

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Southeast Alberta is Canada’s leader in the UVS sector. The region is home to the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, advanced research and testing facilities, and provides excellent access to civilian UVS markets.

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  • The UVS industry involves a wide range of technology, software and manufacturing firms. Opportunities include:
    Unmanned systems standards work
  • Applications and technology solutions development
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Systems engineering
  • Capability engineering
  • Collaborative R&D



18_ATandMRecognized as a centre of global navigation and positioning technology
A strong research community with access to advanced research and testing facilities
Wide expanse of restricted airspace for UAV testing
Access to experts, institutions and industry specialists
CCUVS July 24th News Release: First in Canada for Unmanned Aviation
Download the Technology and Unmanned Vehicles Fact Sheet