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Alberta has top-of-the-line recreational facilities all across the province. This means many sports are available to Albertans year round. People of all ages and abilities to play sports like hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton. In this category, we explore Alberta’s all-season sports.
No one does winter better than Alberta. After all, this is the season that defines us as Canadians. Albertans — from the Rocky Mountains to the Prairies — wait for the first signs of the season with anticipation. As soon as that first snowflake falls, we bundle up, dust off our skates, skis, snowshoes and curling brooms, and get active. Here we explore winter sports — from skates to skis to stones.
Summer in Alberta means sunny skies, green grass, and sparkling lakes, rivers and streams. Albertans flock to community playing fields, track and field, golf courses, beaches and boat launches on our lakes and rivers. The First Nations, Metis and Inuit have made great contributions to sport in Alberta through traditional indigenous games, canoeing and kayaking. This category covers all summer sports —including from putters to paddles.
All over Alberta all kinds of people are staying active in all kinds of ways. From cycling, walking, running, and swimming to hiking, mountaineering and orienteering. Anywhere Sports includes everyone at every level — from community leisure to world-class competition – from pedals to pedometers
Bright yellow canola fields, shimmering blue flax fields, and row after row of wheat and barley, these crops have always symbolized Alberta. However, our province’s agricultural landscape is changing. Field peas, lentils, faba beans, spice crops, sugar beets, hemp and more, our farmers supply food, feed and fibre worldwide. These new crops increase yields and pest resistance, and need less water and nutrients. Soil-saving techniques (like conservation tillage) and equipment breakthroughs (like GPS systems) improve land use and reduce crop inputs. Here we explore stories of farming and new ways in growing the crops the world needs.
Alberta is famous for beef — and for good reason. Our province is close to major markets, and has 12 million hectares of pasture, abundant water sources, and a climate conducive to raising livestock from cattle to swine, poultry, dairy cows, bison and elk. Our natural resources and industry innovations (like genomics, enhanced nutrition programs and best-in-class animal welfare practices) make Alberta a leader in livestock production and amazing graze stories!
More and more Albertans are paying attention to where and how their food is made. Food safety, availability, affordability and cultural appropriateness is top of mind. As a result, many people are producing their own food in urban environments. Community gardens support these urban producers. Future solutions may include multi-story hydroponic facilities, gardens on open land in cities, and new policy around backyard bees and chickens. In this category we explore urban agriculture — will it change how Canadians access food?
Sustainable Communities & Volunteerism
A great neighbourhood starts with creative urban planning and design for “Places”, our buildings, road and parks to connect “People”, our citizens, cultures, and communities who grow and nurture neighbourhoods and build sustainable communities. To flourish as a strong urban society, volunteers and social service organizations also speak and provide opportunities for newcomers and the vulnerable. Their stories speak to “Ways” of improving the lives of those who need a hand up, anytime, anywhere.
Throughout Canada, indigenous history is reflected in many of the stories and landscapes we see every day. The voices of indigenous communities speak to all Albertans as we collectively develop our shared future. The sacred respect and timeless connection with the land is integral to the experience of Albertans and to indigenous identity. Indigenous Voices provides First Nations, Metis & Innuit a way to share their stories of past, present and future through art, music, dance, sports, culture and food.
Our People, Places & Ways
Canadian life is demonstrated through the commitment to our heritage and the simultaneous development of diverse cultural communities – Our People Places and Ways. Heritage and culture are explored, celebrated, and built upon as we express and build on collective aspirations for the diversity and inclusiveness of our cultural communities. Stories here showcase Alberta’s cultures and communities! Stories of life past to present and ideas for the future of Alberta.
Star to Stars
Great places to eat and stay can be determined by the service that a patron receives. You are the waiters, sommeliers, servers, concierges and hotel management and staff that make sure your dining and accommodations create a great tourism experience. Share your experiences and ideas on how you have or may make a difference or your journey towards an achievement.
Local Food Markets
Alberta has a rich bounty of local food producers. You are the entrepreneurs who offer “make it bake it, or grow it” Alberta fresh products for sale at farmer’s markets.
Professional, Home, Heritage and Indigenous Cooking
We have an abundance of culinary styles and levels here in Alberta – ranging from professionally prepared dishes, to homestyle cooking, to Indigenous and heritage foods. This category explores the diversity in Alberta’s culinary scene, and Alberta produce! Share your passion preparing and love of food, wine, and spirits, from home to food trucks and restaurants!
Stories to Tell
Literary Arts has a long tradition through human history. Writers, journalists and poets create powerful images in our minds through their words. This category is dedicated to Canadian storytellers.
More than Words
Film & Multi-media artists can make statements through their films, videos, documentaries and other multi-media forms. They bring big ideas to life and communicate experiences and achievements with sound, imagery and graphics.
Art on Every Walk
Visual artists enrich communities across Alberta through such things as painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography. The Visual Arts are rich in their diversity and the impact in all communities. This category is dedicated to the artist who make our Canada more beautiful.
Design concerns itself with the realization of the possible. Design is everywhere and impacts everyone throughout their lives. We are inextricably tied to design from the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep each day. All of the man-made objects in our environment are a result of the design process. The chairs we sit on, the cars we drive, the phones we communicate with, the tools we use to work with are all the product of design.
Alberta designers are making bold statements in fashion. Alberta’s fashion industry reflects where we live and how we live; it’s about our past, present and future. In this category we explore social trends, sustainability and social responsibility in fashion. We also look at how technology has infiltrated Alberta’s fashion industry with wearable technology, such as computers and biometrics weaved into fashion designs.
Architects, Designers and Engineers have for centuries created spaces and structures of civilizations past and present: from towers to bridges and from offices to homes for Albertans. Imagine the ideas they will share using technology to create the experiential spaces of the future!
Move to Any Step
Everyone who feels the beat of their heart knows that engaging human creativity through dance allows people to enrich their heritage and culture, or to tell a story or make a statement. Dance provides current and future artists the expressive freedom to move to any step!
Play to Any Note
From one end of Alberta to the other, music in its many forms, takes place every day! Classical music, popular music, country music, jazz music… music that is performed by professionals and by non-professionals. We can play to every note!
Act on Any Stage
Our stories are told in bold ways when people enter any theatre space. Alberta’s theatre community is rich with its diversity – where our stories come together in collective spaces that define who we are. We can perform on any stage! This category is dedicated to the Canadian Theatre.
Trade & Logistics
Albertans are constantly on the move. Each day we move everything from dirt to fuel to lumber to livestock all over the province. Our transport & logistics industry is fundamental to our business and trade – moving everything from small packages to some of the world’s largest, most expensive equipment. Alberta’s commitment to moving goods safely and efficiently has attracted some of the world’s top transport and logistics professionals. Share how Alberta’s transport & logistics industry has built Alberta, and will change how goods move in 10, 20 or even 50 years from now.
Alberta is filled with tourist attractions in our own back yard. Adventures of skiing and hiking in the Rockies, canoeing and fishing, dinosaurs in Drumheller, the Calgary Stampede, Music and Theatre Festivals, and experiencing nature in our great river valleys all make for great stories. We also have world’s largest Pysanka in Vegreville and so much more. With so many places, activities and events to enjoy, it’s no wonder Alberta is a destination!
Albertans like to hit the road. Whether we’re commuting to Edmonton or Calgary, driving to the mountains for the weekend, heading to work in Fort McMurray, or driving a few hours to visit friends or family, highway driving is part of life for most Albertans. This category explores innovations in vehicles, new driving technologies and the future of commuting in Alberta.
To Wood, Water & Rocks
Technology has enabled Alberta to add value to its natural resources by creating new products and services and careers. Inventors, designers and entrepreneurial companies find ways to make new products, create new jobs and careers in industries that develop fabrics, computer parts and car parts to export to the world.
Next Gen Fuels
Alberta’s inventors, entrepreneurs and companies play a key role in the development of our all our vast energy resources—from enabling responsible industry growth, to improving the efficiency and environmental performance, and through technology and human innovations that drive the transition to the next generation of energy development.
Grid to Grid
Technology and Human Innovation have and will continue to move resources through infrastructure grids, including power, gas and water to our homes, communities and businesses. It is people and companies behind the powering innovations behind the scenes who work hard to make sure that vital services from grid to grid are delivered to you —we have come a long way since the invention of the light bulb!
Beam Me Up & Beyond Hadfield & Hawkings
Our world changes daily and our growth opportunities are endless. No matter who you are, lifelong learning is essential. Today’s careers change quickly, and we need to keep up. In this category, we explore your future education and career. What will you learn in school? Will you attend class virtually? what would you like to learn to prepare for a future career? Will your colleagues be robots? Education and career options are advancing every day — what will you be part of? Share your ideas, and experiences to help share a future Alberta
Bots and Apps
Technology through Human Innovation will have a greater role in the future of health and wellness. Electronic health records, fitness monitors, advanced treatments and medicines, and enhanced prevention, prediction and prescription are all examples of how technology will benefit this your health and wellness. Technology plays an ever-increasing necessity in treating the right patient, at the right time, with the right therapy, in the right location. Share your story about how someone or something has helped to make a difference in your life or others.
Home to Hubs
The future is connected, and the internet of things is the virtual network that will allow instant communication, and coordination, between us and everything that we use. Smart. Connected. Synchronized. From our home to our office hubs, our smart appliances, our cars. The internet of things is part of our community living! Share your ideas and experiences about what you would like to see in your life with connected devices in your future home or at your office or even at leisure.