Laura Kilcrease

Laura Kilcrease is the chief executive officer for Alberta Innovates, including its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies.

Kilcrease brings a track record and laser-focus to innovation ecosystem performance and design. Since her appointment in 2017, she has steered Alberta Innovates restructuring, spearheaded assessment of programs with an eye to the future, and launched Inventures, the flagship gathering of innovators, investors, industry leaders and global researchers, which PwC estimated catalysed some $200M in potential deal flow in 2019.

Born in London, England, and recruited from Austin, Texas, Kilcrease served as a member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee for seven years prior to joining Alberta Innovates. She is widely recognized as a key figure in changing Austin’s economy from oil dependency to high-tech prosperity to become the #1 city for entrepreneurs to live and work in the U.S.

Kilcrease is a Chartered Management Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Texas.

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