Success Stories

Southeast Alberta truly is an innovation hub with high quality people, services and lifestyle. But don't just ask us…see for yourself by reading our success stories. These are examples of innovative companies that have made Southeast Alberta their home.

Auto~Star Compusystems Inc. designs innovative retail management and point of sale software for grocery, pharmacy, health and natural products retailers. Auto~Star Compusystems is also the home of the Business First Technology Incubator.

"Low operating costs in the region help to keep our expenses to a minimum, and the community of technology companies offers a peer of experts to share ideas and a commitment to growing this sector within our community."
– Robert Symmonds, President, Auto~Star

Meggitt Training Systems Canada, specializing in unmanned vehicles and target systems, recently developed the Hammerhead naval target drone for the German Navy. In February 2009 the Hammerhead was successfully launched as the world's first asymmetric swarm naval target, in conjunction with the first STANAG 4586 control station, taking unmanned vehicles to new levels of control.

"We're blessed with very big lakes on which to do our sea trials, not to mention CFB Suffield with its vast training and testing areas."
– Spencer Fraser, President/General Manager, Meggitt Training Systems

Cancarb Ltd. is a leader in the development, manufacturing and global marketing of thermal carbon black. With a capacity of 45,000 metric tonnes per year Cancarb's plant in Medicine Hat is the world's largest of its kind. The company's Thermax® brand products are supported by local distributors in over 50 countries.

TCB Welding and Construction Ltd., based in Brooks, won the AITF Innovation Award at the 2012 Southern Alberta Petroleum Show in Medicine Hat. TCB's recent growth has been due to a successful innovation, the SilverJack Lift System. As a result of this and other products, TCB now employs 35 people in the Brooks area. The SilverJack unit is a cost effective, portable, environmentally friendly unit with a small footprint. The design has eliminated possible leak points and uses bio-hydraulic fluid, while making it almost invisible compared to a conventional pump jack. The biggest advantage is this controlled intermittent pumping system will now be able to data log wells to further enhance efficiency.

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