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THECIS is a not for profit company founded in Calgary in 2001 with a vision to create a globally recognised centre for innovation research. To achieve this vision, it operates in three areas:

  • Research. Building insights into how the innovation systems functions and policies that can improve it.
  • Networking. Providing opportunities for exchange of ideas through breakfast meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Education. Dissemination of information through Newsletters, events and other informal education.



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The free monthly THECIS electronic newsletter.

GEM Canada Report 2013

July 1, 2014 Anti-Spam Law: What's new and how it affects software companies

Are you in the 3 – 10 %?  Are you worried about being fined a million dollars?  If you are a software company and you are still not sure of  how this affects you?  Are you uncertain if you’re doing it right?  If you are looking for answers to the new SPAM legislation that came into effect July 1, you should attend the breakfast on December 4th, 2014 with Bennett Jones lawyer Martin Kratz, at the Alastair Ross Technology Centre,

GEM Canada 2014




GEM Quebec 2013 Report


GEM Alberta 2013 Report

GEM Newfoundland 2013 Report

GEM British Columbia 2013 Report

GEM Saskatchewan 2013 Report

To be released soon!

The State of Entrepreneurship in Alberta - GEM Reports - Edmonton Workshop

 GEM Canada and GEM Alberta reports.

"Canada’s best-kept secret. Our entrepreneurial spirit." Todd Hirsch is the Calgary-based chief economist of ATB Financial, and author of The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Declin.

"The new, younger face of startups." Tavia Grant, Toronto –The Globe and Mail.


Anti-Spam Act Regulations - Martin Kratz & Graeme Harrison

 Martin Kratz and Graeme Harrison from Bennett Jones  presentation on March 18, 2014 in Calgary. 

Bennett Jones anti-spam learning centre:


Regulatory Barriers to Procurement in Western Canada's....

Authors: Richard Hawkins, Marc Godin, Peter Josty.

Ingenuity Enterprise Success

Innovation 601 [formerly Ingenuity 601] and Science to Society help scientists, engineers, and other professinals understand the nature of innovation and creating a tech venture....  Read More





Banff Summit Consensus Report

Final Report

Final Report of the PACT Foresight workshop in Toronto.

The Alberta Health Industries Innovation System

Issued in January 2008,  Alberta's health industries.

Second Banff Innovation Summit

Alberta Innovation Scorecard

Compares Alberta's innovation performance with peer jurisdictions around the world.

Benchmark Portal

This portal is designed to provide a single point of access to data from around the world relating to measuring innovation performance.

Calendar Of Upcoming Events



December 4, 2014- Calgary Breakfast Martin Kratz - The Affects of Anti Spam Law



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