While not strictly an Alberta innovation, Albertans
are big-time producers of this healthiest of edible oils.
In 2011, some 14,000 Alberta canola producers grew
more than 4. 5 million tonnes of canola seed—nearly
35 per cent of Canadian production. As for nutrition,
“canola oil contains the lowest level of saturated fatty acids
of any vegetable oil,” affirms Simone Demers Colins with
the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. “It is high in
monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown
to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and is
also a rich source of vitamin E.”
South Health Campus
Set to open in phases starting this summer, Calgary’s South
Health Campus will provide a new kind of health-care experience.
About the size of 30 CFL fields, the campus connects hospital care
with wellness services such as illness prevention and community
health. It will also focus on teaching new and different health-care
Honourable Peter Lougheed
In 1975, from the bounty of Alberta’s oil revenues,
Premier Peter Lougheed envisioned a fund to foster
medical research. In 1979, his vision became reality
with the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.
It has since supported medical scientists in Alberta with
nearly $40 million in grants annually.
Dr. Paul Fedak
In 2009, Dr. Paul Fedak of the Cardiac
Sciences department at the University of
Calgary pioneered a technique to mend bones
after open-heart surgery using Kryptonite, a
bone glue, to speed up healing, reduce pain
and enhance breathing. “As a surgeon and
scientist, it’s my job to innovate and carefully
translate new ideas and techniques safely
into patients,” he says. He has
trained other surgeons in the
Kryptonite procedure and
is hard at work on new
“matrix” patch to
replace damaged or
scarred heart tissue.