Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network

Led by local community organizations with a wide network of partnerships, GPRIN is the Peace Region innovation network that provides innovators & entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and connections they need to launch & move their ideas into the marketplace.

Case Studies

GPRIN is open to working with organizations and companies on new innovative research, development and commercialization ideas and ventures. GPRIN’s current areas of interest for potential projects include the following:

Projects GPRIN Has Been Involved With

  • Low Impact Solutions for Resource Development
  • Value added Natural Liquids
  • SMART Technologies
  • Technologies for the Bee Industry
  • Algae Growing Systems
  • BioMass & Char

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Innovation News Bites

Grande Prairie’s economy is being more active – Are you ready?

In visiting companies, a big challenge owners tell Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN)  is they don’t have enough time to work on their businesses and hence often fall into inefficiencies and doing work that the customer doesn’t want to pay for.  Add to that, customers are wanting more product or service for less costs.

These inefficiencies can significantly reduce your profit margins.

So before you gear up and hire new employees to do more business, how about improving the foundation of how the business operates first?

What if companies looked at adopting the right technologies to maximize the value or productivity of their processes?  Buying new technology and increasing the skill levels of employees to use new technologies, may set the stage for a good expansion plan.  It may be one of the best ways to grow your business and continue to be competitive.

In looking around your business, what is not working the way you think it should?  How much material is going into the waste bins and why?

How many returns are you dealing with? And how much time is it costing you to manage return products or re-working  a job?

Could you increase your bottom line by improving your processes and thereby reduce wasted time?

Sometimes getting a handle on improving a company’s processes and adopting technology can be difficult and frustrating.  If so, contact us via email or call us at 780-897-0680.  Our partnership with the National Research Council IRAP gives the region access to productivity and LEAN coaching.  In addition Go Productivity has numerous assessments and tools to improve how a business operates.


July 10, 2017

ABC of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Does your learning plan include the ABC’s of innovation and entrepreneurship? 

Summer is a glorious time to dream about your future. If you are planning to attend GPRC as a new or returning student this fall, or maybe just looking for a part-time upgrading opportunity, your first days at college can be exciting.  New classes, new learning opportunities and new friends, just to name a few.

Grande Prairie Region Innovation Network’s member GPRC and its working relationship with Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region are keen to have you include innovation and entrepreneurship to your studies.  Imagine working on your ideas, such as a research project or a new business idea while attending classes.

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June 5, 2017

Want to Learn About Robots?

Check out this TED Talk . The speaker makes a logical argument as to the future of regional customer specific manufacturing using technology such as robots and additive manufacturing. For more information contact Lloyd Sherk at

March 7, 2017

3D Scanning Services

The region has access to 3D scanning services that industry owners/managers, entrepreneurs and creative artists can access to produce a CAD file of an object. The file can be used to re-design a new product or do custom modification and then ultimately get it engineered and/or 3D printed.

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March 2, 2017

Tax Credits to Boost Investment, Create Jobs

Alberta Government creates a new investment program offering a 30% tax credit to investors providing capital to Alberta small businesses doing research, development or commercialization of new technology, new products or new processes.

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January 23, 2017

GPRIN Members

Providing innovators, small business owners, and entrepreneurs with the resources, knowledge and connections you need to launch your ideas into the marketplace.