Our Support Group
The ABMI would not be possible without the strong support from our partners at InnoTech Alberta, The University of Alberta (UofA), the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) and the University of Calgary (UofC). This showcase of collaboration allows the Institute to capitalize on inherent strengths offered by all of its delivery partners as well as remains a leader in biodiversity monitoring. These partners have master operating agreements with the ABMI as part of their multi-faceted relationship with the ABMI. These agreements clearly define the respective roles, responsibilities, financial relationships and performance commitments to be assumed by the partners.
The ABMI’s Monitoring Centre is located at the InnoTech Alberta offices in Vegreville where it coordinates of monitoring over 2,500 species in Alberta. This is done through seasonal field and aquatic species surveys: winter mammal tracking, spring bird surveys and summer field surveys across the province. Field crews also use the regional facilities of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development as bases for the data collection.
InnoTech Alberta is part of Alberta's research and innovation system and is helping build healthy, sustainable businesses in the province. Through a suite of programs and services directed towards entrepreneurs, companies, researchers and investors, Tech Futures is preparing Alberta for a next generation economy.
Each year, the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) identifies and curates tens of thousands of specimens of the often overlooked, but essential world beneath our feet: bryophytes, lichen, aquatic invertebrates and mites.
The ABMI Processing Centre helps to create critical ABMI species data and tell the story of Alberta's natural history.
Located in Edmonton, the Royal Alberta Museum is one of Canada's most popular museums. Set in a park just west of downtown, the Museum offers a full range of exhibitions and activities for every age level and interest. Feature exhibitions at the Museum are changing all the time. Behind the scenes, 13 curatorial programs are responsible for building and making accessible some of the finest cultural and natural history collections in the country.
The University of Alberta (UofA) provides capacity for the ABMI in a number of key functional areas and allows the ABMI to create key partnerships in the university environment, which improves our scientific analysis, projects and communication work.
The UofA houses and supports the ABMI’s Executive Office and its Science, Information, Geomatics and Application Centres in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. Opened in 1908, one of Canada's largest research-intensive universities. UofA is a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 100 in the world, home to more than 170 graduate programs, 200 undergraduate programs and 450 active student groups.
The University of Calgary (Foothills Facility for Remote Sensing and GIScience) has a long-standing research agreement with the ABMI that began in 2008. They work collaboratively with the ABMI to identify research projects of mutual benefit that serve our strategic priorities. In 2014/15, these priorities include the use of remote sensing and geospatial technologies for vegetation recovery on human-disturbed sites, and for assessing rangeland conditions.
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university has a clear strategic direction –Eyes High– to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary.