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Brett Purdy, PhD

Alberta Innovates
Executive Director, Water and Land
Brett is the Executive Director (Water and Land) in the Clean Energy Division of Alberta Innovates (AI). In this position, Brett works with a talented team responsible for a supporting research and innovation in the areas of integrated land management, restoration and reclamation including oil sands tailings, climate adaptation and sustainable water resource management. Before his positions within AI, Brett worked in government and academic institutions as a reclamation research scientist, collaborating with others in academia, government and industry to facilitate implementation of applied reclamation research programs and policy development. Brett has conducted research in reclamation, forest ecology, conservation biology, and population genetics and taught university courses in forestry and conservation. Brett has a Ph.D. in Botany (U Alberta) and a B.Sc. in Biology (U Calgary). He is married with two kids (now taller than him) and enjoys hockey, skiing, scuba diving, outdoor sports and the odd glass of single malt scotch.

About Alberta Innovates (AI)

Alberta Innovates will deliver 21st-century solutions to the most compelling challenges we are facing as Albertans. Building on our province’s strengths in environment, energy, health, food, fibre and emerging technology sectors, we are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance our well-being. Through Alberta Innovates you can access technical expertise, the opportunity to establish new partnerships, and secure funding that will catalyze innovation. We support a broad range of research and innovation activity – from discovery to application. Partner with us to innovate faster. Find out more at www.albertainnovates.ca