Innovate Edmonton has a bold vision to position Edmonton as a global innovation capital by fostering a culture of innovation at every level in Edmonton. To support these efforts, Innovate Edmonton welcomes the new Manager, Placemaking & Activation, Jane Leadbeater. Reporting to the Director, Strategic & Operational Growth, Leadbeater is responsible for uniting Edmontonians through innovation spaces to ensure the breadth and reach of Edmonton’s innovations is effective, tangible, and visible to the whole community. She is the main point of contact for memberships and rentals at the Mercer where Startup Edmonton is currently located, a responsibility that will continue in Innovate Edmonton’s new home at 10107 Jasper Avenue.  

“Innovate Edmonton is the public face of Edmonton’s urban innovation communities,” said Barbara McKenzie, Director, Strategic & Operational Growth, Innovate Edmonton. “In her role, Jane will be instrumental in bringing Edmonton’s newest innovation destination to life. This new space will provide an inclusive and welcoming home for Edmonton’s innovators, while advancing innovation in the public realm and fostering Edmonton’s innovation identity and pride.” 

On January 25, Innovate Edmonton announced a new public space for operations, program delivery and events, which is scheduled to open in late 2022 as the first home of Innovate Edmonton. Located at 10107 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton’s newest innovation destination will provide opportunities for innovative art installations and flexible spaces, including open collaboration workplaces, a 100-seat programming room, production studio and pitch gallery to invite the collision of ideas and collaborative partnerships. It will host events for international startups, innovative multinationals and enlightened investors interested in all that Edmonton has to offer. 

About Jane Leadbeater 

With over 10 years of experience, Jane is a marketing and communications strategist with a background in telling the stories of some of Edmonton’s most important institutions. She is known for her ability to deliver effective and creative programs, campaigns and events in post-secondary recruitment, citizen engagement and land development, from her time at the University of Alberta and City of Edmonton. 

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Alberta and a project management designation from the Project Management Institute. Her work and contributions have been recognized by the Advertising Club of Edmonton, the IABC Edmonton Chapter, the Higher Ed Marketing Awards, the Webby Awards, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute, and the Canadian Institute of Planners. 

Passionate about urban planning, city building and community, Jane can be found in her spare time reading or sampling Edmonton’s best happy hours.