Job Type: Full Time, Three (3) Year Term

Innovation is at the heart of what we do and shapes what we pursue for our people, partners, and companies.  At Innovate Edmonton, we welcome challenges and engage in purpose-driven work.  We value experimentation, trial and error, and big leaps of faith to achieve Edmonton’s audacious goals.

As a start-up agency with a broad innovation mandate, we will proudly project Edmonton onto the world stage as an innovation capital, and provide programs, community engagement and support to propel Edmonton and Alberta forward, positioning our city and local companies to advantage. Join our growing team as we celebrate and promote leading Edmonton innovations that address today’s great global challenges.

Innovate Edmonton is the public face of Edmonton’s urban innovation ecosystem as we engage with communities, leaders, founders, and funders to seek out problems, solutions, participation, and talent!

The Capital City Pilots project, led by Innovate Edmonton in partnership with the City of Edmonton, lets entrepreneurs with innovative solutions pilot their products on city-owned assets to benefit the community, create jobs, and achieve sustainability. 

Your Opportunity:

  • Reporting to the Director, Strategic & Operational Growth, the Head of Capital City Pilots will work with the City of Edmonton to identify top urban challenges while promoting the Capital City Pilots program within City departments. They will ensure that project goals are met, outline and develop a complete project plan, be accountable for all reporting, and work directly with Innovate Edmonton’s senior management team to ensure the program meets, or surpasses, all requirements.  The successful candidate is a seasoned leader of multi-stakeholder programs and is a passionate city-builder.

Your Key Accountabilities:

  • Promotes an equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment, and contributes to Innovate Edmonton’s ongoing pursuit of Reconciliation.
  • Operates as the lead point of contact for any and all matters specific to Capital City Pilots. 
  • Creates opportunity for City Administration to reframe experimental procurement with a focus on “challenge-based” sourcing.
  • Uses Innovate Edmonton’s technology platform and City Administration to engage local entrepreneurs, startups, and scale ups, to support the City of Edmonton as a flagship client.
  • Provides local companies with support for best-in-class case studies, and models of excellence, for pitching and securing future international clients.
  • Develops frameworks and selection criteria and guides overall engagement approach for the Capital City Pilots program. 
  • Boosts innovation and innovative solutions within both City Administration, Council, Facilities and City owned assets as well as the Public Realm.
  • Accomplishes project objectives by managing a team, and by planning and evaluating project activities.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies.

Your Credentials:

  • Post-secondary education (degree, diploma, certificate) in related field. 
  • 10+ years of experience in a managerial role.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinker with procurement and sustainability leadership experience.
  • Strong knowledge of municipal needs, infrastructure, and planning.
  • Experience working with different levels of government.
  • Excels in a start-up environment with flat organizational structure and strong team collaboration. 
  • Outstanding communicator and team leader with excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Competency in digital applications.
  • Ability to maintain high-level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Innovator by nature.

Our Culture:

Innovate Edmonton is cultivating a diverse and collaborative work culture that supports and celebrates innovation at all levels.  We continuously strive for excellence, attracting top-talent, and are committed to providing team members meaningful and challenging work in an open and inclusive environment. 

Capital City Pilots will tie local innovators and innovations to city-owned assets, pioneering ways to illuminate these innovations in the public realm for the benefit of Edmontonians. 

How to Apply:

Application deadline is May 26, 2022. Your resume and cover letter can be submitted to Please be sure to address the role of innovation in your life and work.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Innovate Edmonton is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. As an equal opportunity, equal pay and equal rights employer, we encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Indigenous innovation has taken place on these lands, Amiskwaciwâskahikan/ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Edmonton since time immemorial. At Innovate Edmonton, we recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit innovators whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. We respectfully acknowledge that we are situated on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, and Metis. We also encourage, support, and promote the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge and practices and are committed to empowering Indigenous innovation in the spirit of Reconciliation.