University of Alberta

Industrial Research Chair

Since 2012, Capital Power has been proudly supporting the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery to develop comprehensive, research-based solutions to key industry problems. Capital Power has committed to the continued support of this Research Chair through to 2021.

“Together, we've developed some innovative approaches to risk analysis and management. We've learned so much from Capital Power over the past IRC term, and I'm very pleased that we're continuing this valuable collaboration. From January 2012 to December 2015, Capital Power personnel contributed an impressive 452 person-hours toward our research program. Additionally, Capital Power hosted IRC researchers on-site for data collection purposes, provided a designated computer and office space for one student for 22 months, and provided safety training for student researchers. We truly value our collaborative relationship with Capital Power, which we have found to be both supportive and productive.”"  - Dr. Robinson Fayek, NSERC IRC in Strategic Construction Modeling and Delivery

With a focus on strategic concerns related to construction management, the Chair’s ongoing research has helped to significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of Capital Power's productivity and risk assessment processes.

“Our work with Dr. Robinson Fayek (and her team) has produced thought-provoking results related to the planning impacts and barriers to outage productivity. We value the opportunity to learn from our fellow IRC partners and collectively develop solutions to issues most pertinent to Capital Power and the construction industry". - Steve Owens, Capital Power VP Construction

The David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management

The Engineering Safety and Risk Management (ESRM) program offered through the newly-formed David & Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University of Alberta is the only one of its kind in Canada.

Education and research in the key areas of engineering safety and risk management play a critical role in the continued success of all sectors of the Alberta and Canadian economies, and it is vital that engineering students graduate with a solid grounding in these core competencies. In 2015, Capital Power was proud to make a three-year commitment to supporting this vital program. In 2015, 200 students participated in the ESRM program and the University is on target to increase the participation to 1,100 students per year over the next two years.

Festival of Ideas

U of A's Festival of IdeasThe University of Alberta Festival of Ideas is an interactive and inclusive forum that facilitates creative thinking responding to the challenges of our time. As the festival’s founding sponsor, Capital Power helps to sustain this unique biennial festival.

In essence, the Festival of Ideas is a means to encourage everyone in our community to push boundaries, re-assess old habits, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and develop "knowledge entrepreneurship".

We are thrilled to support this remarkable event, and as Founding Sponsor we are committed to helping sustain it. We want to help the Festival flourish and become a permanent part of life in Edmonton, Canada’s Festival City.


The 2014 Festival of Ideas was again presented by Capital Power. The opening night of the festival featured Elizabeth Whithey speaking with celebrated Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet, Colm Tóibín about his internationally acclaimed career and literary opus. The Festival of Ideas has been an excellent platform to bring some of the world’s brightest minds to share their ideas with Edmontonians. 


While there was no Festival in 2013, Capital Power presented “Life, Love and Art: an evening with Alanis Morissette and Margaret Atwood”. 


In 2012, we were the presenting sponsor of the signature lecture by Dr. Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor, award-winning novelist, and one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”  Dr. Pinker’s lecture was centred on his latest book, The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Last Reviewed: July 2017