Published in June 2018

Accelerator 2.0: A Call to Action provides insight into the challenges and opportunities that employers and their workforce in Alberta’s supply chain sector face as they adopt new "transformative" technologies. Such technologies include blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, big data, the internet of things and drones.

Information gathered through surveys, roundtables and secondary research from The Digital Supply Chain, a report published by the CSCSC in January 2018, was the basis for discussion at seven community workshops across Alberta between January and March 2018. Those roundtable sessions—in Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer—looked at the key emerging technologies that were likely to impact local companies, the perceived barriers to the adoption of those technologies, and any HR challenges related to the technology adoption. Participant input inspired and informed the content of the Accelerator 2.0 report.

The report delivers a call to action for the supply chain sector in Alberta and for each of the seven regions covered in the research. The recommended action strategies discuss what policymakers, employers, educational institutions and individuals can do to stimulate innovation, remove barriers to technology adoption and, overall, improve competitiveness.

This report was created through the Connecting People, Technology and Skills Project funded by the Government of Alberta Industry Workforce Partnerships.