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John Van Ham

Executive Director, Sector Alignment & Programs

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Corporate strategy & business planning

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Master’s Degree in Environmental Design (MEDes) | University of Calgary
Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) – Double major in Geology and Geophysics | University of Calgary

John Van Ham is responsible for fostering relationships and alignment with others in the innovation ecosystem, including industry innovation associations, innovation and tech consortia, and public and private sector organizations in the research and technology development space on a provincial and national level. His group works with Alberta Innovates’ sector investment programs, to align InnoTech Alberta’s research capacity (facilities, equipment and people) with provincial research and development needs.

John has worked extensively in the private and public sectors. Most recently at Alberta Innovates, where he was an Executive Director in Clean Resources, focused on investment funding for R&D in environmental innovation. Prior to InnoTech Alberta & Alberta Innovates, John spent much of his career in the natural resource sectors, working for industry (ConocoPhillips and Geomaque Exploration), not-for-profit organizations (International Institute for Sustainable Development), government agencies, and several start-up companies in oil & gas, renewables, mining, and agriculture.

John has a track record as a driven and resourceful leader in the natural resource and clean tech sectors. He is passionate for innovation and strategy to create business and product sustainability. Assets include his deep expertise in corporate strategy and business planning, combined with extensive operational and field experience. This background enables a core strength in leading organizations or partnerships through complex external environments, to achieve knowledge-based or technical solutions that deliver economic value, environmental stewardship, and social progress.

John lives in Calgary with his wife and family, and enjoys all activities related to food, travel and the great outdoors.