a strong foundation


In 1966, the province of Alberta announced that the 80 acres north of the University of Calgary main campus would be home to University Research Park. Its purpose was to become a nationally recognized research facility that would cooperate with the university to advance knowledge through experimentation, testing, and investigation.

“Image of an oblique aerial view of the University of Calgary campus looking southeast with the Sciences Complex and Engineering Complex in the foreground.”1979-03-31, (CU15110520) by Communications Media. Photographer.. Courtesy of Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

curation & innovation


The University’s original role in the development of the research park was to encourage research organizations to locate in the park, and to advise on the suitability of proposed tenants, research programs, and activities. The University also encouraged interaction between the tenants and its own research personnel and academic departments.

By 1968 the University Research Park was home to The Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, the core house of the Alberta Government Oil and Gas Conservation Board, and the research laboratory of Canadian Stratigraphic Services Limited. The Vocational Rehabilitation Research Institute — jointly funded by the Provincial Government of Alberta, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Calgary Active 20/30 Club — was under construction.


UIQ is uniquely positioned to support the University of Calgary’s innovation agenda. It spans over 76 acres, with 4.5M ft2 of potential for re-development in Calgary. The area is located immediately north of the University of Calgary main campus in Calgary, Alberta and nearby University District, an award-winning community.
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