Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Lethbridge has designs on developing a high-tech hub and diversifying its local economy. If that happens, it will have had a lot to do with Ryan Johnson. He’s the CEO of BlackBridge Geomatics, a leading supplier of optical satellite imagery in Canada and the next-door neighbour and key investor in tecconnect, a new facility in Lethbridge that will serve as an incubator for companies in the information and communications technology sector. In addition to building a new corporate office and a tier III data centre on the site (and providing its services to tecconnect’s tenants), BlackBridge will invest $1 million in the facility over five years. If Lethbridge’s fledgling high-tech community flourishes as a result, Johnson will have been the fertilizer that helped it grow.