The Canadian Club of Calgary gathered at the Ranchmen’s Club on September 20th for its first meeting after the summer break. Over 40 members enjoyed a riveting speech from the University of Calgary/Cumming School of Medicine’s Dr. Syed, an expert on brain/machine hybrids. Dr. Syed’s expertise in knowledge translation was immediately obvious to the members and guests as he took the audience through the operation of central brain mechanisms with ease. His unique ability to explain complex subject matter impressed all in attendance. Dr. Syed’s innovative research has lead to remarkable advancements in the ability of the brain and brain cells to communicate and control machinery and could lead to significant advancements in the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and the creation of prosthesis that can be operated as regular limbs. Dr. Syed also expressed a warm faith in Canada, Alberta and Calgary as potential leaders in innovation. Looking forward, he argued for Alberta to become an innovation hub, to develop the ability to keep IP in Canada and for the need for province to invest in forward-looking discovery based research. All members left the room with a better understanding of the exciting potential for new brain-machine hybrids and the ability of Alberta to serve as a leader in it’s development.