A look back at Forging Partnerships

Three days, two cities, hundreds of business interactions

Industry Minister James Moore talks about tearing down trade barriers within Canada with a delegation of business leaders from Alberta and Quebec.forging-partnerships-look-back2
Alberta, Quebec and Atlantic Canadian firms mingle during business-to-business session in Calgary.forging-partnerships-look-back3
Bob Nicholson, Cal Nichols, Patrick LaForge, Kevin Lowe and Ken Nichols at the Forging Partnerships wrap-up event at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald.forging-partnerships-look-back4
AEG made a donation to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation in honour of Kevin Lowe on September 11th, 2014.forging-partnerships-look-back5
AEG President Josh Bilyk and Atlantic Metal Working Association Managing Director Mike Vincent at the Forging Partnerships wind-up dinner.

Since its inception, Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) has sought to promote Alberta as an investment destination and provide members unique opportunities to interact with business leaders from across Canada and around the world.

It began in 2008 when more than 100 business leaders and then-Premier Ed Stelmach travelled to Washington to talk about trade and market access. Since then, AEG has hosted a number of successful business advocacy missions to places like Ottawa, Montreal, Washington, and Geneva. The organization has also hosted business and political leaders to the Canadian oil sands and a delegation of Quebec business leaders in Calgary to talk about investment opportunities in the Alberta economy.

From September 9-11th, 2014, AEG hosted a delegation of 30 companies from the Atlantic Metal Working Association that have expertise in advanced manufacturing, fabrication, machining. These meetings in Calgary and Edmonton were designed to talk about partnering with Alberta firms and expanding the Alberta supply chain across the country.

September 9th began in Calgary with ‘six rules for doing business in Alberta’ by Guillaume Bedard, Vice-President Business Development for LVM Engineering, a look at the state of the Alberta energy industry by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian supply chain benefits by Alberta Energy, and a business operation overview of Paramount Structures.

More than 150 Calgary business leaders, including representatives from Suncor and Cenovus, then listened to a keynote speech from Industry Minister James Moore on tearing down trade barriers within Canada.

Atlantic Canadian delegates spent the afternoon in business-to-business networking sessions with a dozen companies that included MEG Energy, Waiward Steel, Ledcor, Unified Alloys, Nexen and Syncrude.

That evening there was a private dinner for delegates, AEG members and partners with a feature presentation from TransCanada’s Energy East President Francois Poirier wherein he outlined the economic benefits of the ambitious Energy East project.

On September 10th, delegates boarded a bus to the Edmonton region and were hosted by AEG member Waiward Steel for a barbecue and a tour of their shop floor. From there the Industrial Heartland’s Executive Director Neil Shelley hosted the participants on a detailed tour of the Industrial Heartland, and talked about Alberta as a global energy leader and the importance of the area to North American energy security.

On September 11th, participants took in presentations from the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association, the Strathcona County Economic Development Association, CANAM, North American Energy Partners and PCL. A lunch panel discussion featuring experts from Edmonton International Airport, Dominion Rail Services and the Alberta Motor Transport Association looked at the future of shipping and logistics. An afternoon business-to-business session introduced delegates to companies like Trinidad Drilling, United Fabrication and Canam.

After nearly three days of business networking and market research it was time to wind down, celebrate the successes of the trip, and have some fun. Delegates were joined by business leaders from around the capital region for an Atlantic lobster and Alberta beef ‘surf and turf’ dinner, and off-the-record conversation on the lessons learned in the business of hockey between Oilers colour-commentator Bob Stauffer and Vice-Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group Kevin Lowe at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

Events like Forging Partnerships expose members to investment opportunities, fresh ideas and new friendships. These connections help put a human face to the Province of Alberta, and raise awareness about the economic opportunity Alberta resource development offers to all Canadians.

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Feedback received:

“I just wanted to send you a note of congratulations on a successful mission with the Atlantic Metalworking Association.  The sessions and communications were (as always) well run.

Unified Alloys have made a few valuable connections, and some new friendships during the process.

Thanks again for all the work you do.”

Darren Hansen, Unified Alloys

“I am sure I can speak for all the companies that were represented from Atlantic Canada, that we were very impressed with the professionalism and the overall success of forging new partnerships. 

It was very informative and well worth my time and energy to come and see what opportunities are there for our company.

You are part of a great group and your member companies are a testament to what you are trying to achieve.”

Glen MacKenzie, Fundy Grinding

“Thanks again for a very well planned and executed week in Alberta. After talking with my partner, our next step is to have a physical presence in Calgary.”

Andre Strebel, Aciers Lague Wear Parts

Alberta Enterprise Group thanks all the sponsors and participating members for making this event a success.