Forging Partnerships: AEG to host a delegation of Atlantic Canadian metal working firms in Alberta

Alberta Government
Edmonton International Airport

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Canada Connects: AEG’s commitment to engagement

Since 2008, Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) has hosted a number of business advocacy missions to places like Ottawa, Montreal, Washington, and Geneva. AEG 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.

These outreach efforts are intended to provide AEG members with opportunities to connect with business leaders from across Canada and the world, but also to talk about how resource development in Alberta can benefit everyone.

In late 2013, AEG brought senior executives from Stantec, Suncor and TransCanada, along with Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal Dallas, to New Brunswick to discuss engineering, procurement and construction opportunities in Alberta’s resource sectors. In attendance were members of the Atlantic Metal Working Association (AMWA) – whose membership is primarily comprised of machining and fabrication firms, and have expertise in the following sub-sectors:

  • Modular Fabrication
  • Aero-space and Defense
  • Structural Steel Erection
  • Shipbuilding
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Ground Support Equipment
  • General Fabrication
  • Tele-communications
  • Mining
James Moore
Industry Minister James Moore will talk about “tearing down trade barriers” at a Forging Partnerships luncheon on September 9th in Calgary.

Forging Partnerships – September 9-11th, 2014

Following-up the successful initiative in New Brunswick, AEG and AMWA are planning a 3-day event in Calgary and Edmonton from September 9-11th. This event is intended to introduce 40-50 AMWA member companies and others to the Alberta market place.

The three-day program begins in Calgary with high-level presentations from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as well as major players in Canada’s energy industry.  Industry Minister James Moore will provide a keynote lunch address on tearing down trade barriers across Canada. That evening, TransCanada President for Energy East Francois Poirier will deliver a keynote dinner talk on procurement opportunities in that company’s ambitious Energy East pipeline proposal.

Delegates will then travel to Edmonton to tour facilities in the Capital Region and the Industrial Heartland. On September 11th participants will meet with companies like PCL, Canam Group, Stantec and participate in business-to-business networking sessions.


Edmonton Oilers’ Kevin Lowe will reflect on lessons learned in the tough business of professional hockey at the September 11th windup in Edmonton.

The three day event closes with a “surf and turf” dinner with Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, who will reflect on the lessons he has learned in the tough business of hockey. Lowe will be interviewed by Edmonton Oilers’ colour commentator Bob Stauffer.

How you can participate

There are four ways for the public and business community to participate in this event:

Program: Forging Partnerships

~ Strengthening Alberta-Atlantic Canadian Connections ~

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 – Calgary (Day 1)

Delta Bow Valley Hotel, Calgary

7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental breakfast and registration
8:30 am – 9:00 am Kick-off comments from AEG President Josh Bilyk
9:00 am – 9:45 am State of Alberta’s Energy Industry – Martyn Griggs, Manager, Oil Sands; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
9:45 am – 10:30 am Suncor Energy
10:45 am – 11:30 am Paramount Structures
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Breaking Down Barriers to Trade Within Canada – Lunch with the Honourable James Moore, Minister of IndustrySponsored by Cenovus and Suncor
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Open-format networking session (with company introductions by AEG). This event is closed to the public. If you are interested in meeting our delegates from Atlantic Canada, please contact David MacLean at Alberta Enterprise Group
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Canada Connects Reception
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Energy East Dinner – Keynote speaker: Francois Poirier – President, Energy East


Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 – Calgary/Edmonton (For Atlantic Canadian and Quebec Delegates only)

8:00 am – 11:00 am Group bus to Edmonton
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Forging Partnerships Barbecue and shop tour with Waiward Steel Fabrication and Construction Services
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Industrial Heartland tour
Evning Check in & Dinner on own


Thursday, September 11th, 2014 – Edmonton (Day 2)

Renaissance Hotel, Edmonton International Airport

Breakfast on own
7:30 am – 8:15 am Travel to Edmonton International Airport
8:45 am – 9:30 am Introduction to Leduc-Nisku – Barbara McKenzie, Leduc-Nisku Economic Development (Confirmed)
9:30 am – 10:15 am PCL – project and procurement overview – Scott A. Matheson, R.E.T., G.S.C.; Director Business Development, Alberta (Confirmed)
10:15 am – 11:00 am North American Construction Group — David Blackley, CFO
11:00 am – 11:45 am Christian Deveau, Canam Group – Project and Procurement Overview (Confirmed)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Norm G. Richard (Confirmed)
Director, Edmonton International Airport’s Air Service DevelopmentShawn Smith (Confirmed)
President, Dominion Railway ServicesRichard Warnock (Confirmed)
President & CEO, Alberta Motor Transport Association
1:15 pm – 4:15 pm Open-format networking session (with company introductions by AEG) his event is closed to the public. If you are interested in meeting our delegates from Atlantic Canada, please contact David MacLean at Alberta Enterprise Group
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm Bus to downtown Edmonton
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Canada Connects Reception
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Forging partnerships wind up dinner with guest speaker – Edmonton Oilers Hockey Operations President Kevin Lowe talks with Oilers’ colour man Bob Stauffer – “Lessons learned in the business of professional hockey.” (Confirmed)