Delegation of Quebec business leaders to visit Alberta and explore economic partnerships

Rendezvous Alberta

Calgary: Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) will be hosting a delegation of 40 Quebec business leaders in Alberta in order to build deeper partnerships and economic ties between Alberta and Quebec companies. The November 12-13 mission, entitled Rendezvous Alberta, follows from  a successful mission of Alberta companies to Quebec lead by AEG in 2012.

The Quebec delegation will be led by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (BTMM). AEG previously partnered with BTMM on the 2012 Alberta mission to Quebec as well as a June 2013 energy procurement session that matched Quebec firms with major Canadian energy players.

The two-day event will give Quebec delegates a crash course on the Alberta marketplace, provide relationship-building opportunities between Quebec and Alberta companies and focus on facilitating freer trade between the two provinces.

“Quebec-based firms must increase their presence in the Alberta market. The current dynamism of the energy and construction sectors is an unprecedented opportunity for them to present their technologies and unique know-how,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Montreal. “The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and its team of experts in international trade, the World Trade Centre Montreal, will keep supporting the already strengthening economic ties between our two provinces by organizing trade missions to Alberta and business meetings with delegations from Alberta in Montreal.”

Rendezvous Alberta’s flagship event will be a keynote address from Suncor CEO Steve Williams at a “Shared Prosperity” luncheon at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary.

“The Rendezvous Alberta mission is a great way to bring the Alberta and Quebec business communities closer together,” said Suncor CEO Steve Williams. “Through initiatives like this, Canada’s energy industry can build a stronger supply chain benefitting Canadians in all regions. We’re pleased to support this initiative and I’m looking forward to serving as keynote speaker at the Shared Prosperity luncheon.”

A key initiative for the energy industry and the Province of Quebec is energy infrastructure to facilitate the flow of western Canadian energy to Eastern refineries and beyond. Enbridge CEO Al Monaco will deliver remarks to the closing reception on the first day of Rendezvous Alberta.

“As an Alberta-based company that’s been involved in significant energy investments in Quebec for close to 40 years, Enbridge is proud to contribute to strengthening the ties that exist between Alberta and Quebec,” said Mr. Monaco. “Connecting reliable Western Canadian supply with Quebec’s refineries – supporting their ability to compete, sustaining jobs and adding value for Western producers — is a win for both regions.  It’s just one example of how we can work collaboratively to consolidate and help expand our business and community connections.”

Other events include a Compass Alberta panel discussion featuring Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner, University of Alberta School of Business Dean Joseph Doucet and the Calgary Herald’s Deborah Yedlin.

“Our objectives are two-fold,” said AEG President Tim Shipton.  “First, we want to deepen and nurture the already substantial business relationship between our two provinces. Second, we want to spread the word that resource development and the free flow of energy will have increasingly powerful impact on economies across Canada for years to come. We think nurturing the $14 billion dollar Quebec-Alberta trade relationship is critically important for the future of the entire country.”

Event partners include Norton Rose Fulbright, Suncor, Enbridge and TransCanada.

Draft Rendezvous Alberta Agenda

November 12
Calgary, Alberta

8-11am                 Compass Alberta Seminar

Business, market intelligence & government seminar

Moderated by National Post Alberta Correspondent and award winning journalist Jen Gerson
Business: Ms. Deborah Yedlin, Business Reporter, Calgary Herald
Market Intelligence: Dr. Joseph Doucet, Dean, U of A School of Business
Government: Hon. Doug Horner, Alberta Minister of Finance

11:30am               Shared Prosperity Business Luncheon
With keynote speaker Mr. Steve Williams, President and CEO Suncor Energy and remarks from Mr. Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal

2-5pm                   One-on-one Meetings

6pm                      Quebec-Alberta Reception
with keynote speaker, Mr. Al Monaco, President & CEO Enbridge

November 13
Calgary, Alberta

9am                       Connecting Canada Breakfast
Alberta Energy & Construction Leaders
TransCanada Corporation

An overview of the tremendous opportunities that exist for greater partnerships between Alberta and Quebec firms

11am-1pm             One-on-One Meetings

2pm                       Panel Discussion: Made-in-Canada?

Made-in-Canada? How should Canadian companies compete and win in this historic era of resource development?

Oil Sands, LNG, Hydro, Plan Nord, Ring of Fire, Potash, Uranium — taken together, these developments represent a level of investment never before seen in Canadian history. Project owners are already outsourcing materials and expertise from around the world, and always will. But what can we do to keep more of that business here in Canada? What are the barriers? Where and how can Canadian companies best compete, add the most value for industry, and grow their share of the pie? How can Canadian companies become the central coordinating hub for a global supply chain by extending their own supply chains and creating the global partnerships required to meet industry demand? How can we ensure both the developers of the resource and the companies in the supply chain are winners?

*Note: This panel will take place in conjunction with the National Supply Chain Forum

3-6pm                   One-on-One Meetings