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Edmonton ICE District properties earn international award

Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, and The Legends Private Residences in downtown Edmonton’s Ice District have been awarded the prestigious ENR Global Best Project Award in the Retail/Mixed-Used Development category.

ENR (Engineering News Record) has been hosting this international competition for 8 years, aimed at recognizing best in class design and construction projects from around the world. Entries were received from projects in many countries including Australia, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Moscow, highlighting the significance of receiving these awards for these Edmonton-based projects.

“Stantec Tower, JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were all designed to draw residents to the vibrant downtown core of Edmonton,” said Tim Shipton, Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, ICE District. “These towers have transformed the urban fabric in downtown Edmonton, and we are very proud that their design teams have received well-deserved recognition for their efforts.”

Stantec Tower is the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto. JW Marriot Edmonton ICE District is only the third JW Marriot property in Canada – Marriott’s most elite brand.

During construction of these buildings, both project teams demonstrated exceptional innovation by implementing safety measures to combat weather elements and mitigated construction risks posed by the height of each tower, as well as created safety programs to aid the protection of the general public and workers during construction.

“Receiving this highly regarded award speaks to the quality and craft production behind each project,” said Tim. “We are thrilled to see ICE District be recognized on the international stage for being innovative, safe and environmentally-responsible.”

“There’s incredible innovation happening in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in all sectors,” said Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce. “This is a great example of the world-class initiatives that are underway here and this global recognition is well deserved. The Edmonton region has a great story to tell – when you look at the global companies in architecture, engineering, and construction that are headquartered here and led these projects – it should come as no surprise that awards and international recognition are coming our way.”

The ICE District is located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Including a state-of-the-art arena, this 25 acre development was recently chosen to host the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, with Edmonton acting as a hub city for the playoff run leading up to the finals. ”If you haven’t been to the Edmonton region in the past couple of years, you’ll be stunned by the dramatic changes to our skyline. This has always been a beautiful city and region, and

Submissions to the ENR Global Best Projects competition were reviewed and analyzed by an advisory committee made up of industry veterans, and were judged on criteria such as safety performance, innovation, challenges, and design and construction quality.

The JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District and The Legends Private Residences were developed by notable contract and design firms PCL Construction, EAD Property Holdings Corp, DIALOG Alberta Architecture. Stantec Tower was developed by Stantec Architectural, which managed the design, engineering, and construction of the tower.

Canada introduces more study and work permit flexibility

Three new measures have been introduced to help individuals pursue Canadian study and work opportunities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada has just announced three major measures to help individuals who wish to pursue Canadian education and work opportunities.

In a news release just issued on its website, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced the following three new measures on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility for international students pursuing their Canadian educational programs online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Students can now study online while overseas up until April 30, 2021 with no time deducted from the length of their PGWP, so long as they complete 50 per cent of their studies in Canada.
  • Students who have signed up for a program that is 8-12 months in duration with a start date from May to September 2020 will be able to complete their entire program abroad and still be eligible for a PGWP.
  • Students who enrolled in a program with a start date between May and September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021 and who graduate from more than one eligible program may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a PGWP, as long as 50 per cent of the studies are completed in Canada.

The PGWP is highly coveted among individuals who wish to study in Canada. After a student completes an eligible program at a Canadian designated learning institution (e.g., a university or college), they can obtain a PGWP for a maximum duration of three years. The ultimate duration of the PGWP depends on the length of time the individual studied at a Canadian DLI.

The PGWP enables these former international students to then work for any Canadian employer. Former students hoping to become Canadian permanent residents seek to harness the work experience they gain to enhance their Canadian immigration chances.

Gaining Canadian work experience can make individuals eligible for certain immigration pathways such as Express Entry‘s Canadian Experience Class program. It can also provide them with additional points under Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System.

Because of the pandemic and Canada’s current travel restrictions, many international students are not able to enter Canada at the moment. This has been problematic for a number of reasons. One such reason is that prior to the pandemic, distance learning could not count towards PGWP eligibility.

This changed shortly after the pandemic when IRCC made a series of announcements to enable online learning to count towards PGWP eligibility. The last major announcement came in May when IRCC stated online learning obtained up until December 31, 2020 could be counted when eventually applying for a PGWP.

In order to be eligible for these measures, students need to have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the spring/summer/fall 2020 semester or for the January 2021 semester. Students must be eventually approved for a study permit.

IRCC concluded its news release by saying that Canada’s COVID-19 related restrictions will be eased based on progress made in Canada and abroad in containing the coronavirus’ spread. IRCC will continue to monitor the Canadian and international situation as it explores additional changes to make.

THE ALBERTA PETROCHEMICALS INCENTIVE PROGRAM WILL ENHANCE ALBERTA’S ABILITY TO ATTRACT INVESTMENT

July 9, 2020 – Fort Saskatchewan – The Government of Alberta today announced the Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program (APIP), designed to attract value-add petrochemical investments and encourage continued growth in the advanced chemical manufacturing sector. 

“The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program, as announced today, will have a significant impact on enhancing the competitiveness of Alberta when attracting large scale, value-add investments, relative to other global jurisdictions,” said Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. “This program, coupled with the other tremendous competitive advantages that Alberta’s Industrial Heartland has to offer, will contribute to the attraction of an expected $30 billion in new petrochemical investments by 2030.” 

With cost-advantaged natural resources, a diverse and skilled workforce, and world class infrastructure, including world-leading carbon capture and storage infrastructure, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is well-positioned to leverage the new Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program and we believe it will help attract formidable investment to our region. With more than 95% of the world’s manufactured products relying on chemistry and value-add manufacturing, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is part of a global supply chain that produces more than 70,000 products that we use every day. Alberta is a shining example of how jurisdictions can stimulate the economy and demonstrate environmental leadership by recognizing the importance of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

ABOUT ALBERTA’S INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND ASSOCIATION 

The Industrial Heartland region is considered a world-class location for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. It is a powerful economic driver for Alberta and Canada and offers attractive competitive advantages in energy diversification and industrial development. 

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is dedicated to coordinating, advocating, and promoting responsible industrial development in the Heartland region. The Association is a cooperative effort of Lamont County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the Cities of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan. 

Media Contact: 

Tracey Hill, Manager of Communications & Community Relations 
tracey@industrialheartland.com / 780-998-7453 

World’s-largest airport solar farm arriving at EIA

Alpin Sun to build 627-acre facility on west-side of airport lands.

July 7, 2020 (Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is welcoming a new large-scale investment that will create the largest airport-based solar farm in the world. 

Airport City Solar will dramatically transform the west-side of EIA’s lands, create jobs and bring in a potential new power source for airport operations and the Edmonton Metro Region. An agreement with Alpin Sun will see the company develop a 627-acre, 120-megawatt solar farm. All available information shows this will be largest development of its kind at an airport anywhere in the world. The new solar farm reflects EIA’s on-going commitment to economic development and diversification, along with its core value of being dedicated to sustainability.

The European-based company, Alpin Sun, is a global developer of utility scale renewable projects and is proposing to locate Airport City Solar on land leased on the west side of the EIA.  Airport City Solar is expected to begin construction in early 2022 and be operational by the end of the year. The project will bring in an estimated $169 million in foreign direct investment to the Edmonton Metro Region. Power generated by Airport City Solar will feed into Fortis Alberta and airport distribution systems.

“One of our core principles is being dedicated to sustainability. With Airport City Solar and Alpin Sun we’re creating something the whole world will notice. We’re Canada’s largest airport by land size so we have the space to do something very special – the largest solar farm at an airport in the world. This will create jobs, provide sustainable solar power for our region and shows our dedication to sustainability.”

– Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport.

Quick facts about Airport City Solar:

  • Construction will employ 120 workers for a year, with up to 250 workers at its peak
  • The 120Mwh facility will generate approximately 200,000 MWh per year
  • Alpin Sun estimates that annual production of 200,000 MWh will result in an annual offset of an estimated 106,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Airport City Solar will consist of approximately 340,000 solar panels 
  • The facility will produce enough electricity to power between 27,000-28,000 homes
  • The facility area of 627 acres will equal roughly 313 CFL football fields
  • The panels will be constructed in two main groupings
    • East grouping will be 367 acres that would accommodate 72 MW
    • West grouping will be 259 acres that would accommodate 48 MW

“It has been a pleasure working with EIA Vice-President Myron Keehn and Director Geoff Herdman to bring this opportunity to the EIA, and their support was key to our location decision.”

– Adrian Ioance, Vice President of Alpin Sun 

“We want to add to Alberta’s recovery momentum and be in a position by 2022 to not only support existing industries and communities in the area but also serve as a catalyst for new investment in advanced technology and logistics.”

– Fred Null, Director of Project Development, Alpin Sun 

“This fully private-sector investment in the world’s largest airport solar farm will create hundreds of jobs and represents an investment of nearly $170 million. The project, when combined with other recent exciting investments in renewables, shows that Alberta is the most attractive place in Canada to invest, not just in renewable energy, but across all sectors of the economy.” 

– Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism

“Leduc County welcomes Alpin-Sun to the region. Within Leduc County, EIA is a regional leader in diversification and innovation. Alpin-Sun will not only bring business diversification, but new development and employment opportunities to Leduc County residents and the region.” 

– Tanni Doblanko, Mayor of Leduc County 

“This exciting project demonstrates the growing role of solar energy in Alberta’s economy. Private sector investments like this show the strength of Alberta’s solar resource across much of the province, including in and around Edmonton. EIA is demonstrating leadership by harnessing the competitive economics of solar to establish the airport and surrounding transportation corridors as a hub for the solar value chain in this part of North America. This bodes well for jobs and economic benefits in the region well into the future.”

– Benjamin Thibault, Executive Director, Solar Alberta 

“EIA runs one of the world’s most innovative airports and in recent years has attracted more than $1 billion in investment and thousands of quality jobs through Airport City and economic diversification. Alpin Sun’s major investment combined with EIA’s focus on innovation will create significant value for airlines. Welcome to our region Alpin Sun, we look forward to seeing this investment begin construction.” 

– Malcom Bruce, CEO Edmonton Global

EIA is dedicated to sustainability and continuing its record of environmental initiatives. Other examples of how EIA supports environmental sustainability see:

Over the next year, the Alpin Sun team will conduct extensive studies and seek approvals from the required local, provincial and federal regulatory agencies, including NAV Canada. Field Law of Edmonton assists Alpin Sun on legal matters related to this project and others in Alberta, and DNV-GL of Calgary assists on environmental studies and permitting.  Colliers International – Edmonton’s YEG Team, led by Evelyn Stolk & Rod Connop as well as Colliers International – Philadelphia brokered this transaction.

About Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport is a self-funded, not-for-profit corporation whose mandate is to drive economic prosperity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. EIA is Canada’s fifth-busiest airport by passenger traffic and the largest major Canadian airport by land area. EIA offers non-stop connections to destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. EIA is a major economic driver; in 2019, EIA had an economic output of more than $3.2 billion, supporting over 26,000 jobs. EIA’s Airport City propels new jobs, tourism and economic diversification – and creates a destination in and around EIA, featuring entertainment, e-commerce, retail, hospitality, cargo/logistics, bio-pharma, light manufacturing and many other industries. EIA is focused on digital strategy to ensure it becomes the airport of the future. For more information, please visit: flyeia.com, follow @flyeia on TwitterInstagramLinkedin or Facebook.

About Alpin Sun

Alpin Sun is a European based renewable energy company active in the development, construction, operation, and ownership of solar projects across the globe.  During its 10-year history, the company has been involved in four gigawatts of solar projects in Europe, Chile, Canada, and the USA.

Alpin Sun performs engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) work in Europe and focuses on project development in the USA and Canada. The North American portfolio, to date, comprises three gigawatt of solar sites spread among the electric service territories of ERCOT (Texas), SPP (Texas), PJM (mid-Atlantic USA), and AESO (Alberta) with more than one gigawatt currently under construction or in preparation for construction.

Alpin Sun’s development pipeline serves as an investment platform for institutional investors, independent power producers (non-utility generators), and utilities by providing high-quality projects designed with state-of-the-art technology for top economic performance.

Media Contact: 

Chris Chodan, EIA   
c: 780 700 3596 
e: cchodan@flyeia.com

Adrian Ioance, 
Alpin Sun, Vice-President Business Development
c: +1 888 963 8033
e: adrian.ioance@alpin-sun.de

Another global ranking for Edmonton region

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region was featured in Startup Genome’s 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER).  

The report’s coverage of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region paints an accurate picture of a region bursting with talent and primed for opportunity. The region was recognized as ranking amongst the Top 10 North American Ecosystems for Affordable Talent in 2020. 

Earlier this year, the Edmonton region climbed 4 spots in StartupBlink’s global ranking of cities by startup ecosystem, placing it firmly in the top 100 at 91 out of a total of 1,000 cities ranked.  

“Within the last month we’ve been in two global rankings – Startup Genome’s 2020 report and cracking the top 100 with StartupBlink growing evidence that we’re being noticed internationally,” said Edmonton Global’s vice president innovation and strategy, Lynette Tremblay. As part of her role, Lynette tracks the Edmonton region’s global competitiveness compared to regions around the world. “Our region climbed 34 spots in the last two years in StartupBlink’s global ranking – demonstrating the growing awareness and competitiveness of what’s happening here.”   

Startup Genome highlighted AI, big data, analytics, and life science sectors as Edmonton’s sub-sector strengths. The success of companies in the region such as MEDO.ai, an Edmonton-based startup recently granted FDA approval for the world’s first tool using artificial intelligence to detect hip dysplasia, are a testament to those strengths. According to Lynette, “we are aggressively trending in the right direction and that’s largely thanks to our many entrepreneurs, our universities and colleges, and the incredible talent that calls our region home.” 

The lack of a provincial sales tax, as well as the regions 7 post-secondary institutions and “exceptionally affordable quality of life” were recognized as some of the top reasons to move startups to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.  

Startup Genome is the world-leading policy advisory and research organization for governments and public-private partnerships committed to accelerating the success of their startup ecosystem. Their mission is to accelerate startup success and ecosystem performance, working with global thought leaders to define and execute robust policies and programs that drive lasting change. 

Read Startup Genomes full report. The region is featured on pages 84-85.  

Read StartupBlink’s Global Rankings.  

Alberta – lowest corporate tax rate in Canada

The Alberta government has announced a Job Creation Tax Cut aimed at making Alberta a magnet for new business investment. This corporate tax cut will bring the provincial corporate tax down to 8% which is the lowest tax rate in Canada by far. British Columbia’s corporate tax rate, at 12%, is 50% higher than Alberta’s. 

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This announcement makes the Edmonton Metropolitan Region one of the most attractive regions in North America for employers to locate. It sends a clear message to international investors that Alberta is serious about being the most competitive jurisdiction to invest and do business in as our economy recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new corporate tax rate also means that Alberta will have the 7th lowest corporate tax rate when compared to the American States.  

This announcement was part of the provincial government’s Alberta Economic Recovery Plan announced on June 29, 2020. The initiatives announced also include a focus on the technology and innovation sectors which are primed for growth in our region.  

“We applaud the Government of Alberta on its technology and innovation focus which will help to position Alberta not only for recovery but increased competitiveness as a location for innovative companies and entrepreneurs,” said Adam Legge, President of the Business Council of Alberta in a statement following the Provincial announcement. “This is about building on Alberta’s natural strengths, and also accelerating diversification of the economy by support start-ups, technology, and innovation”. 

The tech industry has the ability to help all our key sectors rise. From life sciences and manufacturing to energy and agriculture, a focus on technology innovation will lay a framework that industry can use to scale up.  

Edmonton’s Future

New Regional Development Agency Challenges Edmonton businesses to act globally

If you want to know the future of Edmonton’s economy, a good place to start is with a question: What challenges does the world face and what does the Edmonton region have to offer as solutions?

Emerging markets need food for their burgeoning populations and energy to power their economic growth. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region and the rest of Western Canada produce food and energy in abundance.

Healthcare providers around the world need to find more cost-effective ways to care for aging populations while also providing better preventive health outcomes for the young. Leading innovators such as the pediatric surgeons at the U of A Stollery Children’s Hospital are collaborating to bring forth innovative — and scalable — new strategies in healthcare.

Economies around the world need to confront slowing growth and productivity. The region’s tech researchers and entrepreneurs are among those leading the way in bringing to market powerful new technologies such as machine learning and the internet of things.

“We have a great story to tell, but we don’t sell ourselves well enough,” says Malcolm Bruce, a retired senior military officer who is the CEO of Edmonton Global.

With a blue-chip board and staff with broad international connections, Edmonton Global works for the region’s 15 municipalities and in partnership with more than a dozen economic development agencies and educational institutions to help push the message out to the world.

Edmonton Global represents 15 regional municipalities

Take for instance the region’s petrochemical industry. “We already have the largest petrochemical cluster in Canada with $40 billion in infrastructure and the potential for another $30 billion investment over the next 10 years,” says Bruce.

This isn’t pie in the sky stuff. Two polypropylene plants currently under construction are worth a combined $8 billion and they are prime examples of what people in Bruce’s business mean when they speak of “adding value” locally to Alberta’s resources. It means getting all the parts of the economy to work together, in this case turning petroleum byproducts such as propane into more valuable products.

Once those big plants begin producing millions of tonnes a year of plastic, the next step up this “value chain” is to upgrade plastic pellets into marketable materials, such as the clear wrap used to keep food fresh. Montreal-based Polykar is building a $30 million plant to produce packaging materials in the Discovery Business Park north of Edmonton International Airport. The company is one of several manufacturers investing in the regional value chain.

Amir Karim, President & CEO, Polykar Inc.

We aren’t done yet. We can apply the same idea to agriculture and upgrade Western farm commodities to higher-value products. How about a packaging plant to serve agri-food businesses in the area? Or a pulse fractionator to extract proteins from crops grown in Alberta? These things are coming.

Don’t forget, Bruce adds, the “incredible innovation” that will make the region’s new petrochemical facilities cleaner and more efficient. Green tech and skills developed locally will likely find markets around the world. As that happens, it will signal a major cultural shift for Alberta business.

If you exclude raw commodities, “Up to five years ago, 80 per cent of everything that was built or serviced in Alberta was consumed in Alberta,” Bruce says.

“This regional culture of export, getting out in the global world is not something most businesses had to think about. We’re harnessing all the partners in the region to help us identify companies that are ready for export.”

To attract more foreign direct investment, Edmonton Global has two priorities. One is to find opportunities to grow existing industries in which the region has an advantage, such as energy and agriculture.

Another is to position the region on the ground floor of emerging technologies.

Good things happen when you put the two together: applying technology to make industries cleaner and more productive. He cites numerous examples. Robots developed in Edmonton take people out of hazardous, menial jobs such as cleaning gunk out of petrochemical holding tanks. Drones help to keep airports safe and secure. Technological curiosities of a few years ago, such as 3D printing, are being put to work in Edmonton’s metal fabrication shops. Work done in Edmonton labs in the reinforced learning branch of artificial intelligence will help lead the way to autonomous vehicles and many other uses. Local startup AltaML is working with some of Edmonton’s largest companies to develop machine learning applications in healthcare, finance and other industries that will find markets all around the world.

In agriculture, the expanded Alberta agri-food incubator at Leduc is the largest lab of its kind in North America. It is helping to bring nutritious new products to market and finding ways to extract valuable proteins from pulses and other crops. An R&D lab in Morinville employs PhDs to develop premium products for Champion Pet Foods, a billion-dollar company that is building new production lines in the Edmonton region and Kentucky. By focusing on health-conscious consumers, The Little Potato Co. has grown sales to more than $200 million a year, boosting efficiency by selling production waste to a mushroom grower and a craft distiller.

Edmonton Global, which got up and running last year after a couple years of planning, is supported by the 15 communities of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. While it was developing its business plan, it did a benchmark study with the Conference Board of Canada that compared Edmonton among 22 global cities.

Bruce describes the survey results as “good news, bad news.”

Most respondents were neither negative nor positive. A few thought the region is in the energy business, is remote and disconnected and that it’s cold in the winter.

“The bad news is they don’t think about us, but the good news is we don’t have to change the narrative because they don’t have a narrative anyway.”

Bruce dismisses the perception that the region is disconnected with the world. The reality is that Canada is a major trading partner with global business connections.

“We’ve got a trade agreement with every other G7 nation and we can trade with 1.5 billion people through these agreements,” he points out. “Canada can do a better job to harness those trade agreements and fully exploit them.”

Alberta and Canada maintain official trade presences worldwide backed by export and development banks. Individual Edmontonians have business and professional networks worldwide. Bruce wants them to be on the hunt for new opportunities as they travel the world.

“Our goal now is to weaponize everybody as an ambassador for the region.”

INNOVATION IS KEY TO THE “NEW NORMAL”

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the “new normal” – what the world will look like after this global pandemic has left its mark on every aspect of our lives. For us at Alberta Innovates, we are always talking about the next bold idea or the next big shift that has the potential to change how we go about our day to day lives. This creativity is at the heart of innovation – ways that we can use new knowledge or technologies to solve problems and create new opportunities.

“It’s no secret that innovative economies create highly skilled jobs, higher wages, more productivity and exports, and are generally more competitive.”

Innovation is key to growing Albert’a economy, expanding our markets and most importantly, generating new and different opportunities for Albertans. Often, people think that innovation is just technology – but it’s far greater than that.

  • Alberta is home to Canada’s largest integrated provincial health-care system producing unprecedented amounts of data. Digital health technologies and artificial intelligence can accelerate improvements in nearly every aspect of the quality and long-term sustainability of our health system and the health of Albertans.
  • Our agricultural sector is using advanced sensors, remote monitoring, automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology creating sustainable production, new digital jobs and improved food security at home and worldwide.
  • Alberta is home to natural materials needed to responsibly supply global demand for carbon fibre, asphalt, polymers, vanadium and other innovative hydrocarbon products. Markets for these advanced materials are estimated to reach more than $212 billion by 2030.
  • Alberta is a global leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning thanks to 20 years of publicly funded research. Artificial intelligence is estimated to add up to $16 trillion to global economic output over the next decade and is already transforming every sector and region.

Innovation isn’t new for Alberta. It’s been the backbone of our economy for a century and has lead to global leadership in many sectors.

Looking to the next 100 years, our support for innovators, entrepreneurship, and work with industry leaders must continue. Innovation will solve challenges and build new capacity in the digital economy – from health to smart agriculture and advanced hydrocarbons – all of which leverage existing advantages and strengths.

The creation and commercialization of new technologies and knowledge-based products is key to Alberta’s future. We have all the pieces in place to build a technology-rich economy that will allow us to compete with other global leaders. Alberta has an active investment capital market, leading universities and the supports to move startups to scale and market commercialization sooner.

It’s no secret that innovative economies create highly skilled jobs, higher wages, more productivity and exports, and are generally more competitive. Holding fast to the status quo is not an option – we need to support, celebrate and build up Alberta’s innovation culture – the unique combination of human ingenuity and resources which are abundant in Alberta. It’s going to take resolve and coordination to shift priorities and concentrate efforts that position Alberta for the advantages and opportunities a research and innovation economy can bring. But the size of the prize is immense.

Through innovation, we have the opportunity of a century to shape the future and to strengthen economic resilience for Albertans today and generations to come.

Edmonton Global welcomes Mustafa Sahin as VP of Investment and Trade

Edmonton, June 1, 2020 – Mustafa Sahin joins Edmonton Global as Vice President of Investment and Trade.  

Mustafa Sahin is a senior international business and economic development leader with 28 years of experience in trade and investment, sales, and marketing. His career in economic development has taken him to the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, before finally returning home to Canada in 2014. Mustafa has supported 28 trade and investment inbound and outbound missions since 2014, with 16 of those involving the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, or Alberta. His most recent position was President and Executive Director with the Canada-UAE Business Council. 

“Mustafa is passionate about the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and its potential. He has significant international experience in economic development and investment attraction” said Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce. “His knowledge and global perspective will be a huge asset. We’re excited to welcome Mustafa to the team.”  

Sought after for his investment and trade knowledge, Mustafa is a Canadian thought leader who attracts interest to Canada while also bringing Canadian brands to international markets.  

In Dubai, Mustafa was known as Mr. Blackberry, a moniker he was gifted for bringing Blackberry to the region, leading to the employment of 100 employees and annual revenues in excess of $1 billion in a short 6 years.   

“Over the years, I’ve supported countless Edmonton-based companies in learning more about different markets, while also matching them with prospective buyers, investors, distributors, or partners,” says Mustafa. “The Edmonton region’s talent, innovation, and opportunities make it prime for investment. I’m eager to connect investors to the strong opportunities here.”  

Mustafa’s family values are his guiding force as he strives to uphold his family legacy of tolerance, inclusiveness, and the promotion of Canadian values for the betterment of society. These values are reflected in Mustafa’s commitment to advancing the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.   

About Edmonton Global: 

The purpose of Edmonton Global is to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. We are a not-for-profit corporation founded by 15 municipalities that make up the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Our focus is attracting foreign direct investment, helping regional businesses export with the world, enhancing our region’s global competitiveness, and bringing our region together with a unified voice to attract the attention and interest of investors the world over. 

Contact and to arrange interviews:
Chris McLeod
Marketing & Communications Director
+1 780 499 4517
cmcleod@edmontonglobal.ca

Collaborate Locally, Compete Globally

The 2019 Edmonton Global Annual Report highlights the work done over the past year as we focused on the 4 priorities from our Strategic Plan including: 

  1. Act as a catalyst for foreign direct investment & trade 
  2. Increase awareness and improve perceptions of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region 
  3. Leverage partnerships to increase success 
  4. Strive for organizational excellence 

This report demonstrates how collaboration has contributed to the success of our organization over the last year. It is important to recognize and celebrate what has been achieved so far. Many people and organizations have contributed to the effort that has helped us get to this point and for that we are grateful.  

Edmonton Global is setting the conditions for long-term success, aligning our voices and efforts, and aggressively driving results. This is where our focus is and must continue to be. 

The purpose of Edmonton Global is to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. It is based upon the belief that the region as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that banded together, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is an absolute powerhouse bursting with potential. 

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