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Developing strategies for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s economy

This morning Lynette Tremblay, Global Edmonton’s Vice President, Strategy and Innovation joined Danielle Smith on her talk show on 630 CHED to discuss the economic outlook for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and the proactive approach that Edmonton Global is taking to transform our regional economy. 

Their discussion highlighted the need for collaboration, both on a regional, and a provincial level and how using a data driven approach means we can be proactive and really targeted in how we are attracting investment into Alberta.  

“It’s not good enough anymore to take a passive approach” said Lynette. “We can’t waste resources chasing every shiny object or putting out vague marketing pitches on the assumption that investment will just come our way. Now is the time for us to get creative, aggressive and targeted. That’s why Edmonton Global has developed strategies for targeting investment opportunities that reflect the assets we have, the things we do well, and the things the world is looking for now.”  

A recording of their conversation can be found here.

Lynette also presented on this topic to the Realtors Association of Edmonton’s Housing Forecast event on January 13, 2021. 

For nearly two decades, the Realtor’s Association of Edmonton’s Housing Forecast event has been one of the first of the year to share an economic outlook for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. This year it was held virtually. 

Using the analogy of the shift from analog to digital to streaming services, her speech outlined the importance of talent, innovation and technology adoption as key drivers for economic growth. The presentation included information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has both introduced shifts in the global economic landscape as well as accelerated global trends that existed pre-COVID. 

“Shifts in the global economy mean that opportunities that were once a ‘sure thing’ for the Edmonton region, just aren’t anymore,” said Tremblay. “But these shifts have also opened new doors. We can now compete in areas where we couldn’t before. This is more than hope – these are concrete opportunities where we can compete to win. We’re taking a proactive approach so that when global investors begin unleashing their pent-up demand and start shopping for a new location – we’ll be ready.”  

An opinion piece from Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce outlining Edmonton Global’s new regional strategy for attracting foreign investment was recently published in the Edmonton Journal and can be found here and includes immediately investable opportunities across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: 

We’re hiring: Research Analyst

Purpose and Reporting Structure of the Role

As Research Analyst you will be working as part of our fast-moving trade and investment team to compile, organize, analyze and communicate the information which is the foundation of the work of the larger organization. We are looking for a tech-savvy individual who is equally comfortable stepping back to see the bigger picture as they are sifting through the minutia to find the needle in the haystack. Searching out new data sources and research tools, organizing and communicating data, and optimizing internal technical tools are some of the day-to-day activities the role will require. The ideal candidate will be comfortable coding and getting under the hood of applications like Salesforce or Tableau.

Reporting to the Director, Research and Business Intelligence, you will be responsible for the timely collection, management and communication of data, research and information pertaining to Edmonton Global’s business priorities. You will take a lead role in designing and managing information management systems and practices, ensuring internal and external information is accurate and up-to-date and recommending improvements to internal processes. Your time will be split between tasks focusing on research and analysis and tasks focusing on optimization and customization of software tools.

Responsibilities

  • Work well in a collaborative environment
  • Research Related
    • Work with team to prioritize research and data analysis tasks.
    • Help prepare information briefings for internal and external audiences.
    • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets.
    • Undertake statistical and non-statistical analysis.
    • Offer original insights into data relevant to Edmonton Global.
    • Proofread publications and Edmonton Global website for data accuracy.
    • Seek out new data sources and become familiar with existing ones.
    • Help build and organize information library.
    • Advise on opportunities for internal process improvement.
    • Create charts, tables and visualizations to help tell accessible stories with data.
    • Support Trade and Investment team preparing for client meetings, trade missions or conferences.
    • Support Trade and Investment team in development of proposals and/or responses to RFIs
  • Technical Related
    • Lead backend development of software tools used by Edmonton Global (e.g. Salesforce) and actively collaborate with other teams in the implementation of others (e.g. Pardot).
    • Provide technical support to internal team with data tools including possible custom application development.
    • Ensure data imports and exports are efficient and follow industry best practices.
    • Advise on opportunities for internal process improvement.
    • Advise in negotiating deliverables and contract terms with external technical consultants.
    • Work with the Marketing and Communications on data projects that involve the Edmonton Global website.
    • Create and maintain visualizations and dashboards.
    • Communicate technical challenges and proposed solutions to non-technical audiences (both internal and external).
    • Manipulate and clean data to prepare it for analysis.
    • Periodic manual data entry may be required.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be an adaptive and dynamic individual comfortable working in a fast-paced organization and embody Edmonton Global’s core values: integrity, collaborative, empowered, transformative, and invested. 

The following skills, experiences and aptitudes will also be required.

Education and Experience

  • Motivated self-starter with optimistic outlook that can collaborate and work effectively in a close team dynamic focused on supporting multiple teams.
  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, business, statistics, computer science, or related field is required.
  • A post-graduate degree is preferred.
  • Must be tech savvy.
  • 4+ years of research or data analytics experience.
  • Creative problem solver who can effectively work with a range of stakeholders.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Must have ability to multi-task in a demanding/quick turn environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, especially excel.
  • Must have strong understanding of data organization principles.
  • Strong experience in Salesforce or Tableau would be an asset.
  • Must be comfortable using research tools (e.g. FDI Research, D&B Hoovers, etc.)
  • Diverse computer programming experience would be an asset (e.g. GitHub, Python, MySQL, R, VBA, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience with diverse data tools is desirable (e.g. Beyond 20/20, SAP, Google Charts, etc.).
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in languages beyond English would be an asset.


Requirements of the Position

  • A valid driver’s license in good standing.
  • A valid passport as travel regionally, nationally, and internationally may be required.

Compensation

Will be competitive and based on skills and experience.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted by email only to the Office Manager at aborman@edmontonglobal.ca noting “Application: Research Analyst” in the subject line, with your cover letter and resume attached by Wednesday, February 3, 2021. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, but only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have questions about the process or the position, please contact our Office Manager, Amanda Borman at aborman@edmontonglobal.ca.

Edmonton Global is an equal opportunity employer and we value the diversity of people and communities. We are committed to an environment that is inclusive and barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

Jeff Bell joins Edmonton Global

Edmonton Global is excited to welcome Jeff Bell as its new Director of Research and Business Intelligence.

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience working with a diverse set of sectors in academia, industry, non-profits, and government. Armed with an undergrad in environmental science from the University of Alberta, and a master’s degree in environmental studies from Dalhousie University in Halifax, his career has taken him around the world. He lived in Mexico, Japan, and the UK before returning to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in 2007. Over the course of his career, Jeff’s work has focussed on the adoption of technology innovations with a broad range of businesses and organizations. Jeff’s published work around the future of the energy economy in Alberta continues to attract attention.

“Jeff brings a really well-rounded set of skills to our team,” says Edmonton Global CEO, Malcolm Bruce. “And his experience aligns very well with the purpose of Edmonton Global – to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. His passion for implementing technology adoption and innovation, and the work he’s done with industry in our key sectors like energy, technology, and agriculture, make him a real asset.”

Jeff strengths lie in his ability to synthesize data, identify connections, and build collaborative relationships. Jeff is a bridge builder, connecting people and organizations from diverse sectors and industries. He refers to himself as a generalist, a skill that he says gives him a distinct advantage.

“Having a general knowledge on a diversity of industries means I can go from problem to solution faster across a wide range of projects,” says Jeff. “It means my knowledge is a mile wide and an inch deep and when a question arises – I enjoy digging deep into the data to provide solid defensible research that can inform strategy. My network includes a broad range of experts, so if I don’t have the answer, I know where to get it.”

Jeff is looking forward to using his skills and expertise to promote the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

“The Edmonton region holds a ton of potential – there’s a real diversity of capabilities here,” says Jeff. “Throughout my career I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some incredibly innovative industry leaders in the greater Edmonton area. From software to biotech, to robotics and drones, to clean energy initiatives – there are so many exciting things happening here.”

Most affordable major city in Canada – Edmonton

Affordability and high salaries – a major draw for attracting top tech talent

Edmonton has been earning high marks when it comes housing affordability in a number of recent reports.

RBC Economics recently released its Housing Trends and Affordability Report which ranks Edmonton as the most affordable  in Canada among major housing markets. The study measured the percentage of the median household income needed to purchase a home. According to the report, Edmonton buyers need to spend approximately 29% of their gross income to afford an average home – that’s well below the national average of about 47%and significantly less than Calgary at 36%. Vancouver represents the highest amount of income needed to purchase a home at 75%.

“We’re seeing an influx of people returning to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region after moving away,” said Malcolm Bruce, Edmonton Global’s CEO. “Almost every day we’re hearing from individuals and businesses who were once based in the US, particularly the Silicon Valley and parts of Texas, who are returning to our region for quality of life, for high quality education and health care, but also because they want to build a life and a future where they can afford to lead a full and prosperous life.”

Another important, but sometimes overlooked piece to the housing affordability puzzle is how municipal processes, approvals, and charges affect housing affordability. In a recent report commissioned by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA), Edmonton was ranked 2nd (1st among major markets) in its overall scorecard demonstrating that the city is leading in key performance indicators that affect both housing affordability and availability.

Housing affordability is key to attracting skilled labour into a region and a major part of the price is the cost to develop and build. Municipal processes, approvals, and charges all have a direct effect to the cost building housing. Often, inefficiencies and long processing times contribute to higher prices – ultimately eroding affordability – but Edmonton’s ranking demonstrates the region’s commitment to ensuring there is a stable and affordable supply of housing available for its residents.

The CHBA study compared 23 Canadian municipalities, examining how their processes, timelines, and fees contribute to housing affordability and supply issues and then assigned a ranking, showing which municipal governments are leading in which of the three pillars of the study—planning system features, approval timelines and government charges.

These rankings are useful tools for businesses who are looking to attract the skilled talent that they need – and there’s another piece of data that makes the Edmonton Metropolitan Region even more appealing from a talent attraction perspective – particularly when it comes to attracting skilled workers in the technology sector. According to a recent salary guide from Robert Half, a global human resource consulting firm, tech workers in the Edmonton region also benefit from salaries that are 1.5% higher than the national average of their counterparts. This means that employees who chose to relocate to the Edmonton region to work in its burgeoning tech sector enjoy the benefits of larger-than-average disposable incomes, contributing to a high quality of life, making it easy for companies to retain talent.

“Our low cost of living, including home ownership, combined with higher-than-average incomes make our region really attractive and super competitive,” added Malcolm. “While that’s great for employees, it still works out really well for employers too.”

Alberta’s corporate tax rates are among the lowest in North America and the Edmonton region is consistently ranked among the top 10 communities in North America for affordability of tech talent. “Especially for firms selling products into the US and other foreign markets – the Canadian dollar can enhance a company’s bottom-line by a good 30% and in today’s world that’s a significant advantage.”

Consider Canada City Alliance Identifies New Path Forward for Canada’s Foreign Direct Investment Strategy

Direct consultation with Federal Minister Navdeep Bains identifies greater role for Canada’s leading cities/metro regions

The Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) has concluded its annual Fall meeting and announced a set of recommendations to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) activities for Canada’s leading cities/metro regions. Amongst the ideas shared with Federal Minister Navdeep Bains, the CCCA is advocating for a consistent and predictable funding formula for regional economic development agencies, a critical focus on the race for global talent as part of Federal FDI efforts and the necessity of including Canada’s leading cities as part of the nation’s economic recovery through strategic FDI efforts.

“Clearly, FDI investments land in cities and surrounding metropolitan regions,” said CCCA Board Chair Malcolm Bruce. “Over these past two days, the CCCA consistently advocated that Canada’s economic recovery requires a strong FDI focus on attracting new businesses and expanding existing ones and that the CCCA is the organization to do this in partnership with the
Federal Government.”

In addition to meeting with Minister Bains at their Fall meeting, the CCCA also had extensive meetings with senior management from Invest in Canada and Global Affairs Canada that will lay the groundwork for joint FDI efforts in the remaining months of 2020 as well as a template for joint efforts in 2021. Leading this is the newly elected CCCA Executive Committee consisting of Chair Malcolm Bruce (CEO, Edmonton Global), Vice-Chair Dayna Spiring (President and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg), Stephen Lund (CEO, Toronto Global) and Jens-Michael Schaal (Vice-President, Invest Ottawa) who will assist Niloo Boroun, CCCA Executive Director, in working with Federal and Provincial Governments to advance CCCA FDI goals and priorities on a global scale.

“The ideas shared with Minister Bains are of utmost importance to Canada’s regional municipalities and we are greatly encouraged with the overwhelmingly positive response from the Minister,” said Ms. Boroun. “The CCCA is fully engaged with our partners at Invest in Canada and Global Affairs Canada in pivoting Foreign Direct Investment to accelerate job growth and recovery for Canadians from coast to coast. We believe FDI will be a key economic driver over the next year which warrants a leading role for the CCCA and its members.”

The Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA) unites 12 of Canada’s largest municipal regions – Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax – build a sustainable and globally competitive national economy built upon the collective strength of each member’s ecosystem.

As an established network of Investment Promotion Agencies from coast to coast, the CCCA works with national and international networks of partners to make Canada the preferred location for foreign investment and trade.

Media Contact:
Michael Marini
Consider Canada Cities Alliance
905-977-0883
Michael.Marini@hamilton.ca
www.considercanada.com


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

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