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Media Release – Edmonton Global launches forward/slash, uniting the region behind a common vision for our economic future

Published On
October 19, 2022

The forward/slash Economic Summit drew approximately 1000 leaders from across the region

October 19, 2022 (Edmonton Metropolitan Region) – On September 28, 2022, Edmonton Global, in collaboration with more than 40 partner organizations hosted the inaugural forward/slash Economic Summit. This event is a first-of-its-kind for the Edmonton region, and brought leadership from industry, academia, Indigenous Nations and communities, NGOs, and VC/finance to purposefully, proactively, and inclusively build towards a thriving future for the Edmonton region’s economy.

The event highlighted high growth, high potential sectors for the Edmonton region including hydrogen, global logistics and supply chain, food and agriculture, artificial intelligence and tech, and health and life sciences. These are areas where the Edmonton region can compete to win on a global scale.

The event was emceed by author and keynote speaker Shawn Kanungo and featured a number of exciting speakers from across the region including:

  • Mayor Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton
  • Grand Chief Arcand, Confederacy of Treaty Six
  • John Take, EVP, Chief Growth & Innovation Officer, Stantec
  • Bill Flanagan, President, University of Alberta
  • Ian Burns, CEO, Servus Credit Union
  • and many others

It also included showcase exhibits related to the sectors where attendees were able to interact with and speak with experts to learn more.

“This event has been a massive collaborative effort from across the region. The planning included more than 40 partner organizations, including the 14 municipalities that make up the Edmonton region,” said Malcolm Bruce CEO of Edmonton Global. “I can’t think of another time in our history where so many organizations have come together with a shared vision for our economic future. It’s inspiring to be part of leading this important work alongside so many partners.”

“This event is just the first step – it’s what comes next that really matters. We have a vision for where our region can go in the next five, 10 and even 20 years. What we need is everyone rowing in the same direction, and this event is proof that there is a desire to work together to build a prosperous economic future for our region.” – Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global

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 14 municipalities that make up the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Our focus is attracting foreign 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 Edmonton Global

Sherri Bouslama
Manager, Brand Strategy & Communications
+1 780 996 1524

Sherri Bouslama