The Alberta Enterprise Group -- Leaders in Action.
The Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) is Alberta’s common sense public policy advocacy group. Simply put, the organization is focused on making Alberta a better place to live and do business. AEG members collectively employ more than 150,000 people and generate billions in economic activity each year. AEG members are committed leaders, with a proven track record of giving back to the community and province through charitable, community-based initiatives.
The AEG Mission
AEG’s mission is to apply the collective experience of Alberta Enterprise Group members to solving public policy challenges by providing advice to government, promoting sound policies and providing forums for the exchange of ideas and best practices. Alberta Enterprise Group is committed to making the Province of Alberta a place of unsurpassed prosperity and quality of life.
The AEG Vision
AEG will provide leadership in public policy in Alberta by advancing ideas and innovations that enhance the quality of life for all Albertans, promote entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility, and defend principles of democracy and liberty.
AEG is committed to:
- Promoting Alberta across Canada and around the world as an investment destination
- Working collaboratively to improve government processes
- Promoting policy fairness for all Albertans
- Working for a balanced and sustainable economy
- Instilling common sense in public policy defined by measured results
- Work collaboratively to improve government process
- Promote policy fairness for all Albertans
- Introduce appropriate ideas and solutions to policy issues
- Build public awareness and buy-in for our activities
- Work for a balanced and sustainable economy
- Instill common sense in public policy defined by measured results
Through their various companies, Alberta Enterprise Group members collectively employ over 150,000 people and generate billions in economic activity each year. AEG members are committed leaders, with a proven track record of giving back to the community and province through charitable, community-based initiatives.
Through its members, AEG represents the following industries: Accounting, automotive, communications, computer software, construction, electrical, engineering, energy, financial services, grocery, hi-tech medical, home building, industrial supply chain, insurance, legal, manufacturing, project management, property development/management, real estate, restaurant, steel, tourism, transportation.
In 2008 the Alberta Enterprise Group, brought 100 of the province’s business leaders to Washington D.C to meet with congressional leaders and other influential Americans.
In 2009 AEG brought more than 60 of the province’s business leaders to Geneva, Switzerland to tell the European investment community that we are Albertans, we’re entrepreneurs and we’re open for businesses.
In 2008 and 2009 the organization brought more than 150 business and political leaders from across North America to tour oil sands mining operations. Delegates visited Syncrude, Albian and CNRL's Horizon Mine.
Also in 2009, the organization waged a high profile campaign to save the Edmonton City Centre Airport from closure because of the value it brings to the entire province as an economic asset and a vital component of the province’s health system.
In the spring of 2010, AEG organized the Alberta Connects outreach mission to Ottawa. The purpose was to meet with decisions makers of all political stripes from all regions of Canada to tell Alberta’s story and underline how success for Alberta means success for all of Canada. Alberta Connects introduced AEG members to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Finance Minister Flaherty, Environment Minister Prentice, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and 55 other Members of Parliament and Senators.
In May of 2011 AEG returned to the U.S Capital to talk about borders security, energy development and trade. This initiative brough more than 60 Canadian business leaders to meet with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
In 2012 AEG led a delegation of business leaders to Montreal and Quebec City to build networks between the two provinces. Canada Connects delegates met with hundreds of business and political leaders and discussed ways to bring the Alberta and Quebec business communities closer together.
The Board of Directors
AEG is an independent, not for profit organization governed by a board of directors, funded by activities and members.
Alberta Enterprise Group Board of Directors:
Chairman Emeritus Cal Nichols started his career in oil and gas as a commission agent for Esso and has spent most of his life in petroleum marketing and related industries as well as real estate development. In 1984, as a result of deregulation, Cal was a founding partner in Northridge Petroleum Marketing Inc. which was the first privately owned company in crude oil and gas marketing in Canada. He created Gasland Oil Ltd. in 1985, which grew to over 50 branded independent petroleum outlets in Western Canada. Nichols is best known for spearheading a group of local investors in 1998 to purchase the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club and prevent them from leaving the City. Cal went on to serve as Chairman and NHL Governor for ten years. Cal has been inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and has been recognized by many other organizations for his continued efforts in his community.
Michael Donovan is President and CCO of DONOVAN Creative. Michael delivers award- winning branding, marketing, and advertising solutions to regional, national and international clients in technology, construction, retail, travel and tourism, hospitality, entertainment, health sciences, not-for-profit, and education sectors. Michael has been recognized with many notable awards, including the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 Small Business Owner of the Year Award, a Gold Premier’s Award of Excellence, twenty three awards for excellence in marketing and communications from the North American Airports Council International, the top public relations honour from the American Library Association, an IABC Award of Merit, and marketing effectiveness awards from the International Academy of the Visual Arts in New York, and the Summit International Awards. He is a sought after speaker on the subjects of branding, effective communications strategies, and social media.
Herve Faucher operates GMS Aggregates – a Northern Alberta gravel operation. He also serves as Director of Triple A Living Communities which runs assisted-living facilities across Alberta. Mr. Faucher has over 40 years of business experience in Alberta, with a background in real estate sales and development.
Tim Goltz, BA, MA heads up Business Development for each of the IGC companies. On the real estate development side, Mr. Goltz' experience is in land development and industrial real estate with an emphasis on logistics. Tim was the former exclusive Canadian real estate liaison of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association (IWLA), while he was with jjBarnicke. Tim previously worked as a junior broker with NAI Commercial in Edmonton. Tim now heads up the Public-Private-Partnership division at Integrated. Tim has a varied background including an award-winning academic research background (PhD coursework at McGill completed, SSHRC and FQRSC doctoral scholarships awarded). Tim continues to use his academic background by acting as corporate liaison for IGC with its R&D work at the University of Alberta, including the newly-formed Industry Research Chair, co-founded by IMR and now headed up by Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein.
Jason Marino, Partner, Bennett Jones. Jason advises domestic and international clients, including private and public companies, investment managers and dealers, private equity firms and banks, on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters, with an emphasis in mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance, corporate reorganizations and corporate governance. He has in-depth experience in corporate structures and restructurings involving offshore entities.
Chairman Bruno Muller is president of Caron Transportation Systems, Chairman of the Canada Trucking Alliance and an active board member of several charitable organizations. Bruno, born in Trimbach, Switzerland, is president of one of the most successful carriers of bulk commodities in western Canada. Caron Transportation Systems provides safe, dependable service to the construction, manufacturing, mining, oilfield, petrochemical, pulp and paper and water treatment industries. The service area covers a large portion of North America with a fleet of 250 tractors and over 350 liquid tankers, aggregate, pneumatic and cryogenic trailers.
Rob Iwaschuk, a Principal with Avison Young, is enjoying his 18th year with the firm, specializing in the Industrial market. Rob has earned his reputation as one of Edmonton’s most knowledgeable agents with his finger on the pulse of the market. This reputation has resulted in Rob being sought out to present and speak at the Edmonton Real Estate Forum, BOMA and other key real estate forums in the city to share his knowledge and expertise. Rob has extensive sales and leasing experience in the industrial sector having brokered over 550 transactions representing over $400,000,000 and 6,000,000 square feet of real estate. Rob is a leader in his market and is consistently a ‘‘Top 10’’ producer in North America, within the Avison Young network of offices.
Gary Kalynchuk holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. After working for a number of years in his field and gaining technical experience, Gary started his own consulting engineering firm providing civil engineering and drafting services to Industrial Clients. Gary became Founder and President of GKO Engineering Inc. During the next 10 years, under Gary’s leadership, GKO Engineering grew to almost 400 engineering and technical personnel providing multi-disciplined EPCM services to Industrial Clients such as Syncrude, Suncor, EPCOR, Enbridge, and Atco Power, with revenues exceeding $40 million annually. In 2001, GKO Engineering Inc. was sold to Stantec where Gary assumed the role of VP, Power, Resources, Chemicals. After leaving Stantec he became the President of AGRA Foundations Inc., an AMEC owned piling contractor with five offices in Western Canada. Gary provides high-level management consulting services, recently having assignments with Newmont Mining Corporation and NUNA Logistics Ltd.
Peter Kruselnicki joined TransCanada in March 2007 as Vice-President, Public Sector Relations. In his current role, he is responsible for managing TransCanada’s government relations, community relations and community investment. Prior to joining TransCanada Mr. Kruselnicki had worked for the Alberta Government for 26 years in a number of senior official capacities including Chief of Staff to the Premier, Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to Treasury Board and Deputy Minister of Labour. Prior to joining the Labour Ministry he spent 16 years in Alberta Public Works Supply and Services in various senior capacities. Mr. Kruselnicki spent nine months in New Zealand in a secondment to the New Zealand government State Services Commission in 2005 prior to returning to assume the Premier’s Chief of Staff responsibilities.
John Thomas Moland started the JT Moland Insurance Consulting Company in 1979. The firm specializes in employee benefits, corporate life insurance, critical illness coverage, pensions and RRSP plans. John serves on a variety of boards including the Yellow Bird Community League, South West Area Council, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, Derrick Golf and Winter Club. John chaired the City of Edmonton Court of Revision from 1887 to 1994 and serves as the Zone Chair for Ducks Unlimited.
Terry O’Flynn is President and Co-owner of Prism Flow Products Inc. Prism is a wholesale valve manufacturers’ representative since 1995. Prism is well known for its support of various charitable and grassroots sports enterprises in Edmonton as well as communities throughout Alberta.
Terry has served on several boards and fundraising initiatives. He has served as the Chairman of Alberta Alpine Ski association, board member Alpine Canada Alpin (Canadian National Ski Team). Terry Currently serves on Boards of the Edmonton Eskimos, Edmonton Oiler Community Foundation and the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit.
Terry is the long-time Co-Chair of Mustard Seed golf tournament, the charity’s largest annual fundraiser. Terry is active in the Community of Beaumont, Alberta as a coach. Terry is married with 6 children.
Brian Wyatt is a Partner and Executive Vice President with Newad Media, one of the largest out-of-home advertising companies in Canada with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Newad currently has 250 full-time employees. Brian currently serves on the Board of the Indoor Billboard Advertising Association of North America and is President of Strathcona Minor Hockey Association (one of the largest hockey associations in Western Canada). Newad is a winner of many advertising and communication awards including the Prestigious Cannes Media award for campaign produced for Cover Girl Cosmetics. Brian is involved in other business interests including restaurant and bar, and real state and development.
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