Forging Partnerships: Alberta Enterprise Group to host a delegation of Atlantic Canadian metal working firms

EDMONTON: Alberta Enterprise Group (AEG) will be forging partnerships with Atlantic Canadian business leaders in Calgary and Edmonton from September 9-11th.

AEG will be hosting 30-40 members of the Atlantic Metal Working Association, an organization representing fabrication, machine shops and related suppliers from across Atlantic Canada. Atlantic Canadian participants will network with Alberta business leaders and explore opportunities to invest and partner in the Alberta economy.

“Forging Partnerships” is the latest in a series of initiatives led by AEG aimed at promoting Alberta as an investment destination and underscore how economic success in Alberta provides opportunity for all Canadians.  Previous missions have brought Alberta business leaders to Washington, Switzerland, Quebec, Moncton and Ottawa. AEG has also hosted delegations in tours of oil sands operations and investment forums in Calgary.

“Our mission at AEG is to build relationships, tell the story across the country and around the world, and showcase the entrepreneurs who benefit directly or indirectly from economic success in Alberta,” said AEG President Josh Bilyk. “By partnering with the Atlantic Metal Working Association, we’re working toward building a stronger supply chain and bringing more Canadian companies into the fold to help ease supply constraints and address the shortage of skilled labour. Stronger participation from Atlantic Canada is a win for our members, and hopefully a win for Atlantic Canadian metal working firms.”

The three-day program begins in Calgary with high-level presentations from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers as well as major players in Canada’s energy industry.  Industry Minister James Moore will provide a keynote lunch address on tearing down trade barriers across Canada. That evening, TransCanada President for Energy East Francois Poirier will deliver a keynote dinner talk on procurement opportunities in that company’s ambitious Energy East pipeline proposal.

Delegates will then travel to Edmonton to tour facilities in the Capital Region and the Industrial Heartland. On September 11th participants will meet with companies like PCL, Canam Group, Stantec and participate in business-to-business networking sessions.

The three day event closes with a “surf and turf” dinner with Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, who will reflect on the lessons he has learned in the tough business of hockey.

“Our message on this mission is that Atlantic Canadian metal working companies are open for business,” said Atlantic Metal Working Association Managing Director Michael Vincent. “Our members have the expertise to deliver quality product on time and budget at competitive rates. We’re looking forward to strengthening existing relationships with Alberta businesses and developing new ones.”

For more information on the agenda, visit our event page here.

About Alberta Enterprise Group

The Alberta Enterprise Group is the only group of its kind that puts direct action for Alberta business at its core. Being part of AEG means being part of a community of Alberta business leaders who believe in driving change and building a brighter, more prosperous future for all Albertans. By sharing information, advocating for Alberta business, and building bridges to new markets, AEG provides a voice to members on important issues facing business today.

About Atlantic Metal Working Association
The Atlantic Metal Working Association (AMWA) was formed in July of 2011 to give the metal working industry a voice across Canada and work on areas of common interest. The organization focuses on training initiatives, market development and networking opportunities. AMWA facilitates opportunities to learn from industry experts and partner with colleagues from across Atlantic Canada and around the world.

For more information contact:

AEG: David MacLean, Vice President, Communications and Policy
(780) 481-7205

AMWA: Michael Vincent, Managing Director
(506) 850-2790