AEG Holiday Party: Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta & Red Tape Reduction and Catherine Swift, President of The Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Businesses of Canada

About The Event

AEG Holiday Party – Edmonton – Chateau Lacombe Hotel

Thursday, December 7th – AEG Holiday Party – Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta & Red Tape Reduction presents: “Updates on Red Tape Reduction” and  Catherine Swift presents: “Why Eastern Canada Needs to Smarten Up and Support the West”

      • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking
      • 5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Presentation & Q/A
      • 6:45 p.m. – Networking
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About the Speakers

Catherine Swift – Board member of Fraser Institute and President of The Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada (CCMBC)

Catherine Swift is currently the President of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada (CCMBC).  Until her retirement in December of 2014, Catherine Swift had been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business since September 1987, initially as Chief Economist. She became Chair in June 1999 after being named Chief Executive Officer in July 1997 and President in May of 1995.  She stepped down as President & CEO in June 2012. Her various responsibilities included coordinating policy issues at federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, representing CFIB with politicians, government, business and other groups.

Ms. Swift worked with the federal government in Ottawa from 1976 to 1983, holding several positions with the Departments of Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Industry and Communications. Her areas of specialization included corporate and industrial analysis, international trade and computer communications.

From 1983 – 1987 Ms. Swift was Senior Economist with the Toronto-Dominion Bank in the Department of Economic Research. Her work included industrial analysis and forecasts, provincial economic and financial analysis, and special advisory projects with Bank clients.

Catherine Swift studied at the University of Toronto and Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a BA (Honors) in Economics in 1977 and an MA in Economics in 1980.

She has published numerous articles in journals, magazines and other media on such small business issues as free trade, finance, entrepreneurship and women small business owners.

Ms. Swift is a Past President of the Empire Club of Canada, a past Director of the C.D. Howe Institute, a past director of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, and SOS Children’s Villages Canada, and was President of the International Small Business Congress from 2005 to 2012. She is currently a Director of the Fraser Institute. She was cited in 2003 and again in 2012 as one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Silver and Gold Jubilee Medals.

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Dale Nally, Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction

The Honourable Dale Nally was sworn in as the Minister of Service Alberta and Red Tape Reduction on October 11, 2022 where he has taken regulatory red tape reduction to 32.5%. From April 30, 2019 to October 11, 2022 he served as the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity where he pioneered the Hydrogen Roadmap for Alberta, made changes to stabilize prices and save thousands of jobs in the natural gas industry, and oversaw a major build out of market-based renewable electricity.

Prior to his service as an elected official, Minister Nally spent decades in the private sector, where he led and managed business units that generate between $50 million and $80 million in revenue. Minister Nally was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Morinville – St. Albert on April 16, 2019 and was re-elected on May 29, 2023. He has a Masters Degree in Education, speaks English and is currently learning Spanish.