THE MISSION IN BRIEF
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal’s team of international trade experts, the World Trade Centre Montréal, is organizing a trade mission to Calgary on November 12 and 13, led by Mr. Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade. This mission, organized in collaboration with Alberta Enterprise Group, will help familiarize you with the Alberta market, and provide an opportunity to meet companies with which you can develop business partnerships.
Through a program of high-level networking events and personalized business meetings, you will meet key decision-makers from the major players with whom you can develop your business on the Alberta market: Suncor, Enbridge, Canadian Oil Sands, officials from the Alberta government, etc.
The preliminary program is available here.
Companies that wish to do so may also take part in the National Supply Chain Forum, which is taking place from November 12 to 14 in Calgary. Mission participants benefit from a substantially reduced admission rate.
- Networking activities
- Personalized business meetings
- Participant directory
- Information binder on the Alberta market
- Personalized support over the course of your entire stay
- Reduced admission rate to the National Supply Chain Forum
- Hotel accommodations (3 nights) planned as part of the program
- Information seminar
The activity will be held in English
Quebec companies with products or services to offer the energy, environment, and green technology sectors benefit from unrestricted commercial access to the vast business potential of Alberta’s energy market.
Oil and gas extraction and the accelerated development of the petrochemical industry have propelled Alberta’s economy to new heights. But beyond its energy market, Alberta also offers business opportunities in several other fields.
Major construction and infrastructure projects
In June 2012, the government of Alberta reported 874 major construction and infrastructure projects in the province—current, planned, or pending—valued at a total of $193.5 billion.
High demand for green technology
The Alberta government, as well as the gas, petrochemical, and oil sands industries are searching for solutions to reduce the environmental impact of developing these resources, and to increase the efficiency of their use.
$6.1 billion will need to be invested in green technologies alone over the next five years, a figure higher than in all other provinces combined.
Other sectors of interest
The increased migration of workers is also creating increased demand for consumer, education, and health care products and services. Alberta’s vitality has also drawn the head offices of large companies to cities in the province, thereby benefiting the financial and professional services sectors as well.
The many current and upcoming projects involve:
- Civil engineering
- Construction materials
- Green technology
- Water management and treatment
- Soil decontamination
- Air quality – reduction of emissions
- Surveillance, analysis, and lab testing
ALBERTA FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Ranked first on the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom Index.
- One of the North American regions with the least amount of restrictions to the economic activity of individuals and companies.
- Per capita GDP of $78,000—the highest in Canada (in comparison, Québec’s per capita GDP is around $43,300).
- Calgary ranks third in Canada among cities with the most head offices (75) from among the 500 largest companies in Canada.
- The only large Canadian city to have acquired more head offices—rather than having lost head offices—since 2000.
WHO SHOULD TAKE PART?
Companies seeking to develop their business in Alberta, and companies already established in the province seeking to strengthen their market presence.
Companies in the following sectors are most specifically targeted:
- Construction and green construction
- Water treatment
- Soil remediation
- Air quality: reduction of emissions, control, analysis, and testing
- Intelligent materials and construction materials
Make key contacts to develop your business on the lucrative Alberta market!