Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Strengthening Role as Key Energy Hub

Edmonton, Alberta (January 24, 2013) - Alberta’s Industrial Heartland hosted the 14th Annual Stakeholder Update and Luncheon providing valuable insight for over 500 leaders in business, government, and the community. Discussions highlighted the resurgence of interest in the region with recent announcements totaling $21 billion of potential future capital investment.

A significant feature of upcoming activity is its diversity. Speakers at the Luncheon agreed that shifts in energy and economic dynamics generated incredible development opportunities in the Heartland region across multiple industries. “Companies are pursuing projects in oil sands, natural gas, petrochemicals, logistics, and carbon capture and storage, strengthening the Heartland’s role as a key energy and logistics hub,” commented Linda Osinchuk, Chair of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association and Mayor of Strathcona County.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association also revealed an upcoming campaign – Alberta Plus – in recognition of the importance of adding value to Alberta’s energy resources. “Albertans need to be engaged in discussing our energy strategy and how processing our resources at home can help diversify Alberta’s economy, government revenues, and energy markets,” noted Chair Osinchuk. “Later this spring we are launching a campaign with the assistance of our partners in industry to encourage dialogue on this important topic.”