Interim Executive Director Maintains Focus on Key Goals

AIHA thanks Neil Shelly for 9 years of service, welcomes Gordon Harris as Interim Executive Director

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland (September 12, 2016) – After nearly a decade of guidance from Executive Director Neil Shelly, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association welcomes a new leader to the position. Long time Fort Saskatchewan resident Gordon Harris began as Interim Executive Director this week. Harris’s knowledge of the region, background in municipal management, and experience as a management consultant for the past ten years are a valuable asset to the organization.

AIHA Chair Ed Gibbons (right) thanks Neil Shelly (left) for his years of service as Executive Director of AIHA with a basket of petrochemical-derived products that are commonly used every day.“Over the past nine years under Neil’s leadership, AIHA gained tremendous exposure among international investors, has been hailed as a model of cooperation in this region, and earned awards for being a top economic development agency,” explained Ed Gibbons (right in photo), Chair of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. “We are very appreciative of Neil’s dedication and expertise, and wish him well as he moves on to a new job.”

Stepping into the role of Executive Director, Gordon Harris will focus on pursuing AIHA’s key goals while conducting a review of policies, procedures, and operational aspects. Harris will remain in the role in the interim while a search occurs for a permanent Executive Director. Details on the competition will be posted on when available.

“I am excited with the opportunity to work with the Board and staff of the Association as this change in leadership takes place,” commented Harris.

AIHA has a long history of advocating for energy value adding, promoting the region and province, and planning for infrastructure and services among its municipal partners. As Interim Executive Director, Harris will continue to support these endeavors.

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Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is dedicated to coordinating, advocating, and promoting long-term sustainable development of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The municipal partnership includes Lamont County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the Cities of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.


Media Contacts:

Ed Gibbons, Chair
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association

Gordon Harris, Interim Executive Director
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association
780.998.7453 ext 1


Gordon Harris takes on the role of Interim Executive Director of AIHABio – Gordon Harris

Gordon is an accomplished senior executive and trusted business advisor/consultant who has helped organizations to strategically capitalize on emerging business opportunities. He has strong experience and expertise in providing advice and recommendations to clients to achieve corporate strategies, build coalitions to support growth, and implement and manage change to facilitate organizational performance.  He worked in municipal government as a senior manager for over twenty five years and has experience in all facets of municipal governance and service delivery.