New Executive Director Brings Over Two Decades of Experience

Mark Plamondon begins with Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association on May 1

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland (April 24, 2017) – As Alberta’s Industrial Heartland grows into a global leader in energy processing, a new Executive Director will guide the activities of the municipal partnership. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) welcomes Mark Plamondon as the Executive Director starting May 1.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to help build upon the success achieved by Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association since it was formed in 1998. AIHA has the natural resources, innovative technology, manpower, and commitment to the environment to be a world leader in responsible energy development. I look forward to advancing AIHA’s vision,” commented Plamondon.

Plamondon’s previous experience is an asset to the role. He spent 22 years in management, operations, business development, and financial analysis of mineral and refining operations. He comes to the Association with extensive international experience, which is valuable as AIHA continues building relationships with investors, governments, and other stakeholders across the globe.

As a resident of Fort Saskatchewan and former employee with industrial companies in the region, Plamondon is familiar with industry, the community, and local stakeholders. Most recently, Plamondon was Senior Vice President with Sherritt International Corporation, responsible for Sherritt’s nickel mining, processing, and refining operations in Madagascar. Plamondon’s education includes a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

“We welcome Mark to this important role with AIHA. His expertise and background are an ideal fit for our municipal partnership,” said Ed Gibbons, Chair of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association. “As we approach our 20th anniversary, we remain focused on advocating for responsible energy development, promoting the region and province, and planning for infrastructure and services. We’re pleased that Mark will lead AIHA as Executive Director toward these goals over the coming years.”

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



Media Contact:

Vanessa Goodman
Director of Communications
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association