AIHA Annual Stakeholder Event A Huge Success

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AIHA Annual Stakeholder Event A Huge Success


With a sell-out crowd of 1,100 attendees, world-class feature speakers, project updates, a compelling panel discussion, and an entertaining fireside chat with Stephen Harper, the 2020 AIHA Annual Stakeholder Event was filled with memorable moments and valuable networking opportunities.

A big thank you goes out to our event sponsors!  Our 2020 event attracted unprecedented sponsorship support, helping AIHA deliver a program jam-packed with timely and relevant topics. On behalf of the AIHA Board of Directors and staff, we thank all of the speakers, presenters, sponsors, and delegates for your ongoing support of our event.

Again this year we were pleased to welcome to our stage prominent elected officials, key industry partners, and renowned feature speakers. The presentations provided insight and perspective on relevant industry topics, including Industrial Heartland project updates, the circular economy, Alberta’s economic outlook, international trade and geo-politics, and Alberta’s competitive position in the global petrochemical industry.


Catherine Rothrock Presentation

Dave Witte Presentation

David Chappell Presentation

Dow Canada Industry Update

Inter Pipeline Industry Update

Keyera Industry Update

Mark Ermao Presentation

Mark Plamondon Presentation

Mutlaq al Morished Presentation

Pembina Industry Update

Creating awareness on these topics and highlighting the Industrial Heartland’s competitive advantage to investors is our focus as AIHA drives towards our goal of 30-by-30, which we believe will see our region attract an additional $30 billion in capital investment by 2030. Collaboration, coordination, and meaningful dialogue is key to advancing Alberta and Canada’s critical petrochemical and downstream energy sectors.

Save-the-Date for 2021

The 2021 AIHA Annual Stakeholder Event will take place at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Thursday, January 28, 2021. More details will be available in Fall 2020 and general admission tickets will go on sale November 1, 2020.

Regional Labour Profile Highlights Significant Workforce Advantage

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Regional Labour Profile Highlights Significant Workforce Advantage


A study that considered aggregated labour data and information from employers in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Strathcona Industrial Area, and northeast Edmonton, determined that nearly half of the 12,000 jobs were in the chemical manufacturing industry. This statistic, along with other key employment data points, offers valuable insight into the labour market advantages available in the Industrial Heartland Region. Rail transportation, petroleum product manufacturing, and pipeline transportation are other sectors with burgeoning labour indicators that contribute to a thriving Industrial Heartland region labour market.

The Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Regional Labour Profile provides critical labour information for investors, stakeholders, and existing companies and examines competitive labour advantages to doing business in the Industrial Heartland Region. Summarized data includes an employment profile, workforce issues and recommendations, data on recruitment and retention, diversity opportunities, technology change, wage/salary information, and workforce needs and shortages. The survey methodology supporting the study was designed to provide an in-depth picture of the workforce in the Industrial Heartland region. Employers were selected to participate in the survey based on location and industry sector.

“This study will assist and inform investors and existing companies as they calculate future business and investment opportunities in and around the Industrial Heartland Region. With a 21st century, educated and diverse labour workforce, we believe the Industrial Heartland Region is well-positioned to capture more than $30 billion in new investment potential in the petrochemical energy sector,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

The Industrial Heartland Region is considered a world-class location for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. It is a powerful economic driver for Alberta and Canada and offers attractive competitive advantages in energy diversification and industrial development.

The profile is a collaborative effort of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Lamont County, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the City of Edmonton, and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Labour & Immigration and is available for download HERE.

Pembina Announces Positive FID for Heartland PDH/PP Facility

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Pembina Announces Positive FID for Heartland Facility


Pembina Pipeline Corporation along with Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait, announced on February 4, 2019 a positive final investment decision to construct a 550,000 tonne per annum integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant and polypropylene (PP) upgrading facility through their equally-owned joint venture entity, Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC).

The PDH/PP Facility will be located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, adjacent to Pembina’s Redwater fractionation complex and will consume approximately 23,000 barrels per day of local propane. The facility will have long-term access to an abundant supply of propane feedstock, with a structural cost advantage when compared to other North American facilities.

The PDH/PP Facility is expected to be in-service in mid-2023.

“The decision by Pembina to move forward on its PDH/PP facility is welcome news for Alberta and Canada.  World-wide demand for polypropylene is on the rise and a this type of commitment puts Alberta’s Industrial Heartland at the forefront of advanced manufacturing, bringing innovation to the NOrth American and global marketplace,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.


AIHA Celebrates 20 Years

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AIHA Celebrates 20 Years

With friends, stakeholders, and industry partners in attendance, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association recently celebrated 20 years of municipal collaboration, investment and economic diversification in the Industrial Heartland.

AIHA Board Member representatives from the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Sturgeon County, Strathcona County, Lamont County, and the City of Edmonton were joined by Associate Member representatives from the Towns of Redwater, Bruderheim, and Gibbons to recognize this incredible achievement and toast to the next 20 years.

As we look back at our Association’s history, we reflect on all that the Association has achieved over those years and we are proud of the work we’ve done to attract investment, to drive energy diversification, and to promote innovative business solutions.

Twenty years ago, the municipalities of The City of Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont County, Strathcona and Sturgeon Counties recognized the opportunity afforded them by their unique location in the province. These visionary municipalities created a partnership dedicated to strengthening sustainable industrial development that benefits the residents and businesses in our municipalities.

With the addition of The City of Edmonton in 2010 and three Associate members – Bruderheim, Gibbons and Redwater in 2011, the Association continues to demonstrate the value of that cooperation. As a result, more than $40 billion in capital has been invested in the region, realizing significant returns to the economy of Alberta and to the communities in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region. We are a globally recognized brand and a passionate advocate for thoughtful, smart, and meaningful policies to encourage investment in the region and in Canada.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate this remarkable achievement!