Economic development agency unveils 2013 plans

New year starts with encouragement to think global at home

Edmonton — As the world economy continues to change, Edmonton’s economic development agency is focused on its vision for the city as Canada’s economic and entrepreneurial powerhouse with the objective of ensuring that Edmonton and the Capital Region outperform every major economic jurisdiction in North America consistently over the next two decades.

At Edmonton Economic Development Corporation’s Impact luncheon (EEDC) today, president and CEO Brad Ferguson outlined its new structure and how it will contribute to a productive agency through its 2013 Statement of Intent.

“We are upfront and clear in outlining what we are about and what we will do this year,” says Ferguson. “Edmonton is a great northern city with unlimited entrepreneurship, education and energy — we will be a beacon toward which people who crave opportunity will come.”

Keynote speaker Rick George, former president and CEO of Suncor Energy, spoke about energy opportunities in Alberta and beyond in his recently published book, Sun Rise: Suncor, The Oil Sands, and the Future of Energy. “The book is about what I see as a Canadian success story… about Suncor and the industry, but more importantly it is also about people, and about leadership at every level — not just the corner office.”

Details about EEDC’s Statement of Intent, which spells out the agency’s vision, guiding responsibilities and priorities, are available at