Global Wholesaler Alibaba Visits Edmonton

EEDC’s Trade and Investment division hosted leading e-commerce companies in Edmonton to meet with local export-ready companies interested in exploring the Chinese consumer market. Alibaba, the leading platform for global wholesale trade, and Vipshop, a second Chinese e-commerce marketplace, participated in the largest of four cross-Canada workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises. The workshop was an opportunity for Edmonton businesses to understand e-commerce in China and opportunities with Alibaba to be a sourcing and export platform to do business with the rest of the world.

Edmonton has been a region of interest for e-commerce retailers for some time, focused on food products and supplements. With Canada’s only direct access to mainland China via the Air China Cargo Flight from the Edmonton International Airport, businesses in the region have an incredible opportunity to grow their market and revenues through export to China. Notably, China is Canada’s and Alberta’s second largest trading partner.

See the Edmonton Journal story here.

AMTA Builds New Commercial Driver Training Centre at EIA

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will begin construction of a new educational facility at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in the summer of 2017. The new construction will include a nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility with an adjacent five-acre test driving track, as well as also include a driving simulation trainer that will enable AMTA to conduct complete training for commercial drivers all in one location. Safety training will also be provided in the new AMTA facility.

The AMTA facility is the third component of the Alberta Aerospace & Technology Centre (AATC) at EIA where Canadian North operates a 737-training simulator in the airports Cargo Village and HNZ Topflight operates a helicopter training simulator in the main terminal building.

EEDC has had a long relationship with the AMTA, has been active in assisting with the move, and made a personal introduction between representatives of the AMTA Board of Directors and EIA’s Commercial Development team when they realized that they had out-grown their current location in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

The new location will be located on the northeast section of EIA between RedTail Landing Golf Course and 36 Street East.

See the news release from EIA here.