Growing The North Conference Held In Grande Prairie

Growing The North Conference Held In Grande Prairie
Posted on 02/22/2017

Saddle Hills County Councillors and Administrative staff are attending the Growing the North Conference in the County of Grande Prairie this week.

The conference, which draws attendees from all over Northern Alberta each year, features several keynote speakers including: the Honourable Deron Bilous, Alberta's Minister of Economic Development, Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large for the National Post, and Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist for ATB Financial.

Other speakers include specialists in economic growth, global business trends, the oil and gas industry and futurists such as Nikolas Badminton who predicted a bright future for Northern Alberta if the region can adapt to the fast pace of technological change.

Councillors Lawrence Andruchiw, John Moen, Willis Fitzsimmons and Ken Titford are attending the Conference along with CAO Joulia Whittleton.

As a sponsor of the Conference, the County has a booth promoting Saddle Hills County as a destination for residential, business and industry growth.

Deron BilousThe Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development,addressed the conference 
saying Northern Alberta communities have a critical role to play in Alberta's future with our tremendous assets in oil and gas, forestry, agriculture and tourism. Bilous spoke of the Provincial Government's commitment to diversification as a central part of its strategy for economic growth.

With the successful approval of two pipeline and with the return of the price of oil to highers levels, Bilous told delegates he believes Alberta has turned a corner economically. He said the Provincial Government is committed to continuing with its Jobs Plan, Tax Cuts for Small Business, Low Interest Small Business Loans and Petrochemical Diversification Program with a view towards increasing value-added industry and a diversified business community.