Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Leads the government's economic development efforts, supports businesses and investors and provides a single-door access to information



Building a resilient, robust and dynamic Alberta economy. The ministry ensures outcomes are achieved by:

  • supporting businesses and private sector job creation
  • enhancing access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • coordinating and leveraging research and innovation to increase the commercialization of Alberta ideas and meet the needs of Albertans, from environmental stewardship to improved health outcomes
  • facilitating export development and investment attraction from targeted international markets
  • enhancing Alberta’s national and international presence
  • leading Alberta’s negotiations on domestic and international trade agreements

How we're organized

Economic Development and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Division

Led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic Development and SMEs, this division promotes strategies to develop sustainable growth, diversify the economy and increase economic resilience.

Key responsibilities include:

Trade and Investment Attraction Division

Led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Attraction, this division focuses on attracting investment to the province and helping Alberta companies access international markets.

Key responsibilities include:

  • providing international market intelligence to export-ready Alberta companies
  • showcasing Alberta’s technologies, products and services
  • facilitating networking events and programs, and contact introductions in priority markets
  • promoting Alberta's investment opportunities to targeted companies in priority markets
  • assisting Alberta companies in accessing foreign markets
  • leading Alberta’s participation in domestic and international trade negotiations
  • ensuring a coordinated approach to fostering strong relationships with foreign governments and policy-makers
  • managing Alberta’s network of international offices

Science and Innovation Division

Led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Science and Innovation, this division works to position Alberta as a leader in research, innovation and bringing new technologies to market.

Key responsibilities include:

  • providing strategic leadership for Alberta’s research and innovation system
  • providing funding for post-secondary institutions to leverage federal investments for undertaking world class research
  • facilitating technology commercialization and development to build knowledge-intensive industries in Alberta
  • connecting innovators with the right partner to collaborate on initiatives and realize opportunities
  • leveraging leading-edge research, technology development and industry partnerships to solve challenges faced by industry, the province and the world

Strategic Policy and Corporate Services Division

Led by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Policy and Corporate Services, this division provides strategic policy, planning, evaluation and support services to all of Economic Development and Trade.

Key responsibilities include:

  • human resources
  • finance and administration
  • business integration
  • policy integration
  • legal and legislative services

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The Minister

  • Honourable Deron Bilous

    Minister Deron Bilous

    Deron Bilous was sworn in as Minister of Economic Development and Trade on October 22, 2015. Prior to this, he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and as Minister of Service Alberta.

  • Jessica Littlewood

    Photo of Jessica Littlewood

    Jessica Littlewood was sworn in as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade for Small Business on October 17, 2017.