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Premier's Council for Economic Strategy

On May 5, 2011, the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy released its report, Shaping Alberta's Future.

It includes an important call to all Albertans, outlining broad direction on important themes for our future: broadening the economy, realizing the full potential of our energy resources, preparing the province and Albertans for a global economy, and investing in the future. The report also provides thoughts on how to ensure the province has a strong platform - fiscally, environmentally and with respect to infrastructure - to sustain economic growth. Under each of the five themes, the council outlines some thought-provoking 'flagship' initiatives, which Albertans will need time to study and consider moving forward.

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Shaping Alberta's Future

Talking with David Emerson, Chair of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy:


In July 2009 the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy was asked to help give an external, big-picture perspective on what Alberta needs to do to secure the province's long-term prosperity. The council will provide guidance on actions the Alberta government can take to best position the province for the future. Chaired by noted business executive and experienced cabinet minister David Emerson, the council brings together 12 members, each of whom is a globally recognized expert in their field.

Highlights of the council's work
  • The council assembled in Alberta for three days of meetings on each of three occasions: March 2010, August 2010 and March 2011. The council has also held four meetings using videoconferencing technology.
  • In March 2010 and October 2010, the council convened workshops with more than 150 business and community leaders.
  • In June 2010, the council published a discussion paper on its web page to encourage Albertans to contribute ideas about Alberta's future. More than 50 submissions were received.
  • In October 2010, the council organized an all-day workshop with 100 senior high school students from across Alberta to seek their input.
  • The council also spoke with Albertans living abroad, in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Over two days in June 2011, the council visited Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Lloydminster, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Sherwood Park and Airdrie to discuss the council's report.
Premier's Council discussed the future with young Albertans and business leaders

October 4, 2010 was a busy day for members of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy. They spent the day working with young Albertans and the evening talking to business leaders, all as part of their work in helping to map out Alberta's future.

During the day, members had the tremendous opportunity to talk to 100 of Alberta's young people from across the province. Premier Stelmach attended the forum and challenged these student leaders to dream about the future and suggest ways to achieve the ideal Alberta they'd like to see.

Council members were impressed with their creativity, thoughtfulness and ability to understand the complex issues that will shape Alberta in the decades to come. Participants discussed global trends, how the world is expected to change, what excites and worries them about the future, and what actions need to be taken to prepare for 2040.

After a busy day at the youth forum, members moved on to meet with business leaders. Topics on the table included expected growth in emerging markets and policies for sustainable development, creating future wealth, and innovation.

Both groups were encouraged to keep the conversations going and continue to submit feedback to the Premier's Council.