This release was issued under a previous government.

This fall the Advisory Panel on Coal Communities will begin discussions with workers most affected by the retirements of coal-fired generation plants and associated mining operations, including those in and around Parkland and Leduc Counties, Forestburg and Hanna.

“We want to see a fair transition that responds to the needs of workers as Alberta transitions to cleaner sources of electricity generation, including ending harmful coal emissions. This panel has the experience and expertise to help us work together to find the best ways to support new jobs and training opportunities through this change.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Participants will include municipalities, community economic development organizations, small businesses, affected workers and First Nations. The panel’s goal is to gather information about challenges and opportunities, to share information and resources about current programs and supports and to generate ideas for training and new opportunities.

The panelists have decades of combined experience working with government, labour and industry, responding to sector-based changes and transitions.

Panel members

  • Ritu Khullar, Q.C.
  • Ken Delaney
  • Kerry Jothen

In addition to the facilitated consultations, Albertans can share ideas for the transition from coal-fired electricity using the online feedback form at or writing a letter to the panel at:

Advisory Panel on Coal Communities
13th floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4G8

The panel is expected to report back to government early in 2017 with options, advice and reccomendations for supporting community transition.