This year’s conference is being held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from Dec. 7-11. Topics include economic development, cybersecurity, health-care innovation, education and energy security.

While at the conference, MLA Getson will represent Alberta on the CSG International Committee, and in the CSG Executive Committee meeting that is also taking place.

“Meeting face to face with state leaders and industry representatives is a great opportunity to communicate Alberta’s interests and to further grow our important trade and investment ties with the U.S., which is far and away our most important international trading partner.”

Shane Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland

The CSG National organization is the lead coordinating organization for five regional affiliate organizations – CSG Washington D.C., CSG West, CSG Midwest, CSG South and CSG-East. It is a forum that brings together lawmakers and government leaders from all U.S. states and territories and associate members. Alberta participates as an affiliate member on the international partnership program of the CSG National organization and is an associate member with the CSG West and Midwest affilliates.

MLA Getson will be accompanied by one government official. Mission expenses will be posted on the travel and expense disclosure page.

The Alberta government is committed to working with national and international partners to advance shared interests that can lead to new opportunities for people and businesses in Alberta and around the world.

Quick facts

  • The United States is Alberta’s largest trading partner and Alberta is the second-largest provincial exporter to the U.S.
  • In 2021, Alberta’s exports to the U.S. totalled $122.7 billion.
  • The western U.S. is an important region for Alberta in terms of trade and investment.
    • In 2021, bilateral trade between Alberta and the CSG West region was more than $32 billion.
    • Alberta exports to the region are $27.2 billion and imports totalled $4.8 billion.
    • Alberta’s imports from the CSG West states support about 195,900 jobs in those states.
  • Top Alberta exports to the CSG West states in 2021 include:
    • energy: $18.9 billion
    • agriculture and agri-food: $3 billion
    • forestry: $2.1 billion
    • chemicals and plastics: $2 billion
    • manufacturing: $595.3 million

Itinerary for MLA Getson*

Dec. 5

  • Travels to Honolulu, Hawaii

Dec. 7 – 10

  • Attends CSG meetings

Dec. 8

  • Meets with CSG West Officers
  • Participates in the CSG Midwest Executive Committee Meeting

Dec. 9

  • Meets with CSG Midwest Officers
  • Participates in the Canada Reception

Dec. 10

  • Meets with Sacramento Canadian Consulate General Officers

Dec. 11

  • Travels to Alberta

*Subject to change.