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

During the four-day meeting, Hunter, MLA for Taber-Warner, and Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, will engage with U.S. and Canadian officials and legislators to discuss shared concerns and learnings in areas such as trade and investment, energy security, hydrogen development, two-way trade between Alberta and the western U.S., and agriculture.

The MLAs will attend the Executive Committee meeting and participate in sessions for the Westrends, Energy and Environment Committee, and the Agriculture and Water Committee. MLA Hunter will also co-chair the Canada Relations Committee.

“As our province continues to lead the charge in areas such as energy security, hydrogen development and environmental policy, it remains invaluable that we have a voice at the table. I look forward to speaking to the numerous projects Alberta has underway, including our economic corridor initiative, which will allow for the accelerated development of critical infrastructure in northwest Canada and the United States."

Grant Hunter, MLA for Taber-Warner

“These conferences are crucial to upholding the existing relationships we have with our neighbouring leaders and governing officials throughout North America. I am honoured to represent our government alongside MLA Hunter as we seek new ventures to improve our infrastructure, trade relations, investment opportunities and the economic future of Alberta.”

Tany Yao, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo

Established in 1947, CSG West promotes cooperation and collaboration among its members, which include the governments of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming. Alberta, British Columbia and the U.S. territories of the Commonwealth of Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are associate members.

The annual gathering brings policymakers together to share knowledge and connect on common interests for economic and social growth in the western region such as agriculture and water, energy and the environment, education, health, housing and legislative oversight.

Quick facts

  • Alberta was the first Canadian international associate member of CSG West in 2000, followed by British Columbia in 2001.
  • The United States is Alberta’s largest trading partner and Alberta is the second-largest provincial exporter to the U.S.
  • In 2022, Alberta’s exports to the U.S. totalled US$141.3 billion.
  • Western U.S. is an important trade region for Alberta. In 2022, bilateral trade between Alberta and the CSG West member states totalled more than US$31.6 billion.
  • In 2022, Alberta’s exports to the region totalled US$26.6 billion and Alberta imported US$5.1 billion from the CSG West region.

Itinerary for MLAs Hunter and Yao*

Nov. 11

  • Travel to Los Angeles, Calif.

Nov. 12-15

  • Participate in the CSG West meeting

Nov. 16

  • Return to Alberta

*Subject to change