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Explore Indigenous culture and heritage in Alberta

This year, take a staycation and explore one of the many Indigenous tourism experiences in your own backyard.

Alberta includes the territories of Treaties 6, 7 and 8, as well as the homeland of the Métis people. This gives Albertans the unique opportunity to engage in authentic, sustainable and culturally rich Indigenous tourism.

Indigenous tourism in Alberta was worth an estimated $166.2 million in gross domestic product pre-COVID while creating 3,000 jobs provincewide.

Currently, one in four domestic travellers want an Indigenous experience as part of their travel plans, which brings a unique opportunity for Indigenous Tourism Alberta to share offerings from across the province. Whether it is a hotel, restaurant, casino, outdoor adventure, art gallery or store, Indigenous tourism is a critical piece of the economic recovery across Alberta.

“This winter, I encourage all Albertans to explore the rich culture and history of the Indigenous people whose ancestors walked these lands. By sharing stories, food and authentic cultural offerings, the Indigenous tourism industry helps create jobs that fuel economic growth in Alberta. There are many unique experiences for the whole family to enjoy and learn from!”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“Our government is proud to support Indigenous tourism in Alberta. This growing industry is creating jobs and giving Indigenous communities a way to grow, flourish and share their stories. While your travel options outside of Alberta are limited this year, I encourage you to use this time to explore the many Indigenous tourism experiences available here in Alberta.”

Martin Long, parliamentary secretary for small business and tourism

“For our industry to remain competitive, it’s vital that significant and comprehensive actions and supports for all sectors of the tourism industry are put in place now and over the long term to enable the visitor economy – and in turn, the Indigenous tourism economy – to accelerate its recovery and contribute to the diversification of our provincial economy.”

Shae Bird, executive director, Indigenous Tourism Alberta

Winter Indigenous tourism experiences

Métis Crossing

  • Built on the original river lots of Métis settlers to this region in the late 1800s, Métis Crossing is home to Alberta’s first Métis cultural interpretive centre. Drop in for a cultural tour or camp in a replica fur trapper tent. For an immersive Indigenous journey, book the Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience. You’ll take an interactive tour of Métis Crossing, including learning to set a beaver trap, sampling dried bison and dancing a Red River jig (it’s not a real Métis party until the jigging starts). Your costumed interpreters will walk you through the historical village, and teach you to weave a Métis sash at a loom.

Warrior Women

  • Warrior Women is composed of Matricia and Mackenzie Brown, a dynamic mother-daughter duo whose haunting melodies and harmonious songwriting will give you an experience of a lifetime. Warrior Women write and perform songs in both English and Cree. Matricia and Mackenzie offer a variety of experiences from fireside chats, to drumming and singing performances and medicine walks. Currently, Warrior Women resides in the beautiful mountain town of Jasper.

Painted Warriors

  • Painted Warriors Indigenous Outdoor Experience is now open! Experience the traditional and modern lifestyle of the Cree and Saulteaux, skills such as animal tracking and snowshoeing, horse riding, archery and many others. Painted Warriors is an Indigenous outdoor adventure company located one hour northwest of Calgary. The facility is on an 82-acre ranch on pristine forestland in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. There are one-day to multiple-day tours with accommodation available. Spend the night in authentic Métis style trappers’ tents, and wake up to the extraordinary view of the Rocky Mountains.

Blackfoot Crossing

  • The site of the signing of Treaty 7, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park is a designated national historic site. Situated less than an hour’s drive south of Calgary, the park is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Siksika Nation’s language, culture and traditions. Inside the facility is a stunning eco-friendly museum, where visitors can learn how Siksika Nation culture developed through interactive exhibits. Traditional Indigenous foods can be tasted at the on-site restaurant, and the gift shop features locally made products. Dance and craft demonstrations take place frequently, and indoor guided tours with a local Siksika interpreter can be booked in advance.

Janvier Gallery

  • Born of Dene, Suline and Saulteaux descent in 1935, Alex Janvier devotes his time to what he loves: painting. His work contains a vibrant spirituality, often exploring culture and history. In 2012, the new Janvier Gallery opened on Cold Lake, which is located north of the City of Cold Lake. At this gallery, you will find a great assortment of original works of art, art products and some Alex Janvier prints.

Little Chief Restaurant

  • Little Chief Restaurant is located in the Grey Eagle Resort Hotel on the Tsuut’ina First Nation. The world-renowned restaurant has taken on an exciting objective: to modernize without losing its Indigenous tradition. With so many wonderfully unique menu options to choose from, we know you will find everything you are looking for at Little Chief Restaurant.

Related information

Media inquiries
Justin Brattinga
780-203-0177
Press Secretary, Jobs, Economy and Innovation

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Former Dragon Goaltender Inspiring Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Hockey Players Alike – DrumhellerOnline.com

19 October 2020

Former Drumheller Dragons star goaltender, Devin Buffalo, is looking to make a difference in the lives of young hockey players by sharing his story and experiences of playing hockey and getting an ivy league university education.

Buffalo, who grew up in Wetaskiwin and Maskwicis, is hoping to show both indigenous and non-indigenous hockey players options to get an education and potentially play hockey while doing so. “My goal was to be a role model and tell my story. I always dreamed of playing college hockey and going to a Division I school and playing at an Ivy League school. Being from Alberta, not a lot of people talk about Ivy League schools. For the indigenous perspective and non-indigenous perspective, it’s a goal that people keep private. I remember being in my high school in Wetaskiwin and sharing my dream with a guidance councilor and they told me ‘let’s look local, it’s out of your reach.”

Buffalo did not give up on his dream and when he played for the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, he was approached by Dartmouth College for a scholarship. After he was traded to the Drumheller Dragons in the winter of 2014 and helped in the success of the team winning the AJHL South Division Championship, he moved on to Dartmouth to play and get his education. He completed his four year degree at Dartmouth and continued to play professionally in the East Coast Hockey League with four teams.

Read More: https://drumhelleronline.com/local/former-dragon-goaltender-inspiring-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-hockey-players-alike

Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force releases final recommendations

GRANDE PRAIRIE – The Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force has released its final recommendations after months of work that included a series of roundtables and stakeholder consultation sessions with industry, government, economic development, Indigenous peoples, and students. The Task Force’s findings reinforce that Alberta’s colleges are ideally positioned to work with key partners to address economic development challenges across the province given their agility, commitment to applied research, and their strong connectivity to industry.

The Task Force’s final report focuses on four core themes of importance to Alberta’s economic recovery: Indigenous Peoples’ participation in post-secondary education and the workforce, student participation and integration into the workforce, talent and skills development, and industry connectivity.

“The Task Force’s July 2020 report focused on immediate areas of action for the colleges, government and industry to address the province’s economic challenges. Our final report builds on our initial recommendations and highlights existing strengths in the system, identifies areas for improvement, and provides solutions for a collaborative approach to expedite the province’s economic recovery,” said Dr. Robert Murray, Chair of the Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force and President and CEO of Grande Prairie Regional College.

The recommendations included in the final report are centered on four themes:

  1. Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Post-Secondary Education and the Workforce: Alberta’s colleges recognize the necessity to link Indigenous learners to the workforce and the essential role they will play in the immediate and ongoing economic recovery.
  2. Student Participation and Integration into the Workforce: Alberta’s colleges recognize that work-integrated learning opportunities for students, and learning-integrated work opportunities for employees are essential to meet immediate workforce needs while increasing creativity and innovation in a wide range of businesses and industries.
  3. Talent and Skills Development: Alberta’s colleges recognize that the future is cross-functional and cross-sectoral. Modern approaches to skills development and competency-based training will provide a unique, strategic, and competitive advantage for attracting talent and investment.
  4. Industry Connectivity and Industry-Driven Solutions: Alberta’s colleges recognize the need to continue to enhance relationships that connect to training, talent, applied research, and business intelligence, thereby developing long-standing partnerships to build a resilient workforce.

Read the final Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force recommendations here.

The members of the Task Force include:

  • Dr. Robert Murray, Economic Recovery Task Force Chair, and President and CEO at Grande Prairie Regional College
  • Dr. Paula Burns, President and CEO at Lethbridge College
  • Nancy Broadbent, President and CEO at Portage College
  • Dr. Peter Nunoda, President at Red Deer College
  • Elan MacDonald, Senior Vice-President at Global Public Affairs
  • Joseph Lougheed, Partner at Dentons Canada LLP
  • Lynette Tremblay, Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation at Edmonton Global
  • Justin Riemer, Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada
  • Joan Hertz, Board Chair at ATB Financial
  • Bill Werry, Executive Director at the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta, serves as an observer to the Task Force.
  • Peter Leclaire, Assistant Deputy Minister, Advanced Learning and Community Partnerships Division, Government of Alberta, serves as an observer to the Task Force.

Read more about the Task Force members here.

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AltaGas Advances Global Export Strategy with a Focus on Integration and Optimization

AltaGas Advances Global Export Strategy Through Increased Ownership in Petrogas; Transaction Expected to be Earnings, Cash Flow and Credit Accretive; Remains Committed to Providing Access to Premium Global LPG Markets and Reducing Asian Carbon Intensity

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 16, 2020  – AltaGas Ltd. (“AltaGas or the Company”) (TSX: ALA) announces that AltaGas Idemitsu Joint Venture Limited Partnership (“AIJV”) and SAM Holdings Ltd. (“SAM”) have entered a definitive agreement with respect to the put process surrounding Petrogas Energy Corp. (“Petrogas”), which was originally announced on January 2, 2020. Pursuant to the agreement, AltaGas is indirectly acquiring an additional 37% of Petrogas’ equity for total consideration of approximately $715 million. This consideration includes the acquisition of 4,751,733 shares of Petrogas and incorporates working capital normalization and certain other factors. Post-closing, AltaGas’ indirect ownership in Petrogas will increase to approximately 74% with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. (“Idemitsu”) owning the remaining approximate 26%. Upon closing AltaGas plans to fully consolidate Petrogas’ financial results, where previously the company only captured Petrogas’ historical performance through an equity pick up via AltaGas’ non-controlling interest and preferred dividends received.

AltaGas plans to initially fund the transaction with short-term debt from the Company’s approximate $4 billion of current estimated liquidity, and to later repay such draw through the strong free cash flow from the asset base and expected proceeds from non-core asset sales targeted over 2021. The transaction, based on initial financing, is expected to be accretive to AltaGas’ credit metrics on a run-rate basis, with any potential subsequent asset sales expected to further improve the Company’s credit metrics. The transaction is also anticipated to be immediately accretive to earnings and cash flow per share. Subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020 or first quarter of 2021.  The transaction is subject to clearance under the Competition Act (Canada) and the Canada Transportation Act.

CEO Message

“We are excited about the opportunity to increase our ownership interest in Petrogas. This acquisition is consistent with our global export strategy, growing Midstream operations, and corporate focus on building a diversified, low-risk, high-growth Utilities and Midstream business that is set to deliver resilient, durable and compounding value for our stakeholders. The transaction provides AltaGas with operational responsibility of strategic assets that, along with our Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (“RIPET”) and our existing Midstream assets, positions the company to capture efficiencies that will accrue to our shareholders and customers. The capital-intensity of the Petrogas asset base is very low with small annual maintenance capex requirements, and the platform should produce strong and recurring free cash flow over the coming years that will allow us to continue to de-leverage and fund our low-risk growth in our Utilities platform and continue optimization and grow our Midstream business” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and CEO.

“In addition to increasing our interest in the Ferndale Liquified Petroleum Gas (“LPG”) export terminal with additional propane export capacity, we are adding a butane option for our customers. The acquisition will also provide AltaGas with greater access to NGL supply and storage, including Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. It will expand our logistics capabilities with a significant complementary and contracted asset base in key regions across North America and add a large network of additional customer relationships, along with operational expertise across these regions. The continuous improvement of our logistical capabilities along with low capital investments in additional storage and rail improvements, will provide the opportunity for cost reductions that will accrue directly to the bottom line.

“The Ferndale LPG export terminal and wharf are located on the west coast in Washington State, which provides the same structural advantage related to reduced shipping days to Asian markets as RIPET, and has capacity to export in excess of 50,000 Bbls/d of combined butane and propane. Combined with AltaGas’ RIPET, our export capacity will increase to approximately 100,000 Bbls/d, with the ability to ultimately achieve in excess of 130,000 Bbls/d over the medium-term once RIPET is increased to nameplate capacity. This transaction will further position AltaGas as an industry-leader in exporting clean lower-carbon North American energy to Asia. More specifically, the combined current LPG export capacity of RIPET and Ferndale currently has the potential to reduce the equivalent of approximately 500,000 average Asian citizens’ total carbon footprints per year, when compared to burning more carbon-intensive fuels like thermal coal. As our LPG exports increase, so will our positive impact as a company that provides optionality to global markets for affordable and cleaner energy sources that are capable of reducing global carbon emissions.

“Consolidating Petrogas will better highlight the platform’s strong, steady and recurring free cash flow. On a run-rate basis, we anticipate that this transaction will be approximately 10% accretive to earnings per share, approximately 15% accretive to cash flow per share while improving our pro-forma run-rate leverage metrics, despite being entirely debt financed. Post-closing, we will embrace the best practices for the combined organization, along with our partner Idemitsu, and will be acutely focused on integrating Petrogas’ midstream infrastructure, logistics and service offerings within AltaGas. We estimate, in the short-term, there to be approximately $30 million of annual synergies within the combined platform, which we expect will deliver meaningful value for our stakeholders. In the longer term, the addition of the Petrogas assets will position AltaGas with the opportunity to make investments to facilitate the full utilization and capacity of our combined platform to export additional LPG cargoes to Asia.

“We’re excited to be increasing our investment in Petrogas and what we believe can be achieved through optimization opportunities. We’re also excited to be continuing our long-term partnership and working alongside Idemitsu, a partner we hold in the highest of regards. We look forward to leveraging the best practices of our company and Idemitsu, an organization that has been involved in the global energy sector for more than a century.” said Randy Crawford, AltaGas’ President and CEO.

Petrogas Message

“After operating Petrogas for nearly 35 years, I’m excited about what the future will bring for this company”, said Stan Owerko, Petrogas’ Founder, President & CEO.  “I have had the rare privilege of growing Petrogas into one of the largest privately held midstream and logistics companies in North America. It is a business that I’m proud to have assembled alongside the strong management team and experienced employees that are part of the company, including the approximately 300 employees that are part of the company today. However, it’s an appropriate time to have AltaGas and Idemitsu assume full ownership of the company. I intend to continue as a consultant over the next 12-18 months to ensure a seamless transition for the company, our employees and the communities where we operate. I look forward to being part of the ongoing transition.”

Financial Highlights

AltaGas’ consideration for SAM’s Petrogas equity is $715 million, which will be settled in cash at the time of closing and incorporates working capital normalization and other certain factors. There is also a small earnout over the next two years payable at a subsequent time, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.

Upon closing AltaGas plans to fully consolidate Petrogas’ financial results, where previously the Company only captured Petrogas’ historical performance through an equity pick up via AltaGas’ non-controlling interest and preferred dividends. Over the past three years (2017-2019), Petrogas’ average normalized annual EBITDA has been approximately $186 million, with 2019 being a strong year, which reflects the enhancements in safety and the efficiency of the Ferndale operation over the past couple years that should underpin durable increases in sustainable export capacity. This includes the acquisition of the wharf and other optimization initiatives. Over the trailing twelve months as of June 30, 2020 normalized EBITDA was approximately $218 million. Within these normalized figures, the positive impact of contract settlements or other factors have been backed out to not overinflate the trailing average for any one-time events that are unlikely to repeat in the future. These trailing financial figures compare to AltaGas recording average normalized three-year equity earnings and preferred share dividends of $34 million. Had AltaGas owned its new pro-forma 74% equity interest over 2017-2019, the Company’s higher ownership position would have generated approximately $152 million higher average three-year normalized annual EBITDA over this same period.

Assuming reasonable LPG exports from Ferndale in 2021, the current forward curves and other logical assumptions, coupled with Petrogas’ fixed fee-based contracts, Petrogas is expected to earn an estimated $185 million of normalized EBITDA in 2021, prior to operational synergies.  In addition, by optimizing the marketing contract portfolios and logistics, together with supply chain efficiencies and potential cost savings, AltaGas also estimates there to be an opportunity for approximately $30 million of annual synergies, which the Company will plan to take steps to substantially achieve in the first year and be fully realizing these on a run-rate basis at the end of 2021.

Assets and Operations

Petrogas is one of the largest privately held midstream and logistics companies in North America with operations dating back to 1986. The company operates a large scale fully integrated natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) and crude oil platform that provides sourcing, storage, marketing, and transportation services of NGLs and LPGs for customers throughout Canada, the U.S. and Asia and crude oil throughout Canada and the U.S.

Petrogas’ business is principally underpinned by four core divisions:

  1. LPG Exports & Distribution: Comprised of the Ferndale LPG export facility and engages in the purchase, sale, and distribution of NGLs and LPGs throughout North America and Asia.
  2. Domestic Terminals: Operates various North American storage terminals that support the LPG Exports and Distribution activities. The division also enters into long-term take or pay contracts for management, logistics and optimization services.
  3. Wellsite Fluids and Fuels: Operates two production facilities focused on the development and production of proprietary drilling fluids, jet fuel, furnace fuel and heating oil.
  4. Trucking and Liquids Handling: Provides internal and third-party trucking services in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Includes hauling LPGs, crude, drilling fluids and produced water.

The LPG Exports & Distribution and Domestic Terminals are Petrogas’ largest segments and represent greater than 90% of Petrogas’ trailing EBITDA.

The Ferndale terminal is an LPG export terminal located on the U.S. west coast near Ferndale, Washington, which is approximately 100 miles north of Seattle. Shipping times to Asia average approximately 11 days using Very Large Gas Carriers from the facility and, as such, the terminal has a similar structural shipping advantage as AltaGas’ RIPET facility compared to various LPG export terminals located on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Ferndale has refrigerated storage capacity, and is pipeline connected to the BP Cherry Point and Phillips 66 Ferndale refineries.  Similar to AltaGas’ RIPET export facility, LPG export volumes being shipped from Ferndale are delivered into various Asian markets and provide a cleaner, lower-carbon option for these key importing regions.

Petrogas’ Fort Saskatchewan Rail Loading and Truck Facility together with other storage facilities in Canada and the U.S., expands AltaGas’ NGL supply capture area and will enhance the Company’s NGL storage and logistics capabilities.  Upon closing, AltaGas will have access to a fleet of approximately 3,000 additional rail cars, five incremental rail and pipeline connected terminals, and approximately 6.2 million barrels of additional above ground and cavern storage, including Ferndale.  Fort Saskatchewan is pipeline connected to fractionation facilities and to above-ground and cavern multi-product storage facilities in Canada.  Petrogas’ Canadian storage facilities, which are located in Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Sarnia, ON and Strathcona, AB have a combined capacity of approximately 4.3 million barrels of on-site storage handling for crude, propane, butane and ethylene and are pipeline connected to refiners. Petrogas’ largest U.S. storage and terminal facility, located in Indiana, has two underground storage caverns for propane and butane. This facility is situated near several refineries and crude oil refined product tank farms, is pipeline connected to area refiners and chemical facilities, and has inbound and outbound truck and rail capabilities.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

AltaGas will hold a conference call today, October 16, at 7:00 a.m. MT (9:00 a.m. ET and 14:00 BST) to discuss the Company’s acquisition of its increased ownership in Petrogas.

Members of the investment community and other interested parties may dial 1-647-427-7450 or toll-free at 1-888-231-8191. Please note that the conference call will also be webcast. To listen, please go to http://www.altagas.ca/invest/events-and-presentations. The webcast will be archived for one year.

Shortly after the conclusion of the call, a replay will be available commencing at 10:00 a.m. MT (12:00 p.m. ET and 17:00 BST) on October 16, 2020 by dialing 403-451-9481 or toll-free 1-855-859-2056. The passcode is 5437008.

About AltaGas

AltaGas is a leading North American energy infrastructure company that connects NGLs and natural gas to domestic and global markets. The company operates a diversified, low-risk, high-growth Utilities and Midstream business that is focused on delivering resilient and durable value for its stakeholders.

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Chief Grandjamb – Business of Energy magazine

Chief Grandjamb talks about the benefits of energy in this month’s Business of Energy magazine.

https://bit.ly/2IDTO0R

Read More: https://fortmckay.com/news/chief-grandjamb-business-of-energy-magazine/

Tervita Announces Release of Inaugural Sustainability Report

CALGARY, AB, Oct. 15, 2020  – Tervita Corporation (“Tervita”, the “Company”) (TSX: TEV) announced today the release of its inaugural Sustainability Report focusing on key metrics and achievements from 2019, and laying the foundation for its sustainability strategy and commitments for the future.

“This report marks a milestone in our sustainability journey and commitment to increased transparency and accountability,” says John Cooper, President & CEO. “Our commitment to sustainability is embedded in what we do and how we operate. For over 40 years we have been providing environmental and waste management solutions for our customers; helping them meet their sustainability goals, while delivering on ours.

“I am excited to share our 2019 achievements and where we see opportunities to continue to improve and further integrate sustainability elements into our long-term business strategy. This will provide value for our shareholders, customers, employees and communities where we operate. For Tervita, sustainability goes beyond metrics and numbers. It aligns with our values and how we operate as a company; because it is the right thing to do.”

Key highlights of the 2019 report include:

  • Achieved Lost Time Injury Frequency of 0.00
  • Reduced fugitive emissions by 67% by implementing immediate corrective actions where possible
  • Returned 78% of water withdrawn to the watershed as part of our water management program
  • Implemented an Engaging Manager program to further develop and invest in our employees
  • Increased percent of women in leadership to 30%
  • Increased our year-over-year spending with Indigenous-owned businesses to $3.5 million
  • Contributed over $400,000 in donations and sponsorships in communities where we operate

A copy of the full report can be viewed on Tervita.com

About Tervita:

Tervita is one of the largest waste and environmentally focused service providers in Canada, providing a broad and integrated array of services and environmental management solutions for customers in the energy, industrial, and natural resource sectors, predominantly in Western Canada.

For over 40 years, Tervita has been focused on delivering safe and efficient solutions through all phases of a project while minimizing impact, maximizing returns™. Our dedicated and experienced employees are trusted sustainability partners to our clients. Safety is our top priority: it influences our actions and shapes our culture. Tervita trades on the TSX as TEV. For

more information visit www.tervita.com.

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More STEAM opportunities for students

More high school students will have a hands-on summer experience solving world problems with science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Alberta’s government is partnering with Shad Canada to create more opportunities for Grades 10 and 11 students to take part in a STEAM and entrepreneurship summer program. Through a four-year funding partnership, Shad Canada will expand recruiting to more high schools and provide bursaries to more female, Indigenous, and low-income students, as well as those who live in remote or rural areas.

“Today’s students are the future drivers of Alberta’s economy. The partnership with Shad Canada will empower more high school students from all walks of life to explore their passions and develop their potential. They will learn to build the mindset, skills and networks they need to be successful and make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

“This is a strong partnership that will help set our students up for success. Many of the hands-on experiences that Shad provides will give students the skills, knowledge and abilities they need in today’s rapidly changing world.”

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education

Shad Canada offers the STEAM and entrepreneurship program every July at 19 Canadian universities. During the month-long program, 1,000 high school students across the country participate in seminars, labs and hands-on learning.

“For 40 years, Shad has been at the forefront of experiential learning through our STEAM and entrepreneurship program. We are thrilled to partner with the Alberta government to ensure a diverse and inclusive cohort of students will have access to transformational Shad programming and an exceptional network of Alberta-based mentors working in STEAM fields.”

Tim Jackson, CEO, Shad Canada

Shad Canada will be contacting Alberta high schools this fall to set up recruiting sessions. Students may apply for the program during the winter, and successful participants will be selected in the spring. Schools and students can find out more about the program and application process at shad.ca.

Quick facts

  • Shad Canada will receive $125,000 per year for four years:
    • $75,000 per year will provide bursaries to students on a needs basis
    • $50,000 per year will expand recruiting to more Alberta high schools
  • Between the 2020-21 and 2023-24 school years, Shad Canada is committed to:
    • Partnering with 25 new Alberta high schools outside large urban centres.
    • Increasing Alberta applicants to receive at least 550 applications from high-achieving youth from diverse backgrounds.
    • Increasing the average number of Alberta participants by about 40 per cent.
    • Ensuring at least 55 per cent of participants are female.
    • Connecting all Alberta participants with the Shad Canada network of alumni and business and technology leaders who will provide lifelong mentorship.
  • More than 85 per cent of Shad alumni advance to post-secondary studies in science or engineering.
  • More than 90 per cent of alumni say the Shad program helped them think like an entrepreneur.
  • More than 18,000 Canadian students have completed the STEAM and entrepreneurship program since it began in 1981.

Related information

Media inquiries

Colin Aitchison
780-940-0952
Press Secretary, Education

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Voter help kiosks available this week in Sydney and Eskasoni

October 13, 2020

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality’s Returning Officer is addressing voter access challenges raised by Chief Leroy Denny by opening a voter help kiosk in Eskasoni.

A kiosk is an internet-connected computer that voters can use to cast their ballot using their voter’s letter and PIN. Telephone voting is also available. Those who do not have a letter will be required to sign an oath of qualification, which will be transmitted to the Returning Office and then the voter letter will be issued.

“Several factors were considered in my decision to open a voting kiosk in Eskasoni,” said Returning Officer Deborah Campbell Ryan. “Eskasoni is a remote community with a large number of residents who experience language barriers. There are approximately 2,380 residents of Eskasoni eligible to vote but more than 500 of the voter PIN letters were returned to our office by Canada Post as incomplete address.”

Campbell says she agreed with the unique concerns raised by Chief Leroy Denny and worked with the Band Council to open a voting kiosk to assist those who need help to vote.

A similar internet-connected voter kiosk has been open and available since October 7 in the lobby of City Hall at 320 Esplanade in Sydney. Mobile voter kiosks are also being deployed to all of the region’s nursing homes.

“My role as Returning Officer to is ensure equitable access to voting wherever possible,” said Campbell Ryan. “In this case, several factors posed challenges and barriers to voting for residents of Eskasoni.”

Voters are encouraged to vote from home using their PIN that they received in the mail. If a voter has not received a PIN they should call the voter helpline: 902-563-8009.

The kiosk at City Hall in Sydney, 320 Esplanade, is open weekdays until Friday, October 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Voters must call 902-563-8009 to make an appointment with a voter help agent before going to City Hall due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The help kiosk at the Elders Centre in Eskasoni, 19 Medicine Trail Road, will be open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. until Saturday, October 17.

Any eligible voter can access the Sydney or Eskasoni kiosks now, or Voter Help Centres on Election Day.

On Election Day, voting assistance will be available at three Voter Help Centres in CBRM from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Centre 200 – Main Concourse
481 George Street, Sydney

Miners Forum (former BayPlex) – Community Room
151 Lower North Street, Glace Bay

North Sydney Fireman’s Club
14 Pierce Street, North Sydney

No paper ballots are available at any location.

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Historic Expansion for Alberta Irrigation

Disponible en français

Alberta’s government, together with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and eight irrigation districts, is modernizing irrigation infrastructure to create jobs, expand agriculture production and diversify value-added food processing.

An $815-million investment will modernize irrigation district infrastructure and increase water storage capacity, creating up to 6,800 direct and indirect permanent jobs and up to 1,280 construction jobs.

“This historic investment in irrigation infrastructure will create thousands of jobs and support Alberta’s economic recovery, while strengthening our competitive advantage. Agriculture is the beating heart of Alberta’s economy and as global demand for agri-food products continues to grow, our producers and irrigation districts will be better positioned to meet that demand for generations to come.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“The Canada Infrastructure Bank is very pleased about the opportunity to invest $407 million in agricultural infrastructure to grow Alberta’s economy and create jobs. This project is the single largest irrigation expansion in Alberta’s history. Our investment is an example of the CIB’s $10 billion Growth Plan in action. We look forward to developing more projects with the Government of Alberta, to invest in its infrastructure and to strengthen and diversify the province’s economy.”

Michael Sabia, chair, Canada Infrastructure Bank

“Today’s irrigation investment announcement shows the immediate and tangible results delivered by the Canada Infrastructure Bank through its new three-year $10 billion Growth Plan to improve lives of Albertans and Canadians. This Thanksgiving, we can be thankful that further improvements to Alberta’s already diverse agri-food sector will boost food production while strengthening Canada’s food security and expanding export opportunities. Through its Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada is helping build sustainable modern public infrastructure, creating jobs, and making Canada more globally competitive.”

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“This visionary investment in agriculture is made possible thanks to the partnership between Alberta’s government, the CIB and irrigation districts. This expansion will see hundreds of kilometres of pipelines built, contribute about $436 million annually to Alberta’s GDP, and create over 8,000 jobs. The more than 200,000 acres of new irrigated farmland created from this expansion is roughly a third of P.E.I.’s total farmland. Alberta started out and always will be an agriculture powerhouse.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

“This is a major development for Alberta farmers. Through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, and with our provincial counterparts, this investment will leverage private sector partners to significantly increase the acreage of irrigated land in southern Alberta. For farmers of grains, pulses, and other crops, this will not only increase the yields of their crops, but also the long-term sustainability of their operations.”

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding amongst all parties and agreement in principle for the CIB to invest about $407.5 million in this project, to be paid back by the irrigation districts, represents an innovative approach to financing a unique asset class.

Projects focus on increasing water conveyance efficiency and allowing more acres to be irrigated with the same amount of water. Modernizing and building new irrigation infrastructure will:

  • increase irrigated acreage
  • increase primary crop production
  • improve water use efficiency
  • increase water storage capacity
  • enhance water security
  • provide flood protection to support long-term value-added processing activity

The Government of Alberta will contribute $244.5 million and the irrigation districts will contribute $163 million towards this important work.

“This is a historic day, for the Western Irrigation District and for irrigated agriculture. A generational investment is being made to ensure productivity and stability of Alberta farms long into the future. With this funding, we will expand irrigation, increase water efficiency and make the service we provide to our water users even more secure.”

Dan Shute, board chair, Western Irrigation District

As highlighted by Alberta’s Recovery Plan, Alberta has a hard-earned reputation for high-quality agricultural products and a growing capacity to help meet the global demand for food. An important part of our economy, the agri-food sector contributes $9.2 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) and employs about 77,000 Albertans.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.

Quick facts

  • Alberta has more than 1.7 million irrigated acres.
  • The irrigation industry generates about $2.4 billion in annual labour income and supports about 56,000 jobs.
  • Irrigation-related agricultural processing generates about $2 billion in total annual sales and accounts for about 18 per cent of total provincial food processing sales.
  • The irrigation industry contributes up to $3.6 billion annually to Alberta’s GDP, which represents about 20 per cent of the agri-food sector GDP on only 4.7 per cent of the province’s cultivated land base.
  • The eight irrigation districts participating in the investment include: Bow River Irrigation District, Eastern Irrigation District, Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, Raymond Irrigation District, St. Mary River Irrigation District, Taber Irrigation District, United Irrigation District and Western Irrigation District.
  • The CIB is mandated to invest $35 billion in federal funding and attract private sector investment into new revenue-generating infrastructure projects. This is the first project announced under the CIB’s recently announced $10 billion Growth Plan.
  • The CIB recognizes the importance of the duty to consult, and where appropriate, accommodate any potential impacts of the project on Indigenous rights. The parties have included provisions to ensure if a duty to consult and/or accommodate arise, they will be adequately discharged. The CIB is committed to working with federal, provincial and territorial governments and Indigenous communities to ensure the honour of the Crown is upheld on all projects where the CIB contemplates any investment.
  • This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan. This spending includes:
    • $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
    • $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
    • $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
    • $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects, $500 million in municipal infrastructure
    • $1.5 billion for Keystone XL

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