Since our inception, we’ve done our best to build partnerships, establish new ties, and be actively involved in networks.
NCIA is proud to have strong positive partnerships with:
- Alberta Energy
- Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
- Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP)
- Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA)
- Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC),
- Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA)
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
- Canadian Fuels Association
- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC)
- Strathcona Industrial Association (SIA)
NCIA and our members are honoured to be represented on the following important initiatives:
- AEP Air Oversight Committee
- AEP Water Management Framework Advisory Committee
- Canadian Fuels Association national environment committee
- CIAC Environment Committee and Chemistry Day
- Executive Advisory Committee on Centralized Industrial Assessments with Municipal Affairs
- Fort Air Partnership (FAP) Board of Directors
- Life In The Heartland
- North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) Board of Directors
- Regional Groundwater Management Committee with AEP
- Regional meetings hosted by municipalities and/or the Government of Alberta
- Regional Noise Management Plan Steering Committee with AER
In business, location is still everything; and Alberta’s industrial Heartland is packed with opportunity. Home to small, medium and large industrial leaders, the 584 square kilometre area is much more than Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region; it’s an incubator for success.
“This truly is an region like no other,” explains NCIA Executive Director Dr. Laurie Danielson. “Not only does it nurture collaborative partnerships, it sparks innovative ideas and pushes companies to explore creative operational solutions.”
While NCIA member companies share a commitment to environmental, socio-economic, and public safety programs, the relationships have continually evolved to reveal natural business synergy. “Increasingly we are seeing opportunities for shared success,” says Danielson. “In some cases it is waste streams from day-to-day operations that are finding a new, more productive path, and in others it’s about making clever infrastructure choices so multiple parties can benefit.”
Recognizing the region’s potential, Sherritt’s Metals Refinery was the first facility to break ground in Fort Saskatchewan six decades ago. Stretching over approximately 200 hectares, the site of that original facility is now occupied by Sherritt’s integrated metals-chemicals-fertilizer production facilities; Nutrien’s 1300 t/d ammonia plant and 1200 t/d urea plant; Oerlikon Metco’s advanced materials production facility; and Umicore’s fine cobalt powder production facility.
“Although now owned by four separate public companies based in Ontario, Alberta, Switzerland, and Belgium, these facilities have a shared heritage that has led to collaborative site management,” explains Danielson.
The neighbouring companies share a common water intake and wastewater treatment system, and three of the facilities share other utilities and site management systems, including joint security and emergency response. “The ability to understand each other’s needs and collaborate on many issues has been key,” he says. “And this isn’t a unique situation. There are plenty of examples among our 22 member companies where productive partnerships are making a huge difference.”
The Heartland bus tour has officially become a spring tradition. On June 11, Alberta Environment and Parks and Alberta Energy Regulator members joined the NCIA crew on a day trip to the Pembina/Inter Pipeline site and Sherritt International’s facilities.
The event drew more participants than ever, requiring organizers to arrange for a larger bus to accommodate everyone. As always, it was an informative excursion that helped provide people with a good understanding of how industry manages day-to-day activities and environmental matters. Maybe next year we will need a convoy!
It’s been a little more than five years since NCIA completed its Regional Noise Management Plan. This impressive feat really put the Heartland on the map as it was a first-of-its-kind initiative in North America and set the bar for industry best practices in Canada and beyond. This plan sets out expectations for NCIA members to follow with respect to noise generating equipment on their sites. The Regional Noise Model, developed under the plan, is a tool used by the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Alberta Utilities Commission when evaluating new projects in the region from a noise perspective.
NCIA has continued to take this leadership responsibility quite seriously. This past year, much time and effort was spent updating the Regional Noise Model. This is an important task to ensure that the model evolves to reflect changing industrial practices, any changes to member sites that could affect noise off of the sites, and to incorporate any new facilities in the region into the model.
With more than 40 industry-leading companies calling the region home, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland offers unmatched industrial synergy, partnership opportunities and potential.
NCIA and its 22 member companies recognize that we are most effective when we harness our energy to achieve the shared impact we all desire. Working together, we are ensuring sustainable development, environmental stewardship and the ongoing health, safety and prosperity of our community.