Message from the Executive Director

September came and gone and it’s hard to believe we’re at the end of October already!

As always, our work here at NCIA never pauses. We continue to work with numerous Government of Alberta departments:

  • We continue our work with the Department of Municipal Affairs on the MGA review as part of the Business and Industry Focus Group,
  • We are working with the Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) on streamlining the approvals process. This work, initiated by the Government of Alberta has just begun,
  • We are working to provide feedback to the Air Policy branch of ESRD on the proposed revisions to the Air Monitoring Directive, and
  • Our spring 2014 Regional Groundwater Report will be released shortly.

Most recently, we presented air quality and noise management information along with industrial project updates at the Heartland Community Information Evening on October 27 in Gibbons. Nearly 250 residents, businesses, local government and industry representatives attended the bi-annual event hosted by Life in the Heartland. An outcome from this community evening was an article in the Edmonton Journal about our Regional Noise Management Plan.

All in all, a productive couple of months as we welcome the Fall season.



NEWS RELEASE: NCIA members team up to reduce waste

October 21, 2014 – Waste Reduction Week is fast approaching and the Northeast Capital Industrial Association is eager to share how its members are reducing, reusing and recycling in Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region.

“Every year during the third week of October, communities across the country are encouraged to consider their actions and to adopt more environmentally conscious choices,” explains NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson. “Since our inception in 2001, NCIA has demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainable growth and stewardship in the Heartland. We are extremely proud of our progress and looking forward to building on this success in the future.”

While NCIA’s 25 member companies are guided by individual environmental policies within their facilities, many members have also taken the added step to identify shared priorities and to capitalize on opportunities for industrial synergy.

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We invest in people

People Power – it’s one of the Northeast Capital Industrial Association’s greatest strengths.  The not-for-profit cooperative, who represents 26 member companies in Strathcona, Lamont and Sturgeon Counties and the City of Fort Saskatchewan, has a proven track record of building capacity in local communities through job creation, research funding, charitable donations and work apprenticeship programs.

“Our members directly employ approximately 6000 full time workers in the area and many other contract workers throughout the year,” says NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson.  “These industry specialists, support team members, administration and operations managers are all integral to our unique community’s success.”

As the country’s largest hydrocarbon processing region, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is teaming with opportunity. And with unmatched access to the third largest crude oil deposit in the world, it is anticipated the revenue and knowledge capital in the unique region will continue to grow.

“NCIA members have contributed upwards of $25 billion into the region in the last few decades and in the next 10-25 years we anticipate this figure will grow by $18-24 billion,” notes Dr. Danielson. “We are continuing to invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure and processes that help us to find efficiencies in our work and better our environmental performance.”  

Last month, people around the world took the opportunity to celebrate “Learn at Work Week”.  The annual event, which takes place during the third week of September, recognizes the value of workplace learning and development.  For NCIA members, it provided an opportunity to reflect on the many commitments to research and education, leading edge discoveries and novel technology that have been of benefit to the community.

“We are extremely proud of the effort our members make to go that extra mile,” says Dr. Danielson “Through generous financial contributions and donations of their time, these companies are enhancing the region and inspiring the next generation of industry experts.”  

Be it ground breaking research projects with the University of Alberta, funding for local libraries and school equipment or scholarships to high schools and postsecondary institutions, NCIA members are having an impact.

Here’s a snapshot of a few great contributions this year:

  • Agrium donated more than $136 K to local libraries, educational institutions and learning programs as well as research funding in excess of $80K towards specific reclamation projects in the Heartland.  The company also invested in various traineeship programs and postsecondary partnerships.
  • Dow Chemical has fostered an ongoing partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).  Earlier this month Dow generously donated $1,050,000 to NAIT in support of their new Science and Technology Centre, the naming of the Dow Canada Theatre and the Power Engineering Program.
  • Sherritt International has given a five-year commitment to sponsoring the Fireplace Leisure Reading Zone at the Fort Saskatchewan Library.  The company also contributes to the city’s Music Festival and Sherritt personnel provide leadership to Research & Design programs at the University of Alberta as well as guest lecturing for the Chemical Engineering program.

“For us it’s about continuous improvement in all facets of our organizations,” notes Dr. Danielson. “As industry leaders, we have a responsibility to strive for excellence in everything we do.”

Established in 2001, NCIA has been working together with industrial organizations, neighbours, government representatives and industry stakeholders to support and advance sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in the region.  NCIA is proud to be the voice of industry in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Heartland 101: Salt Cavern Storage

Underground salt formations are used as a safe and cost effective method for hydrocarbon storage across North America. In Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, the Lotsberg Formation provides millions of barrels of storage for industry operating in the region.

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