Message from the Executive Director

Like many Heartland residents, NCIA is excited to fall back into a productive routine after a great summer.

In late July, we were pleased to meet briefly with all the regional MLAs and both the Energy Minister and the Advanced Education and Innovation Minister as they toured our region.  This face to face provided a great opportunity to introduce NCIA, share our progress and set the stage for further discussions in the future.

August was steady as well with our ongoing engagement with the Municipal Government Act Review process. Of course we are looking forward to continuing this momentum and will continue to convey information as it becomes available.

Cheers,

Laurie

The ABCs of NCIA

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We have been an association for more than 3 decades and have spent a lot of time working with the government of Alberta and the municipalities that we operate in on a wide range of policy matters that are important to this region.
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All new facilities or expansions of existing NCIA member facilities are built with the Best Available Technology.
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The Northeast Capital Industrial Association represents 25 member companies in the region.
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Our membership is diverse with oil and gas upgrading and refining, natural gas liquids processing, metals refining, fertilizer, chemicals, petrochemicals, pipelines, power generation, and industrial services (specialty gases etc.).
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Most of the products produced in this region are exported and so are important to the province, the country and the global marketplace.
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NCIA members are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.
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We are a large consumer in the region, purchasing over $1.5 billion in goods and services annually.
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NCIA works with other associations, government organizations, and community groups, at the provincial, regional and local levels to address health, safety, environmental, infrastructure and community issues.
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All of our NCIA member facilities make major investments in technology, skilled labour and capital assets.
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We are a large employer collectively providing job opportunities to 6,700 full time skilled technicians, professionals and full time contractors with an annual payroll of over $670 million, generating provincial tax revenues from personal taxes, of more than $67 million annually.
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NCIA is bringing together knowledge and expertise for a profound positive impact.
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We are contributing to responsible land management with Sulphur Management, Wetlands policies and much more.
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NCIA is fostering meaningful connections and long-term partnerships.
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We are a not-for-profit cooperative representing industry operating in Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont County.
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We are an organization committed to partnering and working with a diverse group of regional stakeholders to support important initiatives and to monitor and manage our environment.
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As a collective, we work with regulators to establish policies and management plans on a regional scale that demonstrate our commitment to responsible practices and sustainable development.
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Together, we are building strong communities that sustain our quality of life.
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Our key focus is Regional Effects Management, and by that we mean anything that we do that has an impact on the region – Air, Water, Land, Noise etc.
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We are harnessing our collective business knowledge to support a sustainable and vibrant region.
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Our members contribute significantly to municipal, provincial and federal revenues through corporate taxes.
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NCIA seeks to ensure that the community understands, appreciates and welcomes the benefits and contributions provided by industry located in the region to community members.
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NCIA is the Voice of Industry in the Heartland.
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Our members are very engaged in our local communities and support worthy causesCollectively, we donated $22 million in 2014 through United Way, libraries, educational institutions, research projects, schools and scholarships.
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NCIA championed the development of a Regional Noise Management Plan to help industry meet and exceed regulatory requirements.
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NCIA was formed 14 years ago as a successor to the Fort Saskatchewan Regional Industrial Association.
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NCIA is zeroing in on sustainable solutions for Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Heartland 101: Heartland Survey Results Reveal Trends

More residents in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland are following industrial development activities now than four years ago. According to a recent survey conducted by Life in the Heartland, 72% of respondents follow industrial activities very or somewhat closely compared to 68% in 2011.

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Heartland 101 is a monthly print and on-air (Mix 107.9 FM) series brought to you by Life in the Heartland, a partnership of five local organizations improving access to information, resources, and contacts for communities in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Heartland 101: Break It Down – Fractionation in Action

Consider milk. While whole milk is useful, it provides maximum value when separated into its components. Further processing then produces fluid milk, butter, ice cream, cheese and more.

The process of breaking down or separating to increase value is used every day in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Fractionation – or separating a mixture into different portions – is a common way to add value to natural gas resources.

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Heartland 101 is a monthly print and on-air (Mix 107.9 FM) series brought to you by Life in the Heartland, a partnership of five local organizations improving access to information, resources, and contacts for communities in and around Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

Share Your Thoughts with Alberta’s Climate Change Panel

Over the summer, the Alberta government announced that the climate change advisory panel would be hosting public open houses September 1st in Calgary and September 2nd in Edmonton. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) took the opportunity to participate fully in Alberta’s climate change panel process and is encouraging others to speak up.

Please feel free to use the attached “toolkit” materials in your employee communications along with the following:

Is raising the costs and rules for climate change again the best way for the Alberta government to reduce emissions and keep the oil and gas industry operating and growing in a way that protects and grows jobs, investment and public revenues?

If you think there is a better balance, speak up and be heard:

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