2018 Report to The Community

The Voice of Industry in Our Region

The Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) has been the voice of industry in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region for the past 17 years. In that time, NCIA has formed deep connections with our community, neighbouring businesses and stakeholders from outside our region. And it’s not just connections with people. Our connection to the environment guides the work we do to ensure industry follows a science-based approach in protecting the air, land and water in the region.

Building Value

Formed in 2001 as the successor to the Fort Saskatchewan Regional Industrial Association which took shape 20 years earlier, NCIA has continued to pull experts together to continually look for new and exciting ways to solve problems and create opportunities for the region.

For nearly four decades, people in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland have been coming together to fuel progress. Whether it is exploring untapped potential, mutual solutions or innovative opportunities for leadership, our 22 member companies understand the value and importance of working collaboratively both now and into the future.


Shared Commitment

The Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) is a not-for-profit cooperative representing industry in the city of Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona, Sturgeon and Lamont counties. We work with our 22 member companies, government and local residents to promote sustainable industrial growth and community wellbeing in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland through environmental, socio-economic and public safety initiatives.


Timely Investments

Every year, NCIA contributes approximately 10,000 person hours towards shared work with the Government of Alberta on environmental policy matters relating to the Edmonton Metropolitan area. While this work generates over $1,000,000 worth of knowledge and advocacy value to member companies each year, there are many other positive benefits that simply can’t be measured.

By coming together we are able to improve coordination, create efficiencies, and broaden perspective on crucial issues. These joint efforts not only help to reveal new opportunities for success, they ensure enhanced results for everyone in the longer-term.

Transformational Partnerships

Over the years, NCIA members have made a concerted effort to:

  • invest in local libraries, educational institutions and learning programs;
  • facilitate groundbreaking research projects;
  • assist with the purchase of school and leisure equipment;
  • sponsor high school and post-secondary scholarships;
  • contribute to great community events; and
  • much, much more!

Our members, through contributions of both time and donations, are having a profound impact in the community.

Waste into Worth Challenge

In 2018, North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) hosted an innovative community challenge. The NCIA member started producing diesel from Canada’s newest refinery in late 2017. Throughout construction of the Sturgeon Refinery, a massive onsite recycling effort generated significant refunds – over half a million dollars to be exact. Those funds went directly to community investment projects in the region like playgrounds, library upgrades, seniors transportation, 4-H programming, fire safety gear, outdoor education equipment, and much more. 

“It’s incredible to think that ten-cent beverage container and scrap metal refunds can add up to over half a million dollars of investment in the region we call home,” shares Vanessa Goodman, Manager of External Relations for NWR. “In an effort to celebrate this, we invited local organizations to join us in reducing waste in our communities.”

Through the Waste into Worth Challenge, community groups were able to submit their ideas for turning waste into something of value. NWR selected ten winners based on creativity, impact to the community, and the value generated from waste. A total of $10,000 in funding was split between the ten award recipients, with the grand prize of $3,000 awarded to the top ranked project.


This project uses wasted outdoor space for a self-sustaining chicken coop. Scrap food from student lunches will feed the laying hens, who in turn provide eggs for the Morinville Public School’s food and nutrition program.


Redwater School plans to compost lunch scraps and other organic materials to enrich the soil in their school’s vegetable garden.


  • Frankenstein Project
  • Meaningful Making

Two local schools – Landing Trail and Lilian Schick – plan to gather electronic waste and use it for valuable hands on learning in their science, technology, and engineering education.


  • Raised Garden Boxes – enhanced space for mobility challenged at Morinville Community Gardens
  • Big Belly Compost Bins – receptacles for waste and organics at Cardiff Park
  • Endless Opportunities Outdoor Spaces – enhanced outdoor space and play at Landing Trail School
  • Food For Thought – food prep and composting program at the Sturgeon Learning Centre
  • Grow Your Own – food production with an aeroponic food tower at Redwater School’s Wellness Hub
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – 3 in one bins for separating waste at Redwater School

“We’re proud of all the community projects that will do their part in turning waste into valuable worth and we are looking forward to creating worth ourselves on a pretty grand scale once the Sturgeon Refinery is fully operational,” explains Goodman. “While bitumen can’t be used for much as is, it can be transformed into much higher-value diesel that helps get our kids to school, our food to grocery stores, our roads plowed and our fire trucks on scene.”

Dow Remains Focused on Community Engagement

In 2018, Dow employees volunteered more than 5,000 hours in local communities where the company operates in Alberta.

“Engaging our employees for community impact has always been important to Dow,” said Jess MacDonald, Site Public Affairs Manager for Dow Canada.

“We’re fortunate to operate in a place as community-minded as Fort Saskatchewan and we want to help create a sustainable community.”

This year, Dow is partnering with Families First to hire Alana Seymour as a Corporate Volunteer Manager. Seymour will spend time working at the Dow site in Fort Saskatchewan and working at Families First. In this position, Seymour’s main focus will be to ensure that Dow employees are out in the community helping to support its partnerships such as Habitat for Humanity and FIRST Robotics.

“It was really important that our volunteer manager have a strong presence in the community, so that’s why we thought it was a good idea to partner with Families First, since they are such an important partner to us,” said MacDonald. “As a global company, one of our 2025 sustainability goals is to engage for impact, so that our Dow people can apply their passion and expertise to advance the well-being of people and the planet. Our volunteer manager will help enable this global goal.”

Some of the organizations where Dow employees volunteered in 2018 were at the Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society, at Habitat for Humanity builds, at a shoreline cleanup along the North Saskatchewan River and in local schools helping students learn robotics and programming. In total, Dow employees volunteered with more than 40 local organizations.

Building Healthy Communities

Pembina believes a healthy community is everyone’s responsibility and wants the community to be better because Pembina is a part of it. This is at the heart of Pembina’s drive to make a positive contribution to our community and find ways to make a long-term difference.

A leading transportation and midstream company, Pembina understands its success depends on the success of the community and strives to make a difference wherever it does business. By participating in local initiatives that support and enhance the community and making local community investments, Pembina supports the community, and its businesses as well. It’s a win-win for us all.

Participating locally gives Pembina the opportunity to build strong relationships and by partnering with community leaders, Pembina identified these ways to make a difference. 


Every December, the Sherritt Fort Saskatchewan Metals Division (Sherritt) supports the local Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society and their employees assist in collecting food, toys and monetary donations for those in need. One tradition includes their annual ugly holiday sweater challenge where for every “ugly” holiday sweater worn to work, the senior leadership team personally donates money to support this charity. In 2018, Sherritt and their employees proudly donated over $3,000 and a few truckloads of food and toys.

Sherritt also supports other charities throughout the year. For example, in 2018 Sherritt became the official sponsor of the Young Scientist Conference which is held annually in May. The Young Scientist conference promotes and encourages local students from the Elk Island Public School district to be further engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related subjects. The Elk Island Public School district includes students from Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

Some of the other local charities Sherritt supported in 2018 include (but is not limited to): Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank, the Fort Saskatchewan Music Festival, and the annual United Way campaign.

Great Connections

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

Common Ground

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.”

We're In This Together

With so many industry-leading companies calling the region home, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland offers unmatched industrial synergy, partnership opportunities and potential.

NCIA recognizes 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.