Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investment. It is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. The region’s 40+ companies, several being world scale, provide fuels, fertilizers, power, petrochemicals and more to provincial and global consumers.
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is guided by a non profit association of municipalities dedicated to sustainable eco-industrial development. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) was created in 1998 by the municipalities who each had land within the geographic area of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.
A leading principal of AIHA is promoting responsible development within the region. This includes ensuring the region is ready for development in its infrastructure, services, and land use zoning principles. AIHA recognizes that activities in the area can have a major impact on neighboring communities and affect their service delivery as well. Together, the municipalities take a proactive and cooperative approach to planning and industrial development. Learn more about our recent activities in our Report to Community: 2015 in Review.
The five municipal partners have land within the geographic boundaries of the Heartland and each have one vote within the Association:
Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Lamont County
Mayor Gale Katchur, Fort Saskatchewan
Mayor Tom Flynn, Sturgeon County
Mayor Roxanne Carr, Strathcona County
Councillor Ed Gibbons, Edmonton
Associate Membership was added in 2011. Associate Members are municipalities invited to participate on committees, task forces, and attend Board meetings. While Associate Members do not have voting rights, their views contribute to the actions taken by the Association.
The three Associate Members include:
Board of Directors
As a not-for-profit association, AIHA is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of one representative of each of the five municipal partners. The Board of Directors provides general direction and strategic priorities for AIHA Executive Director (Neil Shelly) and staff members. Ensuring responsible, productive, and environmentally sound development, the Board and AIHA staff work closely with numerous stakeholders, including government, private industry, and area residents.
|Chair||Councillor Ed Gibbons||City of Edmonton|
|Vice Chair||Mayor Gale Katchur||City of Fort Saskatchewan|
|Director||Reeve Wayne Woldanski||Lamont County|
|Director||Mayor Roxanne Carr||Strathcona County|
|Director||Mayor Tom Flynn||Sturgeon County|
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association strives to:
provide a single approach to promote and facilitate industrial development
proactively and efficiently collaborate on facilitating services and infrastructure
plan for the area’s use while maximizing attractiveness and efficient industrial development
minimize conflicts on land use and the environment, and coordinate environmental quality and sustainability standards
promote open communication and harmony of participating municipalities and interested parties, and provide opportunities for industrial and non-industrial landowners to take part in planning and development
promote and support a coordinated approach to achieving and maintaining appropriate standards of emergency preparedness, public safety, and health