Edmonton is the closest major centre to Alberta's oil sands, making it a strategic base for many industries that support the oil and gas sector, such as manufacturing, construction, and engineering.
Much of the engineering, construction, fabrication, and research expertise and capacity is focused here. The energy industry in our city encompasses: servicing upstream activity, including emerging cleantech industries; major downstream processing hubs; refineries, industrial parks, and module yards; and research organizations, education, and training programs.
Energy drives Alberta’s economy – and its feedstocks drive a competitive petrochemical and biochemical processing industry. Here you can find Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region and home to two of Alberta’s four refineries. As the closest major urban supply centre to Alberta’s oil sands, our city is one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, and oil and gas investment.
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You'll hear about infrastructure, low costs, safety & security, & the amazing outdoors. All true. But to me it is the availability of talented people here with a Get Sh*t Done mentality that matters.
Edmonton has some of the most adept and experienced energy industry workers in the entire world. With a hardworking ethic ingrained in our culture, finding the necessary labour and skilled trades workers is no obstacle to success here; per capita our region has the second-most trades people and the most engineers than any other urban area in Canada. Our energy professionals are well-respected around the world and ready to work.
Industry representatives note that Edmonton’s trade and management preparation for energy sector is top in class for Canada. Being such an important and embedded industry in our city and region, a strong and interconnected relationship exists between companies, academia and applied researchers.
Principle players in this environment include the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada’s largest polytechnic and apprenticeship training school, and the University of Alberta, a top-100 world ranked university with a renowned Faculty of Engineering and several research chairs and specialty programs dedicated to the energy industry.
The oil and gas industry is constantly evolving and innovating. The University of Alberta, located in Edmonton, is a main source for world-leading technical innovation in areas such as emission reduction, water treatment, land reclamation, and new extraction techniques. Many advancements that are now industry standard the world over originated from right here in our region.
Edmonton is a stellar place to do business, filled with people who have a cherished combination of brains, attitude, and abundant thinking.