The right connections make a world of difference

Enterprise Edmonton

Building an international network for Edmonton businesses.

The Enterprise Edmonton team works to create significant economic impact by supporting wealth creation and growth, building Edmonton’s business profile, assisting local businesses in exporting to new markets and positioning Edmonton as a great place to invest.

In accomplishing this mandate, Enterprise Edmonton provides companies with high-impact services and programs to help them succeed, whether they are seeking to move to or invest in our city, or looking to grow their markets beyond the region into the global marketplace.

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Launch of the Trade Accelerator Program in Edmonton

In 2018, Enterprise Edmonton, in coordination with Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), and in collaboration with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and World Trade Centre Edmonton, launched the first cohorts of TAP – Edmonton. Originating in Toronto, TAP is a nationwide program that assists local companies as they grow their business through expansion and export. Our team ran two separate cohorts, each with multiple workshops and sessions over six weeks. This brought together entrepreneurs with trade experts and mentorship partners who provided them with essential knowledge, resources and coaching necessary for them to succeed globally.

Muttart Conservatory botanical garden

Collaboration with Edmonton Global

In its work on behalf of Edmonton Global, Enterprise Edmonton maintained the strength of its existing collaborative and regional approach to investment attraction and regional promotion. This regional mindset extended to trade-related activities with the intent to grow companies and lift the economy of the broader Edmonton region.

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Media and diplomatic inbound missions

The EEDC team’s work for Edmonton Global included hosting international media and diplomatic visits from the Netherlands, France, Japan, China, Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic, EU, UK, Singapore and South Korea.

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Edmonton Northern Partnership

As part of the Edmonton Northern Partnership (ENP), research was done on the three areas of focus – remote health, R3 (restoration, reclamation, remediation) and food security. We also collaborated on Opportunities North (Yukon) and in the creation of the new ENP website.

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Global Petroleum Show

Edmonton Global accepted a site within the Alberta pavilion at the 2018 Global Petroleum Show in June. An invitation was extended to member economic development organizations of the Greater Edmonton Economic Development Team to activate their planned participation within the Edmonton Global space. The Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association (LNEDA) participated with Edmonton Global support.

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Smart Airports and Regions Conference

July ended with the Smart Airports and Regions Conference, a collaboration between EEDC, LNEDA and the Edmonton International Airport (EIA). This conference attracted more than 400 airport representatives from around the world to come to Edmonton and experience these communities’ offerings. It was successful in building awareness and generating potential investment partnerships with the region’s high technology companies.

Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Successful sector-focused trade and investment missions

Hong Kong and Macau beauty mission

The Enterprise Edmonton team travelled with three Edmonton-region green beauty companies to Hong Kong and Macau to assist in their export efforts. A pop-up with key influencers successfully resulted in sales to Asia.

Japan craft distillers’ mission

The team travelled to Japan with three Edmonton-region distillery companies to assist in their export efforts. Meetings with key influencers successfully resulted in sales to Asia.

San Francisco AI and tech mission

In May, Air Canada’s SFO-YEG launch event involved more than 100 Edmonton-region attendees with multiple members of the Edmonton Global board actively participating.

Asia AI foreign direct investment mission

Edmonton Global and Enterprise Edmonton participated in Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous’s mission to multiple locations throughout China and South Asia. The minister was accompanied on this Team Alberta mission by significant representation from the Edmonton region, including from EIA, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, the University of Alberta, Enterprise Edmonton and the Edmonton Global board of directors.

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INVENTURE$

We activated at INVENTURE$ in Calgary, which brings venture capitalists, angel investors, startups, entrepreneurs, service providers and thought leaders together in one unified conference to discover and share the latest in innovation, research, capital access and experiential learning.

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Medica Germany and Netherlands foreign direct investment mission

The team attended Medica (the largest medical device show in the world) in Dusseldorf, Germany. Enterprise Edmonton, representing Edmonton Global, partnered with Health City and Alberta Economic Development and Trade for the mission. The team developed valuable partnerships to assist with future trade and investment missions to Europe.

$57M

economic impact in 2018

$20.8M

in foreign direct investment

$53.7M

value of growth, expansion and trade

186

number of jobs created

21

number of local companies that participated in two TAP - Edmonton Cohorts

20

outbound missions executed

35

inbound missions executed

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It was a pleasure working with EEDC and their Enterprise Edmonton team. As a new company, the support and mentorship that was provided through various programs was critical to pushing our team outside our comfort zones and challenging us to do more.
Keenan Pascal
CEO, Token Naturals