With our economy still so closely linked to the price of crude, the province is trying to get the best bang for its buck.
A committee has been put together to explore ways to create jobs and a more stable revenue source.
Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says building refineries and upgraders will be part of what they’ll look at.
“I would think they’ll start there. I don’t want to say that’s absolute, but the royalty panel did recommend oil and gas, so let’s see what we can do with our rich resources that we do have.”
The group is made up of people from the energy industry, building trades, engineering, and First Nations business:
- Co-chair Jeanette Patell, government affairs and policy leader, GE Canada
- Co-chair Gil McGowan, president, Alberta Federation of Labour
- Carol Moen – registrar, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
- Warren Fraleigh – executive director, Building Trades of Alberta
- Leo de Bever – chair, Oak Point Energy
- Marie C. Robidoux – principal consultant for Aboriginal Relations and Business Development, EGCL
- Rocky Sinclair – CEO, Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous says the goal is to find stable ways of keeping our economy afloat.
“While we don’t control the price of oil, we do control how we respond. By working together, I know we can maximize our efforts to develop well-thought out solutions that will lift up our economy and put people back to work.”
The committee will consult with stakeholders and the public, and then bring back recommendations to the province in the fall of 2017. (kdr)