Alberta Competitiveness Council – Moving Alberta Forward
MESSAGE FROM THE CO-CHAIRS
A competitive Alberta promotes and enables uture growth and prosperity in the province or current anduture generations. Improving Alberta’s competitiveness is a shared responsibility between governmentand private business and industry.In 2010, the Alberta government created the Alberta Competitiveness Council to look at ways to improve Alberta’s ability to compete in a global economy. A more competitive economy benets all Albertans bycreating more sustainable and stable economic growth that improves living standards and quality o lie.The Alberta Competitiveness Council consists o government and industry leaders. Together, we identiedactions needed to increase Alberta’s competitiveness in general, as well as in our specic sectors:
Agriculture – Grains and Oil Seeds;
Financial Services; and
The Council’s work included developing a ramework or measuring competitiveness to compare Alberta’sperormance with that o other jurisdictions. This benchmarking study ound that Alberta has a soundoundation or competitiveness – specically, living standards, economic well-being, and taxes and scalpolicy. In some areas, however, Alberta has room or improvement, primarily in relation to investments inresearch and development, productivity growth and innovation.Focusing on the ndings rom the benchmarking study and based on consultations with industry, the Councildetermined the priority actions to improve Alberta’s competitiveness. The recommendations are practical –and through collaborative partnerships, they will be implemented with meaningul results.The work o the Council has never been about implementing a single major initiative nor has the Council’swork been about major spending commitments. It is about moving in the right direction and taking concretesteps to improve competitiveness and doing so without delay. Most importantly, it is about collectivelyresponding to challenges and keeping our province on track or a prosperous uture.We would like to thank the many individuals who shared their knowledge and provided their support as weprepared this action plan. We commend the collaborative approach used to arrive at this plan. By workingtogether as equal partners, recognizing that actions must occur in both the public and private spheres,we will make a dierence.
Chair, Alberta EconomicDevelopment Authority