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02 July 2009

Farris’ Senior Advisor, David Emerson, P.C. to Chair Expert Panel

PREMIER’S COUNCIL ASKED TO ‘THINK BIG’ ABOUT ALBERTA’S FUTURE.  DAVID EMERSON TO CHAIR EXPERT PANEL ON HARNESSING THE PROVINCE’S POTENTIAL

Edmonton… The 12 members of the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy will consider long-term goals for Alberta and provide advice on actions the Alberta government can take to best position the province for the future. The council will be chaired by noted business executive and experienced cabinet minister, the Honourable David Emerson, P.C.

“We’ve put together an impressive range of experts from around the globe to advise on how we can best position Alberta for the future - and reach our full potential as a province,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “I want them to think big and provide an external perspective on our efforts to boost innovation, diversify the economy, enhance our quality of life, and sustain prosperity over the long-term.”

Council members are Elyse Allan, Professor Sir John Bell, Robert (Bob) Brawn, David Dodge, Juan Enriquez, James K. Gray, Clive Mather, Honourable Anne McLellan, Courtney Pratt, Dr. Lorne Taylor and Professor Jennifer Welsh.

The council will meet with government, experts, Albertans and others beyond Alberta to develop ideas to ensure Alberta’s continued prosperity and quality of life over the next three decades. The council will be an ‘ideas incubator’ that will consider the unique challenges and opportunities facing Alberta. It will look at strategies that have worked in other places, in Canada and throughout the world and for made-in-Alberta strategies that can be pioneered here.

Topics the council will consider include:

  • taking account of Alberta’s current natural resources and built-assets and the strengths of Alberta’s people and its institutions;
  • identifying major forces and trends shaping the world and Alberta over the 2010 to 2040 period;
  • reviewing the implications of major external and internal forces and trends on Alberta’s economy, society and government;
  • considering the Government of Alberta’s Strategic Business Plan and other key strategy documents in relation to the implications of major external and internal forces and trends; and,
  • reviewing the strategic approaches employed by other jurisdictions.

The council is expected to meet approximately every six months over a three-year period and will provide ongoing comments, advice and recommendations to the Premier.

To view the official news release, please click on the attachment below.

News Release.pdf

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