It was a big day that had everyone talking.
On Thursday (Jan. 25), the 20th annual Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) Stakeholder Event had some major speakers address key players in the industrial sector.
AIHA chair and Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur was on hand to welcome the hundreds in attendance and start the day.
"There was a true buzz in the room," said Katchur.
The event had a few featured speakers, with Bob Masterson speaking on climate change and the role chemistry plays in minimizing carbon. Masterson stated the demand for chemicals in the next few years will be three times as much to help fight climate change. Interestingly enough, since 1992 absolute emissions have been reduced by 2/3 in Canada. The necessity of chemicals was also discussed, as many bi-products from the industrial heartland use chemicals before they hit the market.
“Bob Masterson's speech was exceptionally interesting because he talked about how the carbon handprint greatly outweighs the carbon footprint. Talking about how petrochemical products actually reduce the amount of emissions that would typically be produced without these products," added Katchur.
James Moore presented on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the impact Canadian, American and Mexican relations have on the world. Moore's strong opinion on NAFTA was backed with statistics, like one out of every five Canadian jobs rely on the agreement. Moore believes if Americans back out of it (as our biggest partners), it would devastate industries.
Rex Murphy was the day's keynote speaker, with an extensive past in the Canadian media scene. Murphy believes Alberta is the heart of Canada. He had high praise for the heartland's workers, who have battled through times of drought. The Carbon Tax was a hot topic and one Murphy was not in favour of.
“Fort Saskatchewan residents should be very excited about what's going on at the stakeholder event today. What this is really talking about is the sustainability of jobs and our economic diversification. It's about having jobs for families and prosperous futures."
No major plans were announced at the event, but updates were given from major industrial sectors.