Edmonton – Spruce Grove-Sturgeon-St. Albert MLA Doug Horner is off to Europe this weekend to begin ten days of promoting Alberta as a hub for innovation, investment and collaboration.
In his capacity as Deputy Premiere and Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, Horner will travel to Germany, France, Finland and Northern Ireland between Sept. 11 and 21 looking for collaborative research projects, building a skilled work force and marketing the province’s knowledge-based industries and capacity for innovation.
“In today’s global economy, business does not stop at our provincial borders,” Minister Horner said in a release on his upcoming trip. “To build innovation and competitiveness in our economy, we need to promote Alberta internationally as a preferred partner in research, innovation and commercialization.”
While in Europe, Minister Horner will visit the IFAT Trade Show in Munich, Germany. IFAT is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.
Horner is also scheduled to speak to the German-Canadian Business Club about Alberta’s energy policies, focusing on the oil sands, technology strategies and the province’s search for solutions to meeting energy demand and slowing the effects of climate change.
Throughout his stay, Horner will be meeting with leading-edge multinational companies and research organizations to discuss investment, partnership and commercialization opportunities in Alberta.
Cost of the European tour is estimated to be $35,000.