Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

November 14, 2011 17:41 ET

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Economic outlook luncheon takes place tomorrow

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2011) - Representing a cross-section of the region's economy, five senior leaders will share their perspectives on their industries and the economy in 2011 and ahead into 2012, and take questions from those attending EEDC's outlook luncheon.


11 am: Networking

1145 am: Lunch and discussion

130 pm: Media interviews of panelists (off stage)

Location: Shaw Conference Centre Hall D, 9990 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton


Until this year, Dr. Michael Percy was Dean of the Alberta School of Business from 1997. He remains an economist and professor at the school and has published extensively in public policy, trade, and international and regional economic development. A former Edmonton Chamber of Commerce president, he was a member of the Alberta Legislature where he served as the opposition finance critic. He currently sits on the boards of EPCOR, K-Bro Linen Systems, and ATB Financial, among others.


At Norquest College, President and CEO Dr. Jodi Abbott heads eleven campus locations and community learning sites throughout northern Alberta, equipping adult learners with the educational qualifications to progress to further education or the workplace. Previously an Alberta Health Services senior vice-president, she is currently a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, Downtown Business Association, and Edmonton Journal community newsroom advisory panel.

Diane Brickner, has been President and CEO of Peace Hills Insurance since 1990. In that time, the company has grown west of Manitoba, reached $180 million in annual sales, and employed 190 employees. Diane sits on the boards of The Insurance Bureau of Canada, NAIT and the Edmonton Eskimos Football Team.

Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada since this past June, advocates for the Canadian mining industry, which includes companies in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. A McGill University graduate, Pierre previously headed the Mining Association of British Columbia.

Ron Liepert, Alberta Finance Minister and MLA for Calgary-West, has previously served in cabinet in Energy, Education, and Health and Wellness. After serving as former premier Peter Lougheed's press secretary, he was trade director of Western US operations at Alberta Economic Development. After returning to the private sector in 1991, he won election as MLA for Calgary-West in 2004.

As President and CEO of Clark Builders, Paul Verhesen's leadership style has helped Clark Builders be recognized as one of Canada's 50 best managed and 50 best employers. In addition to his involvement with the non-profit sector, Paul serves as President of the Edmonton Construction Association and is a board member with Productivity Alberta and Women Building Futures. He is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) provides leadership in economic development, markets Edmonton as a must-see destination, manages the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park, and acts as a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca

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