Opportunities

As industrial expansion, foreign investment and economic diversification increase in Alberta, a robust financial services sector is critical for accessing investment capital, syndicating investments, and enabling Albertans to invest in local enterprises.  In the coming decades, Alberta will have a substantial need for the capital to extract its natural resources, harvest the results of its investments in research & development and technology commercialization, and maximize the value-adding component of its manufacturing and commodity industries.

For Alberta to fulfill its role within international energy markets, continental food supply, competitive forestry industries, and global manufacturing value chains, it will need to draw upon new sources of capital from global markets such as China and the Middle East while also strengthening its ties to capital pools in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Developing the skills and capacity to do so within the province will allow Alberta to not only better control its own economic destiny but also offer this expertise to external markets around the world.

Within Alberta, current opportunities exist in the following areas of financial services:

  • Alberta is expected to see nearly $200 billion in major projects over the next 10 years (as of September 2011) offering enormous opportunities for new and existing players across the Alberta financial services industry.
  • In the coming decades, as industrial expansion, foreign investment and economic diversification increase in Alberta, the province’s robust financial services sector is will play a critical role in accessing global investment sources of capital, syndicating investments, and enabling Albertans to invest in local enterprises.
  • The demand for resources and agricultural products that Alberta offers to the world is expected to remain strong in the long term. For Alberta to fulfill its role within international energy markets, continental global food supply, competitive forestry industries, and global manufacturing value chains, it will need to draw upon new sources of capital from global markets such as China and the Middle East while also strengthening its ties to capital pools in Canada, the United States and Europe.
  • The capital inflows and transaction volumes associated with the Alberta energy sector are clearly a major strength of the Alberta financial services sector. The high volume of deal-flow in recent years has turned Calgary into Canada’s M&A capital and the investment banking community in that city has gained valuable experience that can now be leveraged to other sectors.
  • Alberta has done exceptionally well in attracting the head offices of many Canadian and international firms. More head offices means more decision makers located in the province, and therefore increased demand for key financial advisory services.
  • The expertise in business evaluation and deal-making gained in past years presents an opportunity for increasing entrepreneurship in non-energy sectors of the Alberta economy.

Exporting

The Exporting your products section of the website has information about exporting opportunities for Alberta Businesses. To learn more about these opportunities, browse the International market profiles.