Global Reputation

Canadians rank Alberta as the best managed province: 

In a survey of Canadians, Abacus Data’s report, Canada’s Best and Worst Provinces: 2014 Edition, finds that Alberta is viewed as the best managed province with the lowest income taxes and the best place to open a new business.

Canada’s reputation as an investment destination is growing, see what the world thinks:


For the third year running, Canada ranks #1 of the 50 countries included in the Reputation Institute’s annual survey. Country reputations are measured based on 3 dimensions: advanced economy, appealing environment and effective government.

A countries reputation can be linked to attracting tourism and skilled foreign workers, increasing exports, and encouraging foreign direct investment. Download the full details at Reputation Institute 2015 Country RepTrak™ Topline Report.

FDI Confidence:

Canada ranks #4 on the 2015 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®. The report aims to determine where investor dollars will be flowing in the world economy and ranks countries on how political, economic, and regulatory changes will affect foreign direct investment. Canada jumped 16 spots from previous rankings, due in part to a quick recovery following the recession.


Canada ranks #16 on the Global Innovation index 2015 published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization. The index ranks 142 world economies based on their innovative inputs and environment and the results of innovation measured by knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs.

Alberta has diverse investment opportunities. The province receives international attention and attracts firms from every continent. Here are just a few of the foreign companies with operations in Alberta:

Air Liquide, operating in 80 countries worldwide, expanded their presence in the Alberta market through acquisition of Edmonton based Arrow Welding & Industrial Supplies Inc. in February 2013.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd. (CNOOC) acquired Calgary based Nexen Inc. in February 2013

Siemens AG will establish its Canadian Energy Headquarters in Calgary as of April, 2013.

Alcatel-Lucent, headquartered in Paris, France partnered with Shaw Communications in 2013 to complete the first North American field trial of 400 Gbps data transmissions over a live network.

China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) owns stakes in Canadian oil sands operations, and operates a subsidiary, Daylight Energy, out of Calgary.

Dow Chemical Company runs their Canadian operations out of headquarters in Calgary.

Electronic Arts Inc., an American interactive entertainment software company, acquired BioWare, an Edmonton based company in 2007. EA continues to run operations in Alberta and has other BioWare operations in Canada.

• Other foreign companies with operations in Alberta include: