September 2014

The Economic Future of Alberta

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Palliser - 133 - 9th Avenue SW, Calgary

Mr. McIver will discuss the economic competitiveness of Alberta, now and in the future. Our positive business environment, including competitive corporate taxes, low personal taxes and a strong labour force, plays a key role in ensuring Alberta continues to be the economic engine of Canada.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $95 + GST
Table (seats 10): $855 + GST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $120 + GST
Table (seats 10): $1,080 + GST

The Economic Future of Alberta

Ric McIver

Candidate for Leader of PC Party of Alberta
PC Party of Alberta

Ric McIver

Ric McIver announced on May 7, 2014 that he was a candidate to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta and be the Premier of the province.

He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Hays on April 23, 2012. He has served as the Minister of Transportation (May 2012- December 2013) and the Minister of Infrastructure (December 2013 – May 2014). He was also a member of the Treasury Board and the Southern Alberta Ministerial Flood Recovery Task Force

As Minister of Infrastructure, Ric McIver was charged with spearheading the government’s construction of 50 new and 70 modernized schools. This work is ongoing and many projects will begin construction this summer with the goal of opening these schools for students in the fall of 2016.

As Minister of Transportation, Ric was the first person in this post to be selected from one of Alberta’s major cities. Some of the project successes in Transportation include:
• Negotiating and signing the agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Tsuu T’ina Nation for the development of the southwest Calgary ring road;
• Expediting construction on twinning Highway 63 from Grassland to Fort McMurray;
• Expansion and rehabilitation of highways across the province – from Sylvan Lake to Medicine Hat, Cochrane to Diamond City.
• Opened new highway and bridge projects in the Fort McMurray region to relieve traffic congestion and increase productivity in Canada’s oil sands region.
• Overseeing the reconstruction of nearly 1000 kilometres of roads and numerous bridges and other transportation infrastructure that was washed out across southern Alberta following the floods of June 2013. This included reopening Highway 1 at Canmore within one week of the floodwaters destroying the bridge and highway at Cougar Creek.
• Passage of Bill 32: Enhancing Safety on Alberta Roads Act which gives the province more flexibility to designate lanes for specific uses on provincial highways and make school and playground zones safer.

Ric previously served the residents of Calgary-Hays as the alderman on Calgary city council for ward 12 from 2001 to 2010, a span of three terms.

The next nine years were filled with many opportunities to serve Calgarians by both supporting and bringing forward positive changes and in turn fighting off proposals not in the public interest.

He served for eight years on the board of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, working with many Alberta government ministries on legislative improvements and funding programs for municipalities, culminating in the implementation of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) which stands as the very highest standard of infrastructure funding for municipalities in Canada.

In addition to the AUMA, Ric served as a City of Calgary representative on the Calgary Police Commission for two years, the Metropolitan Calgary Foundation and as chair of the Calgary Housing Company for three years.

Ric became an Albertan on July 26, 1981 after coming from Woodstock, Ontario to build a better life for himself, recognizing that Alberta is a land of opportunity and promise.

He has worked in the food industry in many different roles, including national sales manager and sales and marketing manager of different organizations. He has also owned and operated a food distribution and marketing wholesale business.

Ric is married to Christine, the founder and CEO of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Between them they have four children and two grandchildren, all living in Calgary.

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