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Innovation, collaboration, inclusive workforces driving forces behind Canada’s largest value-added energy supercluster

By Gale Katchur      

The collaborative cluster environment created by Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association 'helps support partnerships, drive innovation and can help unlock new trade relationships, while advancing green technologies.'

Products processed and produced in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region 'support advanced chemistry manufacturing at home and across the world, helping to produce essentials like detergents, fertilizers and food packaging, life-saving medical equipment and even our Canadian dollar bills,' writes local mayor and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association chair Gale Katchur, pictured. Supplied
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Collaboration and innovation are key to succeeding in an increasingly competitive global market. This ethos was at the core of a decision taken by four Alberta municipalities in 1998 to join together and form Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association; a non-profit association with the goal of attracting worldwide investment to this resource-rich region and to create an advanced chemistry manufacturing supercluster. These municipalities believed it was better to collaborate rather than compete with each other, and that an investment

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