Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Obama & Alberta and 100 Biggest Companies in Alberta

Obama & Alberta: AlbertaViews' Editor Evan Osenton reports from Denver

The Democratic National Convention this week boasts 4,000 delegates and 15,000 members of the media. AlbertaViews' editor Evan Osenton sent his thoughts about what an Obama win might mean to Alberta:

I don't know how the US election in November will affect Canada at large, but Alberta's fortunes are intimately tied to America's; their federal election arguably means more to us than our own. If Denver is any indication, America is embroiled in a battle of "stories," with one side pledging a complete change to how Americans make and use energy over the course of a generation... the other, business as usual. It'd be an entertaining debate, to be sure--if only one side wasn't so wrong about climate change, environmental degradation, rising oil prices and energy security. The only inevitability is change; the surprise, to each generation, is how fast change comes. Is Alberta too wrapped up in the latter tale--"blinded by the boom," as it were--to see the threat, the opportunity and indeed the inevitability of the Obama story?

The full story will be in the November issue of AlbertaViews, available on newsstands, by subscription. www.albertaviews.ab.ca

Alberta's Biggest Companies Duke it Out in the Venture 100

For the 12th year in a row, Alberta Venture magazine has released its list of Alberta's biggest companies. The Venture 100, the Next 100 and the PWC Private 50 lists rank the top-grossing Alberta-based companies over the last year. At the top of the Venture 100 this year stands Calgary-based Imperial Oil Limited, followed by Encana and Petro-Canada rounding out the top three. The Next 100 list is topped by NAL Oil & Gas Trust. As for the PWC Private 50 list, the top privately-held companies in Alberta are Syncrude Canada Ltd., Katz Group and Canada Safeway Ltd.

Compiled by Alberta Venture's editorial team and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the list establishes a snapshot of Alberta's current economic contributors and celebrates the success of the province's thriving business community.

"The entire list is a testament to the strength of Alberta business," says Michael McCullough, editor of Alberta Venture. "It celebrates the vitality of Alberta's business community and reinforces the province's rank among the other major economic centres of the world."

The entire Venture 100 rankings are featured in the September issue of Alberta Venture.

Alberta Venture is Alberta's only province-wide business magazine covering the latest issues and trends concerning Alberta's business community. The Venture 100 Issue is available on newsstands across Alberta.

Readers can go behind the scenes of the Venture 100 with exclusive articles, expanded charts and online videos with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Venture 100 committee at the newly re-launched albertaventure.com.