BRAED at a Glance
- Member Communities 24
- Area 15,619 km2
- Population 53,961
- Major Projects Value $507.1 million
- Number of Businesses 2,533
- Key Industries Agriculture, Defence, Energy, Manufacturing, Tourism
- Website BRAEDalberta.ca
Source: Government of Alberta, BRAED
In addition to abundant, high-quality feedstock, global market access and a specialized workforce, east central Alberta is home to over 120 local and multinational companies focused on growing seed, and marketing and supplying agricultural inputs. “We are a catalyst for economic development in east central Alberta,” says Cathy Goulet, executive director for the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED). This is thanks to its solid agricultural industry, specifically its strength in pulse and canola production and processing. Even with these strengths, BRAED faced challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, “BRAED’s industrial partners proved their tremendous resilience and adaptability,” asserts Goulet.
The region has abundant supply chain capacity, including empty containers available for low-cost, source loaded shipments. Coupled with a robust nationally and globally connected transportation infrastructure encompassing rail, road and air facilities, BRAED discovered the extent to which its agricultural industry is positioned to supply Canada and the world with crucial agricultural products, despite the obstacles that have arisen during the pandemic.
In these difficult circumstances, “BRAED’s industrial partners proved their tremendous resilience and adaptability,” asserts Goulet, which will allow the region to continue its phenomenal growth.