All a-board!!

Since 2008, Productivity Alberta has been industry’s connection to all things productivity related. The organization is a one-stop shop providing tools, resources, and services to help small- and medium-sized companies in the industrial products and services sectors (e.g. manufacturing, energy services, construction, etc) improve their productivity and competitiveness. Businesses and other organizations in various stages of development and growth can receive everything they need to compete globally and create a stronger bottom line.

By working smarter with available resources, instead of working longer or harder, Albertans are improving productivity and innovation in their companies. Organizations that pay attention to productivity are improving their competitiveness and, ultimately, the sustainability of Alberta’s economy. The power of productivity improvement continues to make Alberta – and Albertans – more prosperous.

By offering an array of services – including the on-line Productivity Assessment Tool, the Productivity Inventory, productivity improvement site-visits, and DIY toolkits for energy efficiency and information and communication technologies – Productivity Alberta is helping businesses target typical efficiency problems, as well as challenges unique to their organization, to become more productive.

Companies across Alberta are taking a good, hard look at their practices and are putting productivity first. Testimonials from clients are showing that productivity improvements are being found in even some of the unlikeliest places.

Productivity Alberta continues with a mandate to be the single access point, gathering talents and efforts across Alberta in industry, government, and other sectors, to achieve a more productive and innovative environment. An Industry Advisory Committee, comprising leaders from Alberta’s industrial sectors, has ensured the organization responds to the changing needs of all industries and maintains the goal to make Alberta one of the most productive and innovative jurisdictions in the world.

Inspired by the organization’s focus of transforming industry, Productivity Alberta was recently incorporated as a private not-for-profit company, with a continuing mandate to help industry improve their productivity and competitiveness. As a not-for-profit company, Productivity Alberta will be more nimble and better equipped to address productivity challenges across the province in a timely and effective fashion.

Productivity Alberta also recently announced the inaugural Board of Directors for the company as it moves into its first operational year. On September 13, 2011 in Ponoka, the Board was introduced to an audience of supporters, partners, and client who have worked with Productivity Alberta or used one of the organization’s many services and resources.

Larry Kaumeyer, Board Chair, told attendees that “this is only the beginning for Productivity Alberta,” that the dedication of his fellow directors and the company’s staff were setting the organization up for quick success.

Productivity Alberta’s inaugural Board of Directors:

Larry Kaumeyer, (Board Chair) and President of Almita Piling Inc. (Ponoka)
Andy Mackintosh, (Vice Chair) and Executive Vice President of Chemicals and Petroleum at SNC-Lavalin (Calgary)
Jeff Clark, President of Kitchen Partners Ltd. (Edmonton)
Bob Holmes, Vice President of Tracer Industries Canada Ltd. (Edmonton)
Ray Mills, Chief Executive Officer at Kudu Industries Inc. (Calgary)
Liz Stretch, Vice President Sales & Service – Strategy, Independent Business and Agriculture, ATB Financial (Calgary)
Paul Verhesen, President of Clark Builders, (Edmonton)

Photo by: Avonlea Photography Studio Inc. Supplied by and © Productivity Alberta

(L-R) Andy Mackintosh (Vice Chair), Bob Holmes, Lori Schmidt (CEO), Larry Kaumeyer (Chair), Jeff Clark, Ray Mills. Missing: Liz Stretch, Paul Verhesen

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