City of St. Albert
News and Events

eek! Comic & Pop Culture Fest Receives $40,000 in Support from Community Significant Event Stimulus Fund


The City of St. Albert is proud to present this cheque for $40,000 of support to Rob LeLacheur from RJ Lolly Media Ltd. for the upcoming eek! Comic & Pop Culture Fest. eek! will be running from May 31 - June 1. You can find more information about this event on its official website 

Mr. LeLacheur is the first recipient of our Community Significant Event Stimulus Fund. Created by policy in 2013, this financial assistance program is open to St. Albert not-for-profit community organizations, individuals, or businesses that initiate and develop new annual events which attract external audiences to St. Albert. 

There is a total of $199,000 available within the fund, and the next intake deadline is September 29, 2014. 

To learn more about the Community Significant Event Stimulus Fund, or to apply for funding, please visit


Make A Website for Your Business - Beginner Level (2 Part Series)


May 6 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Learn to Make a Website with WordPress (Part 1) - Beginner Level
Looking to enhance, or create a new website for your business? This beginner level, hands-on workshop series will guide you through utilizing WordPress to create the website you've always wanted for your business.

What to Bring
Bringing a laptop is encouraged as this is a hands-on session. Please note however, that power outlets are limited so it's advised that you fully charge your laptop prior to attending this event.

Hosted by Matthew Potter from Swift Media.

Register for event 

May 13  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  Learn to Make a Website with WordPress (Part 2) - Beginner Level
Attendance of previous session is preferred but not required.

Register for Event


Then Now Next: 2014 Business Breakfast


Event Details
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
The Enjoy Centre, Moonflower Room
101 Riel Drive
St. Albert, AB  T8N 3X4

Building on the significant positive growth for the St. Albert business community over the last year, Economic Development will outline its vision for the future.

Join us for breakfast, network with others, and see how you and your business can plan today for success tomorrow.

Mayor Nolan Crouse City Manager Patrick Draper  Guy Boston, Executive Director Economic Development
Mayor Nolan Crouse City Manager
Patrick Draper

 Guy Boston,
Executive Director Economic Development



Time Subject Speaker
7:10 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks Guy Boston
7:15 AM Economic Development Proclamation Mayor Crouse
7:20 - 7:35 AM "St. Albert and Region Economic Development" Mayor Crouse
7:35 - 7:50 AM "Smarter Growth Together" Patrick Draper
7:50 - 8:10 AM "Then Now Next" Guy Boston
8:10 - 8:30 AM Q & A - Joint Panel Mayor Crouse, Pat Draper, and Guy Boston
8:30 - 9:00 AM Networking All


Early Bird 2-for-1 Special: Book with a friend by Feb 4, 2014 to receive 50% off regular admission
Regular Admission - $30
Click here to register


Mayor Nolan Crouse

Patrick Draper, City Manager

Guy Boston, Executive Director


Internet Provider Open House


Are you looking to have improved internet service at your business? Then join us at our free open house to find out more about internet service options for your business!

Date: February 19, 2014

Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: Bill Hite Room, Kinsmen Clubhouse, 47 Riel Drive, St. Albert

Event style: Presentations followed by booth fair.

Several internet providers will be on-site to present information about the services that they offer. Topics include:

  • Current services provided in Riel Park & Campbell Park
  • Future plans for existing business parks (Riel & Campbell)
  • New development plans (Commercial, industrial areas)
  • Overall plans for St. Albert
Admission is free and refreshments will be served, but space is limited. 

Please RSVP by February 17, 2014 to in order to secure your spot.


Power Pitch: Maximizing $$$ Potential


Are you an Entrepreneur, or thinking of becoming one?

You won't want to miss this information supersession as we help you cultivate your investment pitch and explore other avenues of financing so that you can achieve maximum investment potential for your business.


Guest speakers include Michelle Whitehead from Untamed Feast, and Nora Furber from Monjeloco Jeans. Both of these local businesspeople were featured in CBC's Dragons Den in 2013, and will be available to share their experiences with you.

Other Topics Include:

  • Perfecting Your Pitch - Presented by Justine and Kendall Barber from Poppy Barley, winners of the 2013 AccelerateAB Dragons' Den Competition
  • The Power of Crowdfunding - Presentation led by Chett Matchett from Alberta BoostR, with Lynn Carolei from Sublime Swim and Sunwear, and Justine and Kendall Barber from Poppy Barley.

Details and Registration
Wed, January 22, 2014
7:45 Am - Noon
The Enjoy Centre, Park Room

Regular Admission - Only $25 (includes refreshments)

Parking Information = Park Room Directions, Map.pdf

Space is limited so register today!
Click here to register


2013 Business Breakfast - Creating St. Albert's Future



Breakfast 7am:
Smart City Centre of Excellence - Patrick Draper
Creating St. Albert's Future - Guy Boston

Success Strategies Workshop 9am:
Turning Trends into Opportunities - Jim Spiers
Engaging a Talented Team to Grow and Succeed - Judy Erickson

Watch the Presentation on YouTube


Photos of the Breakfast


Cash Mob St. Albert


Way to Support Shopping Local!
Our Regular Resident Blogger Heather Gardiner for  participated in St. Albert's first cash mob and had this to say about it...


News Release: City Hires Investment Attraction Manager


Aaron H. Latimer is joining the City of St. Albert’s Economic Development Services division as the new investment attraction manager on September 6, 2012.

“Aaron brings with him a great combination of personality and drive that will enable him to focus his regional, provincial and national business experience in identifying and attracting businesses to his hometown here in St. Albert,” says Guy Boston, Executive Director, Economic Development Services. “I look forward to working with him and capitalizing on the energy he will bring to our economic development team.”


NEWS RELEASE : Guy Boston Appointed Executive Director, Economic Development


St. Albert City Manager Patrick Draper is appointing Guy Boston as the Executive Director of Economic Development effective July 3, 2012.

Boston is currently the General Manager of Planning & Engineering at the City of St, Albert, a position he has held from 2003 to 2007, and again since 2011.

“I am very pleased that Guy has agreed to take on this new role. Guy brings three decades of experience in both the private and municipal sectors relating to development – from managing relationships to business development, to bringing large scale infrastructure projects to fruition – Guy has done it all, and done it well,” says Draper. “He brings a depth of knowledge and extensive network of contacts locally, regionally, provincially and nationally that we need to lead the development of a thriving business community in St. Albert.


As I See It - Our Community


Bruce Randall
Manager, Business Development

We all read a wide variety of interesting articles on many different topics every day. However I came across one that I would like to share with you.  Rob LeLacheur of the St. Albert Leader wrote an editorial on May 3, 2012 that resonated with me.  Well done Rob.

My City: 'I have no idea’ won’t fly as events pick up

So why should we bother or worry about community events or festivals?  Well word of mouth advertising is still a key advertising and awareness tool.  Where do you think the remarks on twitter come from, or texting originates but from people communicating what they have seen and heard.


City of St. Albert Designates Land for Industrial Development


Decision also made to pursue annexation of lands for industrial use

City has designated nearly 285 hectares (700 acres) of land for future light industrial development to attract more business and employment to St. Albert, help reduce the tax burden on residents and ensure long-term economic development in the city.

“Diversifying economic development is a priority for Council and today’s decision sends the message that St. Albert is actively working towards that goal,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse. “By designating future industrial lands, working with the development industry and by reviewing City’s land use and infrastructure, we are helping to create a friendlier and competitive environment for businesses, more jobs in the region and reducing the tax burden on residents.”


The 2012 Federal Budget is now presented, and what does this mean to St. Albert and our business community?


Bruce Randall
Manager, Business Development

No New taxes or tax increases
That says it all.

Budget Deficit nearing an end
As in any business you can’t run a deficit for long, and now the Federal government is focusing on a balanced budget.  There are still a couple of years before we get there but a surplus is targeted for 2015/16 with $3.4B.  In the interim still three years of deficits with in 2012/13 $21B, 2013/14 $10B and then almost a balanced budget in 2014/15 with a $1.3B deficit.


How Do Analytics Work With Your Business?


"Analytics- Big Data and The Cloud" is coming to Edmonton April 23-25 2012.

Get your exclusive St. Albert discount code for 10% off on-line Registration!

Join the top Analytics practitioners in Alberta, business leaders, professionals, researchers, and policy analysts who will gather to:

  • learn about Analytics tools and advanced techniques – for increasing productivity
  • get engaged in probing current and anticipated Analytics applications
  • network with pan-Alberta suppliers and customers, students/entrepreneurs and emerging leaders
  • identify barriers to success and resolutions for advancing Alberta’s Analytics industry


St. Albert Council Appoints Patrick Draper as City Manager


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   |   March 20, 2012

After a five-month national search, St. Albert City Council has selected Patrick M. Draper as the new city manager effective April 23, 2012.

“St. Albert Council was unanimous in its belief that Patrick provides the skills, experience and knowledge to implement Council’s priorities in a timely manner with the assistance of our highly capable staff,” says Mayor Nolan Crouse.

“I am very excited with the idea of working with Council, staff and the community to build a stronger and more sustainable city for the future,” says Draper. “With my background and expertise in fostering innovation, leveraging new technologies, and building consensus, we will achieve positive results.”


Presentations Available for Download - St. Albert Business Breakfast 2012


This year’s annual Business Breakfast on February 28 2012, hosted by St. Albert Business & Tourism Development was a sold out success! The event, held at Hole’s Enjoy Centre featured presentations from Mayor Nolan Crouse, Joan Barber - Interim Director of Business & Tourism Development, Guy Boston- General Manager of Planning and Engineering as well as a brief overview by Nick Wilson about the Upcoming Conference “Analytics- Big Data and the Cloud” in Edmonton April 23-25, 2012.

Thank you to our presenters and all of our attendees for making this such a successful event!


St. Albert Business Breakfast 2012


SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets!

Join us for a great breakfast, and business news and information at the beautiful Hole's Enjoy Centre. You will hear from St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, Business and Tourism Development, and Planning and Engineering and their plans for building St. Albert.

After breakfast will be an engaging and informative marketing workshop presented by Jason Vance of Bubble Up Marketing. Learn how your business can take advantage of all the free marketing tools out there, and how technology and couponing can work for your business. This is a great opportunity for everyone in your office to take part in.