November 1, 2019

Statement on Encana’s Decision to Relocate Headquarters


For Immediate Release

November 1, 2019

ALBERTA — The announcement of Encana’s upcoming head office departure is a sad development for Alberta, but it’s far from a canary in a coal mine that many are describing it as. At this stage, it’s part of a pattern that occurs with the metronomic regularity of an incoming tide.

Canada has a problem with the desirability of our business environment that many companies conclude they must look abroad – usually south – to grow, scale, or achieve sustainable performance. The sad reality is that Encana is a company that can be added to a long list of those who have moved on, changed dramatically, or failed altogether once they reach a certain size in Canada. Beyond energy, you can add to this list of Canadian missed opportunities the Avro Arrow, Uber, Nortel, and Blackberry.

This is bad for our shared prosperity on many fronts as it means that investment, intelligence, and decision-making move elsewhere. We must create a place, a culture, and a policy environment that supports greatness and success.  As companies and as a country, we need to be thinking long term, not about one year or one company.

This means ambitiously taking on the work of making changes to our province and country so that we can retain our best companies and talent. The problem is real, and the need is urgent.

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In the spirit of truth, reconciliation, and respect, we honour and acknowledge the lands upon which we live and work as guests, including the traditional territories of the First Nations in Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and the citizens of the Metis Nation of Alberta. We thank the First Peoples of this land, which we now call Alberta, for their generations of stewardship of the land, and we seek to walk together in the spirit of truth and reconciliation to build a shared future for all in Alberta.

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