EDMONTON – On Oct. 1, the Building Trades of Alberta will host a meeting with TransPod, the Canadian company that recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the province to develop a hyperloop system connecting Alberta’s two major cities, to discuss ways it can help make the project a reality.
“A high-speed link between Edmonton and Calgary is something that’s been discussed in Alberta for many, many years,” said BTA Executive Director Terry Parker.
“The Building Trades of Alberta was thrilled to see an MOU reached between the Alberta government and TransPod last month and we want to assist in any way we can to get this exciting development moving, literally.
“BTA affiliates have the skills, knowledge, ability and workforce needed to construct the hyperloop system, which would provide thousands of skilled-trades jobs to Albertans. And, not only would the multi-billion-dollar venture be a boost to our local workforce and economy, it would signal a strong commitment to a greener future in Alberta, and that’s something we are proud to get behind.”
The meeting includes leaders from business and industry, plus potential project investors, including representatives from Fluor, Worley, Alberta Construction Association and others.
It will also include a tour of three world-class trades training facilities in Edmonton from the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 488, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 424 and Ironworkers Local 720, each of which would play a large role in the overall construction of the hyperloop system.
The Building Trades of Alberta proudly represents more than 60,000 skilled-trades workers from 18 Alberta union locals, province-wide.
For more information or media inquires:
Tyler Bedford, BTA Director of Communications and Relations: 780-298-7626