The network in Alberta
February 25, 2020
RVFFA in Alberta
From February 2 to 7, two representatives of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN), director Dominique Sarny and project manager Élise Bégin, were on a mission in Alberta at the invitation of the Economic Development Council of Alberta (CDÉA) to work on the Northern Alberta Bilingual Tourism Network currently being developed by the Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association (ABMA). The project, a CDÉA initiative, is funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The mission gave the FFCN’s two representatives the chance to meet with key stakeholders in Northeastern Alberta and present the network. It was also an opportunity to encourage ABMA members and non‑member municipalities to join the network and the tourist routes celebrating the region’s Francophone and Métis heritage. The many municipal councillors, entrepreneurs, and members of Francophone and Métis communities our two representatives met on the mission were excited about the possibility of having a tourist route in their area. The mission has strengthened the partnership between the FFCN and the ABMA as part of the latter’s agreement with Centre de la francophonie des Amériques. Other partners on the mission were the Économusée® Network Society represented by its general manager, Carl-Éric Guertin, as well as representatives of Alberta Tourism.
At CDÉA’s 2020 Rendez-vous d’affaires in Calgary focusing on tourism, an FFCN representative took part in a panel discussion on opportunities in the tourism industry. The FFCN’s contribution to the discussion was noticed and appreciated by participants.
Interviews (in French):