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The Not-for-Profit Sector

Post-secondary schools, community institutions and the charitable sector all play important roles in the Albertan economy

by Alberta Venture Staff

Every year, we like to take a moment out from discussing the 250 biggest for-profit ­companies in Alberta and focus on the not-for-profit sector. They’re not in it for the money, but they handle lots of it and are crucial to the ­economic well-being and the future of the province. Alberta Health Services alone, for instance, employed 104,900 people last year and had revenues of $13.2 billion (up 4.3 per cent from 2012).

Academic and Research Institutions
Revenue 2013 $ (000) Revenue 2012 $ (000) Revenue Change (%) Assets 2013 (000) Senior Executive Website
1 University of Alberta Edmonton 1,764,535 1,689,366 4% 4,774,186 Indira Samarasekera ualberta.ca
2 University of Calgary 1,211,397 1,129,622 7% 3,538,092 Elizabeth Cannon ucalgary.ca
3 University of Lethbridge 203,401 185,171 10% 497,615 Michael Mahon uleth.ca
4 Athabasca University 130,354 125,141 4% 107,733 Peter MacKinnon athabascau.ca
Polytechnical and Applied Studies Institutions
Revenue 2013 $ (000) Revenue 2012 $ (000) Revenue Change (%) Assets 2013 (000) Senior Executive Website
1 SAIT Polytechnic Calgary 322,206 286,065 13% 951,617 David Ross sait.ca
2 NAIT Polytechnic Edmonton 321,887 308,541 4% 521,387 Glenn Feltham nait.ca
3 MacEwan University Edmonton 228,976 222,611 3% 434,152 David Atkinson macewan.ca
4 Mount Royal University Calgary 223,737 209,810 7% 391,632 David Docherty mru.ca
Community Institutions
Revenue 2013 $ (000) Revenue 2012 $ (000) Revenue Change (%) Assets 2013 (000) Senior Executive Website
1 Red Deer College 98,207 92,125 7% 180,636 Joel Ward rdc.ab.ca
2 Bow Valley College Calgary 91,968 80,266 15% 378,211 Sharon Carry bowvalleycollege.ca
3 Lethbridge College 84,956 82,393 3% 132,031 Paula Burns lethbridgecollege.ca
4 Keyano College 84,215 76,366 10% 169,660 Kevin Nagel keyano.ca
5 NorQuest College Edmonton 79,813 77,535 3% 75,725 Jodi Abbott norquest.ca
6 Grande Prairie Regional College 75,530 71,529 6% 109,204 Don Gnatiuk gprc.ab.ca
7 Lakeland College Vermilion 67,759 65,282 4% 116,944 Glenn Charlesworth lakelandcollege.ca
8 Medicine Hat College 55,767 55,651 0% 116,868 Denise Henning mhc.ab.ca
9 Northern Lakes College  Slave Lake 44,725 39,909 12% 54,378 Ann Everatt northernlakescollege.ca
10 Portage College Lac la Biche 36,683 34,522 6% 70,210 Trent Keough portagecollege.ca
11 Olds College* 53,698 Tom Thompson oldscollege.ca
Arts and Cultural Institutions
Revenue 2013 $ (000) Revenue 2012 $ (000) Revenue Change (%) Assets 2013 (000) Senior Executive Website
1 The Banff Centre* 57,687 Jack Davis banffcentre.ca
2 Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary 21,333 21,428 0% 21,315 Daniel Doz acad.ca

*Olds College and the Banff Centre had not published their annual reports at time of publication.

The Main Events

Edmonton and Calgary each has a signature event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors and makes the not-for-profit running it a major player in the tourism sector.

Northlands

Attendance at 2013 K-Days fair: 781,743 2012 revenue: $121 million 2012 assets: $212 million
Number of volunteers: 1,100 2013 revenue: $136 million 2013 assets: 214 million
Up 12.4% Up 1%

Calgary Stampede

2014 attendance: 1,260,000 2012 revenue: $138 million 2012 assets: $284 million
Number of volunteers: 2,300 2013 revenue: $133 million 2013 assets: 308 million
Up 11.5% Down 3.6% Up 8.4%

Taking Off

Alberta’s two major airports are in growth mode. Edmonton International has a brand-spanking new terminal and a new central control tower.

Calgary has a new 14,000-foot runway, more than 350,000 square feet of new hangar and office space and is working on an expansion of the international terminal. And they both need all the space they can get.

Calgary Airport Authority Edmonton Airports
Garth Atkinson CEO Tom Ruth
$420,714 Base salary $420,000
Unknown Total Compensation $1.2 million
$308 million 2012 revenue $170 million
$351 million 2013 revenue $183 million
14 % increase 7.6
$1.96 billion 2012 assets $1.14 billion
$2.4 billion 2013 assets $1.1 billion
22.4 % increase -3.5
13.6 million Total passengers (2012) 6.7 million
14.3 million Total passengers (2013) 7 million
5.1 % increase 4.5
168,000 Total aircraft movements (2012) 142,269
173,000 Total aircraft movements (2013) 156,738
3 % increase 10.2

And a Shout-Out to the Philanthropic Sector

United Way of Calgary and Area The Calgary Foundation United Way of the Alberta Capital Region Edmonton Community Foundation
Revenue: $60.5 million Revenue: $244.7 million Revenue: $24.2 million Revenue: $127.7 million
Program spending: $54.8 million Assets: $632.4 million Program spending: $19.1 million Assets: $422 million
Grants: $34.6 million Grants: $12.3 million
Number of charities supported: 761 Number of charities supported: 450
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