Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Since October 2021, Rick Christiaanse has been leading Invest Alberta in breaking down barriers for investors and attracting high impact, high value investments and jobs to the province. Rick is a seasoned senior executive in the corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors and brings decades of senior business leadership experience driving growth and completing multi-million-dollar investments globally. He offers a breadth of knowledge extending from the high-tech ecosystem for both start-ups and billion-dollar enterprises to working hand-in-glove with governments and not-for-profit organizations. A highly effective commercial tactician, Rick is adept at driving brand equity, operational results, and shareholder value in competitive markets.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
In November 2023, Keith Bradley took on the role of leading Invest Alberta’s international business development team. With a wealth of experience spanning two decades, Keith has held executive positions in business development and operations across diverse industries. A track record of success in expanding businesses combined with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape make Keith uniquely positioned to lead Invest Alberta’s team through its next stages of growth.
Managing Director, Canada
With extensive experience in international trade and investment, Sarojini Vasant leads the investment promotion team in Canada. Her team, based in Alberta and Toronto, is focused on increasing awareness of Alberta’s economic strengths, and securing investments from global businesses across Alberta’s priority sectors.
Managing Director, USA
Scott Bryan leads the investment promotion team in the United States, with advisors located in San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle, with plans to bring other markets online. The team provides companies and investors in the U.S. with advice and support in exploring investment opportunities and setting up operations in Alberta, across various key sectors.
Managing Director, Asia
Adeel Ahmad leads the investment promotion teams in Asia, which includes advisors located in New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo. He supports the team in identifying and pursuing high-value investment opportunities for the Alberta market. Based in Seoul, Adeel is focused on ensuring appropriate partnerships are in place to build awareness of the investment opportunities and landscape in Alberta and promote emerging investment opportunities.
Managing Director, Greater China
Kevin Tsui leads the investment promotion team for Greater China, overseeing investment attraction advisors located in Mainland China and Hong Kong. This team assists companies and investors across Greater China to capitalize on Alberta’s diverse industries and strong economy while developing partnerships to realize their business ambitions in North America.
Managing Director, EMEA
Denis Merkwirth leads the investment promotion team for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), with advisors currently located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Based in Berlin, Denis manages the growth of a well-curated market presence and ensures that foreign investors across EMEA receive exceptional client services.