The Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association (ABMA) is an initiative that began in November 2010 and is modeled after the Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM).

Originally known as the “Concerto Network”, the ABMA brings together Alberta municipalities that wish to highlight the added value of bilingualism for sustainable economic development. Its economic, social and cultural contributions help increase the influence of these communities. The Concerto Network became ABMA in the spring of 2017.

Since the ABMA does not yet have funding to support its ongoing activities, it is the CDÉA that contributes to the ongoing activities and tries to secure funding that will eventually allow the ABMA to fly on its own wings.

Download the 2020-2023 strategic plan of ABMA

HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION

OUR VISION

To unite municipalities by promoting their prosperity through bilingualism.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to advocate for economically vibrant, sustainable, bilingual communities through a collaborative network of municipalities.

OUR VALUES

PASSION

  • Believe in our organization.
  • Empower or help others.
  • Be excited with our decisions.

LEADERSHIP

  • Provide guidance and communication with municipalities.
  • Provide confidence in our projects.
  • Collaborate with the municipalities.

COLLABORATION

  • Bring people together to brainstorm ideas.
  • Find common ground between municipalities, administrations and other organizations to support members and share successes.

RESPECT

  • We value the diversity of our communities.
  • In our progression, communications and decisions, we will strive to reflect our diverse contexts and needs.

FOUR PILLARS
FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF ABMA MEMBERS

  • Tourism development

  • Investor attraction

  • Attracting Bilingual Skilled Workers

  • Developing  initiatives in green economy

SIX AVANTAGES
OF ABMA MEMBERS

  • Contribute to the competitiveness of municipalities in relation to those where French is less prevalent and promote the contribution of bilingualism to the regional economy.

  • Increase the attractiveness of municipalities by opening them up to the various possibilities of collaboration.

  • Build a dynamic Francophone business community through better access to Francophone entrepreneurs

  • Encouraging economic vitality and sustainable growth of municipalities

  • Highlight the presence of entrepreneurs and increase new business synergies

  • Ensure provincial, national and international visibility

OUR MEMBERS

Click on the map to go to our member page

CONTACTS

ÉTIENNE ALARY
Executive Director, CDÉA
étienne.alary@lecdea.ca

SUZANNE PRÉVOST
Director, Rural Development and ABMA Coordinator
suzanne.prevost@lecdea.ca

DIANE CHIASSON
Specialist, Rural Development and Entrepreneurship
diane.chiasson@lecdea.ca

ÉLISA BROSSEAU
Chair of the ABMA
ebrosseau@town.bonnyville.ab.ca

COLETTE BORGUN
Vice-chair of the ABMA
colette.borgun@laclabichecounty.com

TAKE YOUR PLACE IN OUR DYNAMIC AND GROWING BILINGUAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY!