About Us

SAAEP is a team effort, a partnership championed by three regional economic development organizations: SouthGrow, Alberta SouthWest, and Economic Development Lethbridge.


Partnership Representatives

Trevor Lewington, Chief Executive Officerchoose-lethbridge-logo
Economic Development Lethbridge
403-331-0022, trevor@chooselethbridge.ca

Bev Thornton, Executive Directorsouthwest_sign_bronze_lg
Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance
403-627-3373, bev@albertasouthwest.com

Peter Casurella, Advisor
SouthGrow Regional Initiative
403-394-0615, southgrow-logopeter.casurella@southgrow.com


Strategic Overview

Based on our abundant natural energy resources, existing expertise and established developments, the initiative focuses on three streams of renewable energy:
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Bio-Energy

Regarding Geothermal energy, the opportunity to explore and develop the feasibility of medium-grade heat, harvested from abandoned oil & gas wells in the region, is currently under consideration in Alberta.

SAAEP was established in 2007 to provide research and consultation with industry, communities and all levels of government to identify opportunities and to encourage investment and growth in alternative and renewable energy. SAAEP recognizes this sector to be a major driver of economic development in Southern Alberta.