Robert Fernandez is the Executive Director of the Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA).
Born and raised in Germany, he was educated in telecommunications technology and business administration. Robert earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at AKAD University in Düsseldorf and graduated from the Advanced Management Program with Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. He worked in business development and management roles in Europe for a Fortune 100 company and ran a start-up venture as Vice President and Co-founder. In Canada he led business development initiatives for a leading provider of infrastructure and energy efficiency solutions and also worked for an industrial contractor active in the municipal infrastructure and oil and gas services sector before joining the public sector in 2008.
Robert served as Senior Advisor in the Strategic Capital Planning Division of the Alberta government’s Treasury Board. In this capacity he worked on the Government’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) initiative. He has been a senior team member on Alberta’s Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK) value-add program and was involved with the Government of Alberta’s natural gas investment and competitiveness study. At Treasury Board, Robert served as the Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Oil Sands Secretariat leading comprehensive regional infrastructure planning for the Oil Sands.
Robert is active in the community and has served on several boards including: member of the National Board of Junior Achievement, chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement AB-NWT, and chairman of Synergy Network Edmonton.