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How the investment in Rogers Place is transforming downtown Edmonton

It wasn’t the easiest time to start the job, but Janet Riopel was up for the challenge. In 2014 she became President and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, just after crude oil prices dipped towards 10-year lows, leaving the Alberta economy in a decline. Her role was to give a voice to businesses of all sizes within the city and help bring about beneficial projects – like the construction of Rogers Place.

The world-class arena broke ground the same year as Janet’s tenure began and officially opened just two years later in the heart of downtown Edmonton in what’s known as the ICE district. Janet, who retired from her role in 2021, discusses the arena as a boost to the surrounding community and the importance of working with local organizations.

Read the full story over at Rogers for Business.