Edmonton is the capital Alberta, situated at the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor." It has a greater municipal population of almost 1.5 million.
Known as the "Gateway to the North," the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories. Edmonton is a hub for energy service and supply companies; Alberta’s petrochemical industries, including refineries and bitumen upgrading; and the transportation of energy products.
The city has strength in research and development of new technologies that support expanded value-added processing of Alberta's resources. Much of the growth in the city’s technology sectors is supported by internationally recognized research and education centres.
Edmonton's economy is also not entirely tied to the energy sector. It has made its mark as a global innovator in the retail world as the home to the largest shopping mall in the Americas, several big-box shopping centres, including North America's largest open-air retail development.
Other industries in Edmonton are agriculture, manufacturing, advanced technology, financial services, and tourism.