Beyond Oil: the challenges and opportunities ahead for Alberta

In a special series, CBC's The Exchange looks at manufacturing, media and tourism to explore how the province is meeting the challenges of opportunities of moving Beyond Oil.

In a 5-part series, CBC's The Exchange explores where diversification is already underway, and if it works

In a special five-part series, CBC's The Exchange explores what initiatives are underway in Alberta to meet the challenges and opportunities of moving "Beyond Oil." (CBC)

For better or for worse, Alberta remains defined by the energy sector. But does it always have to be?

In a special series, CBC's The Exchange looks at manufacturing, media and tourism to explore how the province is meeting the challenges of opportunities of moving Beyond Oil.

A history of boom and bust

Boom, bust, boom, bust. 

It's a well known cycle, and something that experts have cautioned against for decades.

To begin our series, we begin with a historical perspective on Alberta's past attempts to diversify Alberta's economy. 

For better or for worse, Alberta remains defined by the energy sector. But does it always have to be? CBC's The Exchange explores the challenges and opportunities of moving Beyond Oil. 6:57

Manufacturing

Alberta is known for oil and gas, but manufacturing? Not so much. 

Here's one new company that's making a name for itself. We've got the dirt on Dirtt.

One new company is making a name for itself. Here's the dirt on Dirtt. 5:58

Media

It's the kind of startup you might expect to find in New York or Silicon Valley.  

Patrick Lor was a founder of the massively successful company iStockphoto.

His newest venture, Dissolve, is headquartered in Calgary and specializes in stock video. 

Patrick Lor was a founder of the massively successful company iStockphoto. His new Calgary-based venture is called Dissolve and specializes in stock video. 6:02

Tourism

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year, but if the province of Alberta wants to really increase tourism, it needs more. It's betting big on music.

Studio Bell, new home of the National Music Centre, will open its doors officially this summer during the Stampede.

For the moment, hundreds of people are working feverishly to finish construction.

If the province of Alberta wants to really increase tourism, it needs more than just the Stampede. So it's betting big on music. 5:33

Does it actually work?

University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe lays out the economic perspective: does government intervention actually pay off?

Does government intervention in diversification actually pay off? Trevor Tombe weighs in. 10:34

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