Business success stories


  • 1. How has being a member of the local Chamber of Commerce made a difference for the business?

    Since joining in 2012, Bluetrain has engaged with the local Chamber in a variety of ways, such as speaking to the membership about digital marketing, offering training on Google advertising, hosting a Mayor business visitation, and participating in social events for team building, such as the annual golf tournament and curling bonspiel. Additionally, I was honoured in 2015 to be presented with the Don Neil Young Entrepreneurial award at the Sherwood Park Chamber Business awards. All of this has allowed us to meet some wonderful people over the years, with a couple relationships now being some of our most beloved and valued long-term clients. So overall, not only has our Chamber involvement had an impact on our ability to offer staff some wonderful experiences, it has had made a difference economically as well.

  • 2. How has Strathcona County enabled the success of your business?

    Yes, I can definitely say that Strathcona County has had a positive impact on our business, mainly due to presenting us with opportunities to expand our network, which has resulted in wonderful new clients and partner relationships. Most importantly, it has allowed us to have a rewarding culture that feels part of a true community, which I feel is a lot harder to accomplish as a small company in a larger city.

  • 3. What are the three main benefits of having Bluetrain located in Strathcona County?

    One – One of our core values is balance, so having multiple staff with families living in Strathcona County enables us to offer a professional and challenging work opportunity close to home. It’s a joy to avoid the frustration of rush hour with a short 5-10 minute commute for our local-based staff. Two – The transportation access of our location is excellent, as we have clients and partners located across the greater Edmonton region. We find we can often efficiently get to any meeting within 15-25 minutes due to easy access to main arteries like Anthony Henday, Yellowhead, Baseline Road, Sherwood Park Freeway, and Whitemud. Three – The close-knit and engaged business community in Strathcona County is very refreshing as you can quickly get involved and feel very connected. Bluetrain moved to Sherwood Park only six years ago and we can honestly say we have numerous relationships with individuals at Strathcona County, Sherwood Park Chamber, and multiple local businesses, many we now call friends.

  • 4. You have a digital marketing company located in Strathcona County, tell us about Bluetrain?

    Bluetrain provides data-driven digital marketing services to clients across Canada and the United States. It offers management of online advertising, SEO, content marketing, social media, and web analytics. 

    Bluetrain acts as a long-term trusted digital management partner with its clients. This business model was derived from a decision to move away from the “build it and forget it” attitude that has become prevalent in the world of marketing. Instead, Bluetrain has chosen to work with clients on an ongoing basis so that digital strategies can continually be adjusted to reflect data insights and new client goals, all while adapting to the Internet’s ever-evolving environment.



  • 1. How would you describe the support received from Strathcona County?

    Strathcona County excels at having an open door that allows for two-way dialogue. We are kept in the loop on what’s new in the County and we’re given the opportunity to provide updates on our operations. The County has been a good partner in developing roads and infrastructure needed to accommodate the thousands of workers that access our site and neighbouring industrial facilities.

  • 2. Shell is an international energy company with operations located in Strathcona County. Tell us more about what is going on in the County.

    Shell has a number of operations in the County, including: an expansive manufacturing facility (Shell Scotford), a marketing terminal (near Anthony Henday Drive), and Retail locations. Shell Scotford is comprised of an upgrader, a refinery, two chemical plants, and a carbon capture and storage facility. In terms of jobs, there are over 1,300 employees, 500 long-term contractors, and thousands of short-term contractors. Last year, approximately $150M was spent on local contracts and $50M in municipal taxes (approximately 24% of the Strathcona County consolidated budget).

  • 3. Tell us about how Shell is diversifying for the future.

    Shell Scotford is already the site of diverse operations – with upgrading, refining, chemical production and carbon capture. Shell is always evaluating future opportunities to grow its businesses – including exciting opportunities in our New Energies business.

  • 4. What is it about the transportation infrastructure in Strathcona County that benefits a petrochemical company such as Shell?

    Having access to effective road, rail, and air transport is key in moving our people and products. These pieces (as well as interconnectivity via pipelines) enable our business to easily get thousands of people to our site and to send products to our customers.


Jacek Chocolate Couture

  • 1. How would you describe the support received from Strathcona County – from when you were a home-based business to now?

    Strathcona County has been extremely supportive since I first started my business. When I started out in my basement, the Mayor, Councillors and Economic Development came for a visit to learn my new business and my vision for the future. The support has continued over the years, including being a part of the County’s mentorship program.

  • 2. Tell us about Jacek Chocolate Couture. You have a unique product produced right here in the Edmonton Metropolian Region of Strathcona County.

    People don’t disagree with me when I say that I have one of the best jobs in the world as a ‘Cocoanista’- a chocolate designer.  The concept was created when I couldn’t decide whether to become a fashion designer or a chocolatier, so I combined the two to create my dream job. Like fashion, Jacek launches seasonal collections that are a treat to the eyes and the taste buds, and have recently launched the inaugural bean-to-bar Fabric Collection. Jacek Chocolate Couture was started in 2009 in my home basement in Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, and now includes a production facility, three retail boutiques (Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Canmore), and an online store. We are committed to innovation, artistry and the best ingredients, with a quest of spreading joy through fine, fashionable chocolate. Each chocolate is hand-crafted, and are essentially pieces of edible art.

  • 3. What is next for Jacek Chocolates?

    We are very excited for the future- our goal is to bring joy to a million people by July 2024. One of the leaps we are making to accelerate the achievement of this goal is by expanding our production and retail location in Sherwood Park (tripled the space!), and working on a strategy to bring joy online across Canada.

  • 4. You are just expanding into a larger manufacturing facility here in Strathcona County. What is your reason for staying in the region?

    We are proud to be in Sherwood Park, and did not consider leaving Strathcona County when we were looking to expand.  The Sherwood Park community and the Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce have been a huge support to the business, and we want to continue serving here. For me personally, the short commute, being close to our son, and having access to other great businesses and amenities make Sherwood Park an awesome place to live, work and play!



  • 1. How would you describe the support received from Strathcona County?

    The support we have received from Strathcona County has been unbelievable.

  • 2. What is the next goal for Nutraponics to reach in the next five years?

    Our five-year goal is to build a Nutraponics farming facility in every province and territory in Canada while beginning our international expansion. We want consumers across Canada to have the option to buy, eat, and enjoy our pure and clean products. 

  • 3. Why did Nutraponics choose Strathcona County?

    Originally, we chose Strathcona County so that we could run research on an acreage farm, with immediate access to a network of over 1.4 million consumers in Strathcona County and Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Today, we realize that the tight knit community is extremely supportive, innovative, and willing to go that extra mile to support their business community. We made the right choice. 

  • 4. You have a unique company located in Strathcona County. Tell us about Nutraponics.

    Nutraponics Canada is an Indoor Vertical Aqauponics Farming company that grows pure, pesticide free produce by creating natural symbiotic ecosystems for our plants and fish. Aquaponics is a sustainable farming technique where fish are farmed alongside plants. The fish are fed our special blend of organic feed and can then be sold to consumers. The fish produce nitrate rich water, which is circulated to fertilize our delicious leafy greens. Our mission is to lead the sustainable food movement by building a global network of our indoor vertical aquaponics farms. 


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Last updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018
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