During the late 1980s through 1990s several multi-stakeholder, community-based groups were formed in an effort to address the pressures of oil and gas development. These groups were similar in that they were seeking more communication and opportunities for greater cooperation.
In 2002 several of these groups along with related government and industry organizations came together at a conference to share ideas. They realized they were on to something- the simple idea that stakeholders coming together in a respectful manner could make a real difference in ensuring community engagement. In 2003 they began a formal collaborative process to develop a new provincial, organization that would help support, coordinate and grow this emerging network of groups which were beginning to refer to themselves as ‘synergy groups’.
In 2006 Synergy Alberta was formally incorporated as a not-for-profit society and marked its first year hosting the Synergy Alberta Conference. Existing and newly developed groups across the province joined the Synergy Alberta network. Today Synergy Alberta continues to provide guidance and support to its member groups and newly developing groups and offers tools, resources and networking opportunities across Alberta.