Alfred H. Balm
Mr. Alfred Balm, chairman and owner of the Emergo Group, has developed business opportunities in Canada, the United States, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe and owns holdings through numerous companies in Canada, U.S.A. and Europe. He was, and continues to be Chair of the global management committee responsible for building and managing the company’s investments.
Educated in architecture, Mr. Balm joined International Technical Assistance in the nineteen-fifties and was involved in the construction of large projects located in a variety of locations and funded by the World Bank, Development Funds and Government-to-Government arrangements. Upon his return to Holland, Mr. Balm started his own architectural firm that through its offices in The Netherlands designed and project-managed numerous projects throughout the country and abroad. Mr. Balm established the Emergo Group 25 years ago and initiated investments in diverse sectors of the economy with great success.
Through one of his companies, FRACMASTER Ltd., he was instrumental in rejuvenating the Russian oil industry after “perestroika”, signing the second ever joint venture between Russia and a western company. Mr. Balm was invited to represent Canada as energy advisor during the 1993 meeting of the G7 in Tokyo, and was appointed a board member of the World Petroleum Congress in 2000. He was nominated for Emerging Markets CEO of the year award 1994 at the Joint Annual Meeting of the World Bank and IMF in Madrid, and is recipient of the Distinguished Business Leader Award of the University of Calgary.