ATB Financial

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Alberta Treasury Branches
Crown corporation
Industry Financial services
Founded Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, 1938
Headquarters Edmonton, Alberta
Key people
Dave Mowat, President and CEO Brian Hesje, Chairman of the Board
Products Financial services, Wealth Management
Revenue Increase $1.5 billion CAD (2015)[1]
Number of employees

Alberta Treasury Branches, doing business as ATB Financial,[2] is a financial institution and crown corporation owned by the Province of Alberta. ATB operates in Alberta only, providing financial services to nearly 700,000 Albertans and Alberta-based businesses. ATB has 172 branches and 135 agencies, serving a total of 243 communities in Alberta. Wealth management services are offered under the name ATB Investor Services or ATBIS. ATB has more than 5,300 employees. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with total assets of C$43.1 billion (2015 Annual Report), ATB is the largest Alberta-based financial institution.

ATB is not a chartered bank, and unlike all banks operating in Canada, ATB is regulated entirely by the Government of Alberta, under the authority of the Alberta Treasury Branches Act, Chapter A-37.9, 1997, and Treasury Branches Regulation 187/97. The legislation is modeled on the statutes and regulations governing other financial institutions and other guidelines to financial institutions issued by the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation. ATB Financial is one of fifteen financial institutions that participates in Canada's Large Value Transfer System.


ATB was created by the first Social Credit government of Premier William Aberhart on September 29, 1938, after earlier attempts to impose government control over banks operating in Alberta were thwarted by the federal government. The first Alberta Treasury Branch was opened in Rocky Mountain House on September 29 of that year. ATB is the most significant surviving remnant of social credit economic policies in Alberta.

ATB was the subject of scandal in the late 1980s after clients such as Peter Pocklington's Gainers Foods[3][4][5] and the Ghermezian Brothers' West Edmonton Mall[6][7] defaulted on loans.

In the 1990s, the government reformed ATB with the intention of transforming it into a competitive financial institution. An independent board of directors was established in 1996. On October 8, 1997, ATB formally became a provincial crown corporation. Since then, it has operated under a board of directors selected by the Alberta government. It adopted the moniker ATB Financial in January 2002.


As of March 31, 2015, ATB reported assets of $43.1 billion, deposits of $30.6 billion, loans of $37.6 billion, and a net income of $328.6 million.[8]

ATB Branch, Edmonton.


  • In 2015, ATB was named one of Alberta’s Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.[9]
  • Ranked 13 of Canada's Top 50 Best Workplaces in 2015.[10]
  • Received two governance awards from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries in 2014.[11]
  • Awarded Outstanding Corporation award in the Edmonton Philanthropy Day celebrations.[citation needed]
  • ATB won the People's Choice Award for Alberta BoostR at the 2014 North America Corporate Entrepreneur Awards [12]


See also


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  2. ATB Financial legal disclaimers - "Alberta Treasury Branches is the owner of the trade name/ trade mark ATB Financial."
  3. "Alberta Treasury Branches and the Edmonton Oilers sale". October 2, 1997. Archived from the original on 2003-12-17. Retrieved 2015-04-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Peter Puck's last stand". Archived from the original on 2009-11-05. Retrieved 29 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. "2015 Annual Report" (PDF). Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Alberta's Top Employers 2015". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Best Workplaces in Canada". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Excellence in Governance Awards". Retrieved 9 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. [1][dead link]

External links

  • ATB Financial
  • ATB Financial launches game changer for Alberta Businesses [2]
  • ATB Financial posts record $328-million year-end profit [3]
  • No more tricks: How ATB Financial's Rob Bennett is transforming some of the banking industry's sneakiest practices for the good of the company and the community [4]
  • Alberta's Business Person of the Year: ATB Financial's Dave Mowat [5]
  • ATB Financial: Chosen as one of Alberta's Top Employers for 2015 [6]
  • We Are Alberta [7]
  • All-Albertan Song Contest [8]
  • Alberta Boostr [9]
  • We Grow Alberta [10]
  • Making It Right: ATB's Freedom Account [11]