The Hudson Bay Company has a long history with Canada. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson%27s_Bay_Company )
Edmonton's exists because of the fur trade and the Hudson Bay Company. At one time much of the land that Edmonton now sits on was owned by the Bay. Our river valley park system was a gift from the company as well, but when this land was handed over contracts were drawn up that would see little to no development on this parkland. This is how Edmonton wound up with such an extensive urban green belt. There has been talk of some select commercial development in the river valley, which I support. It would be VERY nice to be able to sit outside and have dinner surrounded by what is practically a forest in the middle of the city. As a whole the park system is under utilized by most people.