success stories

area of focus: global energy

area of focus: entrepreneurial energy

  • Civic partners Brand Committee conducted best practice into designing ambassador programs.

  • In the first five years the Global Business Centre served 40 companies, half of which established a permanent office in Calgary.

  • Three outbound trade and investment missions to China in Q1 2016.

  • Hosted 51 inbound trade missions at the Global Business Centre.

  • Beginning to develop a destination strategy for Calgary, examining which elements Calgary needs to be a premier destination.

  • In 2015, District Ventures was launched as consumer products accelerator.

  • In 2015, the Business Link returned to Calgary placing a local staff resource to support local entrepreneurs.

area of focus: innovative energy

area of focus: people energy

  • 10 Kinetica Ventures clients advanced to deep engagements.

  • COSIA launched the $20 million Carbon XPRIZE .challenging the world to reimagine what can be done with CO2 emissions.

  • Mount Royal University Launched a Social Innovation Hub.

  • Co led the creation of WCIO – the Western Canadian Innovation Offices, a consortium of 36 post-secondary tech transfer offices.

  • Community Social Workers work in 23 priority neighbourhoods to increase the social and economic participation of citizens. 

  • Calgary Economic Development has initiated the Re-engage Speaker series to provide information and networking opportunities to those laid off in the recent downturn.

  • Calgary Economic Development with Bow Valley College launched the Connector Program to expand networks of qualified, marginalized workers.

area of focus: community energy

area of focus: collaborative energy

  • The City of Calgary allocated additional funding to the Calgary Housing Company to increase the supply of affordable housing to low income Calgarians.

  • This is My Neighbourhood completed engagement with the 14 participating neighbourhoods in developing their visions.

  • Through Q1 Calgary Transit conducted a major review of 12 bus routes in the northwest and inner city resulting in new transit routes coming into effect 2016 September.

  • Calgary Economic Development received additional funds in the amount of $6.675 million for the Opportunity Calgary initiative from the City of Calgary to accelerate the implementation of the Economic Strategy for Calgary.

  • Calgary Economic Development hosted the second Economic Summit with almost 200 participants.

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