Report to the Community

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Each year, Calgary Economic Development’s Report to the Community brings together over 800 business, community, and government leaders to learn what has shaped Calgary’s economy in the previous year and be inspired about the future.

Last Year's
Report to the Community

In 2021, Report to the Community featured a discussion on the biggest challenges and opportunities from 2020. A year filled with record-setting funding announcements, energy transitions, and a global health crisis – the virtual event featured interactive breakout sessions, moderated by influential community and business leaders, discussing COVID-19's economic impacts and how Calgary can be a global climate, community and capital leader.

2021 Keynote Speakers

Held virtually for the first time in 2021, discussions revolved around the mark left by COVID-19 and what forging into the future looks like for our opportunity-rich city. In 2020, Calgary’s community came together to support health and local businesses, while also experiencing first-hand the importance of digital transformation and the need for diversification.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi

City of Calgary

Naheed Nenshi, A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary's 36th mayor on October 25, 2010 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
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Mary Moran

President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development

Mary became President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development in 2015. Under her leadership there has been greater focus on Calgary’s competitiveness in the new economy; including the areas of talent development, innovation, placemaking, and the business environment.
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Ed Sims

CEO, WestJet

Throughout his aviation career, Ed Sims, has demonstrated that an emphasis on peoples’ development and transparent communication are the stepping stones to success. As President and CEO, responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations, Ed leads WestJet’s employees with this emphasis and the professional values of accountability, resilience, authenticity, aspiration, and humility.
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Navin Arora

President, TELUS Business Solutions

As President of TELUS Business Solutions, Navin leads a national team of more than 4,500 team members. He oversees sales in the mid-market and small business segments nationally, and drives the integrated marketing, product development and customer experience strategy and operations for all of TELUS’ business customers across Canada.

Panel One: Covid 19 And Community

In times of crisis, nothing is more important than community. This panel will feature four thought leaders discussing what the economic and community recovery from COVID-19 can look like, and how a focus on Calgary’s community is what will be our differentiator for the city. From digital transformation to social justice, join this honest conversation on the community impact of COVID-19 and how Calgary can advance as one of Canada’s most diverse world-class cities.

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Susan Henry

Chief, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

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Dr. Breanne Everett

CEO & President, Orpyx

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Jon Cornish

Investment Advisor, RBC

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Patti Pon

President & CEO, Calgary Arts Development (CADA)

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Ken Lima-Coelho

Vice President, Community Engagement, YMCA

Panel Two: Climate and Capital

In a city known for our energy output, does the move to a greener economy impact the capital flow to our city? Amid the cancellation of KeystoneXL and events like the Texas ice storms, how can Calgary purposely balance both climate and capital interests in the energy industry and continue to foster ‘unicorn’ tech companies in emerging sectors to diversify our key industry and our economy.

Apoorv Sinha

Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Upcycling

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Russ McMeekin

CEO & President, mCloud

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Tiffany Kaminsky

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Symend

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Alicia Dubois

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

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Rhona DelFrari

Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy Inc.


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Lindsay Regier

Manager, Brand & Activations, Marketing & Communications

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