Brad Parry, President & CEO, CED awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

January 28, 2023
Leadership General Business New Economy
Brad Parry Queen Elizabeth II award

On Jan. 28, 2023, the Government of Alberta awarded Brad Parry, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee medal. Nominated by fellow Albertans, recipients of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal are recognized for their significant contributions to the province.  

“Brad puts Calgarians first and holds the economic health and social vibrancy of our community at the forefront of his mission. He is a community advocate at his core, and a fearless leader for the teams and those who work with him,” said Joe Lougheed, Board Chair, Calgary Economic Development. 

Under Brad’s leadership Calgary Economic Development stewards the city’s economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, an ambitious vision to create long-term economic prosperity and opportunities for all.  

“I’m humbled to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. This recognition is very much a testament to the passion-driven contributions of everyone who works in our organizations. Our teams strive to position our city for growth, and together we are working towards our vision for Calgary to be a welcoming, inclusive and innovative city,” said Brad.   

Nominated by the Ministry of Trade, Immigration and Multiculturalism, this honour extended to Brad is in recognition of his track record of leadership, one that spans two decades across public, private, startup and nonprofit organizations. Throughout his career, Brad has built inclusive, data-oriented organizational cultures that support and reward innovation.   

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend a heartfelt congratulations to Brad on this much deserved recognition. He has our community’s and my personal thanks for his compassionate leadership and innovative approach to developing solutions that take on some of our city’s greatest challenges,” said Joe. 

Brad works closely with peers, organizations and the broader business community to identify solutions to municipal, regional, national and global challenges by fostering an environment of relentless collaboration. 

“Every day, we come together to make Calgary a city where everyone can prosper, do game changing work and have an unrivaled quality of life,” added Brad.

In addition to leading the team at Calgary Economic Development and sitting on the board, Brad is also the CEO and board member of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and Calgary Film Centre. He is a former board member and advisor to Data for Good, a national volunteer organization that focuses on supporting their communities through the use of data.  

About the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal 

The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada on Feb. 6, 1952. By nomination, seven thousand Albertans who have demonstrated a significant contribution to the province will receive this medal. The commemorative medal was created in part of the Platinum Jubilee year celebrations and is organized by the Government of Alberta.  

Follow Calgary’s story on LinkedIn at @calgaryeconomicdevelopment, on Twitter at @calgaryeconomic or on Instagram at @lifeincalgary.  

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