Calgary Economic Development names interim President & CEO

July 20, 2021
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Brad Parry to take on temporary role as executive search continues

Calgary Economic Development Ltd. (CED) announces the appointment of Brad Parry as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, as the search process for the next President & CEO takes place. 

“Brad has been and is a key part of a strong senior management team at Calgary Economic Development, and he is well positioned to lead the organization with fresh thinking and new ideas as we build on our recent successes.” said Joe Lougheed, Board Chair, Calgary Economic Development. “Brad has a history of building organizational cultures that are inclusive, focused on growth, spearheading digital and technology transformation and driving innovation.”

“We’ve made significant strides with OCIF in recent months to make it an even more effective tool to support the innovator and entrepreneurial talent and community in Calgary and Brad has been integral to that thinking and in his new role we can continue the momentum we are seeing.” said Mark Blackwell, Board Chair, Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. 

Prior to joining Calgary Economic Development, Parry had led and acted as a key advisor to small, medium and large-scale operations in media, technology, marketing and advertising in Calgary and Toronto. 

“I am thankful for the confidence and trust that the Board of Directors and the organization have placed in me. The momentum in the recovery of Calgary’s economy is encouraging but we have a lot more work to do to see sustained growth and ensure all Calgarians get the chance to be part of our successes,” said Parry. “We have a team of almost 70 at Calgary Economic Development, the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and the Calgary Film Centre who are passionate champions for Calgary and are committed to working with businesses, educators, community organizations and governments to ensure we continue to be the city of choice for those that embraces technology and innovation to solve global challenges.”

Executive search firm, Janet Soles and Associates, have been retained to conduct an international search for the next President and CEO and the intention is to have the process completed this year. 

The mandate for Calgary Economic Development includes stewardship of the economic strategy Calgary in the New Economy. We are currently seeking feedback from Calgarians as we assess the strategy given the challenges of COVID-19. Please take a moment to share and complete the brief survey.

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