Calgary makes a splash at Collision

June 27, 2022
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Over 70 local companies represented Calgary as Canada’s most adventurous tech city at the Collision Conference in Toronto. Billed as North America’s fastest growing technology conference, the large contingent of Calgary delegates showcased the strong momentum and opportunity in the city’s tech and innovation ecosystem.

Backed by a culture of possibility, Calgary is emerging as one of North America’s most important tech cities, home to startups and global scaleups spanning multiple sectors and tackling some of the world's greatest challenges.

Calgary attendees included innovators in cleantech, life sciences, fintech, ed-tech, legal, SAAS, blockchain, robotics and more. With headquarters of global companies such as IBM, AWS, EY, Mphasis and Unity, tech is a leading industry in Calgary and a driver of growth in all sectors.

LinkedIn Talent Insights reports Calgary had the fastest pace of tech workforce growth in Canada and the U.S. in 2021 at 2.2 per cent, as a generation of tech companies are driving GDP growth and job creation.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Brad Parry, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development, participated in a series of masterclasses alongside leaders of local companies to showcase why Calgary is the place where bright minds and big ideas come together with an unmatched spirit to help solve global challenges, the vision of the economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy.

AltaML and Harvest Builders shared insights on how Calgary is winning the global talent competition and Calgary’s next billion-dollar unicorns were showcased at a panel with Blackline Safety,  Attabotics Inc., Neo Financial and Thin Air Labs.

Calgary-based Virtual Gurus founder Bobbie Racette, one of the first Indigenous woman to close a Series A funding round, spoke at a panel on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day June 21, highlighting how Indigenous innovation is shaping Canada’s future.

Legal tech firm and Trade Accelerator Program graduate Goodlawyer hosted a yacht get together to connect local startups, ecosystem partners and investors – a showing of the signature collaborative spirit of Calgary’s tech community.

With over 4,300 open tech jobs and a recent ranking as the third most livable city in the world, Calgary is on firm standing as a top city for tech talent and innovators who want to enjoy an enviable lifestyle while doing industry-disrupting work.

To learn more about opportunities in Calgary’s tech and innovation ecosystem, visit Live Tech, Love Life. Follow @LiveTech_LoveLife for takeovers by local tech companies showing what it’s like to live and work in Calgary.


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