Calgary-based LodgeLink is disrupting the crew-travel logistics sector in North America with its digital B2B workforce travel platform. With roots in energy, the local company has expanded across sectors and regions, providing businesses with digital workforce travel management tools that save time and money.
“The idea for the LodgeLink platform grew out of both necessity and market opportunity,” said Trevor Haynes, President and CEO, LodgeLink. “The world urgently needed our expertise provided to customers in a different way.”
Aligned with innovation goals in the economic strategy, Calgary in the New Economy, the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) approved up to $3 million to LodgeLink to support the creation of 300 technical roles and an equal number of commercial and administrative positions over five years.
“With OCIF’s support, we are building a scaleup tech business here in Calgary that uniquely transfers experience gained from oil and gas and re-applies it to benefit multiple industries,” said Haynes.
With LodgeLink’s hiring initiatives to rapidly expand the local team, many tech workers are relocating to Calgary, incentivized by the inclusive culture and the city’s livability. In fact, Calgary recently ranked the third most livable city in the world, and first in North America by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
“We are welcoming new staff to the team who are excited about the quality of life and lower cost of living here in Calgary,” said Haynes.“We continue to believe Calgary is the hub and immense opportunity exists here.”
Calgary, like LodgeLink, is building beyond its foundation in energy and continues to diversify and attract highly skilled tech talent.
After receiving OCIF support, LodgeLink supports net-new end markets including windfarm and railroad maintenance, transport and mining.
“We are seeing inroads – pun intended - in transport and railroad maintenance. These companies have large systems, and constantly have crews going out to do maintenance. LodgeLink helps these companies maintain operational excellence,” said Haynes.
The platform has grown from 2,000 hotels and lodges representing 200,000 rooms before OCIF funding, to more than 7,300 properties representing approximately 697,000 rooms.
“LodgeLink – and Calgary – is the place to be if you are interested in doing meaningful work in the tech world.”
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