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0716 New board members

Six leading Calgarians have been appointed to the volunteer Board of Directors for Calgary Economic Development while two leaders from the business community have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund.

“The value of leading citizens who are willing to volunteer to serve their community is almost impossible to measure.  We are fortunate we have such talented and passionate Calgarians who willingly volunteer to work for the long-term prosperity for this city,” said Steve Allan, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Calgary Economic Development.

Calgary Economic Development is an agency of the City of Calgary that is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. The organizations duties include stewarding the implementation of the Economic Strategy Calgary in the New Economy.

The changes to the two boards were made at the annual meetings for Calgary Economic Development and the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund.

The new members of the Board for Calgary Economic Development are:

A sincere thank you for their service to Calgary is extended to the departing members of the Board of Directors – Tom Hodson, Kevin Zimmel, Hannes Kovacs and Debra Deane.

The new members of the Board of Director for the Opportunity Calgary investment Fund are:

  • Mark Blackwell: Investing Partner and lead of Canadian Office at venture capital fund Builders
  • Nancy Laird: More than 30 years in senior management in the energy and tech sectors

Thank you to Carol Kitchen and Jim Gray for their service on the Board. Gray in particular was a leading voice in the business community for the creation of the Fund given “business as usual” wasn’t going to resolve structural changes to the economy.

“The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund is an important tool for this city to accelerate the digital transformation of our industrial sectors and we simply could not do this work on behalf of Calgarians without such truly dedicated and talented people as everyone who serves on our Board of Directors

The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund is a $100 million program from the City of Calgary launched in 2018 that is managed by Calgary Economic Development and is overseen by an independent Board of Directors.

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