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Imagine you’ve won the lottery and – after a tropical vacation or heli-skiing holiday – you want to invest a significant portion of your winnings into Calgary’s economy.  

What would you do to get the maximum? ?return? ?on? ?your? ?investment and positively ?impact? the economy and employment opportunities in? ?Calgary? Would you launch a startup, invest in an existing company or industry, or acquire a company from elsewhere and relocate it here?

As we develop a next iteration of the 10-year economic strategy for Calgary on behalf of the citizens of this city, Calgary Economic Development wants to hear your best ideas for our future in the Resilient Business Challenge. We want to know what you think about businesses that could use a boost, or which fast-growing industries we should be tapping into. 

The economic strategy has an impact on every Calgarian, so public input into the development of the strategy to guide the city over the next decade is critical.

Calgary Economic Development doesn’t own the strategy but we steward its implementation on behalf of the community. It is a living document that guides everything we do at Calgary Economic Development.

The world has changed significantly since the first 10-year strategy for Calgary was released in 2008. The original strategy was titled: Think Big. Act Bold. Create Great and when it was updated after five years, it was re-branded Building on our Energy.The new strategy, which will be published in 2018, follows the release of the Calgary and Region Economic Outlook 2017 - 2026 in October that forecasts modest but sustained economic growth over the next decade.

We've heard from a lot of Calgarians interested in contributing to the economic strategy. There are a number of ways we will engage Calgarians but The Resilient Business Challenge is one of the forums where people can offer ideas on how Calgary can prosper over the next decade.  

Building on the success of a highly engaged online community for Calgary’s bid for Amazon HQ2, Calgary Economic Development wants to again leverage the collective knowledge of our entrepreneurial and innovative citizens.

After the ideas have been submitted, community members will have a chance to provide comments and feedback to improve the submissions. The best ideas will be reviewed by an expert panel developing the economic strategy. We also have prizes for the best submissions.

People can join the LoveYYC community at

BY Court Ellingson

Vice President, Research & Strategy

Research & Strategy

Court joined us as Research Manager in 2014 and joined the senior management team in 2015. He works with governments, non-profit agency and the private sector to implement Building on our Energy, the 10-year Economic Strategy for Calgary. His career includes six years with CUSO International in Indonesia.

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