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Calgary mayor seeks to woo Vancouver tech talent

Two events held in downtown Vancouver to showcase growing opportunities for Vancouver tech businesses and talent in Calgary


Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary is visiting Vancouver today to attend two events aimed at attracting technology talent and employers to Calgary. The Digital Transformation Showcase will feature market opportunities for Vancouver companies in Calgary while theCalgary Is Hiring Tech Talent Job Fair will link Calgary technology companies with local talent. Tickets for both events are currently available and free for both businesses and job-seekers. 

“It’s an exciting time for businesses coming to Calgary right now,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “We’re a city that thinks big and embraces innovation. Our growing technology and innovation sector gives businesses who are looking to scale an opportunity to work among some of the world’s best entrepreneurs, realizing compelling cost-savings, while offering employees a chance to see for themselves why there is no better place to be.”

Both events aim to raise awareness of the growing opportunities in Calgary, which boasts the highest head office concentration per capita in Canada and was recently named North America’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Of the 23 cities in North America reviewed by Boston Consulting, Calgary ranked second, after only Toronto, for business-friendly environment.

“Calgary is well poised to capitalize on the rapid pace of change that defines the technology industry,” said Robyn Bews, Vice President of Business Development at Calgary Economic Development. “We have a lot to offer businesses who align on our values of inclusivity, collaboration and community spirit. Our established economic strategy is designed to attract top talent and drive innovative business growth to foster a thriving business environment.”

The events are part of a larger business development strategy headed by Calgary Economic Development, which includes the launch of a $100 million investment fund (the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund) created to foster growth in targeted sectors of Calgary’s economy.

ABOUT THE EVENTS

  • Digital Transformation Showcase
    What: 
    A showcase of market opportunities for technology companies to provide solutions for key industry leaders in Calgary such as Agriview, Alberta Health Services, ATB, ATCO, Bison Transport, and Canadian Natural Resources
    Where: Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)
    When: Thursday, October 25, 1:00pm – 4:30pm PDT
  • Calgary is Hiring Tech Talent Job Fair
    What: A meet-and-greet style job fair for tech workers to meet some of Calgary’s fastest growing tech companies, including Ambyint, ATB, Attabotics, atVenu, Benevity, Clio, GuildOne, Koridor, Plankk, ReWatt Power, Solium, Sure Fuel and Zerokey.
    Where: Spaces Gastown (151 West Hastings Street, Vancouver)
    When: Thursday, October 25, 5:00pm – 8:00pm PDT

For more information, please visit www.calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com.