Intellectual Capital

Calgary is more than a place to meet. We connect visitors and Calgarians—our city’s greatest resource. We are a place where collaboration, innovation and meaningful relationships begin.

Calgary has all kinds of energy. Natural resources and beauty surround the city. Canada’s oil and gas capital, Calgary’s most palpable energy is its people, who are young, diverse, educated, affluent and innovative.

During the past 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people from across the country and around the world have moved to the city to capture (and often create) opportunities in this dynamic modern city. Tens of thousands more visit and do business in Calgary for the same reasons.

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Driving Calgary’s intellectual capital

Calgary is Canada’s uncontested oil and gas capital – the engine that has propelled Canada’s economy for the past decade and the decision—making epi-centre for four per cent of international oil and gas production and 15 per cent of worldwide energy deal flow.

“People represent opportunities. People don’t come here and look at an oilfield . . . They look for relationships. They look for people,” says Jim Gray, Energy Group, Brookfield Asset Management.

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Collaborating with local industry, Mary Moran leads Calgary Economic Development in its mission to advance opportunities for Calgary’s people, businesses and communities.

“Calgary has a great story. It’s a competitive and friendly environment to get business done,” Moran says.

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As an intellectual hub, the University of Calgary translates its knowledge into the community and commercializes inventions that are created in its labs.

“Having the people in our community that understand us, that can leverage the energy that you feel in the city of Calgary, is absolutely fundamental to our commitment to be a global intellectual hub,” says Elizabeth Cannon, the president of the University of Calgary.

Read more or see our TechnologyKnowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurship videos.