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Each year, Calgary Economic Development’s Report to the Community brings together over 800 business, community, and government leaders to learn what has shaped Calgary’s economy in the previous year and be inspired about where it is going in the future.

Held virtually for the first time in 2021, discussions revolved around the mark left by COVID-19 and what forging into the future looks like for our opportunity-rich city. In 2020, Calgary’s community came together to support health and local businesses, while also experiencing first-hand the importance of digital transformation and the need for diversification. 

A year filled with record-setting funding announcements, energy transitions, and a global health crisis – this year’s virtual event featured interactive breakout sessions, moderated by influential community and business leaders, discussing COVID-19's economic impacts and how Calgary can be a global climate, community and capital leader.    



2021 Panels

In 2021, Report to the Community featured a discussion on the biggest challenges and opportunities from 2020: Covid-19 and Community, and Climate and Capital.

Panel One: Covid-19 and Community

In times of crisis, nothing is more important than community. This panel will feature four thought leaders discussing what the economic and community recovery from COVID-19 can look like, and how a focus on Calgary’s community is what will be our differentiator for the city.  

From digital transformation to social justice, join this honest conversation on the community impact of COVID-19 and how Calgary can advance as one of Canada’s most diverse world-class cities.

Susan Henry

Chief, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)

Dr. Breanne Everett

CEO & President, Orpyx

Jon Cornish

Investment Advisor, RBC

Patti Pon

President & CEO, Calgary Arts Development (CADA)

Ken Lima-Coelho

Vice President, Community Engagement, YMCA

Covid & Community Panel Moderator

Panel Two: Climate and Capital

In a city known for our energy output, does the move to a greener economy impact the capital flow to our city? Amid the cancellation of KeystoneXL and events like the Texas ice storms, how can Calgary purposely balance both climate and capital interests in the energy industry and continue to foster ‘unicorn’ tech companies in emerging sectors to diversify our key industry and our economy.

Apoorv Sinha

Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Upcycling

Russ McMeekin

CEO & President, mCloud

Tiffany Kaminsky

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Symend

Alicia Dubois

Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

Rhona DelFrari

Chief Sustainability Officer & Senior Vice-President, Stakeholder Engagement, Cenovus Energy Inc.

Climate & Capital Panel Moderator


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

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WestJet was founded in 1996 in Calgary and is intent on being one of the five most successful international airlines in the world providing our guests with a friendly caring experience that will change air travel forever.


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TELUS is a leading telecommunications company in Canada, with 11.6 million customer connections including 6.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers.


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For over 100 years, ENMAX has delivered electricity to Calgarians through its transmission, distribution and substation network.  Postmedia is a Canadian news media company representing hundreds of brands across multiple print, online, and mobile platforms, including the Calgary Herald.



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RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to their clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses.
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude.


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Telsec Property Corporation offers a full spectrum of business facilities from office to showroom, and warehouse to retail development.
Global team of creators, innovators, and experts transforming events into immersive, collaborative experiences that deliver real results. Encore. Events that Transform.





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We’re pleased to support the Calgary Chapter of the Missing Children Society of Canada, a charity WestJet has helped since 2004 continue the search for missing children. Net proceeds from this event as well as additional donations made will be contributed to this great cause.   


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The event presenters touch on our annual accomplishments at a glance and the current economic conditions in Calgary and Alberta. 

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Susan McGregor

Events Manager, Marketing & Communications