As a global hub, Calgary has been raising its hand for all kinds of opportunities.
From the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid to the Calgary Economic Development proposition, “Hey, Amazon” Calgary is looking to broaden its identity, provide economic growth opportunities for Canadians, and attract international guests and investors to experience YYC’s unique energy.
With all this talk about diversifying Calgary’s identity, we started to wonder: What makes our city great?
Join us June 7 to hear from leaders in Calgary’s economic and arts development sectors about:
- how hosting international events impact Calgary’s local economy and global identity;
- what it means to be a desirable city; and
- why it’s important that Calgary stops comparing itself to other cities.
Court Ellingson, BComm’94
Court Ellingson joined Calgary Economic Development in 2014 as a project manager and economic strategist and is currently the vice-president of research and strategy. He works with government, non-profits and the private sector on the implementation of Building on Our Energy: The 10-Year Economic Strategy for Calgary. Court is a member of the Stewardship Group with imagineCALGARY, participates in the Thrive Community Economic Development Network and sits on the implementation committee for Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy.
Patti Pon, BFA’87
Patti Pon is a veteran community and arts champion with an extensive track record that includes leadership positions at the EPCOR centre for the Performing Arts (now Arts Commons), Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund and Alberta Theatre Projects, among others. She serves on the board of the Calgary Foundation and on a committee with the Calgary Stampede. She was a founding board member of the Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta), served on the steering committee for imagineCALGARY, and was a member of the JUNOs Host Committee and the Olympic Bid Exploration Committee.
Ian Chiclo, BA’91
Ian Chiclo has made a career out of storytelling and content creation. Currently working in marketing and producing for a video and television production company, Bamboo Shoots, he was the founding editor and long-time publisher of Fast Forward Weekly. Named to CalgaryInc. magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1999 and again in 2002, he launched his career at CJSW as editor of VOX Magazine from 1991-1995. He also hosted a radio show at the campus station for more than 20 years. Ian served as a board director for the Calgary Folk Music Festival for 12 years, four of those as board chair, and is actively involved with the Calgary Ski Club as a cross-country coach with its Jackrabbits program.