Calgary as a global city: what $6b in infrastructure projects means for the city. A look at the major capital projects underway and the role they play in the future of the city

11 Oct 2023REF Club
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Calgary as a global city: what $6b in infrastructure projects means for the city. A look at the major capital projects underway and the role they play in the future of the city

Calgary as a global city: what $6b in infrastructure projects means for the city. A look at the major capital projects underway and the role they play in the future of the city

11 Oct 2023REF Club
About the speakers
  • Shaun Jones
    Shaun Jones
    Senior Advisor at Altus Group
    Shaun Jones is a Senior Advisor with Altus Group based in Calgary, working alongside their Development Advisory and Valuation teams across the Country. Over the years he has had the great fortune to be a part in many public and private sector city shaping projects here in the city. Shaun has also been active in the affordable housing sector, sitting on various boards and committees over the years, helping to deliver much needed affordable housing to communities across Canada.
  • Joel Cowley
    Joel Cowley
    Chief Executive Officer at Calgary Stampede
    Joel Cowley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Stampede on September 1, 2021. Before taking on the role of CEO, he spent 15 years with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, including seven years as president and CEO. While at Houston, Cowley oversaw an event that drew upwards of 2.6 million visitors per year with the support of 135 full time employees and more than 35,000 volunteers. His community service included seven years on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he was recognized as the 2017 Executive Communicator of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators and a 2019 Most Admired CEO by the Houston Business Journal. Cowley holds an M.B.A. from Michigan State University, a M.Sc. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University and a B.Sc. in Animal Science from Colorado State University.
  • Jyoti Gondek
    Jyoti Gondek
    Mayor at City of Calgary
    Jyoti Gondek was sworn in as Calgary's 37th mayor and the first woman to be elected to this role on October 25, 2021. Prior to being elected as mayor, she served as city councillor for Ward 3 from 2017 to 2021. Throughout her career, Mayor Gondek has taken a big picture approach to pressing challenges. Often, she has found processes and policies exist simply because they have never been questioned. She has come to understand that by probing and chipping away at issues, we move forward with improvements that have meaning in our everyday lives. Mayor Gondek’s professional background includes leading the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business where she examined the challenges facing Calgary’s commercial sector as property values in the core plummeted. She knew then that this issue would be a big one for Calgary. She also ran a successful consulting practice for 12 years helping clients in the energy and city-building sectors evolve their business models to fit a changing regulatory and economic environment. She holds a Ph.D. in urban sociology, and an M.A. in organizational sociology.
  • Scott Hutcheson
    Scott Hutcheson
    Executive Chair at Aspen Properties
    Scott Hutcheson is the Executive Chair of Aspen Properties, a fully integrated, privately held commercial real estate company based in the city of Calgary. Prior to co-founding Aspen Properties in 1998, Scott served as President of a real estate partnership in Florida and was also previously employed as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco. Scott is an active member in our community, having served on numerous boards across the country. He is currently the Chair of Invest Alberta Corporation, a member of the Board of Directors for Own the Podium and a member of the Advisory Board for Rohit Investments Inc, and a member of the Board of Directors of QuadReal. In recent years, Scott also served as the Chair of Arts Commons, Chair of the Board of the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic bid for the winter games and Chair of Winsport amongst many other private and not for profit boards. He was an accomplished athlete in his youth, competing as a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 1978-1982. Hutcheson earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Utah.
  • Brad Parry
    Brad Parry
    President & CEO at Calgary Economic Development
    leadership roles across industries that span public, private, startup and not-for-profit organizations, Brad has a strong track record of driving high performing teams by leading with integrity and compassion, and creating a culture of accountability, teamwork and collaboration. Previous to his leadership roles at CED, Brad held executive positions for companies, including CEO and Founder of Atlarge Consulting, a consultancy focused on marketing, communications, operations, strategy, commercialization, and revenue generation for technology, media and venture capital companies; Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Intertainment Media; and Vice President of Marketing at E! Television Network. With a strong foundation in marketing, communications, labour, investor, stakeholder and government relations, Brad has built a reputation for being a strategic and analytical leader known for building inclusive organizational cultures that are data-centric and focused on growing revenue, spearheading digital and technology transformation and driving innovation. A passionate, strategic and analytical thinker with a penchant for getting things done, Brad has led and acted as a key advisor to small, medium and large-scale operations. In addition to leading the team at CED and serving on the Board of Directors, Brad is also the CEO of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund and Board member of the Calgary Film Centre. He is also a former Board member and advisor to Data for Good, a national volunteer organization that focuses on supporting their communities through the use of data. In January 2023, Brad was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee medal in recognition of his track record of leadership and contributions to the province.

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