Calgary is the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada, with two thirds of Calgary’s 115 head offices focused on the energy and oilfield services sector. Their reputation as world leaders in responsible energy production helped to secure the bid for the 2023 World Petroleum Congress, as, according to WPC Canada Chair Denis Painchaud, “Our industry is considered on the leading edge in terms of technologies deployed.” Calgary is one of only three cities that has hosted the congress twice – the first time being in 2000, which is still considered one of the best for delegate experience and financial success, according to Painchaud. Darcy Spady, 2018 President for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, hosting their Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Calgary in September 2019 agrees: “Calgary is known as a global leader in energy technology, especially in the oil and gas sector,” Darcy says. “Our companies have invented, innovated, optimized and marketed some of the leading technologies and best practices in the world.”
Beyond conventional energy, there is a strong drive towards sustainable and environmentally responsible energy sources. Calgary is strongly positioned in this sector as well, with 240 renewable energy companies and 108 energy storage companies calling The Stampede City home. As Canada’s sunniest metropolitan city, Calgary is second in the country for photovoltaic potential. This sets the stage for a successful bid for the 2020 IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference. Seth Hubbard, Program Chair, describes the other winning factors: “Calgary represented an ideal location due to numerous direct flights to both Europe and Asia, as well as Calgary’s commitment to renewable and green energy,” he says. “The excellent TELUS Convention Center facilities and nearby access to major hotel brands also made Calgary an easy choice for our conference.” And adds: “Meanwhile, the proximity to multiple tourist attractions nearby such as the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian Badlands will allow our attendees time for fun and relaxation before and after the event. The 47th IEEE PVSC organizing committee is looking forward to hosting our first conference in Canada and we are thrilled that it will take place in Calgary!”
Outside of Calgary’s abundance in natural resources and innovation, the energy of the city and its citizens is contagious. Named the most livable city in North America by The Economist in 2018, Calgary is a city rich with beautiful landscapes and urban vibrancy, offering dynamic experiences that enable visitors to enjoy endless opportunities outside a conference itinerary.
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