The University of Calgary has an important role to play in Calgary's economic future.
Calgary Economic Development released its 2003 annual report on Fri., May 21. Among its goals are to retain and expand Calgary businesses and to attract new businesses and investment, both of which require excellence in high-technology fields.
"I think the city is going to live and die by its ability to satiate the knowledge-based economy," said President and CEO F. Bruce Graham. "Oil and gas industries depend on brain power and the ability of companies to innovate. The university and post-secondary institutions are incredibly important to those companies' success and in ensuring a good labour supply for companies already here."
Last year, U of C's Haskayne School of Business co-hosted the Calgary Export Achievement Awards with Calgary Economic Development. Later this summer, Calgary Economic Development will host the International Trade and Technology Summit, which will bring together representatives from Calgary, Texas, and Mexico.