Calgary, Alberta

Located in an area of foothills and prairie, just 80 kilometres East of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary ranks as the 4th largest municipality in Canada and the largest in the Province of Alberta. Calgary is a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area.

From a business perspective, Calgary’s economy is less dominated by the oil and gas industry than it once was, although it is still the single largest contributor to the city’s GDP. The city is home to 87% of Canada’s oil and natural gas producers and 66% of coal producers.

Calgary’s downtown office space inventory of 38 million square feet along with a suburban inventory at 23 million square feet offers all classes of office space for tenants. The average age of Calgary’s office buildings is the youngest of any major Canadian city and therefore offers benefits such as efficient buildings systems, high environmental standards and state of the art design with high efficiency leasing.

Calgary has 118 million square feet of industrial space, generally composed of transportation logistics and manufacturing facilities. Since much of the new construction has taken place in the last ten years, there are significant energy efficiencies and building design and site amenities to accommodate current warehousing standards and transportation equipment rentals. Calgary’s corporate head offices include Imperial Oil, Shaw Communications, Telus and Shell Canada to name a few.

Calgary is a modern city that retains much of its traditional western heritage. It is the centre of country music in Canada, referred to by some as the “Nashville of the North.” Like other major cities, Calgary hosts a bevy of annual events and festivals with the most famous being the world-renowned, “Calgary Stampede.”

Calgary is a transportation core for much of central and western Canada. Calgary International Airport is the third largest in Canada by aircraft movements and is a major cargo hub. Calgary’s presence on the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline also make it an important exchange centre for freight.