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Greg Abel and Doug Suttles: Power, petroleum and the planet 

The energy world is in the midst of its greatest upheaval in generations.

So on July 8th, your Calgary Chamber hosted a powerful conversation between Greg Abel, Chairman, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy and Doug Suttles, President and CEO of Encana Corp. that explored the undercurrents of this transition, and the ramifications it will have on the way our energy system works.

The discussion challenged long-held assumptions about key consumers and producers, and explored how new technologies are unlocking vast resources in North America and reshaping strategic geographic and economic relationships cast decades ago. Panelists even grappled with the array of environmental considerations that are increasingly central to energy-decision making.

Watch the fireside chat moderated by ARC Financial's Chief Energy Economist and Managing Director Peter Tertzakian.


Pre-budget consultation with Minister of Finance Joe Ceci

Part of your Calgary Chamber's ongoing work to inform the new government on business issues.

Deconstructing the debate: Minimum wage research and the Alberta context

As he works to craft the provincial budget, Minister Ceci is seeking guidance and the perspective of Calgary’s business community.

In addition to our ongoing work around the royalty review, carbon emission limits, minimum wage and an investor tax credit, we are hosting a pre-budget consultation with the Minister. The session will focus particularly on the challenges facing small- and medium-sized businesses in a variety of diverse industries. 

This is an important opportunity to directly impact the business priorities of our provincial government on its first budget. We know that during this challenging year, it is more important than ever to ensure the views of business are well-heard.

Tell us what you feel the key budget issues are for the new government.


Calgary Chamber's Citizens Commission on Municipal Infrastructure launches

Calgary is a growing city, and this puts a strain on its existing infrastructure. What infrastructure investments are needed to maintain a high quality of life in Calgary? How should residents, businesses, and users pay for the City’s expanding infrastructure needs? The Citizens Commission hopes to bring residents of Calgary together to consider these questions.

It is important that we have an open, thoughtful, and honest dialogue with Calgarians about the consequences of this growth and the potential solutions to accommodate that growth and ensure the high quality of life Calgarians have come to expect. I commend the Calgary Chamber for taking the initiative on this important issue, and I look forward to the final report of the Citizens Commission on Municipal Infrastructure at the end of the year."

—Mayor Naheed Nenshi

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A tale of four cities: Exploring innovation in infrastructure financing (Report) 

A tale of four cities: Exploring innovation in infrastructure financing

Calgary needs to explore alternative sources of revenue to invest in critical and non-critical infrastructure. 

The Calgary Chamber has explored municipal funding structures from around the world, and has assessed the benefits, challenges, and frameworks for some of the best models globally as a way to begin exploring alternative funding mechanisms to address Calgary’s infrastructure deficit.

See what we can learn from other jurisdictions who have mitigated the issues of economic growth and deteriorating infrastructure.


National Chief Perry Bellegarde pushes for National Energy Forum

At a Calgary Chamber luncheon on July 22, in partnership with RESOLVE Campaign, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde highlighted his plan to hold a National Energy Forum in February 2016, following the federal election.

While details about the forum are limited, its aim would be to examine current approaches to natural resource development and improve partnerships between industry and Canada’s indigenous groups. It would look to build relationships more effectively, and expedite a tiresome and complex resource development consultation process that often results in project delays and misunderstandings.

The National Energy Forum would be a historical step in bringing industry, the private sector, the public sector, First Nations communities, and environmentalists together to find common ground on energy issues.