Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, and the third-largest municipality in Canada. Calgary’s metropolitan population is estimated at 1,560,600. The city is located in the south Grassland region of Alberta, approximately 50 miles east of the front ranges of the Rockies. Calgary and Phoenix signed a sister cities agreement in 1997.
Calgary’s nickname is “Cowtown,” because of its rich cattle ranching tradition, dating back nearly 150 years. Calgary is also rich in resources, especially oil. It was first discovered in Alberta in 1902, but it did not become a significant industry until 1947 when huge reserves were discovered. Today, the petroleum industry is at the center of Calgary’s economy, next to their outdoor tourism with world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. The city hosts a range of events throughout the year, including the famous Calgary Stampede. This 10-day annual event in July includes a rodeo, a country music concert series, and attracts more than 1 million attendees.
Sister City relationship established February 5, 1997
The Phoenix Sister Cities Calgary Committee actively encourages and supports cultural, educational and business activities in both cities. It carries out student exchanges and promotes business development through trade missions and business forums. Additionally, the committee facilitates the annual participation of severely burned Calgary youth in Camp Courage. Among events the committee helps organize and host throughout Canada Week are the Great Canadian Picnic and Can-Am Golf Tournament. The Calgary Committee meets monthly and welcomes new members.
Calgary Committee Contact Information
Chairperson: Bob Albert
Staff Liaison: Rita Marko firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee meets every first Wednesday of the month, except July, August, and December.
Meetings begin at 5:30pm and are located at U-Haul Headquarters, 2727 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004