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North America's Leading Energy Event
June 9 - 11, 2020
Stampede Park - Calgary, Canada

About Calgary

The Canadian Association of the World Petroleum Council (WPC Canada) is proud to nominate the iconic and progressive city of Calgary, Canada to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023.

Come and be part of the energy. We invite the world to gather together under the umbrella of the World Petroleum Council to engage in open dialogue in what has to be the ultimate host city: Calgary, Canada. In this naturally beautiful and welcoming environment, global industry leaders will come together as a community to exchange ideas in a united effort to promote sustainable management of resources and find solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

WPC Canada believes that Calgary is the perfect destination to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023.

Calgary has a proven track record of hosting successful international events, including the 2013 World Petroleum Council Future Leaders Forum, the 16th World Petroleum Congress in 2000 and the 1988 Winter Olympics.

  • The Calgary Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.4 million as of 2016, which makes it Alberta’s Largest City
  • Canada is both the fifth-largest producer of crude oil and the fifth-largest producer of natural gas in the world – with Alberta home to about three-quarters of the country’s production. Alberta’s oil sands are the third-largest crude oil reserves in the world.
  • Calgary energy companies have been leaders in advancing technology in areas from hydraulic fracturing to thermal oil sands production to pipeline integrity. In today’s energy sector, clean energy technology is a major driving force in the industry. Striving to compete in a lower carbon economy globally, the industry is investing heavily to incorporate clean technology solutions in oil and gas while also developing renewable energy sources.
  • With a history as an energy-focused city, Calgary is home to a highly skilled workforce experienced in the energy industry. Calgary’s seven post-secondary institutions offer programming tailored to the industry, feeding a workforce that has the second highest level of educational attainment in Canada.

Global Rankings

No. 4 in Liveability

The latest Global Livability Rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which rates lifestyle challenges in cities worldwide, declared Calgary the 4th most liveable city on the planet.

No. 6 in Peacefulness

Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks countries around the world according to their peacefulness. Canada placed 6th in the 2018 GPI rankings.

Top Ten in Safety

Building on the Global Peace Index’s ranking of peacefulness, the organization SafeAround compiles data to rank the world’s countries by safety. Canada is currently ranked 7th safest in the world.

Top 50 Cities with the Most Diverse Food Scenes in the World

Bott and Co. 2018

Awards and Honours

5th Largest Oil and Gas Producer in the World

Investing News 2018

3rd in Top 10 Large North American Cities of the Future for Business Friendliness

FDI Magazine 2017/18

2nd of Major Cities in Canada for Healthy Lifestyle and Life Satisfaction and Grade “A” Overall

Coty Health Monitor, Conference Board of Canada, 2016

Most Beautiful Countries in the World

Condé Nast Traveller 2017

Top Cleanest Cities in the World

CITI.IO 2018

Best Places to Visit, Top Travel Destination

Travel + Leisure 2018

3rd Best Country to Live In

Best Countries Report, 2019

20th of 52 Places to Travel in 2019

New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019

Accomodation

Hospitality & Comfort

The city’s hospitality industry has come together to ensure coordination and synergy in its initiatives to promote, welcome and service the 2023 World Petroleum Congress. Calgary is able to provide over 5,000 hotel rooms including:

  • Marriott
  • Hyatt
  • Wyndham
  • Courtyard
  • Travelodge
  • Holiday Inn
  • Regency Suites
  • Best Western
  • Hampton Inn
  • Radisson
  • Hilton
  • Days Inn
  • Fairmount
  • Hotel Arts

Air Access

Calgary Air Access

Calgary’s modern and efficient YYC Calgary International Airport is located just 20 minutes from the city center. Consistently ranked by passengers as one of the best airports in North America and 4th busiest airport in Canada is the best for overall passenger convenience. Calgary’s International Airport saw 16.3 million passengers in 2017 with 75 non-stop destinations. Calgary is ranked fourth in the country for a number of flights and total available seat capacity. The airlines serving Calgary through alliances include Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and Oneworld. A wide variety of services such as shuttles, tour buses, motor coaches, limousines and taxis can be found on the arrivals level of the Calgary International Airport, while rental car services can be found across from the departures level.  A combination of bus services, integrated with a light-rail system (LRT) known as the C-Train, provide effective and efficient transportation options throughout all four quadrants of the city.

National and international airline connections, well-maintained and easily navigated highways and
comfortable and eco-friendly public transportation options make traveling to and within Calgary easy and
efficient.
As one of the country’s fastest-growing airports, the YYC Calgary International Airport has doubled in size
and passenger volume over the past 15 years, including the construction of Canada’s longest runway at
14,000 ft (4,267 m), and a new International Terminal.
Calgary’s modern and efficient YYC Calgary International Airport is located just 20 minutes from the
city center. Consistently ranked by passengers as one of the best airports in North America for overall
passenger convenience, the YYC Calgary International Airport saw 16.3 million passengers in 2017 with
75 non-stop destinations. Calgary is ranked fourth in the country for a number of flights and total available
seat capacity. The airlines serving Calgary through alliances include Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and Oneworld.

 

DIRECT FLIGHT SERVICE

U.S. DESTINATIONS
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Houston, Texas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee
Newark, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Orlando, Florida
Palm Springs, California
Phoenix, Arizona
Portland, Oregon
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Salt Lake City, Utah
Seattle, Washington

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beijing, China
Frankfurt, Germany
London (GB) Gatwick, UK
London (GB) Heathrow, UK
Mexico City, Mexico
Paris, France
Tokyo, Japan
Zurich, Switzerland

 

Airlines serving YYC Calgary International Airport:

 

Transportation

The downtown area is known as the Free Fare Zone, along which it is free for passengers to ride the C-Train. Rush hour service has a five-minute frequency, while off-peak service is every ten minutes. Information on local transit can be found at the Calgary Transit website.

Currency

The currency used in Calgary is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Calgary accepts all major credit cards.

If you prefer to use cash, most banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 9am–5pm, though specific branches may vary. Some banks are open on the weekends with shorter hours. Automated teller machines (ATMs) are available at many branches 24 hours a day.

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Shopping

There are many places to shop in Calgary, from small boutiques to large malls. Major shopping streets include 17th Avenue, Stephen Walk. Along with typical weekday hours, most shopping locations are also open on weekends and public holidays, typically around 12pm–5pm.

 

Chinook Centre Mall

CF Chinook Centre boasts over 250 stores, including top retailers and unique choices you won’t find anywhere else in Calgary. Home to major department and flagship stores exclusive to Chinook Centre, we take pride in being Calgary’s premier shopping, dining & entertainment destination.

CORE Mall

It’s never been easier to Find Yourself Downtown. The CORE is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Calgary with easy access to the C-train, bus, and just steps away from your downtown hotel and conference centre.

Market Mall

CF Market Mall offers services and amenities for the entire family to enjoy. With over 200 retailers and one of Calgary’s best time-out places – “Monkey Around/Playground”, the shopping experience at CF Market Mall is truly unique.

Gratuity

Restaurant tipping is left to the customer’s discretion, but the customary amount is 15%. Many restaurants automatically add a tip or gratuity to the bill for groups larger than 6 or 8 people. It is also customary to tip bellhops, luggage handlers and taxi drivers, at your discretion.

Getting Around

By Foot

The downtown core is very walkable, with plenty of wayfinding signage to guide you to attractions, restaurants, and public art.

The +15 corridors connect several hotels, attractions, shopping centres, and buildings to allow pedestrians to travel indoors throughout the city centre. The City of Calgary provides updated information on the +15 system, including construction notices and maps.

By Car
Calgary is an easy city to drive in, and traveling by car can be a great way to explore the city.

By Taxi
At every curb, there are taxi-cabs and limousines at your service. From YYC, it’s a simple 20-minute connection to your downtown hotel.

By Transit
Calgary operates an extensive light rail transit system.