A well-known name in the technology sector will be opening its first Canadian office in Calgary “very, very soon,” according to Calgary’s mayor, fresh off a Silicon Valley trip to lure talent north.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous and Mary Moran, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, met with several firms in California last week as part of an ongoing effort to woo technology companies to Calgary.
Nenshi told reporters Monday the pitch worked on at least one company.
“We’ll have an announcement and a ribbon cutting on one very, very soon,” Nenshi said.
“It’s a well-known name in the tech industry and the fact that this would be their first foray in Canada will have ripple effects far beyond their own investment.”
Bilous told Postmedia last week competition is fierce in Silicon Valley and he plans to return south in the next two months to continue conversations with tech firms looking to set up satellite offices.
Nenshi said he may return to Silicon Valley in June for more meetings.
“It all depends on how the conversations go,” the mayor said.
Nenshi said last week’s trip, which followed a trip the mayor and Calgary Economic Development made to Silicon Valley in May 2016 and a solo trip by Calgary Economic Development in March, saw the officials from Alberta speak to businesses on all ends of the spectrum.
“In some places, this is the first they’ve ever heard of Calgary and we were really there to plant a seed,” Nenshi said.
“For a bunch of them, there was a very specific problem that they’ve got right now around immigration and visas in the U.S. and it’s a problem we can solve today. And for some of them, they were so far along the continuum they were ready to…invest tomorrow.”