The opportunities in Calgary’s tech sector were on display for 1,200 attendees at the Live Tech, Love Life virtual career fair and showcase.
The event, co-hosted by Calgary Economic Development and Tech West Collective, held on August 18, 2020, featured 34 companies that were looking to fill 300 open positions. The companies involved varied in size, from larger businesses like Getty Images, Benevity and ATB Financial, to smaller startups like Virtual Gurus and Vog.
"There are so many opportunities available in Calgary, and this event is reflective of that. All of the companies taking part have numerous positions, covering all kinds of roles,” said Brad Parry, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Calgary Economic Development.
The career fair began with an opening address from Alice Reimer, Site Lead, Creative Destruction Lab, and CEO, Fillip, and was followed by a networking session, a panel that focused on improving diversity and inclusion in Calgary’s tech companies, and a closing session with Jim Gibson, Founder, Rainforest Alberta and Community Partner, Thin Air Labs.
“We've experienced 20 years of change in 20 weeks,” Gibson said in his closing remarks. “COVID's created any opportunity to live and work anywhere, to do and learn anything, creating great opportunities and challenges.”
Of the 1,200 attendees taking part in the fair, 77 per cent were based in Calgary, with others joining from across Alberta, Ontario and B.C. The level of work experience and career background varied for the job seekers, but all were keen to learn more about how they could be part of Calgary’s innovative and growing tech ecosystem.