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March 23, 2015

Canada: Alberta Wins World Economic Forum Regional Event

Calgary and Edmonton Global Shaper Hubs have won the bid to host SHAPE North America, an annual conference put on by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Initiative. The Alberta cities beat out five other cities around the continent. 

“Alberta’s global reach continues to expand, and we are happy to be part of that growth,” says Kassie Burkholder, curator of the Edmonton Global Shapers Hub. “We are honoured to have been chosen to host SHAPE North America in Alberta, bringing international attention to our local opportunities and successes.”

Global Shapers is an initiative of the World Economic Forum that seeks to engage and equip young leaders between 20 and 30 years old, and is connected through city-based groups called Hubs. 

The Alberta conference, to be held in July 2015, is one of several “SHAPE” conferences hosted by the Global Shaper community for a region or sub-region. Though the primary target audience of the conference consists of existing members of the Global Shaper community in the region, SHAPE North America will be looking to integrate members of the local community, such as entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, partner organizations and other stakeholder groups. 

“We’re looking to create a truly Canadian experience,” says Japman Bajaj, curator of the Calgary Global Shapers Hub. “We want to invite Canada’s top companies and the Alberta community to be a part of this unique gathering of North America’s most influential group of young leaders.”

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