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World Petroleum Congress ‘critical to fuelling Calgary’s economy’

Calgary will welcome 5,000 professionals from the oil and gas industry when it hosts the World Petroleum Congress in 2023 – after the winning a ballot by the narrowest of margins.

The Canadian city won a vote by members of the World Petroleum Council in St Petersburg, Russia, edging out fellow finalist Baku, Azerbaijan,  21 votes to 20.

It means the World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) will host the 24th World Petroleum Congress – known as the Olympics of Oil and Gas – in 2023.

The city stands to earn CAD65 million from the event, which will host delegates from 80 countries.

Further, hosting the congress will boost Canada’s international presence in the global oil and gas industry and showcase the economic benefits of investment opportunities in Canada.

“Calgary’s bid was strong and demonstrated significant municipal and industry support, while showcasing the benefits of hosting in a city that’s bursting with energetic community spirit and a welcoming western hospitality,” says Denis Painchaud, Chairman of WPC Canada. The City of Calgary and the Calgary Hotel Association were major financial partners with MCC in support of this bid.

The World Petroleum Congress will be hosted by both the BMO Centre and Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, and will use an estimated 25 hotels.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who helped present the bid in Russia, said: “Calgary is the Ultimate Host City and WPC is close to our hearts; we invite everybody to be a part of our energy and we are excited to showcase Canada’s innovative energy sector.”

Clark Grue, incoming chair of Meetings Mean Business Canada, added: “Conventions such as the WPC contribute intellectual capital to the host city, allowing Calgary and Canada’s expertise in oil and gas technology to shine on a world stage. Having global business events like the World Petroleum Congress is critical to fuelling our economic engine.”