Calgary Wins 24th World Petroleum Congress
24th World Petroleum Congress to Convene in Canada’s Energy Capital
The world’s premier oil and gas conference, the World Petroleum Congress, will be hosted in Calgary in September, 2023. Anticipated to welcome 5,000 global delegates, this high-profile congress will create an estimated $65million in direct economic impact.
Some 80 countries will be represented at the “Olympics of oil and gas” event, including c-suite executives, global media and ministers of energy. 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 utilize an estimated 25 hotels. Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who helped present the bid in Russia said, “We are thrilled to host the 2023 World Petroleum Congress. 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, notes, “This win is not only good for Calgary, but also for meetings and business in Canada. 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 fueling our economic engine.”
Calgary is Canada's energy powerhouse with a focus on oil sands, oil, natural gas, coal, minerals, tenure and electricity and renewable energy. Stakeholders here are working to diversify the energy industry and create new value-added end products. Home to the BMO Centre which is slated to become the 2nd largest event facility in Canada, a booming hotel, nightlife and dining scene, Calgary is quietly making a name for itself as a top meeting destination in Canada.