About Calgary

The Canadian Association of the World Petroleum Council (WPC Canada) is proud to nominate the iconic and progressive city of Calgary, Canada to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023.

Come and be part of the energy. We invite the world to gather together under the umbrella of the World Petroleum Council to engage in open dialogue in what has to be the ultimate host city: Calgary, Canada. In this naturally beautiful and welcoming environment, global industry leaders will come together as a community to exchange ideas in a united effort to promote sustainable management of resources and find solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

WPC Canada believes that Calgary is the perfect destination to host the 24th World Petroleum Congress in 2023.

Calgary has a proven track record of hosting successful international events, including the 2013 World Petroleum Council Future Leaders Forum, the 16th World Petroleum Congress in 2000 and the 1988 Winter Olympics.


  • The Calgary Metropolitan Area has a population of 1.4 million as of 2016, which makes it Alberta’s Largest City
  • Canada is both the fifth-largest producer of crude oil and the fifth-largest producer of natural gas in the world – with Alberta home to about three-quarters of the country’s production. Alberta’s oil sands are the third-largest crude oil reserves in the world.
  • Calgary energy companies have been leaders in advancing technology in areas from hydraulic fracturing to thermal oil sands production to pipeline integrity. In today’s energy sector, clean energy technology is a major driving force in the industry. Striving to compete in a lower carbon economy globally, the industry is investing heavily to incorporate clean technology solutions in oil and gas while also developing renewable energy sources.
  • With a history as an energy-focused city, Calgary is home to a highly skilled workforce experienced in the energy industry. Calgary’s seven post-secondary institutions offer programming tailored to the industry, feeding a workforce that has the second highest level of educational attainment in Canada.

Global Rankings

No. 4 in Liveability

The latest Global Livability Rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which rates lifestyle challenges in cities worldwide, declared Calgary the 4th most liveable city on the planet.

No. 6 in Peacefulness

Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index (GPI) ranks countries around the world according to their peacefulness. Canada placed 6th in the 2018 GPI rankings.

Top Ten in Safety

Building on the Global Peace Index’s ranking of peacefulness, the organization SafeAround compiles data to rank the world’s countries by safety. Canada is currently ranked 7th safest in the world.

Top 50 Cities with the Most Diverse Food Scenes in the World

Bott and Co. 2018


Awards and Honours


5th Largest Oil and Gas Producer in the World

Investing News 2018

3rd in Top 10 Large North American Cities of the Future for Business Friendliness

FDI Magazine 2017/18

2nd of Major Cities in Canada for Healthy Lifestyle and Life Satisfaction and Grade “A” Overall

Coty Health Monitor, Conference Board of Canada, 2016

Most Beautiful Countries in the World

Condé Nast Traveller 2017

Top Cleanest Cities in the World

CITI.IO 2018

Best Places to Visit, Top Travel Destination

Travel + Leisure 2018

3rd Best Country to Live In

Best Countries Report, 2019

20th of 52 Places to Travel in 2019

New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019


There is no better city to host the World Petroleum Congress than Calgary. Not only do we inherently understand the energy industry, we have decades of experience hosting major events. We would be thrilled to welcome the world to Calgary for the WPC and showcase our innovative, entrepreneurial and creative spirit.

Naheed K. Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary


Calgary is Canada’s energy centre, the globally recognized home of Canada’s oil and gas industry. Home to the headquarters of every major company in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. And that energy goes beyond our natural resources. Calgary is charged with the entrepreneurial spirit where opportunities are endless. Leading the way is our city’s most valuable resource, its people – young, diverse, educated, affluent and innovative.


Calgary is a safe, clean and healthy city, named one of the cleanest cities in the world by Citi IO. In a Mercer quality of living survey of North American cities, Calgary ranked in the top 20 for personal safety and security. The city has made, and continues to make, a significant investment in personnel, equipment and technology for Calgary’s security and protective services, including fire, police, emergency medical services and STARS Air Ambulance.


Home to spectacular mountain parks, charming villages and resorts, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are a sight worth seeing – and less than an hour away from the city. Calgary is also in close proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Banff and Jasper National Parks, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.


Calgary is home to world-class accommodations and over 14,000 guest rooms, with options for every preference.


Calgary features Stampede Park and the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) for the WPC Congress. Stampede Park is a winner for the 2018 Empire Awards – Venue of the Year and Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence and the CTCC, a winner of the 17th Annual Star Awards for the Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an In-House Team or Planner. The city boasts over 1.3 million square feet of flexible meeting and convention space, Calgary can efficiently tailor WPC 2023 to meet your requirements.


Calgary boasts over 18 tourist attractions, such as the Calgary Zoo, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Studio Bell (home of the National Music Centre), Central Library, Olympic WinSport facility and the Calgary Tower.