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Calgary, Alberta welcome Mphasis and quantum computing

by BBG Hub

Calgary will be getting hundreds more tech jobs with the arrival of tech company Mphasis.

The cloud and cognitive services provider based in Bangalore, India announced Wednesday that it would be building its Canadian headquarters in Calgary, bringing 500 to 1,000 jobs in the next two years.

The southern Alberta city will also become home to a quantum computing learning space as Mphasis partners with the University of Calgary to create the Quantum City centre of excellence.

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And Wednesday saw the announcement of Sparkle Calgary, a training facility focusing on AI and automation technology using the company’s proprietary platform.

Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday’s announcements will help further the province’s goal of economic diversification.

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“The goal is to make Alberta a force to be reckoned with in quantum computing, machine learning and AI, economically but also intellectually,” he said.

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“As the labour market shifts, workers will have the resources they need to adapt,” the premier said. “And as quantum computing, automation, and artificial intelligence mature, Alberta will become a destination of choice for investment capital and talent in those growing sectors.”

Mphasis CEO Nitin Rakesh called it “a great showcase of private-public partnership, a catalyst for tech transformation.”

Rakesh said the tech company is using similar models they’ve used in other countries, in both expansion and talent centres.

“Talent is a magnet for companies building talent at University of Calgary and here in Alberta. (It) strengthens both Mphasis and Alberta as a global technology hub, and a leader in IT, quantum computing, blockchain, FinTech, data, AI (and) in many other fields,” the MPhasis CEO said.

Rakesh said he looked forward to having the university as “an anchor for research” and development of Quantum City.

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“The aim is to double the fundamental research in quantum science and engineering and production of highly qualified graduates while simultaneously providing the industry facing opportunities for collaboration, company creation and technology development.”

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University of Calgary president Ed McCauley said the establishment of Quantum City shows the strength of the university as a “great research university,” akin to some leading universities in other cities.

“Today, Pittsburgh is a leading robotics hub, is a technology leader and medical cluster,” McCauley said. “That can happen here too, because as the technology and people cultivated by the quantum hub seep into Calgary, they will spin off even newer technology in new companies, until Calgary and Alberta aren’t only the energy capital.”

Rakesh added that Sparkle Calgary will try to pivot the core skills that exist in the market, pointing out the existing data expertise in the oil and gas sector.

“Can we take that ability to apply data knowledge, data scientists and reskill them — upskill them — towards computing platforms that are being used for consumer data? That’s the vision that we want to use with the Sparkle Calgary platform.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Mphasis’ announcement reinforces the decision of the company to emphasize tech as a growth industry.

“It builds the platform here, and it builds the ecosystem here as Calgary continues to attract tech companies and others to this place, cementing our spot as a centre for innovation and digital technology in the world, as per our economic development strategy Calgary In The New Economy,” Nenshi said.

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The mayor added that the latest tech company announcing it plans to have its headquarters in Calgary is another signal for a demographically young city.

“It really is a signal, to young people in particular, that Calgary remains a place of great innovation, great entrepreneurship, a place where you want to make a living and a place where you want to make your life.”

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What you need to know about Calgary’s 2021 spring street cleanup – Calgary

by BBG Hub

Gravel and debris that accumulated on Calgary’s residential roads throughout the winter will be cleared starting Monday, April 19, as the city launches its annual street sweeping program.

The City of Calgary says the spring cleanup will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at which time vehicles parked on the targeted routes will have to be moved.

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“During street sweeping, the Calgary Parking Authority uses our automated vehicles, or camera cars, because they are a quick and efficient way to enforce street sweeping parking bans,” Calgary Parking Authority spokesperson Todd Sullivan said.

“If you are working from home, it is still necessary to get your car off the road and onto a driveway, into a garage, a back alley or laneway or a surface lot.

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“If you don’t move your vehicle, you won’t see a ticket on the windshields — it will come in the mail.”

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Street sweeping isn’t just done as a beautification project, the city says removing the debris from roads helps prevent it from entering Calgary’s stormwater system and increases road safety for vehicles.

The budget for the annual program is $9.8 million and includes the cleaning of over 16,000 kilometres of roads.

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To find out when street sweeping is happening in your community, you can visit the City of Calgary’s website at and enter your address in the search function.

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“It’s a great resource for information on our street sweeping program and offers opportunities to sign up for automated notifications for street sweeping in your community and ask our new virtual assistant questions about the program,” City of Calgary roads department spokesperson Chris McGeachy said.

Residential street sweeping is expected to wrap up by the end of June 2021.

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Green Line LRT: Calgary councillors approve alternative Stage 1 route – Calgary

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Calgary city council has approved a revised route for Stage 1 of the Green Line LRT expansion.

The first approved stage of the project goes from 16 Avenue N. to Shepard and also comes with changes to construction staging.

Green Line LRT: Calgary councillors discuss revised alignment of Stage 1

The first leg of the Green Line will be built in three segments:

  • Segment 1: Elbow River to Shepard
  • Segment 2A: 2 Avenue S.W. station to Elbow River
  • Segment 2B: 16 Avenue N. to north of 2 Avenue S.W. station

Because Stage 1 of the project is shovel-ready, details on qualifications that will be needed from companies hoping to work on the project are expected to be announced in June, and a request for proposal should be out by July 24, the city said.

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“Given Segment 1 will be delivered as a design build finance project, the proponent teams will be bidding on the project starting on July 24, 2020, however, the detailed design and construction will begin in 2021,” the city said.

Examining the risks of the Green Line LRT project

Examining the risks of the Green Line LRT project

Mayor Naheed Nenshi called the nearly unanimous approval of the project “momentous.”

“The Green Line is not only the largest public works projects in the history of Calgary, it’s about three-and-a-half times bigger than the second-largest project,” the mayor said.

“More importantly, it will bring transit to two parts of the city – the southeast and the north-central – that have long needed much better rapid transit.”

“This is not a big day for Calgary – it is the biggest day for Calgary.”

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi answers questions from citizens

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi answers questions from citizens

Nenshi said the transit expansion is an “investment in transit and an investment in helping people’s commutes get better, safer and faster, and an investment in building the city.”

“And so we have an outstanding transit investment, and I cannot wait to get shovels in the ground.”

The city said the updated construction stages balance the commitment to move forward with the LRT expansion with the desires for managing financial risks.

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Nenshi said in the weeks since the new alignment was presented, councillors have been getting more clarity on the timing and staging of the project, and ensuring there wouldn’t be any surprises along the way — and so the Green Line will be done “on time, on budget.”

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In an emailed statement, Jim Gray from the ad hoc group opposing the Green Line, said he was pleased to see city council and administration take “concrete steps toward reducing the risk of the project.”

“We appreciate the efforts they have made to listen to, and respond to, our concerns,” Gray said.

“We continue to worry about the risks of downtown tunnels given the geology of downtown Calgary and urge the city to address this risk during planning for Segment 2A.”

Calgary committee meets to discuss Green Line LRT realignments

Calgary committee meets to discuss Green Line LRT realignments

Gray said the approval of the project marked a “good day for our wonderful city,” adding that the group would stay engaged in the process as the expansion moves forward.

“Stage 1 builds the core of the Green Line long-term vision and will enable future incremental expansion as funding is available to realize the full benefits of the rapid transit network,” Green Line general manager Michael Thompson said.

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“[The] Green Line is planned for long-term city shaping, and spurring redevelopment and investment opportunities in Calgary, and will be an important part of the city’s recovery [by] generating 20,000 jobs.”

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