The City of Calgary has contracted the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC) to conduct a feasibility study into whether The City should participate in the formal bid process with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Participating in a formal bid process is costly, yet has the potential to reap lasting benefits for our city. CBEC’s role is to determine whether the benefits outweigh the costs through a comprehensive feasibility study. A recommendation will be made to Calgary City Council by July 2017, and Council will make the decision to proceed or not.
CBEC and its board
CBEC is an arm’s length organization that will weigh all factors to make an objective recommendation to Council. Led by former police Chief Rick Hanson, the board is comprised of members of the public who have extensive expertise and key attributes to support the Committee’s mandate, and who represent the diversity of Calgary.
Placing the task of determining the recommendation in this arm’s length organization will ensure the recommendation is objective and reflects the best decision for Calgary. CBEC General Manager Brian Hahn will oversee the process to arrive at a recommendation.
What’s the difference between a feasibility study and an actual bid?
The feasibility study is much less costly, and determines whether we should proceed with a formal bid before we invest further funds and time. It will result in a feasibility assessment that will show how we can maximize the use of existing facilities and achieve other city priorities. The plan will provide a detailed analysis of the capital and operating costs for hosting the games, and the potential level of investment required by the three orders of government.
Regardless if City Council decides not to proceed with the bid, the findings from the bid exploration process will provide The City of Calgary with a comprehensive understanding of current city infrastructure and needs. It will provide valuable information on the investment required to upgrade Calgary’s legacy facilities, and the investment in order for Calgary to maintain its competitive edge as a world-class leader in the sport development industry.
History of the bid exploration process:
On June 20, 2016, City Council accepted a recommendation from the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (CSTA), or CSTA, to form and fund a bid exploration committee. Council also authorized up to $5M from the fiscal sustainability reserve to conduct the study. The report and an independent third party study presented to Council, is now available online as well as in the media release.
On September 19, 2016, The City of Calgary announced the membership and governance of the newly formed Calgary Bid Exploration Committee (CBEC). CBEC will examine the costs, benefits and feasibility of Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The media release can be read here.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary: "Calgarians embrace the Olympic values and live the Olympic spirit. We believe Calgary has the potential to be a strong and natural contender to repeat as host of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, there are lots of hard questions that must be answered so we can make an informed decision about whether or not Calgarians, as a community, want to bid for the games."
Doug Mitchell, Chair of CSTA: “We believe this is an opportunity to sustain and grow Calgary’s capacity as a world-class sport hub, grow our economy, create jobs, and provide a global showcase for Calgary’s arts and culture community. It would be an honour to pass the torch of Olympic civic pride and legacy to a new generation of Calgarians.”