Calgary Hosts International Business Students
This week, Calgary is playing host to X-Culture Global Business Week, an event where 160 international business students from 40 different nations converge in our city to tackle some timely issues. These are self-funded, highly motivated students who are seeking the opportunity to work on cross-cultural teams to address the business challenges being brought forward by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), Calgary Airport Authority and Lake Louise Ski Resort.
The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business is acting as the sponsor of this event, and X-Culture as an organization is comprised of volunteer academics who connect students with businesses to ensure the best hands-on learning experience possible. Prior to the annual conference, over 5,000 students participate in learning experiences through webinars and other remote opportunities for idea exchange.
I am also very proud of CMLC and the Calgary Convention Centre for taking our role as a host city to the next level by offering the visiting students tours of downtown and the Rivers District. X-Culture conference organizers have advised me that Calgary now has 160 ambassadors who are keen to share their positive experiences with friends and family back home. We have also laid the foundation for these business leaders to consider Calgary as a viable option for their future careers.
Dr. Vas Taras is the Haskayne alumna who created X-Culture (https://x-culture.org) and has managed to make it a global phenomenon. Leighton Wilks, a recent Calgary Award winner, is the Haskayne faculty member who made the Calgary hosting opportunity possible and is leading the students through the weeks business challenges and activities. Several other students, staff and faculty members from the University of Calgary have also been the engine driving the success of X-Culture Global Business Week.
This is another example of Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates how we can bring talent to our city to work with us in addressing our business challenges. Congratulations to all the students, organizers and companies that have made this a fabulous week!