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President & CEO, Calgary Chamber

Mr Legge’s career has spanned two decades in the area of chamber work, economic development, economic analysis and policy. He started his career with the global firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a real estate and economic development consultant. He then joined Calgary Economic Development as Vice President and Chief Economist of the organization, overseeing all economic analysis, policy development and workforce development projects. In this role he was the project manager for the Calgary Economic Development Strategy 2008-2013, on behalf of the Office of the Mayor.

He moved to the Calgary Chamber in 2010, tasked with the renewal of a struggling organization. He has led the turnaround and revitalization of the organization. He developed a transformation program that resulted in a rebranding, complete member model redevelopment, integration of new technology, the sale of their building and financial stabilization.

As a result of the organizational turnaround, the Chamber has seen annual membership sales nearly triple year-over-year, retention rates increase, finances stabilize and the creation of an endowment fund that enables investment in new and bold initiatives.

Through the great work of the Calgary Chamber team, they were awarded the Best Unconventional Project in 2015 at the Torino WCF World Chambers Congress for their work in leading the business community to recovery after a flood in 2013, which became Canada’s most expensive natural disaster in history. Their efforts led to achieving a record-low percentage of business failures – 1% vs the average 47%.

The Calgary Chamber was also recognized as the top chamber in Canada at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in 2016.  Adam is also a member of the boards of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives based in the U.S., and the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada. He is also chair of the Canadian Global Cities Council, a consortium of the largest seven chambers of commerce/boards of trade in Canada who work to address common urban issues at the federal government level.

Adam Legg spoke in the session “Cities“.

Download his presentation here.

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