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The Business Advisory Committee ("BAC") will act as a conduit to address perceived City of Calgary barriers that business stakeholders face in their everyday operations. 
Note: Tax and Assessment matters are not included under the BAC mandate.

BAC members’ responsibilities are to:

1.    Receive advice and recommendations from the BAC working group and the BAC task force;

2.    Prioritize perceived systemic barriers, create what we heard reports, and work with respective City administration departments for resolution by; and

3.    Seek Council approval for additional resources when required to carry out a particular initiative the BAC believes should be pursued. 

Items identified requiring funding beyond $2,000, or where funding is not currently included in existing City budgets will be incorporated into BAC reporting to Council for funding and direction.


Board Information

Working Group:

The working group consists of the BAC members and additional external and internal community members depending on industry focus. They may include representatives from the following groups including but not limited to: 

•    Chamber of Commerce
•    Calgary Economic Development, Board Member
•    BILD Calgary 
•    NAIOP-Commercial and Industrial Sector 
•    Calgary Economic Development
•    Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
•    Business Council of Alberta
•    City of Calgary, City Manager’s Office
•    City of Calgary, Community Services, General Manager or designate
•    City of Calgary, People, Innovation and Collaboration Services, General Manager or designate
•    City of Calgary, Planning & Development Services, General Manager or designate
•    City of Calgary, Infrastructure Services, General Manager or designate
•    City of Calgary, Operational Services, General Manager or designate

Task Force:

The BAC may establish a subcommittee in the form of a task force to support the role of the BAC and the working group. 

BAC task force responsibilities are to: 
1.     Advocacy 

•    Serve as a conduit to the business community to share their immediate needs with BAC and the working group; and 
•    Make recommendations to BAC on short and medium-term solutions to support businesses.

2.     Communication

•    Advise on and implement ongoing communications to various types of businesses;
•    Advise on and implement marketing strategies to immediately support businesses; and
•    Advise on and implement communications to Calgarians regarding business support.

The Task Force is made up of representatives from the following groups, industries or sectors, including but not limited to:

•    Calgary Chamber of Commerce 
•    Calgary Economic Development 
•    Calgary Arts Development Authority 
•    Tourism Calgary 
•    Two (2) Business Improvement Area representatives 
•    Arts, culture, entertainment, film and creative 
•    Retail 
•    Restaurant and food services 
•    Tourism and hospitality 
•    Professional services 
•    Personal care 
•    Real Estate 
•    Sports and recreation 
•    Distribution and logistics 
•    Not-for-profit sector 
•    Innovation 
•    Building and Development
•    Under represented business community members

The BAC consists of:
•    Two Members of Council appointed by Council. Council Members appointed to the Business Advisory Committee may notify the City Clerk of a designated Member of Council to serve as an alternate.
•    The City Manager or delegated designate.

The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be members of Council and shall be appointed by Council.

Call of the Chair in the Municipal Complex
Faye Snyders

Legislative Advisors

City Clerk's Office | The City of Calgary

P.O. Box 2100, Station M, Mail Code #8007

Calgary AB T2P 2M5

Bus: 403-268-5861 Email: CommitteeClerk@calgary.ca

Council semi-annually
Name Position Term Start Term End Status Appointed By
Chrusch, Erin Administration Member 25 Oct 2022 31 Oct 2024 Active
Councillor Sharp, Sonya Member of Council; Chair 01 Nov 2021 31 Oct 2024 Active
Councillor Spencer, Evan Member of Council; Vice-Chair 01 Nov 2021 31 Oct 2024 Active