Liveability in the City – Calgary

By any global standard, Calgary is a highly liveable city. In fact, in 2013 it was ranked #5 in the world in The Economist’s Global Liveability Report. However, rankings don’t tell the whole story – some factors are weighted heavily while others are ignored. But what are the real-life liveability challenges Calgarians face? What areas does Calgary score well in, and what needs to be done to improve liveability in this city?

Our panel of experts explores the five categories that The Economist uses in its rankings (stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education, and infrastructure). A Q&A follows their presentations.

This was recorded on February 20, 2014, in Calgary.


Patrick Condon - Chair Urban Design Program,  UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments.
Brent Friesen, MD, FRCPC - Medical Officer of Health, Safe & Healthy Environments and Tobacco Reduction Program, Alberta Health Services
Heather Henderson Hill, MEd’86 - Director of the Educational (MEd) Leadership program, City University of Seattle; Executive Coach, Facilitator and Speaker
Patti Pon – President & CEO, Calgary Arts Development