Moran back at helm of Calgary Economic Development

The one-time head of Calgary’s failed Olympic bid has returned to her job as CEO of Calgary Economic Development.

Mary Moran is back at the helm of CED this week after a five-month leave of absence, during which time she served as CEO of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation. Moran, the first woman to head an Olympic bid corporation in Canada, steered the development of a hosting plan with a $5.1-billion price tag ($2.8 billion of which would have been public money) and led a gruelling public engagement campaign in the lead-up to the Nov. 13 plebiscite.

Moran had said a successful bid could have brought a “10-to-1” return on investment and created more than 15,000 jobs in Calgary. However, voters ultimately rejected the Olympic proposal by a 56.4 per cent margin.

Steve Allan, chair of the board of directors for Calgary Economic Development, took on the role of the organization’s executive chair during Moran’s absence to cover her duties.

Calgary Economic Development will host its annual Report to the Community on Feb. 28.

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