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Seven Calgary tech companies are hosting a major recruitment fair this weekend, trying to raise awareness of the city’s emerging tech scene.

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Amanda Stephenson • • Calgary Herald

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November 30, 2019 • • 4th December 2019 • • 3 minutes read Downtown Calgary as seen from Center Street Bridge. Photo by Darren Makowichuk /.Postmedia

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Seven Calgary tech companies are jointly hosting a major recruitment fair on November 30th, attempting to raise awareness of the city’s emerging tech scene.

The group is called Tech West Collective and consists of some of the largest and most successful technology companies in Calgary, including Benevity, which has grown from 70 to around 500 employees in the last three years, and Showpass, the expanding event ticketing company ATB Financial, Alberta-based bank, which has invested in fintech and innovation to become more modern and competitive, is also a member and expects to double its workforce from 40 to 80 by the end of 2020.

Tech West Collective’s first major initiative will be a hiring fair on Saturday. The seven members have more than 200 vacancies, Tom Short, Tech West member and founder of Kudos in Calgary (which developed a peer-to-peer employee recognition software program that is used by customers in 80 countries) told the world ).

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“At Kudos alone, we will switch from 30 to 40 employees in the first quarter of next year. We have 10 vacancies,” said Short. “This (job fair) is about making people aware that you don’t have to work for an oil and gas company. There are all of these other cool companies out there that you might not even have known about. “

According to Calgary Economic Development, there are more than 2,000 job vacancies in this city at any one time Software developers, data scientists, and other types of programming, development, and technology roles. This is despite the fact that the city’s overall unemployment rate remains at 7.2 percent.

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Short said Calgary-based technology companies have long struggled to find and attract the talent they need.

“We’re up against Toronto, Vancouver, and even Montreal – everyone is ahead of us when it comes to developing their tech community,” he said.

As the technology sector continues to recruit hard-to-fill positions nationally and internationally, members of Tech West Collective believe the time has come for the sector to step up and do more to raise local awareness. Some of the available positions, such as B. Marketing and customer care roles, do not require special technical skills and could be suitable for someone moving out of the oil and gas sector.

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“(Attitude) is still a very difficult promotion battle. But we’ll only get there if we start blowing our own horn, ”he said.

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Short said it was time for Calgary to “put itself on the map” as a center of excellence for technology-based businesses, making the city more appealing to not only young talent around the world, but also local people’s attention to its world-class products and services from that city that have nothing to do with oil and gas.

“Calgary has always been a technology city, but that technology was always about oil and gas,” said Short. “But now we see talent and entrepreneurship being demonstrated in 100 different ways. Some of these companies have a large presence and are seeing rapid global growth and opportunity. “

In addition to Kudos, Benevity, Showpass and ATB Financial, Avanti, AltaML and Replicon are part of Tech West Collective and will attend the recruitment fair on Saturday.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Eau Claire

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