Mo­ran back at helm of CED after bid stint

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - AMANDA STEPHEN­SON astephen­[email protected]­media.com

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 five­month 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. 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.

Mary Mo­ran

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