WeWork, which provides shared work spaces, has announced it’s expanding into Calgary with one location opening in Dec. and another in early 2020.
The company opened its first location in Canada in 2016 in Montreal. Over the last three years, it has expanded to Toronto, Vancouver and Burnaby, B.C. It has more than 11,500 members in 11 open locations in those cities.
The first Calgary location will be at The Edison, at 150 9th Ave. S.W. It will include five floors comprising 76,000 square feet and 1,300 desks. It will open in December.
The second location will open in the first quarter of 2020 at Stephen Avenue Place at 700 2nd St. S.W., with five floors, 66,000 square feet and 1,260 desks.
“We’re thrilled to be welcoming WeWork to Calgary. This is a company that’s rethinking how people work and building community at the same time,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in a statement. “For a city like Calgary where our economy is evolving quickly, this is a fantastic opportunity and an innovative way to help re-energize downtown Calgary. I look forward to seeing the impact WeWork will have in our city.”
Brianna Iverson, WeWork community director for Canada west, said when WeWork enters a new market, it typically starts with one location to build the foundation.
“When it came to Calgary, however, we saw an epicentre of innovation and knew we not only had to be here, but enter in a big way,” she said.
“The response, from veteran founders to leading CEOs to the mayor’s office, has been tremendous. As one of the most livable and highly-educated cities in Canada, there’s no shortage of opportunity for the WeWork platform to meet our future members where they are today and help them grow to where they want to be tomorrow, in a year, and over the course of the next decade. Due to the fact that when you’re a WeWork member in one location you’re a member at all, we are creating and linking innovation clusters across the country, the world, serving as the connective tissue with over 460,000 members and 485 locations across 105 cities and 28 countries.”
Mary Moran, president and chief executive officer of Calgary Economic Development, said WeWork’s presence in Calgary’s growing innovation ecosystem will help accelerate the city’s transformation to the new economy.
“WeWork is a company that values creators, self-starters, challenging convention and plainly states ‘We get stuff done and we get it done well.’ They are a perfect fit for Calgary and the values we embrace and we look forward to welcoming them to their new home,” she said.