Framed by the Canadian Rockies to the west Calgary has been compared to Denver, for all the right reasons. Canada's energy capital is home to the second largest concentration of corporate head offices in the country. While Calgary's economy has been primarily shaped by the resource sector, its aggressive diversification efforts have resulted in the growth and development of the technology, tourism, manufacturing and service sectors. Due to its central location, Calgary is a major distribution hub. The city reached 1 million population on July 24, 2006 - the third city in Canada to do so.
Calgarians are well known for their warm hospitality and western spirit even after years of rapid growth. One of the sunniest cities in North America its citizens value their environment, wide open space, bike paths, river walks and proximity to the mountains. And with the city only reaching the million people mark as recently as 2006, its powerful high-rise skyline belies its size and states clearly this is a dynamic, progressive, optimistic and entrepreneurial city.