From left, Calgary Film Centre general manager Erin O'Connor and Paul Bronfman, CEO of William F. White International, which is the country’s largest TV and film industry equipment provider and the centre's main tenant. Photo by Wil Andruschak/for CREB®Now

Driving diversity

Film centre represents just one example of efforts to transform local economy, say officials

Film production may be the world’s glamour industry, but in Calgary it is shooting to become a new driver of Alberta’s diversified economy.

Last week, the $28.2-million Calgary Film Centre opened in a Calgary southeast industrial park, about 20 minutes from downtown. The new facility includes three new sound stages spread across a total of 50,000 square feet and three multi-purpose workshop spaces offering an additional 15,000 square feet.

Calgary Economic Development president and CEO Mary Moran said the film and television industry is just one sector being focused on in attempt to diversify the local economy. CED predicts it could provide an annual $500-million injection into the economy in as little as five years, compared to its $175-million share today.


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Arlen and Alex Capicio look out over Mahogany Lake. The Capicos said that when comparing their home in the community to other neighbourhoods in Calgary, Mahogany looked to be a better investment. Photo by Wil Andruschak/ForCREB®Now

Surf’s up!

Lake communities making a splash with homeowners

When Alex Capicio and his wife Arlen started house hunting for their family of five, it was all about location.

Arlen worked at the South Health Campus, but the family also wanted to be close to neighbourhood niceties such as a lake.

The couple settled on Mahogany in the city’s southeast in January 2014 and haven’t looked back since.


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Darby Lee Young is the founder of Level Playing Field, a new universal design consulting company. Level Playing Field will be auditing all city-owned buildings to 
make recommendations on how to improve accessibility. Photo by Paula Trotter/For CREB®Now

Creating a level playing field

Startup aims to improve accessibility for all Calgarians

A new company founded by a familiar face is developing a game plan on how to improve accessibility of all city-owned buildings.

Darby Lee Young sat on the City of Calgary’s advisory committee on accessibility for nearly five years – more than two of those years as the chair – before launching, earlier this year, the universal design consulting company Level Playing Field.

The Calgary-based firm will be auditing about 1,000 city-owned structures, including the Municipal Building, to determine improvements that need to be made to make the facilities accessible to people of all abilities.


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Ellyn Mendham recalls her year as president of CREB®’s board of directors in 1993 as one 
of positive change following years of transition in the 1980s. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now

55 Years of Real Estate: Ellyn Mendham

Ellyn Mendham credits teaching background to industry leadership

Ellyn Mendham describes her entry into real estate as a “fluke.”

Originally an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia, then Nova Scotia, Mendham’s credentials did not immediately transfer when she moved to Alberta.

“I needed to work and produce an income, and at the time I thought I would go back to teaching later,” said Mendham. “By fluke, I got into real estate.”

But after making her first sale – a home that went for $42,000 in 1975 – she quickly realized she loved the industry.


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Five things about fire damage for landlords and renters

Tips on who is responsible and for what

The smoke continues to clear from the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray, which, at one point, was estimated to be three times the size of Edmonton.

While it could still be weeks or even months before resident are able to return to the city, landlords and tenants will have questions before then. The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) is offering these five tips:


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