The Calgary Corporate Challenge is located at the Kahanoff Centre in southeast Calgary. (PHOTO: JASMINE KRAWCHUK)

Local non-profit Calgary Corporate Challenge is all about prompting companies to incorporate positive and fun teamwork into their daily environments. They do so by creating and hosting inclusive teamwork experiences for participants throughout the year.

Led by executive director Dave Ford, the company has continued to organize challenges throughout the pandemic. 

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Reporter Jasmine Krawchuk caught up with the Calgary Corporate Challenge earlier this month.

“What I am trying to do is sort of carry and push Corporate Challenge into a more modern time,” says Ford. “Trying to use the power of the internet to actually help us with running our events.” 

“We’re putting in a lot of effort into making our events bigger and more fun.”

Taylor Rhodes

Despite certain organizational challenges brought about by COVID-19, the Corporate Challenge is dedicated to creating positive virtual and in-person experiences for its participants ranging from individual applicants, small local startups and even international ventures.

Events and projects coordinator Taylor Rhodes has contributed to the company’s success organizing socially distanced activities. 

“We want them to socialize and enjoy spending time with each other, especially after these last couple years,” says Rhodes. 

Events and Projects Coordinator, Taylor Rhodes, runs the logistical side of the company’s activities and challenges.(PHOTO: JASMINE KRAWCHUK)

Even though the pandemic continues, Rhodes says the team has begun planning their biggest event of 2022 the September Games. 

“We are hoping to be back to the games as normal,” says Rhodes. “We’ll deal with whatever comes, we’ll plan for what we can, hope for the best and change as we need to.” 

Organizing committee member and participant at Suncor, Mathew Walker, looks forward to joining future Calgary Corporate Challenge events with his company. 

“I want everybody to know about it,” says Walker. “I really want it to grow.” 

Dave Ford, Taylor Rhodes, and Mathew Walker meet to talk about the Calgary Corporate Challenge during the pandemic.(PHOTO: JASMINE KRAWCHUK))

The pandemic has compelled the Calgary Corporate Challenge to adapt and modernize its events. Ford says that the goal is to expand the company’s interactions with businesses of any size within the community. 

“We’re putting in a lot of effort into making our events bigger and more fun,” says Rhodes. 

Calgary Journal reporter Jasmine Krawchuk caught up with the Calgary Corporate Challenge earlier this month.

Visit https://calgarycorporatechallenge.com/join to learn more about Calgary Corporate Challenge’s upcoming 2022 September Games.

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