Marek Drywa joined Calgary Economic Development (CED) in 2010 as the Manager of Inter-American Development Bank Programs and in April 2011 was appointed to head the Global Business Centre within the Trade and Investment department of CED.
Marek brings over ten years of international experience through work with high profile organizations and clients in business development, marketing and government relations for private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at CED, he was in charge of international relations and economic development for the former Mayor of Calgary, Dave Bronconnier.
Before relocating to Canada in 2005, Marek was the Managing Director of the British Consulting Company in Poland and Central Europe where he worked primary with small and medium sized companies as well as local municipalities on market expansion and investment attraction.
In his role at the Global Business Centre, Marek is focused on advancing trade development programming through the provision of export training and consulting for SMEs, servicing incoming trade delegations, supporting the launch of outgoing trade missions and acquiring new business development opportunities for the Centre. He also takes responsibility for the overall operations of the facility including rentals and temporary office space for companies locating in Calgary.
Marek holds a Master’s degree of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA and a second Master’s degree in Economics (Marketing and International Trade) from the University of Gdansk, Poland. In addition to being fluent in both English and Polish, Marek has a working knowledge German, and basic level of Russian.