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Written by Business in Calgary Editorial Staff

Calgary’s Legacy of Innovation: Celebrating the Most Famous Inventions

Known for its stunning skyline, vibrant energy sector, and breathtaking landscapes, Calgary is also home to a rich history of innovation and groundbreaking inventions. From technological advancements to medical breakthroughs, this city has been a hub of creativity and ingenuity. Let’s explore some of the most famous things invented in Calgary that have left an indelible mark on the world.

The NeuroArm – Revolutionizing Surgery
In 2008, Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre made history when it became the birthplace of the world’s first neurosurgical robotic system, the NeuroArm. Developed by a team led by Dr. Garnette Sutherland, this groundbreaking invention has transformed the field of neurosurgery. The NeuroArm allows surgeons to perform delicate brain surgeries with unparalleled precision, reducing the invasiveness of procedures and improving patient outcomes.

Vizzn – the World-leading heavy civil construction project management software
Interactive Drawings for Day-to-Day ConstructionThe initial concept occurred in 2015 when Calgary-based business consultant David Howse visited a Borger Group construction site. After observing the day-to-day activities of a foreman on a large site, David met with company president Bill Borger to discuss the feasibility of an automated scheduling tool to help better manage a foreman’s and project manager’s time. From that meeting Bill developed a suite of over 12 automation tools that seamlessly work together to allow medium to large heavy civil construction companies¬† to save millions in annual construction costs.


The Caesar Cocktail – A Canadian Classic
Caesar cocktail invented in CalgaryA quintessential Canadian beverage, the Caesar cocktail was first created in Calgary by bartender Walter Chell in 1969. Inspired by Italy’s spaghetti alle vongole, Chell combined clam broth, vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and spices to create this iconic drink. The Caesar has since become a beloved Canadian tradition, enjoyed by millions across the country.


Social Media Hammer
Social Media Hammer software invented in CalgaryA social media platform (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) bulk upload content creator. That’s quite the description for this Calgary invention. For the super niche market of those looking for a social media content generator, Social Media Hammer is the perfect tool.


Ginger Beef
Calgary is also credited with the invention of Ginger Beef, a popular Chinese-Canadian dish. It was created in the 1970s by chef George Wong at the Silver Inn restaurant in Calgary (which unfortunately closed in October, 2022). Ginger Beef typically consists of deep-fried strips of beef coated in a sweet and tangy sauce made with ginger, garlic, and other seasonings.

The EnerGuide Rating System – Promoting Energy Efficiency
Calgary’s commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness is evident in the development of the EnerGuide Rating System. Created by Natural Resources Canada, this energy efficiency rating system provides homeowners with valuable information about their property’s energy consumption. By promoting energy-efficient practices, the EnerGuide Rating System has played a significant role in reducing energy consumption and encouraging sustainable living. The system is now on version 15!

The Sprung Structure – A Versatile Building Solution
Calgary-based Sprung Structures has revolutionized the construction industry with their innovative tensioned membrane structures. Developed in 1971 by Philip Davis, these adaptable buildings have been utilized in various industries, including sports, entertainment, and emergency response. The Sprung Structure’s ability to be rapidly deployed, its durability, and its versatility make it an invaluable solution for temporary and permanent structures worldwide.

Calgary’s legacy of innovation and creativity continues to flourish. As the city evolves and embraces new opportunities, it is clear that Calgary will continue to contribute to the world’s advancements, leaving an indelible mark on history.


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