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The community of Colombian citizens living in Calgary is around 8,000, while there are more than 11,000 across her Prairie provinces’ jurisdiction.
COVID-19 restrictions mean Moya’s hands have been somewhat tied as she tries to establish a relationship with Colombians here, but she did manage to arrange a Zoom Christmas event where they sang carols, prayed and ate traditional napili desserts.
Very keen to begin strengthening ties with Calgary business as well as continuing the consulate’s relationships with volunteers and associations to build up cultural ties, our new Calgarian and her husband have already been out and about discovering the city.
They have also taken a drive to Red Deer to skate outdoors on Bower Ponds. She says it was lot of fun but, due to the shutdown, it took a while to find a place where they could get a warming cup of hot coffee.
Calgary-based KORITE International, operator of the largest commercial ammonite mine, is under new ownership, led by Clear North Capital Holdings in partnership with KORITE’S current CEO, David Lui, who will continue to lead the company. Fine jewelry and art is designed and manufactured in its city plant and has been sold to international buyers for more than 30 years. Cody Church, founder and CEO of Clear North, says: “We believe that exceptional opportunities are available in several core and emerging segments for the ultra-rare ammolite gemstones, and we look forward to bringing this Canadian and specifically Alberta treasure to consumers globally.”
David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at email@example.com.