About Us


International Avenue is a vibrant business district with a diverse ethnic composition located on 17th Avenue S.E., from 26 to 61st streets, in Calgary. There is an interesting mix of business representative of the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods surrounding the Avenue.

It is an area of one-stop shopping with access to a selection of restaurants and grocery stores from around the world, as well as a wide range of other retail goods and services.

Over 425 businesses operate within the zone.  Convenient free parking is available throughout.

The Mission of the organization is “to promote, improve and create a more pleasant community in which to shop and live”.

The BRZ is achieving these goals by:

  • A maintenance program designed to clean the shopping district
  • Promotional/image initiatives
  • Special community events
  • The completion of an urban design plan and vision – approved at City Council, 2010, International Avenue Area Redevelopment Plan- 2018
  • Plans for a sustainable community
  • A crime prevention safety plan – adopted
  • A pedestrian friendly approved comprehensive transportation policy – approved for funding 2014 and construction of the plan began in 2016.  The majority of which will be completed in 2018.  Unity Park and minor sections to be completed in 2019.
  • An implementation strategy
  • A comprehensive community development plan
  • A variety of community partnerships
  • Land use changes
  • An incubation strategy and research for new business concepts.
  • A development strategy.
  • A co-work hub with gallery space.

Meet the Staff

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Alison Karim-McSwiney

Executive Director


Celeste Watamanuk

Administrative Assistant


Mark Shields

Project Manager


   Norbert Magdziarz

Maintenance and Flowers


Graham MacKenzie

Special Events Coordinator

Meet The Board


2018 Board of Directors

Board Member Role Business
Mike Shymka Chairman Town and Country Hotel
Gita Boyd Treasurer Gita Boyd Associates
John William Wade Secretary representing Good Tire
Fred Litwiniuk Board Member Litwiniuk & Company
Dr. Iain Chynoweth Board Member Forest Lawn Veterinary Hospital
Raj Chhoker Board Member representing Mimo Restaurant
Ron Jossil Board Member representing Pierson's
Henry Nguyen Board Member Mekong Restaurant
Albert El-kadri Board Member Desert Cafe And Grill
Andrew Marriott Board Member Tim Horton's
Kylie Tucker Board Member CIBC
Channi Toor  Board Member   Fusion Pita & Grill

Primary Contact

Our Executive Director oversees all projects:

  • Alison Karim-McSwiney: 403-248-7288
  • The Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

Thanks to our Friends

International Avenue would like to acknowledge all the wonderful people who've helped us get to where we are today. We couldn't have done all this without the help and support of all our friends! Special Thanks to (in no particular order)

  • Malcolm Ho-You
  • Dr. Paul Maas
  • Gian-Carlo Carra
  • Professor Robert Kirby
  • Colin Donohue
  • Amelco Electric
  • Cst. Sean LaBrie
  • Joe Ceci
  • Cst. Ira McCumber
  • Gita Boyd
  • Bal Bains
  • Doug Lauchlan (R.I.P
  • Rod Courtney (R.I.P)
  • Dwayne Smeekle (R.I.P),
  • Tung Nguyen (R.I.P)
  • Antoine Nguyen
  • Dick Roscoe
  • East Calgary Rotary
  • Diane Danielson
  • Andre Chabot
  • Rose Lamoureax
  • Mike Pierson
  • Hein Vu
  • Ceclia and David Grimstead
  • Martinho Correia
  • MACO
  • Torrey Swann
  • Ray Rehberg
  • Insp. Dean Young
  • Insp. Rob Williams
  • Cst. Zain Kelly
  • Rick Haddow
  • Bill Bruce
  • Helma Dahlman
  • Dennis Syren (R.I.P)
  • Jenny Jenson
  • Linda Evans
  • Carla Da Costa
  • St/Sgt. Brett Markland
  • Brenda Cosens
  • Manmeet Bhullar (R.I.P), MLA
  • Wayne Cao, MLA
  • Moe Amery, MLA
  • The University of Calgary
  • Don Grieg-Enmax
  • Ian Henderson
  • Gale Reynolds
  • Archie Lang
  • Brian Leece
  • Keith Funk
  • Thom Mahler
  • Meng Quo Cui
  • Insp. Ray Robitaille
  • Ken Ng - Calgary Co-op
  • Harris Hanson
  • Maurice Blain
  • Jen Metzler
  • Tony Tam
  • Raj Chhoker
  • Mike Shymka
  • Tammy Pomper
  • Trudy Tait (R.I.P.)
  • Carlos Santos
  • Roger Davidson
  • Barbara Mclean Stollery
  • Bob Holladay
  • Z. Rana
  • Victor Rampersaud
  • Dana Messinger
  • Inspector Dale Ruzycki
  • Inspector Leah Barber
  • Paul Eriksen
  • Angie Ewanchuk
  • Dean Young
  • Randy Kott (R.I.P.)
  • Velda Paynter
  • Calvin Wong
  • Kevin Wick
  • John William-Wade
  • Henry Nguyen
  • Albert Elkadri
  • Andrew Marriot
  • Fred Litwiniuk
  • Kylie Tucker
  • Joan Chisolm
  • Elaine Stringer
  • Howard Kai
  • Chris Jennings
  • David Thatcher
  • Daniel Shimonov
  • Frank Schwaier
  • Jack Scissons
  • Rollie Braun
  • Peter Wiseman
  • Lynn Englehart
  • Ann Craig
  • Ken Alberding
  • Michael Brown - CMLC
  • Greg Curtis
  • Vinay Dey
  • Bob Hawkesworth
  • Cst. Ray Hostland
  • Momentum
  • Calgary Immigration Educational Society
  • Angelina Rahimi
  • Brian Green
  • Ken Alberding
  • Mukesh Shah