Cochrane is really nice, but pretty far from the airport. The new Stoney Trail makes getting from the NW over to the area you'll be working in a lot faster. If you live somewhere close to Stoney Trail you'll also have a pretty quick route out to the mountains as well.
This. Since it opened it has mate it very easy to get to/from BAnff and to the airport. Not sure of the quality of life though out in the burbs. Calgary is not that big as long as you are not SE you can't go wrong IMO
So many runs so little time.