Platform

Calgary is about more than oil and white hats. It’s full of young, smart, and entrepreneurial people who also care deeply about each other.

We have always found our way forward by finding common ground and building on our strengths.

We can honour our past without getting stuck there.

Sure, Calgary is 145 years old, but we can still learn new tricks.

With a focus on jobs and taxes, here's my focused approach to bridging the gap between where we are and where we want to be in the next 10 years that will address jobs and taxes.

Collaborative Leadership

Life in Calgary has been a struggle for several years, but it’s taught us to appreciate the importance of community and collaboration.

Historically, our growth has been guided by people who care about the whole community.

We have found our way forward by relying on each other and working together. Our economic and social stability depends on finding common ground for the common good.

Building partnerships based on common ground.

We don't have time for endless debates and division. We need leaders who can negotiate workable solutions with all levels of government and with others on Council -- and in ways that reflect the values of the whole community.

My accomplishments as a Calgary City Councillor have proven my skill as a collaborative leader. Going forward, here are my areas of focus:

Collaborative Leadership

Using private-public partnerships between local businesses, government, and not-for-profits to improve services, reduce costs, and help everyone flourish.

For example, I've proposed an idea for a community venture fund that uses social investing principles to promote economic and social good.

Collaborative Leadership

Spaces define a city and create community

Clustering is about attracting a critical mass of businesses to a community that benefit multiple companies within a sector. This approach is foundation to shifting and diversifying the economy. Clustering also supports neighbourhood businesses by increasing their potential market.

Collaborative Leadership

What makes Calgary one of the top five most livable cities in the world?

It's our people and strong sense of community. Keeping Calgary clean, accessible, and safe for everyone is one of the ways we can keep it great.

Global Livability Index news article.

Building Our New Economy on Our Strengths

Whether you came here from another part of the world or another part of the country, you came here for the same reason: opportunity.

Through our boom-and-bust history, we have been known as a city of resilience.

And there is perhaps no time in our history where that identity has been more important to remember.

The City must be an enabler of business growth, not a barrier.

Opportunity is synonymous with Calgary.

Private investment follows smart people with good ideas. We are already one of the lowest taxed cities in Canada.

To thrive again we will have to increase the tax base, not the tax rate. Here's how:

Building Our New Economy on Our Strengths

Let’s reclaim our place as the epicentre of all things energy

That includes natural resources, extractive resources, ESG, technology, agriculture, and mining. As an energy hub, we can attract and retain talent and capital. By building on our strengths, we can solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in food sustainability, health, energy, and transportation.

Building Our New Economy on Our Strengths

Clustering centres of excellence, hubs, and accelerators

That benefit multiple companies is foundational to shifting and diversifying the economy. Clustering also supports neighbourhood businesses.

Building Our New Economy on Our Strengths

Canada’s lower emission resources and technology can help displace millions of tonnes of C02 globally every year

Low-carbon Canadian energy can amplify Canada’s climate change efforts by offsetting net global GHG emissions. That’s why we should be opening access to new markets, and not closing them. I would advocate for GHG offsets to be calculated in Canada’s climate change targets.

Building Our New Economy on Our Strengths

Refocusing Calgary into an Energy Hub with a greater focus on Clean Technology

I have recently started a conversation with several oil and gas companies about refocusing Calgary into an Energy Hub with a greater focus on Clean Technology, Alternative Fuels, Agriculture, Mining, Carbon capture. Alberta is already a leader in many of these fields and Calgary could become their home base with our smart, experienced entrepreneurs.

For Calgary to move forward we need collaboration at Council and with other levels of government. Unless at least 8 councillors agree to a project, nothing happens. Division and in-fighting has led to lost opportunities.

Leadership and Collaboration gets Results.

The vast majority of my motions have been accepted and prioritized.

I have proven I can work with my council colleagues and city administration to get things done:

  • Negotiated a new Green Line plan that moves the project forward while saving $300 million.
  • Promoted the use of reserve funds to cap business property taxes.
  • Pushed for a provincial review of the assessment system responsible for wild fluctuations in taxes from year to year.
  • Advocating for a Calgary Charter giving more control to the City to help Calgarians when they need it the most.
  • Ensuring our police and emergency services have the resources they need to protect Calgarians.

Let’s Grow Our Own Way

As the sole Council member working with Calgary Economic Development, I helped roll out the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to stimulate business growth. So far, the fund has supported 14 projects.

Our $42 million investment has delivered nearly $600 million in new capital to the City (that’s a 15-1 return). By 2022, OCIF will have returned over a billion dollars to Calgary and created thousands of high quality new jobs.

We can create more jobs using the new business diversification tools already in place.

Small to medium businesses employ 80% of working Calgarians. If every business in Calgary has an opportunity to hire one more person in the next two years, we could create over 80,000 new jobs. We can create more jobs using the new business diversification tools already in place.

The Event Center is one of the best examples of private-public partnerships. It will not only employ thousands of Calgarians during construction but thousands more with annual operations.

It will also be the cornerstone of a new entertainment district employing thousands and generating a billion dollars annually into the economy.

From the Event Centres to recreation facilities, there are creative ways to deliver better services for less.

Focused, Flexible Planning and Smart Spending

Calgary needs a leader who can keep us focused on long-term recovery, while responding quickly to short term needs. As the sole Council member working with Calgary Economic Development, I’ve championed a long-term economic recovery strategy for our City that has enabled recent multi-billion transactions and record levels of new business investment into Calgary companies across multiple sectors.

Let’s build on our strengths while giving people like you the power to succeed on your own terms.

Focused, Flexible Planning and Smart Spending

Strategic and balanced modeling

Let’s apply strategic and balanced modeling to find continual efficiencies in government and deliver better private-public partnerships.

Focused, Flexible Planning and Smart Spending

Let’s focus on smart budgeting rather than sweeping cuts across all city services

It's about finding efficiencies rather than blindly cutting the services Calgarians depend on. Many candidates for City Council will promise lower taxes without providing a single budget line item or service they will cut.

For the past two years I have worked with administration and other members of Council to help create the SAVE program. This program in partners with Ernst and Young is reviewing every City department to find savings and efficiencies.

Through this program, we will save over $100 million from the budget in the next two years on top of the $300 million that we have already saved since 2017.

Focused, Flexible Planning and Smart Spending

Attracting investors requires economic and regulatory certainty

To thrive again we can have to increase the tax base, not the tax rate. We are already one of the lowest taxed cities in Canada. Let's keep it that way.

Focused, Flexible Planning and Smart Spending

Maintain Calgary's ranking as one of the top 5 cities in the world

We have more green space than any city in Canada with 5000 kms of paved pedestrian/cycle paths along our river and in our parks. We have a world class police force with one of the lowest crime rates per capita in Canada.

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