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Politician Profile

Jan Damery

Jan Damery

"Calgary needs an economic recovery plan. I have a plan to generate 80,000 jobs by 2030, making Calgary a magnet for business and opportunity."

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Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Downtown Tech Campus

The Calgary Tech initiative would graduate up to 1000 digital and STEM trained students each year and bring 4000 staff and students to Calgary’s downtown

Jan's plans to invest $200 million to repurpose empty office spaces downtown and reactivate vacant facilities, as well as operating funding of $30 million a year as student enrollment expands. 

Jump-Start for Jobs

Jan pledges $52.7 million to invigorate the arts, technology, tourism, main streets and local business.

Support Rail Link

Jan wants to connect the airport, downtown, and Banff. This is part of Jan’s plan to make Calgary a top global destination to live, work, learn and play.

Bow River Wave Park

Jan commits to invest $25 million towards the bow River Wave Park. 

The Wave Park will be a magnet. The park would be an instant destination for social media posts, showing what can be accomplished in Calgary: work and play in the same day. The park would be a touchstone on Calgary emerging confidently from years of challenges, and a sign of confidence in our collective future and the future of our city.

Social

social issues & public policy

Diversity & Talent

Jan stands for designing community with an equity sense. 

"There is a place and space for everyone who wants to be part of our renewal. As Mayor, I will be the bridge between diverse ideas and perspectives at City Hall." 

Open Liquor Zones

We will designate open areas with good sightlines in public parks as picnic areas, allowing the consumption of alcohol within certain hours. 

With a practical approach and adequate funding for signs and enforcement, we can safely and sensibly enjoy a glass of wine with our picnics while spending time with friends and family in one of Calgary’s many public parks and give some stimulus to local business in these areas.

Mental Health & Addiction

"This will save lives, save money, and reduce interactions of the police with people in crisis so they can focus on tackling crime."

Jan proposes to provide base annual funding of $10 million from the annual savings identified in the SAVE program, in addition to operational savings allocated from reducing police overtime generated by responding to mental health and addictions calls. 

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

Green Urban Design

"Public gathering places and green spaces matter. They improve our quality of life. As Mayor, I will promote urban design that is green, walkable, connected, safe, friendly and vibrant." 

Jan commits $5 million for building and maintaining public and green spaces that bring Calgarians together, building neighbourhoods with transportation choices and improved pedestrian choices, and protecting Calgary's natural environment. 

Emission Reduction Target

Jan plans to spend $100 million to reduce emissions over 4 years and create clear accountabilities for emissions reductions.

Jan plans to establish the Calgary Climate Services, which would provide emissions reductions assessors, subsidies, connections to contractors, and $100 million of low interest loans for improvements to buildings’ energy performance.

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Cut Red Tape

Jan is going to act to make it easier for local businesses to start and expand. 

Jan will not regulate the things we like, such as business activity and investment. And only regulate the things we don’t like, such as noise, smell, off-hours traffic, and proximity of incompatible uses (such as adult businesses near schools). 

Efficient & Responsible Government

Jan stands for transforming local government for speed, efficacy, and better ways of getting things done.

"As an economic leader with experience leading large infrastructure projects, I know the importance of efficiency, accountability and transparency in ensuring the public dollars are spent wisely and that Calgarians get the best value for the services we rely on."  

Smart Financial Choices

"With a background in economics and a wealth of experience in effective budgeting, I am able to provide value for money by ensuring responsible spending and improved services."

Jan stands for budgeting with a clear line of sight to what we value, speeding up approvals so business activity is not discouraged and re-imagining our tax and revenue systems to drive long-term prosperity.

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Reduce Red Tape

Jan aims to accelerate our journey to a forward-focused innovation economy by “courageously removing barriers that are getting in the way.”

Smart Financial Choices

Jan stands for budgeting with a clear line of sight to what we value, speeding up approvals so business activity is not discouraged and re-imagining our tax and revenue systems to drive long-term prosperity.

“With a background in economics and a wealth of experience in effective budgeting, I am able to provide value for money by ensuring responsible spending and improved services.”

Support Local Business

Jan stands for supporting our local businesses and creating a made-in-Calgary plan to rebuild the economy and drive innovation.

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

Diversity & Talent

Jan stands for designing community with an equity sense. 

“There is a place and space for everyone who wants to be part of our renewal. As Mayor, I will be the bridge between diverse ideas and perspectives at City Hall.” 

Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

Green Urban Design

Jan stands for building and maintaining public and green spaces that bring Calgarians together, building neighbourhoods with transportation choices and improved pedestrian choices, and protecting Calgary’s natural environment. 

“Public gathering places and green spaces matter. They improve our quality of life. As Mayor, I will promote urban design that is green, walkable, connected, safe, friendly and vibrant.” 

Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Efficient & Responsible Government

Jan stands for transforming local government for speed, efficacy, and better ways of getting things done.

“As an economic leader with experience leading large infrastructure projects, I know the importance of efficiency, accountability and transparency in ensuring the public dollars are spent wisely and that Calgarians get the best value for the services we rely on.”  

MORE ABOUT JAN

I’m a community leader with decades of experience and a reputation for getting the job done. 

I was the first in my extended family to attend university. I trained as an economist at the U of A, where I received my undergraduate degree, and at UBC for my Masters. I followed my studies with a stint as a sessional lecturer in economics at the U of A and as an analyst at the Alberta Department of Energy, learning the intersection of public consultation and policy that led to the Clean Air Strategy for Alberta.

While born and raised in Edmonton, I had always been attracted to Calgary – its energy, vibrancy, and proximity to the mountains.

I spent a decade working in progressively more senior roles at TransCanada Pipelines, culminating in my work as President of TransCanada’s Hot Taps Ltd. The work I did often focused on transformation, restructuring and finding creative new ways to generate revenue. Reflecting on my early career, I have always been good at simplifying, finding better ways to save time and money. I understand the importance of efficiency, accountability and transparency.

I turned a volunteer gig into formal work in creating community good by moving to the United Way of Calgary. Following this, travel to East Africa led me to my work as a director and organizer for the Aga Khan University, one of the world’s foremost promoters of human welfare. In this role, I travelled to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UK and UAE. This had a profound impact on me, cementing the importance of access to education for all while affirming that I have a role to play in creating the change I want to see in the world.

Most recently, I have been privileged to serve as VP, External Relations and Engagement at YW Calgary, leading a team to deliver the human resources, marketing & communications, government relations, fundraising and social enterprise sides of one of Calgary’s social agencies. I was part of the executive team that delivered the $60 million project that built the YW Hub facility to support women and allow their families to thrive. I am proud that this project was delivered on time and under budget with no debt. 

I am currently a mentor with the Venture Mentoring Service of Alberta and have long led on boards in the community including the World Bank, Rotary Club, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. 

Early on in my career I felt like I should know all of the answers. I now know that the most effective way to lead is to ask questions, enable others, push for insights, and remove barriers to ensure that people realise their full potential. This is the leadership I will provide as mayor and this is the leadership that Calgary needs – bringing people together to find solutions to the complex problems that our city faces. It’s time for a fresh perspective. Thanks to my amazing family and a life of adventures, I am ready. 

Education & Work Experience

University of British Columbia (1985 - 1986)

  • M.A., Economics 

 

University of Alberta (1981 - 1985)

  • B.A., Honors, Economics

VP, External Relations & Engagement (2020 - 2021)

  • Jan has oversight for human resources, government relations, marketing & communications, social enterprises and fundraising at YW Calgary.
 
VP, Resource Development (2016 - 2020)
  • Jan joined YWCA Calgary full-time in October 2016, after consulting with the organization for 5 months, to lead the $60 million capital campaign for YW Calgary’s new home and hub in Calgary neighbourhood of Inglewood. The new transformational facility opened its doors September 2019.

President (2007 - 2012)

  • Jan created FARFALLA Inc in January 2007 to provide expertise in business and resource development to international organizations after a 5-month personal journey and research sabbatical in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pakistan. The firm provides in-depth expertise in marketing, business and resource development to local and global organizations. Jan has held executive positions with organizations in the government, corporate and charitable sectors of the Canadian economy. She is recognized for her talent in identifying and mobilizing resources towards a common organizational goal. She has a reputation for getting the best out of people and inspiring teams to achieve extraordinary results. She shares her insights and experiences as a motivational speaker and moderator.

Director Development Canada (2007 - 2012)

  • In the areas of resource development, strategic partnerships, major gift fundraising and public relations, Jan represented the Aga Khan University (AKU) in Canada and the U.S. AKU has main campuses in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Managing Director (1990 - 2000)

  • Jan worked in the areas of executive management, strategic planning, regulatory affairs, operations and business development at TransCanada. She spent her last year with TransCanada as President of TransCanada Hot Taps Ltd, a specialty welding company and a 100% owned subsidiary

Senior Manager (1987 - 1990) 
  • Co-led "Clean Air Strategy for Alberta” public consultation process to gain public support and input for green house gas emission reductions. Analyzed and recommended natural gas royalty policy changes. Produced continental natural gas price forecasts that formed the basis for provincial revenue forecasts. 

Sessional Lecturer, Department of Economics (1986 - 1987)

  • Taught introductory and intermediate microeconomics & macroeconomics undergraduate courses.

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