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Politician Profile

Jeff Davison

Jeff Davison

"Calgary knows it can once again be the centre for business in Western Canada. The question isn't if, but how. My job is to help deliver the how."

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Policy cards

Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Support the Green Line

Jeff supports the Green Line, and as Councillor has negotiated a new Green Line plan to save $300 million. 

Cap Property Taxes

Jeff advocates for capping property taxes, and using reserve funds to help supplement expenditures. 

Better Core Services

Jeff advocates for allocating resources to Calgary's police and emergency services so that they can continue to protect Calgarians. 

Build the Events Centre

Jeff is a champion for the new Events Centre, as an opportunity to employ thousands of Calgarians and to become a cornerstone of Calgary's new entertainment district. 

Smart Budgeting & Spending

Jeff advocates for smart budgeting rather than sweeping cuts across 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."

Social

social issues & public policy

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

The Epicentre of Energy

Jeff advocates for building Calgary as a place for everything energy, including natural resources, extractive resources, ESG, technology, agriculture and mining. 

Support Canadian Energy

Jeff believes that with greater access to new markets, Canada's low emission resources and technology can help displace millions of tonnes of C02 globally every year, and amplify Canada's climate change efforts by offsetting net global GHG emissions. 

Energy Transition

Jeff advocates for refocusing Calgary, in partnership with the oil & gas sector,  on clean technology,  alternative fuels, agriculture, mining and carbon capture. 

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Regulatory Certainty

Jeff advocates for increasing Calgary's tax base, not Calgary's tax rate. He believes that attracting investment to the city requires economic and regulatory certainty. 

Private-Public Partnerships

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

Building Clusters

Jeff advocates for a greater focus on "clustering": attracting a critical mass of businesses to a community that benefit multiple companies within a sector.

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Support the Green Line

Jeff supports the Green Line, and as Councillor has negotiated a new Green Line plan to save $300 million. 

Enhanced Regulatory Certainty

Jeff advocates for increasing Calgary’s tax base, not Calgary’s tax rate. He believes that attracting investment to the city requires economic and regulatory certainty. 

Cap Property Taxes

Jeff advocates for capping property taxes, and using reserve funds to help supplement expenditures. 

Better Core Services

Jeff advocates for allocating resources to Calgary’s police and emergency services so that they can continue to protect Calgarians. 

Support the Events Centre

Jeff is a champion for the new Events Centre, as an opportunity to employ thousands of Calgarians and to become a cornerstone of Calgary’s new entertainment district. 

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

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Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

Calgary as the Epicentre of Energy

Jeff advocates for building Calgary as a place for everything energy, including natural resources, extractive resources, ESG, technology, agriculture and mining. 

Support Canadian Energy

Jeff believes that with greater access to new markets, Canada’s low emission resources and technology can help displace millions of tonnes of C02 globally every year, and amplify Canada’s climate change efforts by offsetting net global GHG emissions. 

Energy Transition

Jeff advocates for refocusing Calgary, in partnership with the oil & gas sector,  on clean technology,  alternative fuels, agriculture, mining and carbon capture. 

Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Private - Public Partnerships

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

Building Clusters

Jeff advocates for a greater focus on “clustering”: attracting a critical mass of businesses to a community that benefit multiple companies within a sector.

Smart Budgeting & Spending

Jeff advocates for smart budgeting rather than sweeping cuts across 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.”

MORE ABOUT JEFF

As a born and raised Calgarian, I’m proud of my reputation for bringing people together, finding common ground, and building policies and programs that work for everyone. Calgary isn’t about where you came from, it’s about why you came here. We’re all here for the same reason: a better life.

I’m determined to help our city grow by building on our strengths as an entrepreneurial city and energy hub while balancing economic, social, and environmental priorities.

After twenty years in the energy and technology sectors, I was elected in 2017 to bring a strong business focus to council. I served on the board of directors of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, Calgary Economic Development, and the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. 

I’m passionate about Calgary’s role in international movie and tv production. I’ve been a strong booster of Calgary’s multi-billion dollar creative and digital media industries. As a director of The Calgary Film Centre, I helped the facility increase its occupancy rate from 20% to 100% from 2018 to 2020.

When my council colleagues entrusted me with the role of chair of the city’s transportation and transit committee four years ago, I knew it would be a big job — and it has been. The biggest challenge has been balancing the city’s ongoing transportation needs with our economic realities. Based on our modified approach to the Green Line development, I think we’ve struck the right balance.

Calgarians have always been self-reliant. We’re independent thinkers and doers. We’re wired to create and explore. That’s still in our DNA. But over the last decade, we seem to have lost confidence in ourselves.

I was a kid during the ‘88 Olympics. We really punched above our weight hosting that big international event. And we did it better than any other community in the world. We gained the benefit of that one bold move for decades.

To grow again, we need to reclaim that spirit of boldness. The event centre is a good example. When initial conversations between the city and Calgary Flames’ owners about a new arena collapsed, I figured there must be a workable solution.

After taking some time to hear out both sides, I invited an independent consultant to help build an expanded vision for a larger event centre around the existing Stampede grounds that would meet the needs of the Flames and the city.

After decades of talking, the Event Centre is now a reality. We’ll be breaking ground on the facility in the fall. The new Event Centre will be a gathering place for concerts, assemblies, festivals, professional and amateur sport, and options for outdoor gathering. The event centre is just one project in our Downtown Strategy that imagines downtown as more than a maze of offices, but a mix of residential, office, retail, entertainment, tourism, and cultural spaces. This variety of spaces and experiences will help us make downtown the place to work and play – moving the core from vacancy to vibrancy.

Education & Work Experience

Cornell (2017 - 2017) 

  • Strategy Program, Marketing

 

University of Calgary (1998 - 2003)

  • Bachelor, Communications Studies

 

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) (1998-2000)

  • Diploma, Broadcast Journalism

Ward 6 Councillor (2017 - present)

 

Ward 6 is my home. I was born here, and my wife and I are proud to raise our family here. I am focused on driving growth, not falling behind. I want essential projects completed on time and on budget. I want to rein in wasteful spending and ensure we collaborate with residents on building safe and vibrant communities for generations to come.

I serve Ward 6 and all Calgarians on the following committees:

  • Transportation and Transit (Chair)
  • Event Centre Assessment Committee (Chair)
  • Green Line LRT (Vice-Chair)
  • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
  • Community and Protective Services
  • Gas, Power & Telecommunications
  • Priorities and Finance
  • Calgary Parking Authority
  • Calgary Economic Development
  • Calgary Film Centre
  • Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund

Owner (2012 - present)

  • LMNO Communications is an independent strategic communications and marketing firm specializing in corporate communications, branding and product marketing. LMNO serves a diverse range of clients across Canada and the United States.

Managing Partner (2016 - present)

  • Paper Movies develops and manages an Intellectual Property Media Library of original, mass-market
    comic books and graphic novels to sell as movie and television properties. Paper Movies publishes comic books and graphic novels as a “proof of concept” for network and studio buyers to demonstrate the visual and story potential of concepts as a movie franchise or television series.

 

Integrated Marketing Manager (2014 - 2015)

  • The World’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and the first place creative professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage imagery.

Board of Directors (2011 - 2014)

  • Since 1986, the Missing Children Society of Canada has been reuniting missing children with their searching families through professional investigations, public awareness and family support programs. MCSC’s team of former police detectives and trained investigators work closely with law enforcement while conducting frontline, hands-on investigative and search activities.

 

VP, Marketing & Sales (2009 - 2012)

  • Responsible for global strategic direction of brand, marketing, and public relations; Development and tactical implementation of brand awareness, user acquisition and retention strategies, stakeholder communications and investor relations.

Explorationist (1999 - 2009)

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