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Politician Profile

Zane Novak

Zane Novak

"As a long-time entrepreneur, I have working experience with many of the stakeholders and functions of our city, and I understand the fundamental reasons why Calgary needs its businesses to thrive."

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Policy cards

Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Train to the Airport

World-class cities have a train to the airport. I will build an LRT extension to connect YYC to downtown Calgary. 

Expanded Patio Spaces

I will expand patio spaces on roads like 17th avenue to increase foot traffic and create vibrancy, by creating a three-lane road with alternating traffic. 

Stephen Ave Trolley

I will build an electric trolley on Stephen Ave, from Olympic Plaza to the Mewata Armory, to ferry passengers through one of Calgary's most vibrant nightlife districts. 

Post-Secondary Scholarships

I will create flexible, city-funded scholarships to educate young people in the sectors and trades where we currently need more graduates. 

Social

social issues & public policy

Open Liquor Zones

I will create open liquor zones in the downtown core to allow for responsible and supervised drinking. 

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

Champion for Oil and Gas

I will be an advocate for Calgary's Oil & Gas Sector at all levels. 

City Hall has never championed Calgary’s energy industry, even though its prosperity has funded this city for decades. Oil and gas is our city’s central industry, but it has lacked a voice in municipal politics. Working alongside this industry, I will ensure that not only is Calgary the oil and gas capital of Canada but we will grow to become the complete and diversified energy capital of Canada.

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Term Limits

I will enact a 2-term limit for Mayor and City Council.

Managed Competition

I will implement a system of Managed Competition, which encourages public and private organizations to competitively bid on city contracts like snow removal. 

Bi-annual Reviews

Transparency with taxpayers will reveal the steps taken so that shortfalls won’t happen again.

I will implement bi-annual reviews of all key capital projects in all city departments, and will require accountability for how funds are spent and how results are achieved.

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Expanded patio space

Zane advocates for expanding patio spaces on roads like 17th avenue by creating a three-lane road with alternating traffic. 

Stephen ave trolley

Zane supports building an electric trolley on Stephen Ave, from Olympic Plaza to the Mewata Armory. 

Train to the airport

Zane supports building an LRT extension to connect the airport to downtown. 

Post-secondary scholarships

Zane supports creating flexible, city-funded scholarships for the sectors and trades in which we currently need more graduates. 

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

Open liquor zones

Zane supports creating open liquor zones to create vibrancy downtown. 

Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

Champion for oil & gas

Zane supports advocating for Calgary’s Oil & Gas Sector. 

“City Hall has never championed Calgary’s energy industry, even though its prosperity has funded this city for decades. Oil and gas is our city’s central industry, but it has lacked a voice in municipal politics. Working alongside this industry, I will ensure that not only is Calgary the oil and gas capital of Canada but we will grow to become the complete energy capital of Canada.”

Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Term Limits

Zane supports a 2-term limit for Mayor and City Council.

Managed competition

Zane wants to implement a system of Managed Competition, which encourages public and private organizations to competitively bid on city contracts like snow removal. 

bi-annual reviews

Zane supports bi-annual reviews of all key capital projects in all city departments, such as answering for funds spent and results achieved.

“Transparency with taxpayers will reveal the steps taken so that shortfalls won’t happen again.”

MORE ABOUT ZANE

My passion for Calgary is the main motivating factor behind my decision to run for Mayor.

I have witnessed firsthand the transformation in Calgary over the last several years, from a city filled with vibrancy, hope, and opportunity, to a city that has lost its optimism and struggles to cope with the challenges that we are facing.

I would bring a comprehensive and balanced perspective to the mayor’s office. As a long-time entrepreneur, I have working experience with many of the stakeholders and functions of our city, and I understand the fundamental reasons why Calgary needs its businesses to thrive. I’ve also spent most of my adult life volunteering in Calgary, and I know firsthand how to empower our communities and give a leg up to the disadvantaged.

I was born and raised in Western Canada. My experience and life course in business and community brought me throughout North America and finally to Calgary in the early 2000s. Working with the business community and becoming deeply involved in the non-profit sector helped me to realize how diverse, dynamic, and multi-facetted Calgary is. That inspired me to call Calgary home and to add to this wonderful community.

I have many passions and goals, however the main motivating factor for me is to create a positive impact as I move through life. The most important role any human can take upon themselves is to do what they can to improve the quality of life for others and their community. Always strive to be a positive influence.

Education & Work Experience

President (2004 - present)

  • Acted as an early pioneer in reducing GHG emissions at well site facilities
  • Increased the efficiency of low pressure natural gas wells with Vilter Single Screw Compression (VSSC)
  • Introduced In-Pipe Turbine Generators to the natural gas industry in Alberta in partnership with Emission Reduction Alberta
  • Introduced lightning prevention to high-risk facilities in Western Canadian natural gas processing facilities

Manager, Rural Operations (1986-1995)

  • Acted in a managerial role in concrete, aggregate and commercial sales
  • Developed concrete designs for cementing in down-hole wells with a high water table, realizing cost efficiencies and reducing environmental impact
  • Created new mix designs that are utilized in SAGD drilling

Product Developer (1977 - 1986) 

  • Facilitated the creation of the largest Saskatchewan-based road construction company in the 70s and 80s

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