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Naheed Nenshi

Mayor of Calgary

Naheed Nenshi was sworn in as Calgary's 36th mayor on Oct. 25, 2010. He is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader. Prior to becoming mayor, he ran a large non-profit, was a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the U.S., and literally wrote the book on Canadian cities.

Naheed spent many years at the international business consulting firm, McKinsey & Co., where he advised large telecommunications, banking, retail and oil and gas companies in corporate strategy. After leaving McKinsey, Naheed formed his own business, the Ascend Group, a consultancy that assists public, private, and nonprofit organizations to grow. In this role he designed major policy for the Alberta government, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy and worked with the United Nations to determine how global business can help the poorest people on the planet.

His real passion, though, is making cities, especially Calgary, work better. He’s the lead author of "Building Up: Making Canada’s Cities Engines of Growth and Magnets of Development" and has long been putting his ideas to work in Calgary.

He holds a bachelor of commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was president of the students’ union, and a masters in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

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The Canada We Hope

The Canada We Hope For

We've figured out a simple truth: we're in this together. Our neighbour's strength is our strength; the success of any one of us is the success of every one of us. But this is incredibly fragile. It must be protected always from the voices of intolerance, divisiveness, small-mindedness, and hatred. It's the right thing to do.
10/17/2015 03:13 EDT
A Progress

A Progress Report

In 2010, I ran on a platform that consisted of 12 Better Ideas and I am pleased to say that, with the support of City Council, we have either completed or made significant progress on the vast majority of them.
10/17/2013 04:01 EDT
End the $4,800 Subsidy to

End the $4,800 Subsidy to Developers

Developers are receiving a $4,800 per house subsidy for every new house that is built in new suburban communities. That subsidy cost you $33,000,000 in 2012. It's time for it to end.
10/04/2013 05:35 EDT
Straight Talk on Taxes and the City's

Straight Talk on Taxes and the City's Budget

There's been a lot of talk about the City's budget and your property taxes. I want to set the record straight about the budget and your taxes over the last three years, as well as what you get in return. Bear with me; it can be challenging to explain the City's budget, but I hope by reading through this blog post, you'll be able to gain a clearer understanding of property taxes and how the City uses your money.
10/03/2013 04:34 EDT
'I'll Miss Him. A

'I'll Miss Him. A lot.'

Today, my colleague, Alderman Dale Hodges, shared with me that he does not intend to run again in the next municipal election. I'll miss him. A lot.
08/09/2013 06:13 EDT
Mayor Nenshi On Proposed Cuts At Mount Royal

Mayor Nenshi On Proposed Cuts At Mount Royal University

So you can imagine my dismay when I heard the news that MRU is considering cutting some of the very programs that this venue was designed to support--and without apparent consultation with the community. These programs are critical for the development of Calgary's cultural offerings and eliminating them severely inhibits our ability to attract the best and brightest to our city from around the world. I also hope that other potential donors will not be put off by the possibility that the intent of their generosity may be lost to provincial politics.
04/17/2013 06:48 EDT
A Better Calgary In

A Better Calgary In Progress

Over two years ago, Calgarians chose a new mayor and city council. We have been hard at work since then, and thought this would be a good time to share with you how we are doing and what work remains to be done. So, how are we doing?
12/19/2012 01:56 EST
Have You Seen This Stamp Of Approval Around

Have You Seen This Stamp Of Approval Around Calgary?

Have you seen this stamp around town? At a Ctrain station, at Southland Leisure Centre, on a food truck, on Since I became mayor, I've worked hard to make transforming government -- a culture of constant improvement -- a priority in Calgary. With every tangible change that makes life better for Calgarians, you're seeing transforming government in action.
08/16/2012 07:11 EDT