his first term as city councillor, Ward Sutherland held over 25 years of senior
leadership and management positions in companies such as Sony, Tim Horton’s,
McDonald’s and Hartco Corporation. He consistently achieved positive results in
the management of multi-million dollar financial budgets, and received several
awards for excelling in the business sector. Recently, he was honoured to
receive the Political Leadership Award from the University of Calgary Graduate
Students Association (GSA) for his efforts towards pushing innovation and
economic diversification, as well as his involvement in the development of West
Campus and Crownsnet Hall.
Ward has volunteered in Calgary for over 16 years. As the past president of the Rocky Ridge Royal
Oak Community Association, his initiatives included an urban drilling policy,
innovative seniors’ programs, traffic calming measures and preservation of
wetlands and parks. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Medal for his service to the community. His dedication to community service has
helped him to achieve results as a councillor, including preserving park space,
traffic flow solutions, safety improvements at intersections, school safety,
and a bylaw change for e-bikes on pathways.
Ward brings to City Council his fiscally
accountable approach to spending. As
Vice Chair of Priorities and Finance, Ward’s main areas of focus are the
financial management of The City and reducing property taxes. He has driven the improved process of zero
base reviews of departments to include the pure costing of delivering services
and process. As a strong believer in
accountability, he communicates with constituents with monthly detailed
newsletters and a yearly report of outcomes.
Ward is a member of the following committees:
Committee – Planning & Urban Development
Committee - Utilities & Corporate Services (Vice Chair)
Finance Committee – Vice-Chair
Partnership/Sub-Committee – Economic Prosperity
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