Title: General Manager of Transportation
Areas of focus: As the General Manager of Transportation, Mac oversees the Transportation Department which is responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of Calgary’s road and public transit systems. Transportation employs almost 4,000 staff and applies annual operating budgets of $350 million of operating budget and $500+ million of capital budget towards accomplishing Council’s goals for mobility of people and goods in Calgary.
Career history: Mac received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Alberta. After graduating, Mac worked from 1988-1995 for Swanson Transportation Consultants Consulting services, for the development industry, as well as Municipal and Provincial Government agencies. In 1995, Mac started with The City of Calgary in the Transportation Planning Division, and after a brief stint working for Hopewell Residential Communities in 2000-2001, he returned to The City of Calgary as the Director of Transportation Planning.
Before becoming the General Manager of Transportation in 2010, Mac worked as the Director of almost every City of Calgary Transportation Business Unit including: Transportation Planning (2001-2005), Roads (2005-2008) and Transportation Infrastructure (2008-2010).
Mac also volunteers his time as a board member for Transportation Association of Canada, Calgary Parking Authority, and the Aerospace Museum of Calgary.
Leadership philosophy: Mac believes that every employee knows something that he does not. In his view, the key to success is establishing a safe environment where all employees know they are able to contribute and then providing opportunities for those contributions to happen. Mac believes The City is blessed with smart, engaged and motivated employees. A big part of his responsibility is to gather this talent and catalyze collaboration on problem solving and public service. The results will be truly exceptional!