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Michael Thompson

Title: Michael Thompson, General Manager, Utilities & Environmental Protection

Areas of focus: Michael oversees the team that protects public health and the environment, and helps all employees work safely.

UEP delivers integrated programs, services and facilities for water treatment and supply, wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, and waste and recycling.

UEP leads The City of Calgary for workplace health and safety and environmental performance. Through developing and implementing corporate safety and environmental policies, UEP supports all City departments to continually improve safety performance and manage environmental risk.

Our employees are deeply committed to Calgarians’ health, employee safety, and to protecting the environment for Calgarians today and for decades to come.

Career history: With nearly 20 years of engineering, leadership and technical expertise, Michael is excited to bring a comprehensive and balanced approach to Utilities & Environmental Management.

Before joining The City, Michael worked for more than a decade in the private sector, including a local engineering firm where he consulted on many City projects. He delivered a variety of projects from conception to operation, with projects exceeding $1 billion in constructed value.

Since coming to The City, Michael has been in leadership roles across various  technical fields. Michael received his B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering, and completed his MBA from Queen's University, allowing him to bring a well-rounded and business-based perspective to decision making.

Leadership philosophy: Michael brings a holistic approach to leading Utilities & Environmental Protection, with a focus on collaboration, value, innovation and technical excellence. He prides himself on an open, approachable leadership style, which has resulted in strong working relationships with colleagues, teams, staff and industry partners.

Michael recognizes that leaders don't always have the answers and celebrates individual and team contributions to find the answer. His open, honest communication approach builds relationships, strengthens teamwork, and builds trust.

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