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Ward Boundary Commission

Ward Boundary Commission

On June 6, 2023, Calgary City Council directed Administration to recruit a Ward Boundary Commission (WBC). The Commission will review the effectiveness of Calgary’s 14‑ward system.

About the Commission

There will be no change to the number of councillors as a part of this review.

Ward Boundary Commission report and presentation to Council (Item 9.3.3).

Ward Boundary Commission – Detailed information about the Commission.

Ward Boundary Commission Bylaw 28M2023

Ward Boundary Determination and Review CP2019-04 – Policy document.

Public Engagement

The WBC is inviting Calgarians to share their thoughts in a public engagement on what effective representation at the municipal level means to them. This public engagement is part of a larger review directed by Calgary City Council in June 2023.

To ensure the voices of Calgary’s diverse population are heard, residents can provide feedback through a brief online survey on or attend one of the five pop-up events around the city.

The engagement focuses specifically on the activities performed by Councillors (e.g. legislative duties, resolving local issues, communicating with constituents, advocating to other orders of government), as well as the systems Calgarians use to communicate with their Councillors (e.g. 311, email, social media, public hearings, meetings and events).

Visit to fill out the questionnaire, find pop-up event details and learn more about the project.

Commission members

The Ward Boundary Commission consists of 5 voting members:

  • one person who understands The City from a political and organizational perspective, such as a former member of Council who has not sought election in the most recent election;
  • two electors with an interest and expertise in political science, public policy or urban issues; and
  • two residents of Calgary.

The Commission includes one non-voting member, being the Elections Calgary Returning Officer or their designate.

Commission members were recruited through the 2023 boards, commissions and committees process.

Members were appointed at the Organizational Meeting of Council on October 24, 2023.

Jordan Pinkster, Chair

Jordan Pinkster

Jordan Pinkster has more than a decade of career experience in the areas of government relations, advocacy, and economic development. In his current role he is the external relations & communications officer with Platform Calgary. His previous work experiences include four years as a director with Global Public Affairs, four years as a chief of staff to a former member of Calgary City Council, and two years as the media and public affairs officer with the British Consulate General in Calgary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in policy studies from Mount Royal University.

Jacqueline Peterson, Vice Chair

Jacqueline Peterson

Jacqueline Peterson received her PhD from the University of Toronto (Political Science) in 2020. Her PhD research focused on inter-governmental relations, municipal finance and urban climate policy in Canada and the United States. Over the past decade, Dr. Peterson has published research on a variety of topics related to local government and has taught urban policy courses at the University of Calgary. Prior to beginning her PhD, Jacqueline previously worked for Calgary’s Office of the Aldermen, the Alberta Legislature and Elections Alberta, the last of for which she completed an electoral district mapping exercise as a Returning Officer. She completed her master's degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and received a BA from McGill University. Dr. Peterson currently works for a Calgary-based company supporting decarbonization efforts in the energy industry.

Elise Bieche

Elise Bieche

Elise Bieche is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History. Her career has spanned 20 years in the energy industry in roles related to sustainability, corporate responsibility and public policy. She has a deep commitment to volunteering in order to make a positive impact on her community.  Her family has been defined by their engagement in the community association and how we interface with our city. Over the last three years she has taken in a new perspective on the city by enjoying the expansive pathway system on her bike. She has two daughters, both of whom have attended University of Calgary, she is happily unmarried to her best friend, Kurt. 

Karen Jiang

Karen Jiang

She has a lifelong passion to learn and promote good governance that support the ideals of a representative democracy. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, is a Project Management Professional and with her spouse is raising two kids in the community of Tuxedo Park.

Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2014) and was an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (2015). His research and teaching are focused on Canadian politics, with a particular focus on elections, political representation, and policy preferences in Canadian municipalities. He is Project Director for the Canadian Municipal Barometer, an annual survey of municipal mayors and councillors, and is also a member of the Canadian Municipal Election Study. His research involves extensive quantitative and qualitative analyses of Canadian cities, including several large-scale public opinion surveys in Calgary. He has published more than 50 refereed books and articles, including Big City Elections in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2021) and Ideology in Canadian Municipal Politics (University of Toronto Press, 2024). He is co-editor of the “Political Development: Comparative Perspectives” book series at University of Toronto Press and is a former Assistant Editor at Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canada’s flagship political science journal.

Andrew Brouwer, Returning Officer’s Designate (non-voting)

Andrew Brouwer (he/him) is the Returning Officer’s designate and non-voting member of the Commission. Andrew serves as The City's Assistant Director, Elections and Strategic Engagement and Substitute Returning Officer accountable for elections, civic engagement and protocol, and strategic services to the City Clerk’s Office.

Andrew has 23 years’ experience in the municipal sector, including experience as a municipal clerk and deputy municipal clerk in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the course of his career, he has led eight general elections, two by-elections and two municipality-wide ward boundary reviews. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Urban and Regional Planning) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western University.

Contact information

For questions on Council’s direction for the Commission: 
email Ward Boundary Commission