Title: Chief Financial Officer, Deputy City Manager, General Manager, Corporate Planning & Financial Services
Areas of focus: As the Chief Financial Officer, Carla oversees all of the finance functions at The City of Calgary, providing overall long-term strategy, policy and advisory support to the entire organization. As General Manager of Corporate Planning & Financial Services, Carla oversees work that is done to plan, monitor and improve corporate sustainability, value and performance through business units Assessment & Tax, Supply Management, Finance and Corporate Planning & Performance. Carla serves on numerous boards and committees within The City. She works closely with the City Manager on matters of importance to the citizens of Calgary.
Career history: Carla joined The City as City Treasurer/Director of Finance in January 2017 where she was responsible for Finance functions including multi-year budgeting, reporting, treasury, taxation and customer services, regulatory affairs, long-term financial strategy, and policy and advisory support to the various City business units.
Carla received her Chartered Accountant designation in Alberta and has worked with a number of non-profit and governmental organizations, including the Calgary Board of Education. She earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is also a fellow of the Community Shift Program. Carla has also served on the board of several non-profit organizations. She is the past Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee of Girl Guides of Canada - Guides du Canada.
Leadership philosophy: Carla believes that the best leaders consistently demonstrate their passion for what they do, are consistent in the integrity they display in how they provide service, and act with compassion in all of their dealings with others. Pride in public service is a cornerstone for Carla, and she believes that citizens, customers and communities are the focal points of all that we do.Her authentic style is effective in building cohesive teams based on individual responsibility and collective accountability, and focused on effective problem solving. Carla believes the effectiveness of any business function is enhanced by focusing on culture and creating a vision that connects people to the value of their work.