Jill Floen, BA, LL.B, LL.M.
Title: City Solicitor & General Counsel
Areas of focus: As the City Solicitor & General Counsel, Jill oversees The City’s Law, Legislative Services & Security department, which includes Corporate Security, Law and City Clerk's Office business units and the delivery of legal services to the corporation. She also provides legal advice to the Mayor and City Council, supports the resolution of significant corporate matters and contributes to strategic corporate direction through her role on the corporate Executive Leadership Team.
Career history: Jill joined The City in 1996 as an articling student in the Law Department, following which she practiced municipal law at a law firm in Calgary. Jill returned to The City in 1999, as a planning lawyer and served as the Manager Planning & Environment within Law from 2007-2013. She served as the Assistant City Solicitor 2013-2019 during which time she developed detailed insight into the corporation and its operations through her involvement with various corporate initiatives, including: Infrastructure Calgary, One Calgary, Build Calgary, Flood Recovery, and creation of the City Charter. Jill assumed the role of City Solicitor & General Counsel in 2020.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Calgary), Bachelor of Laws degree (University of Alberta), Masters of Law degree (York University), and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership (Schulich School of Business, York University). Throughout her career, Jill has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Leadership philosophy: Jill’s leadership philosophy is “people focused”: teams of talented people with positive relationships and diverse perspectives are foundational to the delivery of exceptional service.
Individuals can achieve success, but far more can be achieved when positively working together. Moreover, creative thinking and problem solving is enhanced when people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives are team members whose voices are heard, respected and valued. This enables us to most effectively collaborate and deliver on Council and citizen priorities.
Jill subscribes to the values and essential qualities of our organization, encourages a supportive environment with open communication, and believes that we all must take responsibility for contributing to the creation of a work environment in which a healthy and resilient workforce can develop and thrive.
Jill is proud to be a member of the public service and is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the City Solicitor & General Counsel, enabling her to contribute in such a meaningful way to help “make life better every day.”