Title: General Manager, Planning & Development Services; Deputy City Manager
Areas of focus: Stuart oversees employees across five business units – City & Regional Planning, Climate & Environment, Community Planning, Development, Business & Building Services and Downtown Strategy.
Collectively, Stuart’s staff are foundational in imagining and planning our city for the future. The Planning & Development Services department is critical in driving policies that guide long-term planning, setting parameters for land development processes, integrating strategies and actions to grow a resilient and sustainable city and ensuring Calgary’s buildings are safe to occupy.
Career history: Stuart first joined The City in 1988 as an intern, and has held a number of roles over the years including Assessment Director and City Assessor, Director of Development & Building Approvals, General Manager of Community Services and, in 2016, he became General Manager of Planning & Development.
In addition to his current role as General Manager, Stuart is the Corporate Sponsor leading the efforts of “One Calgary” – The City’s 2019-2022 service plans and budgets, changing how we plan and budget from an organization-based to a service-based view. This role is well suited to Stuart, given his experience leading public service functions with a view to improving service delivery, seeking efficiencies, and establishing a “citizen, customer, community and business first” approach.
Stuart holds a finance-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and an Advanced Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. He is also a Certified Professional Accountant and an Accredited Assessor with the Alberta Assessors’ Association and the International Association of Assessing Officers.
Leadership philosophy: Stuart believes an effective workplace culture is built on a foundation of accountability, courage and measured risk. He provides clear vision and direction, coupled with business methodologies that chart a course and measure progress, and promotes the view that municipal government outcomes are always better when city teams work together toward shared goals. Stuart takes great pride in being a public servant, and the opportunity it gives him to work with the many individuals and businesses contributing to Calgary’s continued growth and prosperity.