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Ward Sutherland
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Ward Sutherland

About Ward


Ward has lived in Calgary for over 50 years, and has resided with his wife and two daughters and dogs in Ward 1 for over 20 years. Ward volunteered as a coach for Calgary Northwest girls’ soccer teams for several years and continues to support soccer in Calgary. As the past president of the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association, his initiatives included advocating for an urban drilling policy, innovative seniors’ programs, traffic calming measures and preservation of wetlands and parks.

Prior to serving in his first term as city councillor, Ward had over 25 years of senior leadership and management in companies such as Sony, Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s and Hartco Corporation. He received several awards for excelling in the business sector and had a consistently positive record in the management of multi-million- dollar financial budgets.

Recently, he was honoured as the first recipient of the Political Leadership Award from the University of Calgary Graduate Students Association (GSA) for his efforts toward innovation and economic diversification, as well as his involvement in the development of West Campus and Crownsnet Hall.

In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding service to the community. His dedication to community service has helped him to achieve results as a councillor, where he has focused on practical and impactful issues such as the preservation of park space, creative traffic flow solutions, safety improvements at intersections, school safety, and a bylaw change for e-bikes on pathways.

Ward brings to City Council his fiscally accountable approach to spending.  As Vice Chair of Priorities and Finance, his main areas of focus include the financial management of the City and reducing property taxes.  He has driven the improved process of zero base department budget reviews to include the pure cost of delivering services and process.  As a strong believer in accountability, he communicates with constituents with monthly detailed newsletters and a yearly report of outcomes.

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Calgary Police Commission

Utilities and Corporate Services

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Calgary Economic Development

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Vice Chair

Silvera for Seniors

City Committees Served On:

Planning and Urban Development

Vice Chair

Utilities and Corporate Services

Vice Chair

Priorities and Finance Committee

Vice Chair

Calgary Police Commission

Calgary Economic Development

Silvera for Seniors

Council Meetings

Community Events & Meetings

Committee & Meetings

Office E-Mails

Accountable Leadership

Prior to serving my first term as Councillor in Ward 1, I had over 25 years of senior leadership and management experience in companies such as Sony, Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s and Hartco Corporation.

Accountability and Leadership are two of my personal “musts” to consistently achieve positive results in the management of multi-million- dollar financial budgets, human resources and marketing.

I brought the same skill-sets to my position as Councillor and Vice Chair of Finance. This has enabled me to “get into the weeds” of financial reporting, and resulted in my strong involvement in getting the City to adopt zero-base budget reviews, resulting in significant savings for the tax payer.

I believe in accountability, and I encourage you to review my achievements. It’s about delivering results.

I also favor term limits for Council members. Just like and other board, members should have term limits. The ongoing change that results from term limits is healthy for all of Calgary.

Lowering Taxes

I served as Vice Chair of Finance for Calgary’s City Council for the last two years. During that time, it’s been my goal to advocate for and assist in educating Council to better understand the financial implications of operating budgets, capital budgets and debt servicing. I worked closely with the Finance Department on the reporting format in order for Council and the public to be able to read and understand the financials more easily.

The 2010 Council approved an average of 9.8% yearly tax increases, up to a high of 13.0%. In contrast during my time as Vice Chair of Finance, tax increases have been 3.2% and zero. (2018 will be determined by the new Council).

I have been personally criticized by the City’s unions in their campaigns on the radio and on websites. I did not back down – this is about “math and finances”, which is my responsibility. We cannot afford to continually increase our operating budget at the same pace as we have over the past 6 years. These unions must understand the current economic environment that Calgarians are facing and come to the table as part of the solution.

Moving forward over the next four years, it’s critical that we decide which services the City should deliver and look to contract out the ones we should not be delivering in order to provide the best value for Calgarians. We must also continue to find efficiencies in our zero-base reviews and internal organization.

It’s simple: We must mind the gap between revenue and expenses!

Community Driven

1046 community events/meetings and counting…
I have volunteered in Calgary for over 16 years and have lived in Ward 1 for the last 20 years.  As the past president of the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association, my initiatives included advocating for an urban drilling policy, implementing innovative seniors’ programs, advocating traffic calming measures and helping facilitate reservation of wetlands & parks. In 2013, I received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my outstanding service to the community.

I had the good fortune to coach Calgary Northwest girls’ soccer teams for several years, and I continue to support minor soccer in Calgary. I strongly believe that community associations are the pillars of the community, and the people within the community are the fabric of Calgary. Calgarians are inclusive, good neighbours, generous and avid volunteers. Calgarians are proud of their communities, to the point that when I ask someone where they’re from, they name their community.

My commitment to supporting the communities and residents of Ward 1 has never wavered and I will continue to serve in the best interests of Calgarians.

Accountable Leadership

Prior to serving my first term as Councillor in Ward 1, I had over 25 years of senior leadership and management experience in companies such as Sony, Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s and Hartco Corporation.

Accountability and Leadership are two of my personal “musts” to consistently achieve positive results in the management of multi-million- dollar financial budgets, human resources and marketing.

I brought the same skill-sets to my position as Councillor and Vice Chair of Finance. This has enabled me to “get into the weeds” of financial reporting, and resulted in my strong involvement in getting the City to adopt zero-base budget reviews, resulting in significant savings for the tax payer.

I believe in accountability, and I encourage you to review my achievements. It’s about delivering results.

I also favor term limits for Council members. Just like and other board, members should have term limits. The ongoing change that results from term limits is healthy for all of Calgary.

Common Sense

1046 community events/meetings and counting…
I have volunteered in Calgary for over 16 years and have lived in Ward 1 for the last 20 years.  As the past president of the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association, my initiatives included advocating for an urban drilling policy, implementing innovative seniors’ programs, advocating traffic calming measures and helping facilitate reservation of wetlands & parks. In 2013, I received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my outstanding service to the community.

I had the good fortune to coach Calgary Northwest girls’ soccer teams for several years, and I continue to support minor soccer in Calgary. I strongly believe that community associations are the pillars of the community, and the people within the community are the fabric of Calgary. Calgarians are inclusive, good neighbours, generous and avid volunteers. Calgarians are proud of their communities, to the point that when I ask someone where they’re from, they name their community.

My commitment to supporting the communities and residents of Ward 1 has never wavered and I will continue to serve in the best interests of Calgarians.

Community Driven

I have volunteered in Calgary for over 16 years.  I had the good fortune to coach Calgary Northwest girls’ soccer teams for several years, and I continue to support soccer in Calgary. As the past president of the Rocky Ridge Royal Oak Community Association, my initiatives included advocating for an urban drilling policy, implementing innovative seniors’ programs, advocating traffic calming measures and helping facilitate preservation of wetlands and parks. In 2013, I received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for my outstanding service to the community.

I strongly believe that community associations are the pillars of the community, and the people within the community are the fabric of Calgary. Calgarians are inclusive, good neighbours, generous and avid volunteers. Calgarians tend to be very community-based, to the point that when I ask someone where they’re from, they name their community.

My commitment to supporting the communities and residents of Ward 1 has never wavered; I have attended over 1,046 community events and meetings during my first term as Councillor.