Calgary’s Resilience Story

Situated in the foothills in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Calgary is a relatively young city with a vibrant culture and economy. Home to the most head offices per capita in Canada, the city also leads the country in many infrastructure and service areas. However, growth is dependent on large cyclical economic swings that affect the oil and gas industry, which is a main driver of the local economy. As oil prices have fallen in the last year, job losses have risen, putting further pressure on the city’s ability to provide services for its citizens.

Calgary’s resilience in the face of natural disasters has also been tested in recent years; flooding in  2013 inundated the downtown core and residential neighborhoods along two rivers running through the city, resulting in the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history, while unprecedented snow in September 2014 resulted in damage to 50% of the urban tree canopy. The City has since undertaken a number of actions to address resiliency, including establishing the Emergency Preparedness Initiative of Calgary (EPIC) Project to help the non-profit sector identify gaps in emergency responses, support business continuity planning and seek opportunities for improvement and coordination.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Blizzard
  • Drought
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Hurricane / Typhoon / Cyclone
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Shifting Macroeconomic Trends
  • Water Insecurity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Calgary's CRO

Brad Stevens is Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy City Manager of the City of Calgary.

As Deputy City Manager, Brad is responsible for providing oversight and strategy development for the integrated management of The Corporation’s assets, including direct management and oversight for the Facility Manament, Fleet Services, Corporate Analytics & Innovation and Real Estate & Development Services business units. Additionally, he has oversight of the Supply and Intergovernmental & Corporate Strategy divisions, as well as the Recovery Operations, Economic Resiliency, Infrastructure Calgary and CalgaryNEXT programs.

Brad began his career with The City of Calgary in 1992 as an articling student to the City Solicitor after graduating from the University of Calgary’s Law School. Subsequently, continuing his tenure with the Law Department for the next 6 years. Since 1999, Brad has held various management, leadership and senior administrative positions with The City of Calgary. In 2004, he returned to the University of Calgary to complete his MBA while continuing to work for The City. Brad was appointed The City’s first Deputy City Manager in 2015, and most recently named Calgary’s Chief Resilience Officer. Brad is now in his 25th year of service at The City of Calgary.

Brad’s leadership philosophy centres on having a well thought out plan to execute on strategy. As part of this, he believes it’s critical to build collaborative relationships, focus on a few critically important goals for the team, and encourages frequent communication with an open door approach. He empowers people to make decisions by sharing information and encourages strategic thinking throughout the execution process to ensure agility, accountability and the realization of goals.

Snapshot of Calgary

  • 1,100,000

    population as of 2011

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