Gian-Carlo Carra was elected to serve his first term as Alderman for Ward 9 in October 2010. Gian-Carlo was raised in both Calgary and New York City. This upbringing provided him with a unique perspective on living in large urban cities and a special appreciation for Calgary's people, neighbourhoods and natural landscape. An award-winning urban design professional, Gian-Carlo is committed to helping shape a more sustainable future for Calgary. He brings to Calgary City Council a passion for building walkable, safe, and fiscally responsible communities designed to contain a diverse range of lifestyles and opportunities. In his first term in office, Gian-Carlo brings his expertise and desire to create a great city. Prior to becoming Ward 9 Alderman, Gian-Carlo operated a Calgary-based urban design consulting business, and was an active public speaker, community activist and academic researcher. He earned his BA in history (1996) and later his Masters in Environmental Design/Urban Design (2005), both at the University of Calgary.
First elected Ward 4 Alderman in 2010, Gael MacLeod is committed to bringing a balanced approach to city planning, budgets and policy decisions. Gael has a strong record of public service and more than 30 years of executive, business and financial experience in the non-profit, banking and government sectors.
Her leadership skills and experience were evident in her strong commitment to affordable housing through her contributions to the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness and while on the Board of Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation, a city-owned corporation that facilitates home ownership for low income Calgarians. She has been on the Board of Directors for a variety of community organizations including the YWCA, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, the Calgary Community Land Trust and the Beddington Community Association. She was also chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Community Lottery Board, which annually allocated $15.2 million of provincial lottery revenues to various non-profit organizations in Calgary. Gael now brings that same commitment and experience to her new role as Chair of Calgary Housing Company.
Alderman Pincott is now in his second term as Alderman for Ward 11. As a member of Calgary City Council, Brian has dedicated himself to fostering a culture of sustainability in the City of Calgary; something he has been passionate about since moving to Calgary in 1996. Brian believes the best way to build a city is by including citizens in the building process. This is why he continues to work to make City Hall more accessible to the public and to show the public how their ideas can be the driving force behind City decision making. Brian's integrated approach to community building is reflected by his participation on several committees of Council.
Brian graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. From that time until his election to City Council, Brian worked in the theatre industry across Canada in a variety of roles, mostly as a lighting designer. Most recently he was Production Manager for Alberta Theatre Projects.
Druh Farrell, now in her fourth term as Alderman for Ward 7, brings a dynamic and constructive approach to her role on Calgary City Council. Her impressive track record of accomplishments shows a deep caring for the communities she represents, and a vision for a high quality of life for all Calgarians. Druh introduced Calgary's first Urban Design Panel, and spearheaded leading-edge initiatives such as sustainable Transit Oriented Development, the award-winning East Village and Centre City Plans, as well as the Calgary Heritage Strategy and the Cycling Strategy. From curbside recycling, to LRT upgrades, to the downtown police beat, she advocates for long-term investment in our city. Recognized as a leader on land use planning, the environment and social issues, Druh's trademark is her passion for urban beauty, safe walkable neighbourhoods and sustainable solutions to growth.
Andre Chabot was elected to his first term as Alderman for Ward 10 during the by-election on Feb. 28, 2005. Andre brings to office a long history of community service. He believes in and promotes strategic growth and infrastructure improvements that compliment and support sustainable development for business and residents alike.