Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great.
In his time on Council and as Mayor, Iveson has earned a reputation for being pragmatic, creative and collaborative in his approach to building the City of Edmonton. Harnessing a renewed energy in the City, and with the goal of capitalizing on this incredible growth, his focus is on four key priorities:
Building a more uplifting and inclusive city
This means a city that promotes cultural and economic inclusion, a city that is creative, inspiring and alive with culture, a city that enriches your quality of life through beautiful buildings and well-designed parks and public spaces.
Building a more resilient and green city
A resilient city is a place that makes proactive investments in the physical and social infrastructure for the long-term benefit of its residents. This includes climate change-ready infrastructure, a healthy and productive population, and stewardship of natural areas.
Building a more prosperous and competitive region
We can enhance Edmonton’s competitiveness by improving collaboration between regional partners, promoting a diverse and entrepreneurial business environment in Edmonton, and making our city a more attractive choice for talented people from around the world.
Leading an effective and open local government
The role of a city is changing as we embrace new opportunities for co-creation and engagement with our community, share information and data with citizens, and transform our city into a sandbox for public, private and academic innovation. Within the context of civic corporation, this means pushing for continuous innovation and improvements through efficiency.
Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then led the Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. As a proud Edmontonian, the challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007; he served two terms as a City Councillor before running for Mayor.
Mayor Iveson humbly accepted an invitation in 2014 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to be an Honorary Witness of the injustices against Aboriginal families associated with Indian Residential Schools. He was recently honoured with an eagle feather from the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations for his ongoing commitment to strengthening relations with surrounding First Nations and the City’s growing Aboriginal population.
Alongside his remarkable partner Sarah Chan, and serving the community together, they are raising two young children with a clear intent that – when the time comes – they will have no doubt about wanting to stay and build their lives in Edmonton.