“Mr. Stanley brings a wealth of experience in strategic urban growth, department leadership and community and stakeholder partnerships,” said City Manager Owen Tobert. “I am confident that Rollin is the right person to reinvigorate the planning approval process and ignite implementation of the long-range plans that resulted from Plan It Calgary, moving us as an organization and a community in our desired direction.”
Stanley was chosen after a lengthy international search to replace retiring General Manager David Watson that considered extremely qualified internal and external candidates. “I was impressed by the very high calibre talent Calgary has attracted – a clear indication that Calgary is achieving success in our goal to be a magnet for global talent,” said Tobert.
“Calgarians should be proud of the vision they have articulated for their future through imagineCALGARY. For most cities, this first step is often unachievable,” said Stanley. “My wife and I are excited about the energy this initiative displays and the resolve to plan for a socially sustainable future. Cities are not about buildings; they succeed on the social activity created by the physical environment. All residents and the business community are critical in defining the pieces that, together, will help to achieve that vision.”
“A deciding factor in our move is the leadership from the Administration and Council, pointing Calgary in a unified direction,” added Stanley. “And I will say it right up front, no matter where I have lived, the biggest sports day for me is Labour Day, and the game against Edmonton. My dad grew up in Calgary, I have family here, and I was in the top row at Skydome in 1992 when Calgary won the Grey Cup.”
Stanley will take up his duties in June and, with his wife Ann Stanley, will be moving to Calgary as soon as possible.