Advisory Committee for the Citizens Commission

The Citizens Commission project team is supported by an Advisory Committee made up experts in cities and infrastructure financing, as well as key stakeholders from Calgary’s social organizations and business community.

The Advisory Committee will work to support the project team and help to ensure that the learning program for the Commission is impartial and informative.


Meet the members of the Advisory Committee:

Joel Armitage, Director of Office of Land Servicing and Housing at the City of Calgary


Darren EurichSenior Relationship Manager at ATB Corporate Financial Services

Darren is responsible for the strategy, direction and leadership of ATB Corporate Financial Services’ approach to the project finance market including infrastructure, P3 and other major project financings. His team focuses primarily on deals with average loan sizes from $25MM to $150MM, in either stand-alone, club, bi-lateral or syndicated transactions. A seasoned banker with 20 years’ experience, Darren has been a significant influence in Calgary’s corporate-finance space for 10 years.  Over his career, Darren has gained significant exposure in financing public and private companies in the Energy, Government, Construction, Agri-Service, Transportation, Services and Manufacturing sectors. Within these industries, Darren has succeeded in negotiating and maintaining relationships with numerous financial sponsors and private equity groups throughout Western Canada and across North America.


David Ford, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Alberta


Jyoti Gondek, Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business

Jyoti Gondek is the Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Jyoti completed her PhD in urban sociology in 2013, her MA in organizational sociology in 2003, and has held various research assistant and instructor roles at the University of Calgary throughout the last decade. Having worked in both the public and private sectors since 1995, Jyoti launched her own consulting business (Tick Consulting) in 2002 and has provided strategic research support to clients in the land development and building industry. Throughout her career, she has published work in both academic and applied contexts, and been invited to speak to a number of groups, including the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) – Calgary Region, the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the Urban Development Institute (UDI) – Calgary. She is currently a director with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alberta, and a citizen representative for the City of Calgary’s Planning Commission.


Grace LuiSenior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Brookfield Residential

Grace Lui is the Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Brookfield Residential, working on city-wide initiatives and building partnerships that improve the quality of community developments. In her previous role as a Senior Development Manager, Grace focused on advancing and implementing alternative funding and financing solutions for delivering infrastructure to new community areas, and continues that work as part of her current role. Grace has extensive experience in both planning and land development, working as a private planning consultant and a public planner, and doing land development in both private and public sectors. Prior to joining Brookfield, she worked at the City of Calgary advancing public land development on industrial and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects. Grace has served with the Federation of Calgary Communities on their Board of Directors, Urban Planning and Communications committees, and with UDI on their Planning and Transportation Committees. Grace has a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Calgary, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and is a Registered Professional Planner.


Ray Mills, Partner in the public private advisory team at  PwC, UK office


Franco Savoia, Executive Director at Vibrant Communities Calgary, and Non-governmental co-Chair of the Alberta Inter Agency Council on Homelessness

Frank Savoia is the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary. He was the president and CEO of the Edmonton YMCA from 2000 to 2012. He retired in December 2012 after a 43-year career in the YMCA that began in 1969 at the Greater Toronto YMCA, in various positions: community worker, centre manager, youth worker, operations manager and Vice President. In 1989, he became CEO at St. Catharines and Niagara Falls YMCA and over the next 11 years led a volunteer and staff team to build a brand new YMCA for that community that would serve nearly 12,000 members. Franco has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and a Masters of Divinity from the University of Toronto. In 2002, he completed a Master of Management from McGill University in the McGill/McConnell Program for Voluntary Sector Leaders. He played a leadership in the development of the YMCA Welcome Village that opened in 2012 in Edmonton. He has been a Rotarian for 23 years. He and Barbara have two grown children and two grand children. Committed to his own health, he begins each day with a workout. He and Barbara worship at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church.


Enid Slack, Director at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the MUNK School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) and an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. The IMFG focuses on the fiscal health and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions in Canada and around the world. Enid has written extensively on a range of topics including property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, development charges, financing municipal infrastructure, municipal governance, and municipal boundary restructuring. Recent publications include Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health (co-edited with Richard Bird) and Governance and Finance of Metropolitan Areas in Federal Systems (co-edited with Rupak Chattopadhyay). Enid consults to governments and international agencies on municipal finance and governance issues in Canada and in countries such as Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Mongolia, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on cities.


Gary Willson, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, and Principal of GW Associates Planning Consultants Ltd.

During his thirty plus years of community and environmental planning, he has been involved with a variety of planning projects throughout Northern, Western and Central Canada. An understanding of what people value in their environments and why, and how this can be incorporated in the decisions we make, policies we develop and the physical projects we design and build, continues to be a common thread to his work.

Gary is an active member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Alberta Professional Planners Institute and a certified trainer with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). A Past President of the IAP2 International Board, he has also been actively involved with the Environmental Services Association of Alberta and the Alberta Association Canadian Institute of Planners. He also currently sits on the board of Bridges Social Development (“Bridges”). Gary is the Chair of the Board of Governors for the Alberta Real Estate Foundation for 2014 – 2016.

Mark Wynker, Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Community Development at Stantec.