Thom MahlerManager, Urban Initiatives and Program Lead, Downtown Strategy at City of Calgary
Thom Mahler is the Manager, Urban Initiatives with the City of Calgary where he is responsible for leading teams and projects in strategic growth areas of the City particularly in the Centre City, priority Main Streets and transit-oriented development areas with a view to delivering development in high value locations. He has previously served in various managerial roles in the City’s planning department where he was responsible for long term planning, development review and land use applications primarily in Calgary’s established inner city communities and Centre City areas. He is also currently serving as the Program Lead for the City’s new Downtown Strategy in collaboration with Calgary Economic Development, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and Downtown Business Improvement Areas.
Thom has over 30 years of experience in city planning and has worked in the areas of development review, urban design, policy planning and economic development. In addition to his 15 years of experience with the City of Calgary, he has also practiced in Southwestern Ontario and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in geography from the University of Manitoba.