Naheed Nenshi is serving his second term as Calgary's 36th mayor. He is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership has resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary.

Prior to becoming mayor, he ran a large nonprofit, was a trusted advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the US, and literally wrote the book on Canadian cities.

Mayor Nenshi spent many years at the international business consulting firm, McKinsey and Co., where he advised large telecommunications, banking, retail and oil and gas companies in corporate strategy.  After leaving McKinsey, he formed his own business, the Ascend Group, to help public, private, and nonprofit organizations grow. In this role he designed major policy for the Alberta government, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy and worked with the United Nations to determine how global business can help the poorest people on the planet. Mayor Nenshi was Canada's first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business.

His real passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better. He's the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada's Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development and has long put his ideas to work in Calgary.

Prior to becoming mayor, he was the Chairman of the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, and lent his expertise to nonprofits across the city, including the Calgary Foundation, the United Way, the Coral Springs Community Association, and Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids. He also served on the leadership team of imagineCalgary, where he was a primary author of Calgary's 100-year vision, and is a co-founder of the Better Calgary Campaign and of CivicCamp.

Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was President of the Students' Union, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Brief bio

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and an active community leader. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership has already resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary.

His real passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better. He's the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada's Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development and has long put his ideas to work in Calgary.  

Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and has lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Mayor Nenshi is currently serving his second term and is Calgary’s 36th mayor.