Geoffrey Vanderburg

About Me 

Geoffrey and Buster the dog

LEARNING LIFE'S LESSONS

I'm keen to take advantage of my experience as a community volunteer, business owner and educator to help strengthen this amazing city.

I've learned a lot of lessons through my experiences. Most importantly, I’ve learned the value of building bridges, nurturing relationships and connecting with people.

When we take the time to form relationships with people with whom we initially disagree, we realize how much we have in common. It’s time to switch our thinking from political polarization into collaboration. Municipal politics has the potential to unite us when we focus on shared outcomes.

When we listen, we learn. Listening allows us to understand the challenges of those who have less than we do, allows us to get to know our Indigenous neighbours, allows us to form alliances with communities that face similar difficulties, allows us to tap into the wisdom of our seniors, allows us to join forces with non-profit organizations and allows us to work in partnership with community groups and volunteers.

 

Everyone believes in fiscal responsibility, public safety and transparency. The key is to challenge ourselves to go one step further. What are our priorities? What will strengthen our city? How much are we willing to pay for the services we receive? What are we willing to give up to balance the books?

EXERCISING HUMILITY

Another lesson I’ve learned over the years is the importance of humility. C. S. Lewis said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." I've come to realize there's more than one way of looking at the world. As a result, I will listen carefully to the input of Ward 11 residents, community associations and community groups. In addition, I will not go into council or committee meetings without being prepared to change my mind about issues facing the city. I will listen to my council colleagues, I will listen to city staff and I will listen to members of the public who take the time to participate in our meetings. 

Change is coming to City Council on Oct. 18, 2021. The key is to elect people we trust to lead us into the next phase of Calgary's growth. I'm ready for this challenge.

BACKGROUND

My Story

Family

  • Born in Etobicoke, Ontario in 1969

  • Moved to Calgary in 1978

  • Raised in the southwest community of Altadore

  • Attended Calgary Christian School for elementary and middle school

  • Attended Bishop Carroll High School

  • Married Jennifer Partridge in 2000

  • We have four children ranging in age from 13 to 19

  • We have lived in Lakeview for 21 years

Education​​

  • Graduated from Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary

  • Earned a bachelor of arts in communication studies with a minor in French at the University of Calgary

  • Earned a master of arts in journalism at Western University

  • Completed the Canadian Securities Course

Work Experience

  • Editorial assistant, Calgary Herald, from 1987 to 1999

  • Reporter, Edmonton Journal, from 2000 to 2001

  • Vice-President, Bryan Mills Iradesso, an investor relations firm, from 2001 to 2003

  • Communication advisor, Calgary Health Region, from 2003 to 2004

  • Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Bryan Mills Iradesso, an investor relations firm, from 2004 to 2016

  • Columnist, Oilweek magazine, from 2012 to 2016

  • Managing director, Iradesso Communications, an investor relations firm, from 2016 to present

  • Contract faculty, Mount Royal University, from 2019 to present

Volunteer Work

  • Director, River Park Church, Calgary

  • Volunteer, North Glenmore Park Community Association

  • Volunteer, Lakeview Community Association

  • Volunteer, Inn From the Cold

  • Director, Glenlake Minor Hockey Club, Calgary, from 2014 to 2020

  • Director, Lakeview Community Association, Calgary, from 2002 to 2018

  • Member, public relations advisory committee, Bow Valley College, Calgary, 2015 to 2017

  • Volunteer, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, 1985 to 2015

  • Senator, Western University, London, Ontario, 1999 to 2000​

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The Vanderburgs enjoy some family time at Camp Nakamun near Busby, Alberta