Distinguished business and community leader Steve Allan will attend the secondary suite portion of the Calgary City Council meeting on Monday October 6, 2014. Mr. Allan will observe Council’s consideration of a number of individual secondary suite applications and will be available to the media following the meeting to provide commentary on the process he observes. Mr. Allan’s comments will draw on his extensive business, organizational management and community experience.
Currently, Mr. Allan is the Chair of Calgary Economic Development, Chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission, and a University of Calgary Board Member. He has also held senior leadership roles at Ernst & Young and on the Board of Compton Petroleum. In the community, Mr. Allan was CoChair of the City of Calgary and United Way of Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative.
Mr. Allan believes that “more housing, including secondary suites is needed now in order for Calgary’s economy to thrive and for Calgary to attract workers.” He says “I’m looking forward to attending Council next week to see how City Council’s current secondary suite process works in practice.” According to Mr. Allan, “in the business and nonprofit world, executive boards, or boards of directors, are only effective when they focus their limited time and considerable expertise on strategic issues and establishing policies for implementation.” Mr. Allan is encouraged that Council will be considering a more efficient discretionary approach to secondary suites in the coming months.
Calgarians for Secondary Suites is a grassroots group dedicated to increasing the amount of legal secondary suites in Calgary. Thousands of Calgarians from across the city have signed the petition at suiteyyc.ca calling for action by City Council on secondary suites.The campaign has received endorsements for more secondary suites in Calgary from Momentum, Vibrant Communities Calgary, the Urban Development Institute, Calgary Economic Development and the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association - Calgary Region.
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