Jan Damery joins a growing list of Calgary mayoral candidates

Damery leaves YWCA Calgary to enter the city's mayoral race

Jan Damery, a mayoral candidate for the 2021 municipal election, recently announced plans for her Jump-Start for Jobs program. CONTRIBUTED

Calgary’s mayoral race just increased in field size, with the addition of Jan Damery to the race.

Damery made the announcement public Tuesday morning with an announcement.

Damery, 58, has lived in Calgary since 1990 after growing up in Edmonton. She later went to university at both the U of A and University of British Columbia where she received a master’s in economics.

After time spent teaching, Damery came to Calgary and worked her way up through TransCanada Pipelines (now TC Energy) to serve as president of TransCanada’s Hot Taps.

In her most current role, Damery served as the VP external relations and engagement at YWCA Calgary. Damery oversaw the $60 million in fundraising for the YW Hub in Inglewood.

Now, she has her sights set on running for mayor in Calgary’s October municipal election.

“I want a city that works for Calgarians and a council that works for the best interests of all individuals and businesses, especially the shops and independents that have suffered so much,” said Damery.

The public media release said Damery is has a proven track record of leading complex organizations and finding creative ways to generate revenue.

“Reflecting on my early career, I have always been good at simplifying, finding better ways to save time and money,” said Damery.

“I am curious to my very core – and I happily lean in to solve complex problems.”

Damery is hoping to jumpstart Calgary’s economy while making sure that no Calgarian is left behind, her campaign release said.

“I believe in Calgary and believe Calgarians are best when they work together,” said Damery.

“I bring people together and build coalitions, as my decades of leadership experience across all sectors demonstrates I do best.”

Damery was set to meet with Calgary media for further questions Tuesday morning.

Calgary’s municipal election is Oct. 18, 2021.

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