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Calgary elects first woman mayor: Dr. Jyoti Gondek

U of C alumna brings passion for urban policy and citizen well-being to new role
Calgary's new mayor, Jyoti Gondek in a U of C archive photo.

University of Calgary alumna Dr. Jyoti Gondek is Calgary's new mayor. Gondek, who served as Ward 3 councillor for four years, took about 45 per cent of the mayoral votes cast, or 172,314 ballots, according to overnight results. She polled well ahead of the next strongest candidate, Jeromy Farkas, who earned about 30 per cent of the vote.

"My heart is full at the thought of how much love and support I have received, not only from the day I announced, but all the way up to today," Gondek said late Monday in her victory speech.

Gondek brings years of experience in academia, consulting, and public service to her role as mayor.

At the Haskayne School of Business, Gondek worked as an adjunct assistant professor until the election and also served as director of the new Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies from 2014 to 2017 before being elected to city council.  

“Before entering politics, Jyoti was a bold leader in education and research focused on city building.  We are very happy to share her brilliance with all Calgarians,” said Haskayne Dean Jim Dewald.

With a PhD in urban sociology, Gondek studied and taught about the impacts of urbanization, access to affordable housing and child care, the role of community associations, and the well-being of seniors. 

Article courtesy of University of Calgary