Gian-Carlo Carra was raised in Calgary and New York City, which helped form a deep passion and understanding for the importance of human-scaled urban neighborhoods. Elected in 2010 to serve the people of Ward 9 in Calgary, he firmly believes that empowered communities are what drive a city to achieve monumental success. Knowing Calgary is destined for greatness, he also recognizes the need to overhaul how we communicate and relate to each other in our neighborhoods first. We also we need to restructure how City Hall works to better serve our neighbourhoods.
In his three years of service to the citizens of Ward 9, Gian-Carlo has already made significant progress in shifting the dialogue at city council, within our civic administration and also within his Ward 9 neighbourhoods. Gian-Carlo’s commitment to empower the citizens of Ward 9 remains steadfast.
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While his birthplace is Sudbury, Ontario, Blair won’t hesitate to proudly tell you his hometown is Calgary, Alberta. Having lived here for over 23 years, he’s witnessed first-hand the energy Calgarians have used to shape and grow their city into what it is today.
Blair’s curiosity for how things work drove him to study Electrical Design at SAIT, which led to an 18 year career in the energy industry. His passion for community building compelled him to volunteer in a number of roles; a camera operator for community-access TV, an English teacher to refugees and new immigrants, and a board member of the Acadia Community Association.
His most recent role in that Ward 9 community led him to pursue his role as Constituency Assistant in Gian-Carlo’s office. When Blair isn’t helping constituents get the most of their city services, he likes to take his home-built travel trailer into the mountains where he drinks home-roasted coffee and enjoys home-brewed beer.
From a very early age, Eric Peters knew that neighbourhoods mattered. Growing up in one of Toronto’s more notorious neighborhoods, Jane-Finch, Eric was never siloed from older adults. He had access to cultural, educational and recreational facilities and the emphasis placed on community was palpable.
With a profound understanding that policies matter, Eric went on to study Political Science at York University in Toronto, where he focused on the legal field, social justice and advocacy. After moving to Calgary in 2012, he immediately fell in love with the city’s incredible energy.
Working with Gian-Carlo has been incredible for Eric. He’s learning how policies set the foundation for the places we live, play, work and worship, and shape who we are. When Eric is not attending community association meetings, researching municipal, provincial and federal policies and responding to community stakeholders, he enjoys photography, playing Bocce, and volunteering.
Born in Renfrew, one of Ward 9’s vibrant inner-city gems, Katie set off to see the world in her early twenties, travelling through Europe, Asia and Australia and eventually moving to Beijing, China. Her love for travel and global issues translated into a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, where she developed a strong interest in policy. She went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Political Science, as well as a Graduate Diploma in International Security Studies.
Understanding how people interact within their environments, Katie knows there are many lessons to learn when it comes to making cities more equitable and sustainable. She has worked in community outreach and governance and is passionate about social justice and women’s issues, regularly volunteering her time to advancing women’s equality and human rights.
When she’s not attacking her emails, attending community meetings and or researching policy, Katie enjoys long-distance running, eating incredible food and being out in the mountains.