Vote Given for AUMA Director, Cities under 500,000

Strategic Leadership

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I've always believed that building strong communities takes strategic vision; ability to understand and act on what's happening on the ground today, while still charting a bold path toward a better future. This strategic vision approach is what I would bring with me to serving the AUMA Board as a Director for Cities under 500,000.

While my 16 years on Grande Prairie City Council have given me the opportunity to work with many communities, I know that I haven't met all of you. Here's a brief overview of who I am and the experience I can bring to the AUMA board as one of the directors representing you.

I was elected for the first time in 2001 at the age of 24, and after nine years as Councillor, I was elected Mayor for the first time in 2010. Now, in my third term as Mayor, I have served a wide range of committees, boards and community organizations.

In my time as Mayor, the City has seen; the lowest rate of property tax increases in the past decade; our population grow from 55,000 to just under 70,000 and; the successful annexation of 6,300ha from the County to allow for the growth of our community.
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To be a more effective leader, I've worked to improve my skills and knowledge. Examples of this commitment to continuous improvement include a Master's of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University (2017) where I undertook a project sponsored by AUMA and a National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration from U of A (2010).

Currently, I serve as a member of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) board of directors and have had the pleasure of serving on AUMA's Municipal Governance Committee for the past two years.

I believe, AUMA is the trusted, collective voice of municipalities Alberta. The organization provides a forum for members to learn, share and work together in the interests building vibrant communities and I would love the opportunity to assist in its strategic development as one of your Directors for Cities under 500,000 population.

Looking forward seeing you in Calgary!

Mayor Bill Given, City of Grande Prairie

Education
  • Completed Royal Roads University, Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Completed University of Alberta, National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration
  • Attended Medicine Hat College, Visual Communications Program
  • Graduated Grande Prairie Composite High School
Council History
  • First Elected, 2001 - Alderman
  • Elected 2nd Term, 2004 - Alderman
  • Elected 3rd Term, 2007 - Alderman
  • Elected Mayor, 2010
  • Elected 2nd Term, 2013 - Mayor
Current Community Involvement

Past Community Involvement
• Coach, Composite High Junior Boys Basketball • Charter President, Grande Prairie Rotaract Club • Chairman, Rotary District 5370 Rotaract Program • Honorary Chair, G.P. White Ribbon Campaign • President, Clayton Shaw Men's Basketball Association • Secretary, Grande Prairie Disabled Transportation Society • Member, 2003 United Way Campaign Cabinet • DRR, Rotary District 5370 • President, Peace Country Luge Association

Notable Accomplishments and Awards
• Rotary Youth Exchange Student • Youngest person ever to be elected to Grande Prairie City Council • Ran in the 2006 federal election as an independent • Awarded the 2012 'Prix Ami.e de la francophonie' • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal