Mayor of Edmonton
Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has led Edmonton’s transformation into a more uplifting, resilient and globally competitive city. Alongside his remarkable partner Sarah, they both serve their city while raising two young children. Mayor Iveson’s guiding leadership principle is to make things better for the next generation.
Despite tough economic headwinds, he works every day to connect Edmontonians to collaboratively make progress on Council’s four strategic priorities: building a healthier and more inclusive city; building a more prosperous and economically diverse region; responding to the climate emergency; and building a more urbanized place, a cost-effective and sustainable City as we grow to 2 million people — all while working to strengthen integrity and performance at City Hall.
Mayor Don Iveson has served on Edmonton’s City Council for 13 years — he was first elected a city councillor for ward 5 in 2007. Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then served as president of Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. The challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007. As a result, one of his key performance indicators – as both a father and as Mayor – is to build the kind of city where, when the time comes, his kids will decide to stay and build.