With more than 20 years of experience in municipal governments, Simon Farbrother has dedicated his career to building strong Canadian cities. His focus has been on improving organizational structures, building employee morale, effectively implementing strategic plans and facilitating urban intensification. He speaks internationally about the critical role municipalities play in the national conversion on the economy, the environment and social issues.
He recently completed a term as President of the International City/Council Managers Association (ICMA), and served as President of the Alberta Institute of Planners in 1999, President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators in 2007 as well as International Vice President of ICMA.
Simon has been named one of the province of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Alberta Venture magazine and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contributions to the municipal government profession.
Simon has served as Edmonton’s City Manager since January 2010, leading the civic administration through a time of tremendous growth and transformation. To meet the needs of a fast growing population, the City of Edmonton has made an unprecedented investment of nearly $10 billion in capital projects in recent years, mainly in recreation centres, LRT, libraries, police and fire stations, roadway arteries, waste facilities and increased drainage capacity.