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Dave Bronconnier
35th Mayor of Calgary
In office
October 22, 2001 – October 25, 2010
Preceded byAl Duerr
Succeeded byNaheed Nenshi
Personal details
Born (1962-10-07) October 7, 1962 (age 61)
Calgary, Alberta
SpouseCindy Bronconnier

David Thomas Bronconnier (born October 7, 1962) is a Canadian politician who served as the 35th Mayor of Calgary, Alberta.

Personal life


A fourth-generation Calgarian (his great grandmother was born in Calgary in 1895), he grew up in the southwest community of Glenbrook and attended Viscount Bennett High School. Bronconnier enrolled at the University of Calgary but left after a short while to pursue work opportunities. He worked for the City of Calgary Electric System and for Alberta Government Telephones and then in 1983, started a small construction company. In 1987, Bronconnier and his business partner founded First General Services, a company which specializes in various types of insurance restoration in buildings. The firm has grown substantially since then. Dave is married to Cindy Bronconnier, with whom he has four children; Adam, Weston, Leslie and Grant.

Political career


Bronconnier served on Calgary's city council as the alderman for Ward 6 for nine years.[1] He was first elected in 1992 and then served 3 terms before deciding to run for mayor. In 1997, Bronconnier ran in the federal election as the Liberal candidate for Calgary West. Bronconnier was defeated by a landslide in this election by Reform Party candidate Rob Anders.[2] Long serving and very popular mayor Al Duerr was retiring leaving the position open. Bronconnier narrowly defeated Bev Longstaff, Duerr's protégé, winning the mayoralty race of 2001.[1] He became Calgary's 35th mayor.[3]

Bronconnier was re-elected in 2004[1] with nearly 80% of the votes. Only 18% of the population voted, making it the lowest voter turnout for a municipal election in Western Canada.[4] He campaigned for re-election in the 2007 Calgary municipal election and was re-elected with 61% of the votes.[5]

On February 23, 2010, Bronconnier announced that he would not seek reelection in the 2010 municipal election.[6] He was among the finalists for the 2010 World Mayor prize.[7]

In November 2011, Bronconnier was named by Premier Alison Redford to be Alberta's trade commissioner in Washington, D.C. for a nine-month term.[8]



Environmental leadership


Mounting international, domestic, and celebrity criticism[9][10][11] of Alberta's underdeveloped green technology infrastructure prompted former Premier Ed Stelmach's government to commit 4 billion CAD to a province-wide green capital projects plan in 2009.[12]

In 2009 Bronconnier and Pembina Institute was awarded at the "UN Climate Change Summit" with the 'Reaching Out to Global Energy Award' for the technical and engineering collaboration with Calgary's 'Greening the Grid program'.[13] city consulted with Pembina for technical advice.[14] Pembina scholars compiled the Options for Reducing GHG Emissions in Calgary[15] to advise the city on how to implement infrastructure projects for environmental protection. The city acted on these recommendations through city-owned company Enmax decided on a series of public works facilities such as the 'Shepard Energy Center', and a 12-turbine wind farm that supplies wind power for Calgary Transit's C-trains, and the District Energy Centre, a heat capture energy plant providing heat and energy for the downtown core.[16] The city publication of the 'Greening the Grid' was entitled 'Calgary Climate Change Action Plan: Target (down arrow) 50' (Target Minus 50)[17]

The 'Greening the Grid' program's objectives are to empower city facilities by renewable sources by 2012. Calgary Transit's C-trains' electrical needs were partially provided by wind power in 2001, by 2009 the inception year of 'Greening the Grid', the C-train were fully empowered by 'Ride the Wind' a program launched by Enmax and wind power engineers 'Vision Quest Windlectric.[18] committed 250 million CAD on the 'Greening the grid' program.[19]

Key events of mayoralty



  1. ^ a b c "The City of Calgary - Office of the Mayor - About the Mayor". Calgarymayor.ca. Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "Calgary West - Canada Votes". CBC.ca. November 7, 2008. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "Calgary wasn't built in a day". and "H14". and "H15". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta. September 1, 2005. pp. H13–H15. Retrieved February 11, 2024 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Fong, Petti (October 15, 2007). "Decent wage but no place to live". Toronto Star. thestar.com. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "Election squeakers shake Calgary council, mayor re-elected". cbc.ca. October 16, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  6. ^ Guttormson, Kim (February 24, 2010). "End of an era". and "ERA: 'He got it done during his time'". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta. pp. A1–A3. Retrieved February 11, 2024 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Surrey, B.C., Mayor Dianne Watts is named world's fourth-best". National Post. Toronto, Ontario. Postmedia News. December 8, 2010. p. A8. Retrieved February 11, 2024 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Braid, Don (November 10, 2011). "Bronconnier uniquely qualified for Washington". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta. p. A4. Retrieved February 11, 2024 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Landry, Frank. "Alberta defends environmental record to US Legislators". September 8, 2010, Calgary Herald. retrieved October 20, 2013
  10. ^ "James Cameron in Alberta's oil sands - Macleans.ca". www.Macleans.ca. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Cyderman, Kelly (February 22, 2009). "Alberta gets fresh black eye with tar sands coverage". Canwest News Service. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
  12. ^ Renata D'Aliesio. 'Alberta pumps $4B into eco-plan', Calgary Herald July 2008. retrieved October 20, 2013
  13. ^ Sylvester, Krista. 'Calgary mayor back from climate summit with city award'. Metro News Calgary. December 21, 2009, http://metronews.ca/news/174876/calgary-mayor-back-from-climate-summit-with-city-award/ Archived 2015-02-06 at the Wayback Machine retrieved October 20, 2013
  14. ^ Earl-King, Jennifer, 'Calgary recognized in Copenhagen for climate leadership. 660 News Radio, Dec 16,2009 "Calgary recognized in Copenhagen for climate leadership | 660News". Archived from the original on July 6, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2012. retrieved 20, 2013
  15. ^ Row, Jessie, Cobb, Paul, Welk Erin, et al. 'Options for Reducing GHG Emissions in Calgary', Feb 2011. Archived 2013-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved Oct 20, 2013
  16. ^ Boynton,Sean-Paul,'Calgary adopts district energy to combat emissions', July 15, 2010, Calgary Journal "Calgary adopts district energy to combat carbon emissions". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2013.. retrieved October 13, 2013
  17. ^ Harvey, Linda 'Water and Energy conservation: city of Calgary" ,Environment Canada, July 2009 "Environment Canada - Pollution and Waste - City of Calgary". Archived from the original on March 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2012. retrieved October 20, 2013.
  18. ^ Dixon, Jorden,' Riding the Wind right through town', Oct 6,2010. The Calgary Journal. "Riding the wind right through town". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2012. retrieved October 20, 2013
  19. ^ "City commits $250M to switch operations to wind power". CBC. April 9, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2019.