Commissioner, Infrastructure, Planning and Growth Management

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The Role

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Commissioner leads the Infrastructure, Planning, and Growth Management Department, overseeing areas like Planning, Development, Building Services, Asset Management, and Engineering. As part of the Corporate Senior Leadership Team, this role offers strategic advice, supports the CAO in guiding the city, and contributes to strategic management. The Commissioner plays a crucial role in shaping a sustainable vision for planning and infrastructure, addressing climate change risks, and managing aging assets. They collaborate with community stakeholders, government agencies, and the public to represent and promote the city's vision.


As the leading figure of the Infrastructure, Planning and Growth Management Department, the Commissioner's responsibilities encompass strategic and operational planning which include:

  • setting goals, developing work plans, and establishing performance metrics and budgets.
  • guiding the department’s programs and services, advising the City Council and Leadership Team on relevant legislation, and ensuring compliance with organizational policies.
  • ensuring departmental coordination with other city sectors, engaging stakeholders, and managing financials.
  • addressing emerging trends, determining staffing needs, and cultivating an environment of creativity and innovation.
  • influencing policy decisions, supporting community development, and representing the department in various forums, aligning its activities with the city's broader economic, environmental, and social goals.

As a member of the City's Senior Leadership Team, the Commissioner of Infrastructure, Planning, and Growth Management is responsible for several key tasks including:

  • Serving as the CAO when authorized, developing strategic directions, policies, and programs with the leadership team and Council,
  • representing the City at various functions, and setting and monitoring performance objectives.
  • building partnerships, facilitating effective internal and external communication, managing staffing resources,
  • ensuring positive labour relations, and adhering to employment and labour laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Skills and Requirements

This role requires a university degree in Engineering, Planning, or Business Administration, with at least ten years of senior management experience in a similar setting. Necessary skills include:

  • An MBA, MPA, or PMP certification is advantageous.
  • Personal and professional growth, leadership, program management, budgeting, financial management, and performance measurement skills are essential.
  • The role also demands creativity, effective communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, team building, self-motivation, respect for diversity, collaborative spirit, quality service commitment, and risk management abilities.
  • knowledgeable in legislation, planning, real estate, economic development, engineering, infrastructure, and competitive bidding, plus.
  • proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • contract negotiation, unionized environment management, and professional association membership (APEO, OPPI, or CIP).

Recruitment for this executive role is being handled by Phelps Group.

To apply for this executive role, submit your application to Phelps by clicking:

Application deadline: May 31, 2024

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