Experienced Candidate

Jyoti Gondek has called Ward 3 home for 20 years. In that time, she has served the community for five years as a board member of the Northern Hills Community Association (NHCA), and most recently for two years as a director with Vivo for Healthier Generations.

Professionally, Jyoti is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, and was previously the Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies. She also worked with Credit Union Central Alberta and Greyhound Canada before launching her own consulting business (Tick Consulting) in 2002. Jyoti’s MA in Organizational Sociology and PhD in Urban Sociology have allowed her to provide strategic research support to clients who want to create healthy business environments and practice great city-building.

Jyoti has made presentations to a number of professional and volunteer organizations over the years, largely based on her firm belief that successful cities are built by focusing on the needs of citizens. She is currently a director on the boards of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alberta and Design Talks (d.talks), and also serves as an advisor on the National Executive Forum on Public Property (NEFPP). Previously, Jyoti served as a citizen representative for the City of Calgary’s Planning Commission for four years, and also sat on the Calgary Economic Development Real Estate Committee.

Jyoti has been recognized for her contributions to community through the 2016 Canadian Sociological Association Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award, as well as the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 2010 Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award.

Jyoti leads a busy and happy life with her daughter, husband, and mum in Panorama Hills.

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Jyoti's Community Service

BOARD & COMMITTEES
Present

Director, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alberta
Academic Advisor, National Executive Forum on Public Property
Member, City of Calgary Community Representation Framework Task Force
Member, City of Calgary Technical Committee on Accessibility
Director, Design Talks (d.talks)
Steering Committee Member, Community Housing Affordability Collective

Past

Director, Vivo for Healthier Generations
Citizen Representative, Calgary Planning Commission, City of Calgary
Member, Calgary Economic Development, Real Estate Committee
Content Reviewer, Curb Magazine, City-Region Studies Centre
Advisor, Calgary Chamber Citizen’s Commission on Infrastructure
President, Sociology Graduate Students Caucus, University of Calgary
President, Parent Support Association (Calgary)
President/Vice President/Director, Northern Hills Community Association

Grassroots Work

2012 – led a successful city-wide initiative to prevent Calgary Board of Education from hiking school bus fees
2004 – lead researcher in building the successful case to offer Punjabi as a language option in the Alberta Learning curriculum for Calgary
2004 to 2009 – hosted a friends & family golf tournament at Harvest Hills Golf Course to raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

 

Jyoti Gondek for Ward 3 Calgary City Council 2017