John Borrowman, Mayor, Canmore: Mayor Borrowman is now in his third term on Town Council in Canmore, Alberta. He was first elected as a Councillor in 2004, and again in 2010. Borrowman was elected to the Mayor’s seat in a by-election in 2012, and again in a general election in 2013.
Canmore, a small town with a permanent population of 13,000 and a non-permanent (secondary home) population of close to 6,000, is situated 60 miles west of Calgary in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Canmore’s primary industry is Tourism, although it was a coal mining town for close to a hundred years, until 1979.
Borrowman has been making his living as a potter for 40 years, with a professional studio in Canmore for most of that time. As well, he owned and operated two commercial art galleries for 15 years. While in the mayor’s job, he finds little time to be in the studio – and the pottery is now being operated by his eldest daughter, herself a professional potter.
As a member of Town Council, Borrowman has been active on the boards of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, Canmore Community Housing Corporation, Bow Valley Regional Housing Authority, Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission, Canmore Business & Tourism, and the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation. As well, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Calgary Regional Partnership – a collaborative network of 12 municipalities in the Calgary Region (including the City of Calgary).
About the Town of Canmore’s Sustainability Screening Report (Alberta, Canada): Canmore’s Sustainability Screening Report (SSR) asks developers to come forward before a project is approved with a document that explains the net environmental, social, and economic benefit of their project as it relates to community sustainability.