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City Manager


City Manager Simon FarbrotherWhat a great place Edmonton is. It’s home to creative people living in a beautiful setting. We’re an important part of the national agenda and our City Council has a bold, well-articulated vision for the future.

I joined the City of Edmonton in early 2010, and I still continue to be impressed every day by the strong professional staff at the City of Edmonton.

I have worked in municipalities for the past 20 years. My colleagues and I are fortunate to direct our professional energy into serving our own community, which is a special kind of job satisfaction.

At the City of Edmonton, we continue to build on a culture of service and innovation. Everything is moving at a faster speed in today’s world, and we are always striving to become more agile and adaptable.

I hope you spend some time on our website learning more about the services we offer and the staff who are proud to serve the citizens of Edmonton.


Simon’s Background

The author of a number of articles on organizational effectiveness, Simon Farbrother has presented nationally and internationally on a range of municipal leadership topics. Simon has been recognized by the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) with awards for Program Excellence for Innovation in Local Government (2001) and for Environmental Sustainability (2006).

Simon recently completed a three-year term as International Vice President of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) board. He has also served as President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) (2007) and as President of the Canadian Institute of Planners (1999).

He is currently a member of the ICMA International Committee, a Director of the Alberta Emerald Foundation Board and a member of the Conference Board of Canada Public Sector Executives Network.

Through a joint initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency and the Local Government Leadership Coach Program, Simon has acted as a coach to municipal leaders in the Philippines on effective municipal governance and leadership development.


Simon has an undergraduate Degree in Economics and Geography from Portsmouth University in England (1982) and a Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Alberta (1985).


Simon joined the City of Edmonton in 2010 as City Manager.

From 2005 to 2009, he served as City Manager of Waterloo, which was named the International Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 by the Intelligent Community Forum.

He has also served as City Manager of Spruce Grove, Alberta from 1997 to 2005. Simon began his career in municipal government with the City of Leduc, serving from 1988 to 1997.

For more information:

Office of the City Manager

City of Edmonton
3rd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-496-8231
Fax 780-496-8220