Mayor Naheed Nenshi: One of the 8 mayors from around the world transforming their cities

Mayor Naheed Nenshi [first Muslim mayor of a major city in North America],  [secured] number two spot – just behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

– 2013 ranking of Canada’s most powerful people by Maclean’s magazine

Naheed Nenshi, the young charismatic mayor of Calgary, a city renowned conservative, listening carefully a participant of the conference on business opportunities in Calgary at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal on September 22, 2011. <br /> Being just an hour off Twitter is difficult for Calgary's savvy mayor, a Muslim who has gained authority despite his young age thanks to his charisma, humor and projects in the conservative city. "In Canada and in particularly in Calgary, it's possible to do and to be anything regardless of where you come from," said Naheed Nenshi, smiling broadly beneath his small-framed glasses and brown curly hair, during a visit to Montreal to attract investor to his city. <br> (Photo credit: Marie Laure JOSSELIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Naheed Nenshi, the young charismatic mayor of Calgary, a city renowned conservative, listening carefully ro a participant of the conference on business opportunities in Calgary at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal on September 22, 2011.
Being just an hour off Twitter is difficult for Calgary’s savvy mayor, a Muslim who has gained authority despite his young age thanks to his charisma, humor and projects in the conservative city. “In Canada and in particularly in Calgary, it’s possible to do and to be anything regardless of where you come from,” said Naheed Nenshi, smiling broadly beneath his small-framed glasses and brown curly hair, during a visit to Montreal to attract investor to his city.
 (Photo credit: Marie Laure JOSSELIN/AFP/Getty Images)

When Naheed Nenshi was elected in 2010 as mayor of Calgary, Alberta, he became the first Muslim mayor of a major city in North America. This is all the more notable considering many view Calgary as Canada’s most conservative city. In an interview earlier this summer, Nenshi said that the topic of his background has rarely been raised by voters in Calgary, as they are much more interested in his plans for the city.

While Nenshi has faced significant opposition, such as from powerful real estate developers, he nonetheless landed the number two spot — just behind Prime Minister Stephen Harper — in the 2013 list of Canada’s most powerful people from the news magazine Maclean’s.

Via Meet The Mayors From Around The World Transforming Their Cities

Earlier – Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is one of 25 around the world up for award: Vote now – Every vote counts

Canada’s only candidate, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has been short-listed for global recognition by the City Mayors Foundation.

The World Mayor Prize, a symbol for the achievements of mayors worldwide.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary, Canada

Support the candidacy of Mayor Nenshi by emailing us your reasons why he should win the 2014 World Mayor Prize.

(Please insert ‘Calgery Nenshi’ in the subject line and provide your name at the end of your testimonial. It can be your full name, first name or initials. Also tell us where you live.)

calgary@worldmayor.com

Voting closes in October 2014.

2 thoughts

  1. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has devoted lots of his TIME and ENERGY to keep up Calgary. He has not seen DAY OR NIGHT when it comes to help people and his City. Specially with the last two incidents which I remember he has given a VERY GOOD example as a HARD WORKING MAYOR. Has worked honestly and with generousity. He is very confident with what has to be done .Have heard that Calgarians are very Happy with his work. I wish him good health to do his tasks. I am from Toronto and admire him with all the work he is doing for his CITY.

    B.J. From Toronto

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