Skills for Government Managers of the Future

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About Simon Farbrother

With more than 20 years of experience in municipal governments in Alberta and Ontario, Simon Farbrother has dedicated his career to building strong Canadian cities. Simon has served as Edmonton’s City Manager since January 2010, leading the civic administration through a time of tremendous growth and transformation in the city. Simon has championed public service as a career of choice through his work with professional associations in the municipal planning and municipal government sectors. He served as President of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 1999 and as President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators in 2007. In September 2013 he will begin a term as President of the International City/County Managers Association.

Website: http://www.edmonton.ca

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Skills for Government Managers of the Future

Posted on December 16th, by Simon Farbrother in on the job. No Comments

Leadership in government organizations is changing into something quite different than it was as recently as 10 years ago.

The International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, and our members have been marking the turn of the century by taking a careful look at public sector leadership and the skills we … Read More »


A New Look at the Importance of Cities

Posted on July 16th, by Simon Farbrother in About the Public Sector, Trends. No Comments

Is the distinction between working in municipal, state/provincial or federal government an ever-narrowing focus to smaller geographical areas and more localized issues? No.

Consider this: cities are the economic engines of a country. Innovation, research and technological progress come from cities. The home of the knowledge economy is increasingly in large urban centres, and … Read More »