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Calgary is one of the most livable cities on the planet. As one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, we’re building to meet the needs of our expanding

population, striving to create a vibrant, affordable place for soon-to-be 2 million residents.

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen. That’s why The City of Calgary is introducing a new podcast called Calgary Conversations, an insider pass to the heart of Calgary’s City Hall. The first episode, launching today, features an interview with Chief Administrative Officer David Duckworth that sheds light on the priority areas that are shaping our city’s future. This includes discussions on housing, public safety, downtown revitalization and even how City finances are managed.

“I think it’s really important that Calgarians are informed,” says Duckworth. “We’re hoping people don’t just listen, but also get engaged. I encourage them to reach out to me, my team, or their elected officials with their questions and input. We’re here to continue to ensure Calgary is a world-class city, and it’s so important for us to engage with Calgarians to do that.”

In each monthly episode, we will bring Calgarians exclusive interviews with City staff and partners, expert insights, and perspectives that they won’t find anywhere else. The podcast is hosted by Jose Rodriguez, the leader of media relations and employee communications. Prior to joining The City, Rodriguez was a journalist for 24 years.

“We’re not just here to talk; we’re here to connect, educate, and empower Calgarians with the knowledge to make a difference in their community,” says Rodriguez. “Journalism plays an important role in our democracy, and we are certainly not here to replace that. This is just another way to have meaningful conversations about City issues and topics that are important to Calgarians.”

The podcast is available on, as well as YouTube, Spotify, Amazon podcasts, and Apple Podcasts. Calgarians can submit feedback and questions to

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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