"Having known Jon as an Alderman, MLA, Businessman, BBQ enthusiast and as a valued friend, I have always admired the way he approaches every situation with a rare combination of integrity, perseverance, common sense and a genuine concern for other people – an unfortunately rare combination to find in any politician. Jon actually works with his focus on the needs of those he serves, rather than just on polishing his image. What a Mayor he would make!"
Robert Hayward, Purchasing & Product Research, HOMERUN INT'L INC
"Jon Lord was instrumental in the vision and strategy that laid the groundwork for all the successful revitalization initiatives in Victoria Park and the Beltline happening today."
Joel Lipkind, Owner, Ribtor
"Past leaders failed for 35 years to resolve.. the tough issues. Jon Lord made it happen, got the job done, and we are showing the benefits today"
Mike Giammarco, Past President, Victoria Park Community Association
"Friends, in all my years in politics across the nation, I have never met a more dedicated Municipal Councilor than Jon Lord"
Paul Jackson, Calgary Sun
"Jon Lord is an independent cuss, who's never met a political mess he (wasn't) ready to wade into"
Don Braid, Calgary Sun
"He is a great perseverer, hard worker... honest and gentlemanly, and has a great caring heart...he understands human and social problems well"
Joseph Edison, Founder, World Job and Food Bank
"Jon Lord really does have to be one of the brightest bulbs on the porch..he not only talks the talk, but walks the talk"
Paul Jackson, Calgary Sun
"Lord is unique. No one who knows him will deny that statement. The man has always been known for tossing out brainwaves while others would sit back and toss barbs at them from the peanut gallery. He didn't mind standing as a minority of one. His supporters come from all over the political landscape.Lord is tough to pigeonhole. I know. He was my alderman. When it comes to money, he's conservative. When it comes to people, he's not."
Rick Bell, Calgary Sun
"Simple building code changes would do much to help working poor. Former Alderman Lord, who has advocated reform for years, thinks the key is in the province revising it's fire and building codes to recognize basement suites. He's onto something"
Calgary Herald Editorial, 2003
"Jon rises to the occasion, quietly gets the job done, and is a true champion of the underdog."
Greg Humphries, ( former Chair, Taxi Commission)
"Jon Lord has the experience and vision to make a difference ..... He will challenge the status quo and ensure our tax dollars are well spent".
Mike Havery, Broker, Mortgage Architects
"Jon's dedication and passion for his community and city is well documented. He embodies the vibrancy and essence of what it means to be a true Calgarian. Jon is a successful business owner, a champion of the small business community and a voice for those that need to be heard. He has the pulse of what is truly going on at the civic level which gives Jon 'street credentials' that are so vital today in addressing the needs of all Calgarians....
Dwayne Klassen, Co-creator, Power Completion 90 Day Challenge
"I have always been impressed with Jon's enthusiasm for helping people and causes and for really making a difference for his constituents at all times. He's thoughtful, courageous, and an entrepreneur – exactly what government needs!"
Bruce Lee, Performance and Productivity Coach
"I had the pleasure of working with Jon on an affordable housing task force. His prior work in the area of secondary suites was instrumental in our group endorsing secondary suites as a major opportunity to provide affordable housing for Calgarians. I found Jon courageous in presenting views that we not always mainstream, but always sensible. When you are in a group there is always a something that everyone is thinking, yet often goes unsaid – then when someone finally says it, everyone thinks, 'I wanted to say that'. Jon would be the person who speaks up and says that. That's a good quality for a leader".
Sano Stante, Pres. Elect, Calgary Real Estate Board
"Jon is a rare breed – common sense and compassion mixed with open mindedness and vision – just what the city of Calgaryneeds in a leader. Akin to Barack OBAMA, Jon is part of a new wave of politician – he lives beyond the partisan divisions that cause so many deadlocks in our society. While other politicians carry an axe to grind, Jon comes with a hammer, ready to build bridges that will bring us all together"
Anthony Burbidge, Singer, songwriter, speaker, author
"Jon is a passionate entrepreneur who understands the power of big ideas, something sorely lacking in Calgary politics."
Jim Letourneau, Founder & Dev. Big Picture Speculator Inc.
"Jon's energy and vision combined with his political and business acumen make him a force to be reckoned with, in the community, the Province and the Nation."
Mike Glennon, President and CEO, Evolve Energy Partners
"I have always been amazed by, and admired Jon's foresight, energy and thoughtfulness in whatever he sets his mind on to do. As a business man, he started Casablanca – Calgary's best video/dvd rental shop, and an Alderman in Calgary, he spearheaded the effort to get the City ISO 14000 certified (which has resulted in some monumental tax and environmental savings) and as a community organizer he recognized the role BRZ could play in helping re-build and maintain strong communities."
Aarn Wennekers, VP Marketing Business Dev', Clean Pix Inc.
TELEWORK TESTIMONIAL / VISION
"I met Jon in the late 1990s when he was a Calgary Alderman. At that time, he was one of the only elected officials in Canada to actively promote telework. This was at a time when few had even heard of it, and those that did were wary of adopting it. Ahead of his time, Jon had the uncommon vision to recognize the important potential of telework as a modern solution to resolve some of Calgary's and Alberta's thorniest problems, for example, in the areas of transportation, the environment, recruitment, retention, employment for the disabled, personal and corporate productivity, etc.
In 1998 for Canadian Telework Day, Jon said 'Telework is a solution which all levels of government as well as the private sector should be exploring". In my view, if a lot more people teleworked like this we could significantly reduce rush hour traffic and save a lot of tax dollars by delaying infrastructure development. Jon's work paved the way for the City of Calgaryto be the first city in Canadato develop a comprehensive telework program for its own employees – one I helped develop. This led to the City actively promoting telework to its business community via the 'Calgary Economic Development Workshift program' www.wolrkshiftcalgary.com . In fact, City Council proclaimed April 19, 2010 as 'Telework week'. I have no doubt that Jon would make a great Mayor."
Bob Fortier, President, InnoVisions Canada, President – Canadian Telework Association
"Throughout Jon's political career, he has consistently demonstrated his ability to be an effective and tireless representative for his constituents. Jon's strategic approach to examining and resolving issues, combined with his previous political experience would make him an extremely capable elected official."
Peter Davis , Chief of Staff to the Solicitor General, Government of Alberta
"I've known Jon for over 10 years as a friend, business associate, organizer and politician, one of the few that I'd vote for. He is honest and fair with strong opinions that he eloquently, yet forcefully, communicates. I highly recommend Jon. He would be a valuable asset as Director of any Board."
Peter Singleton, President, Accountable Communications (Canada) Inc.
"Jon Lord and I met many years ago when he contracted my company to conduct a small research study for Casablanca Video. Since that time, I've seen Jon Lord succeed in many endeavors with heart, intelligence and acumen. Jon Lord is a tireless worker and advocate! Whether, at work or socially, what I like the most about Jon is that he puts people first. I believe that Jon is a man of the people - that's all kinds of people - company presidents, business owners, employees and the unemployed. Our society has made great strides but yet there are still too many people on the fringes suffering due to not having enough training, lack of education, poverty, addictions and mental health problems. The more like Jon Lord in the world, the better the world that each of us lives in."
October 13, 2011 Eileen Ashmore, MBA, CMC President, E.M.ASHMORE & ASSOCIATES INC.
"I have had the privilege of meeting Jon Lord, he advised our company on a Going Public transaction and alternative methods in financing our company, which we are in the process of executing. Jon is a very conscientious, thoughtful individual, who has great leadership skills. He is a great communicator, honest and very supportive of his community and all those he does business with. He is the only guy i know who when he invites you to a BBQ, 1500 people show up. Keep up the great work Jon!!"
Romeo (Ray) Prescott President, MediaBoxx Ventures Inc.
"Jon is a man who gets results, cares about the community and is plugged in to the city in many ways. A big network guy, Jon likely has the resources in his group to assist you. Jon is a man with who has a deep caring attitude about the people he serves. He is a master networker and can pull off magic at the last minute. A pleasure to work with."
Grant Doyle, Publisher, The Social Insider October 7, 2009
"Jon is a dedicated and tireless community worker, with a lot of really great ideas, and hugely valued citizen of Calgary. He has a profound knowledge of all things political, and a passion for working in politics to make the world a better place. Jon is a very successful entrepreneur and has extensive knowledge of government, campaigns, local and national issues, and current affairs. His background allows him to have deep insights into what is going on. Jon is very smart, sees issues from many sides and communicates very effectively. He also has excellent debating skills and loves gab and thrust of political life."
James Istvanffy, Strategy Training Consultant, Stratagem Solutions
"As an MLA Jon was ahead of his time promoting the use of leading edge technology and the need for government leadership to stimulate innovation and enhanced competitiveness, especially via his environmental initiatives."
Brian Lee CSP, Member of the Alberta Legislature, Calgary Buffalo, The Province of Alberta
"John is a very detail oriented and organized person. He is hard working. I have always found him to be trustworthy. I am happy to recommend Jon."
Ric McIver, Alderman, The City of Calgary
... Jon is capable and reliable person. He is dedicated to his work and a solid team player with result-oriented attitude. He has many good ideas. He maintains big picture view while doing the specific task. He was a good representative in City Council and a good legislator. I recommend him to be a company representative, a business partner or a team leader or a team member.
Wayne Cao, MLA, Deputy Speaker, Alberta Legislative Assembly, Canada" September 18, 2009
"I'm pleased to recommend Jon Lord as a dedicated and hard working member of Calgary City Council. I had the opportunity to see how diligently Jon worked on behalf of the citizens of Calgary in numerous Council and Committee meetings and one-on-one meetings. I came to respect his thoughtful decision making and his good advice. During his time on Council he made a welcome contribution to the high quality of governance we enjoy in Calgary."
Bill Peters, President & CEO, TELUS World of Science - Calgary
"As president of the Calgary Herald I came to know Jon's work well. Jon served as a skilled and dedicated alderman. Jon always put the interests of the city first. It's my pleasure to recommend Jon strongly."
Dan Gaynor , President and Publisher, The Calgary Herald September 18, 2009
"Jon has been an effective Alderman and brought forward many innovative ideas. Now in his new capacity Jon will continue to bring the same values and hard work ethics to any organization." September 19, 2009
Marcel Latouche, President & CEO, MLG Associates
"Over the years, myself and other people in The Howard Group have been involved in a number of meetings with Jon to review a variety of different investment opportunites. At all times he was thorough in his review as well as professional and always a gentlemen. We wish him the best of luck."
Grant Howard, President, The Howard Group Inc.
"I have always found Jon to be approachable, intelligent and a great communicator. I mostly recently worked with Jon regarding investing in a high-tech project and I appreciated his insightful questions and useful suggestions. I would like to see more of our elected leaders with the kind of small business and real-world finance experience that Jon posesses. Best of luck Jon!"
Philip Doublet, Principal Consultant, Director, Doublet Management Consulting Ltd.
"Jon's management skills and community initiatives truly make him a visionary and great at anything he sets his course on. In the busineness community, he is known to inspire and lead business owners towards greater success. His kind words while granting us a small business award still aspire us to continue up the same path as his-- of progress and sustainability."
Saqib Tariq, Co-owner, Minuteman Press Beltline April 3, 2010
"It is my impression that Jon would make a wonderful Mayor of Calgary! His desire to be in touch with the on-line community, his business savvy eye, and his many skills are the perfect talents of a great leader."
Kim Lorang (Phillips), Author/Illustrator - using 3D technology, March 22, 2010
"I have known Jon for a number of years, most recently as a part of the CCC. Throughout the time that I have known him I have always been extremely impressed with his enthusiasm and integrity. He has demonstrated a committment to a high level of customer service and a sense of always being in tune with the people and work he is involved in. I have always been, and continue to be a strong supporter and would recommend Jon in a heartbeat."
Toni Guffei, President, Calgary Culture Club
"Jon has been a tireless supporter and ambassador for Calgary and Alberta in his many roles inside and outside of politics. His dedication and commitment to his ideals have made him an interesting and insightful colleague and I wish him luck in his run for Mayor!"
Barry Davidson , Director Operations/Media Relations, Canadian Crime Prevention Centre March 22, 2010
"I first met Jon several years ago now, and every time we've talked I've been impressed with his knowledgeable, straightforward and honest approach to everything we have discussed."
Neil Speers, Owner, Speers Photography
"Jon has a unique blend of skills, knowledge, and thought processes that give him strong insights to what is happening and what various possibilities have a reasonable probability of coming to pass."
David Pocock , Owner, Bright Sky Services
"I have no hesitation in offering a personal recommendation for Jon Lord as a City of Calgary Mayoral Candidate. I have known Jon for many years and have worked with him in my roles as a community association president in Calgary; as a Calgary Stampede volunteer and as MC of the Barbecue on the Bow Festival. During that time Jon has been a successful businessman; an alderman; an MLA and president of the Barbecue on the Bow Festival Society. Jon has always impressed me as being a man of integrity - committed to his community; his city and his province. Here is a short anecdote that says a lot about Jon Lord. One time while Jon was an MLA, our community hosted a provincial leadership forum. Though Jon was not the MLA for our riding, he not only attended the forum but he stuck around after everyone had left to help us put away the chairs. Not even the riding MLA did that! Jon cares about people; doesn't mind getting his hands dirty and he helps take care of the details.
Jim Powers, Sales Representative, J Powers Outdoors
"I support Jon, because, as my Alderman, I experienced his comprehensive view of researching any and all municipal concerns. He listens carefully to his constituent's and follows thru with his advocacy. He thinks with imagination. Jon has set up meetings with Provincial Minister's and was treated as treated as a resourceful respectable advocate for my proposed Concept to Cabinet Minister's. He has the unique ability to synthesize complex subjects and capsulize a salient strategic format for a presentation. Jon would be a good Mayor.
Charles Hansen - Urban Design-Architect-Planner Development Consultant" March 27, 2010
"Jon is a great communicator; he has fabulous perspectives and always a joy to discuss the political issues of the day. I would love to have Jon as my Mayor."
James Istvanffy, Executive Assistant, House of Commons
"I first met Jon through a business venture a number of years ago. I have always found him to be honest and open no matter what the situation. It has been a pleasure working with Jon and I have no hesitation in recommending him."
Mike Dexter (client)
"Jon will bring a new and needed perspective to the Mayor's chair. His years of experience in elected office at the municipal and provincial levels give him the talents and abilities that make him worthy of your support. If you vote (and you should) - vote for Jon!"
Ron Dahl , Director, Venturion Inc
"Jon is a detail-oriented, experienced leader who successfully marries his knowledge of looking after the bottom line with his respect for relationships with people from all walks of life. I have always found Jon to be pleasant, courteous, willing to learn and, above all, pragmatic."
Donna Dahl , CEO/Marketing Strategist, Ma Ko Ye Marketing