Diane Marie Colley-Urquhart is municipal politician from Calgary,
Alberta, Canada. She is a member of
Calgary City Council
Calgary City Council and serves as
the representative for Ward 13.
1 Registered Nurse
2 Political career
Alderman and Councillor
2.2 2017 Antarctic Vacation
2.4 Volunteer positions
2.5 Committees and boards
4 External links
Diane Colley-Urquhart grew up on a farm in Oyen,
Alberta prior to
moving to Calgary.
After receiving her BSc in Health and Human Services, Diane has had a
nearly 40 year registered nursing career. Colley-Urquhart has held
senior management and teaching positions in Emergency, Intensive
Trauma and Cardiac Care with Foothills Medical Centre, the University
Alberta Hospital, Beverly Care Centre, the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, Kids
Help Phone and
Westhampton Management Ltd. She has worked occasionally as a Nurse
Specialist at the
Calgary Chronic Pain Centre and with
In April 2013, while running on a beach in San Diego, CA,
Colley-Urquhart rescued an injured surfer. The man had been hit by his
own board and was stunned. Colley-Urquhart pulled him out of the water
and tended to several gashes on his face until help arrived.
Alderman and Councillor
Colley-Urquhart was first elected as an
Alderman on July 4, 2000. She
won a contested by-election in Ward 13 over ten other candidates. She
was sworn into her post on July 10, 2000, and has since been
re-elected in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. In 2010,
Council voted to change the title
Alderman to the more gender-neutral
term Councillor, resulting in a change of title for Colley-Urquhart
after the following election in 2013.
Colley-Urquhart sat on the
Calgary Police Commission between 2002 and
2017. Colley-Urquhart created the STOP Marijuana Grow-ops Coalition in
2005 in recognition of the growing number of marijuana grow operations
within the City.
A self-styled fiscal conservative and promoter of a "common sense"
style of leadership, Colley-Urquhart campaigned against tax increases
in the 2008 budget debates. She held a "Tax Payers Revolt" at Calgary
City Hall with close to 1000 people signing her petition.
Colley-Urquhart opposed the
Santiago Calatrava designed pedestrian
bridges. She now sits on the City Council Audit Committee, pushing for
greater scrutiny of the tendering process.
Colley-Urquhart was part of the "Smoke-Free Calgary" campaign. She has
also pursued initiatives such as: the Telework & Carpooling
Initiative, the Stop Marijuana Grow Ops Coalition, roundtable on
racism and discrimination, the
Deerfoot Trail Safety Audit, and the
Calgary Transit Public Safety Audit.
In partnership with Mayor Dave Bronconnier, Colley-Urquhart helped
develop a Military Leave Policy for the City of Calgary. In 2008, as
the STOP MGO Coalition Chair, Colley-Urquhart received the Minister's
Municipal Honourable Mention Award of Excellence. In 2008,
Calgary Economic Development was successful
in obtaining nearly $1m for the Regional Telework Initiative from the
federal government ecoMOBILITY Program, which was the largest sum
given to any of the 14 municipalities that received funding.
Colley-Urquhart made a motion to have tow trucks on stand-by on major
Colley-Urquhart was re-elected in the 2010 Municipal election as
Alderman for Ward 13.
Colley-Urquhart resigned from the
Calgary Police Commission in
February 2017, following allegations that she may have violated the
Commission's Code of Conduct. The accusations stemmed from statements
Colley-Urquhart made regarding the treatment of female officers
serving with the
Calgary Police Service, after she said she had dozens
of private meetings with female officers who alleged they were bullied
and harassed. She was replaced on the Commission by Councillor
2017 Antarctic Vacation
Colley-Urquhart was absent for council meetings in November 2017 as
she was on vacation in the Antarctic. She alerted council to her
absence in a letter that was referenced by the media.
“After flying into Buenos Aires and exploring the city, I will
embark on an educational expedition voyage on a ship deep into the
Antarctic to spend time with the penguins and icebergs …
“While I don’t venture off to many conferences or trips this
venture has been planned for a long time and will be a life changing
experience for me.
“When I am in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, I will tip one
for each of you and think of you … I will gain insight into global
warming — perhaps!”
During her trip she was absent for a motion in council to consider
reviewing the South West Bus Rapid Transit project. She was the Notice
of Motion's co-author. Had her trip not ended early due to mechanical
problems, Colley-Urquhart would have missed council's budget review,
which is held every year in November.
Colley-Urquhart was the candidate of the province of Alberta's ruling
Progressive Conservative party in a by-election called in the riding
Calgary-Glenmore for September 14, 2009, to become that riding's
Member of the
Alberta Legislative Assembly.
Colley-Urquhart finished in third place, behind the victorious
Wildrose Alliance candidate, Paul Hinman, and the runner-up, Liberal
Party candidate Avalon Roberts. It was the first time since 1967
that the Progressive Conservative candidate failed to win the riding.
She has canvassed and volunteered for numerous organizations such as
the World Police and Fire Games,
Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, ,
the Alzheimer’s Society &
Calgary Handibus. She also volunteered
Ronald Reagan Presidential Committee in Wichita, Kansas, served
as President of the
Alberta P.C. Women’s Association, Vice-President
of the National P.C. Women’s Federation,
Alberta Vice-President of
the P.C. Party of Canada, Co- Chaired the
Kim Campbell Leadership
Committee for Southern Alberta, and served as President of the Calgary
Glenmore P.C. Association. Colley-Urquhart was President of Prime
Minister Stephen Harper’s SW riding association.
Committees and boards
Colley-Urquhart serves as:
• Chair, Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Land Use, Planning and
Transportation • Chair, Audit Sub-Committee on Snow and Ice Removal
• Member, Finance & Audit Committee • Member, Complaint
Oversight Committee • Co-Chair,
Calgary Police Interpretive Center
Capital Campaign • Director, ALERT (
Alberta Law Enforcement Response
Teams) Board of Directors • Member, Audit Committee • Member,
Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Community & Protective Services
• Member, Intergovernmental Affairs Committee •
Chair, Canadian Forces Liaison Council • Honorary Chair, Safer
Calgary Board • Honorary Spokesman, MADD • Director, Calgary
Glenmore P.C. Association Board of Directors • Former President,
Calgary South Federal Conservative Party Board of Directors • Former
Member, Prime Minister’s Fundraising Committee • Former Member,
Calgary Police Commission
^ Platt, Michael (2 April 2013). "
Colley-Urquhart saves struggling surfer in San Diego".
Retrieved 18 December 2016.
^ "Calgary's aldermen to become councillors". CBC News. 13 December
2010. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
^ CBC News (14 February 2017). "Coun.
Diane Colley-Urquhart quits
Calgary Police Commission". CBC News. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
^ Cole, Yolande (14 March 2017). "Council appoints Coun. Richard
Calgary Police Commission". Postmedia Network. Retrieved
20 March 2017.
Councillor goes absent in pursuit of penguins (23 November,
Wildrose Alliance wins
Calgary-Glenmore byelection". CBC News.
September 14, 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
Diane Colley-Urquhart Ward 13 homepage
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Calgary City Council
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Ward 1: Ward Sutherland
Ward 2: Joe Magliocca
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Ward 7: Druh Farrell
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Ward 9: Gian-Carlo Carra
Ward 11: Jeromy Farkas
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Ward 13: Diane Colley-Urquhart
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