Message from the City Manager, Steve Kanellakos:
Ottawa is made of an existing network of communities, businesses and organizations that together make up the fabric of our city. The City of Ottawa provides important programs, services, facilities and infrastructure to nearly a million residents every day. We invest each tax dollar with care so that we can plow your roads in a timely manner, provide safe drinking water, run animated recreation programs, inspect new homes, and deliver more than a hundred other City services.
I consider it a true honour to be the City Manager in Ottawa. I look forward to being part of the exciting future that lies ahead. We will be successful when we work together with our public, private, community and voluntary sector partners.
City Manager Biography
Steve’s vision for the City of Ottawa is to deliver service excellence in every service offering and client interaction. He has a deeply held belief that a municipal leader’s role is to serve their employees, community, and Council. Steve embraces the philosophy of servant leadership – making your people your priority so that they are equipped and supported to take care of residents and services.
Since 2016, Steve has focused on transforming the City’s culture to embed servant leadership at all management levels, while championing the importance of working collaboratively as One City, One Team – a cross-departmental approach to leverage expertise across the organization to deliver a seamless client experience while maximizing creativity, innovation and relationship building.
Steve brings 36 years of progressive public service experience to his role as City Manager. The first 15 years of his career was dedicated to serving local and regional police services in several leadership roles before joining the newly amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2000, as the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services. Over the last 20 years, Steve has held various leadership roles at the General Manager and Deputy City Manager levels with his last City of Ottawa position as Deputy City Manager of City Operations.
In 2015, Steve was appointed as the City Manager in Vaughan, where he led Council through a transformational process to establish a strategic and financial plan during a time of unprecedented growth and change, until he returned to Ottawa to assume the role of City Manager in 2016.
Steve is proud to lead the fourth-largest municipality in Canada in the nation’s capital, with a population that has surpassed one million. Steve’s greatest career achievement has been his focus on helping other’s grow and develop in their careers. His goal is to continue to build on the City’s culture of excellence in delivering exceptional services to Ottawa’s residents, businesses and visitors across a vast geographic region that encompasses many diverse and unique communities.