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Al Duerr is founder and CEO of General Magnetic International Inc., a company that develops and manufactures energy efficient and GHG reducing permanent magnet motor products for the energy industry. Prior to General Magnetic, Mr. Duerr served as the CEO of a Swiss based international finance company. In the public sector, Mr. Duerr was Mayor of Calgary from 1989 to 2001, obtaining the highest public support in successive elections of any Mayor in Calgary's history. His accomplishments included reducing Calgary's debt by more than half, economic diversification, and securing new long-term revenue sharing. He also championed a Mayor's Task Force on Community and Family Violence, a community process that continued for decades. He positioned Calgary as a dynamic and important center for innovation, trade and commerce. Mr. Duerr also served two terms as Alderman for the City of Calgary prior to serving as Mayor, while at the same time founding and leading a Canadian water and wastewater treatment company in Malaysia. After arriving in Alberta as a general manager of a Saskatchewan based planning consulting company, he was a city planner for the City of Calgary and a district manager of an Alberta based development company. Mr. Duerr earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Urban Geography from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Haskayne Business School at the University of Calgary. He holds an ICD.D, the professional director designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Duerr has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship and the Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award for his work in building bridges between aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultures. He is married to wife Kit Chan and they have a son and daughter who are both engineers in the energy industry.