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Tyler Shandro, JD'04

Law alum has passion for the city he calls home

I first met Tyler Shandro, JD’04, in 2007 while working on an election campaign for an alderman in the Calgary municipal election. I was Tyler Shandroworking for the public relations firm that had been hired to help run the campaign; Tyler, then a lawyer with Walsh Wilkins Creighton LLP, was the volunteer campaign manager. Well-spoken and energetic, it was clear to me that Tyler was passionate about the city and making a difference in his community.

It was no surprise to learn that Shandro was named one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2010. And with still a year to go until the milestone birthday, he’s accomplished a lot. Shandro’s not just a lawyer—he’s a board member, a former vice president of a company, and a community ambassador. And out of all of that, he has some great stories to tell.

“As a board member with the Parole Board of Canada, I travelled all over the prairies for hearings,” he recalls. “From Grande Cache to Stony Mountain, you see a whole other side to Canada inside those prisons.”

The story of how Shandro ended up as a law student in Calgary is also interesting.

“I was living in Ottawa the summer before law school started and was planning to go to Queen’s to be closer to a girlfriend at the time. But when I drove to Kingston before the semester started, I wasn’t in love with the town. I couldn’t see myself living there—there was no excitement, no action…So I returned to Calgary to come to school here, and the girlfriend I followed out east broke up with me. Maybe it was meant to be that I was accepted to Calgary as well and was able to head back home to my roots.”

These days, Shandro is a lawyer with Municipal Counsellors Law Firm, providing legal advice to municipalities, landowners and developers on planning issues and taxation. With his past experience on the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Government Board and Alberta’s Disaster Advisory Committee, Shandro is able to provide his clients the knowledge they when dealing with municipal management issues. Despite being kept busy at work as a result of Calgary’s on-going growth and development, he always makes time for family.

“Family always comes first,” says Shandro. “My two boys keep my wife and I busy, and I love it.”