George Chahal, the youngest of three children was born to Ram and Surinder who emigrated to Canada in the early 1970’s from the United Kingdom with their two children Raj and Charan. George was born in Calgary (1975) where the family settled and endured many of the same challenges that newcomers face today, such as language and housing.
The boom of the late 1970’s brought great opportunities and the subsequent economic bust even greater challenges. Over these years through hard work and perseverance the family learned important lessons. These lessons have remained with George as he now raises his own family in Calgary.
George as a child was raised in Saddleridge, bused first to Stanley Jones elementary, then to Colonel Macleod Junior High School in Renfrew. At a young age George played on numerous sports teams and volunteered at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre. George continued his education at Crescent Heights High School completing an Advanced High School diploma. Upon completing high school, George attended university and graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics.
Throughout the years, George has continued his passion for sport at many levels of competition locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. George has a passion for teaching and coaching children as he has been a volunteer soccer coach for several girls U12, u10, and u8 soccer teams over the years. George is also currently the director and one of the founding members of the Punjabi Athletic Group. More recently in 2016, George was a member of the Provincial Gold medalist Calgary Phantoms at the Provincial Ball Hockey Championships, and Masters National Gold medalists with Team Alberta. George is an avid ice hockey enthusiast playing weekly at Winsport with the Olympia Liquor Kings.
Upon completing his education, George entered the workforce full time as a Financial Advisor with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at the Falconridge Branch. During this time he began to realize the challenges facing working class Calgarians in finding affordable and adequate housing.
In 2002, George followed his father’s footsteps, entering the Real Estate and Development Industry. George is the Vice President, Finance & Planning at Oxford Group. He is a member of a number of professional associations including but not limited to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and Certified Commercial Investment Management Institute (CCIM).
While working full time George embarked on attaining further education and enrolled in the faculty of Environmental Design Planning (University of Calgary) program in 2003. As a result of his involvement in the program, he had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects such as a team member of Alta da Lisboa community redesign in Lisbon, Portugal. He was selected to travel as part of a team representing their colleagues and presented the new plan in Lisbon. Thereafter, he was awarded a grant from the City of Calgary to conduct research on ethnic diversity and affordable housing. This research project was later published online at the City of Calgary (website link). George expanded on the research and in the fall of 2006 presented his thesis on Planning for Ethnic Diversity. In November 2006, George graduated with a Masters Degree in Environmental Design (Planning).
In 2003, George married Aman and has 3 children Amita (13), Noor (9), and Liv (4).
Currently, George has been focused on his entrepreneurial endeavors, running a small business and his continued passion for research and learning. He also has served on many committees over the last decade including but not limited to:
- North Hills Community Association Planning & Development Committee
- Calgary Regional Home Builders Association Economic Research
- Committee & Inner City Builders Housing Committee
- Calgary Real Estate Board Governmental Affairs Committee