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Mayor

Place Of Birth

Grande Prairie, AB

Resident of Grande Prairie since 1977

Family

Wife, Susan, daughter Mila and son Paja

Education

  • Graduated Grande Prairie Composite High School, 1995
  • Certificate in Local Authority Administration, University of Alberta, 2010
  • Master's of Arts in Leadership, Royal Roads University, 2017

Business and Professional History

  • 1998-2005: Retail Sales Manager, Hi-Tech Business Systems
  • 2006-2010: Self-employed Marketing and Communications Consultant

Council History

  • First Elected, 2001 - Alderman
  • Elected Second Term, 2004 - Alderman
  • Elected Third Term, 2007 - Alderman
  • In his third term as Mayor (first elected in 2010)

Past Appointments

  • Centre 2000
  • Public Works Committee
  • Community Development Committee
  • Protective Services Committee
  • General Government Services Committee
  • Pursuit of Excellence Committee
  • Arts Development Committee
  • Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association

Provincial Committees

  • Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), Director - Cities under 5000
  • Chair, AUMA Police Act Working Group
  • AUMA Municipal Governance Committee
  • AUMA/RMA Joint Operating Committee
  • Minister's Opioid Response Commission
  • ALERT Civilian Advisory Committee
  • Alberta Power & Natural Gas Consumer Panel

Past Community Involvement

  • 1997-2001, Coach, Composite High Junior Boys Basketball
  • Charter President, Grande Prairie Rotaract Club
  • Chairman, Rotary District 5370 Rotaract Program
  • 2002-2003, Honorary Chair, G.P. White Ribbon Campaign
  • President, Clayton Shaw Men's Basketball Association
  • Member, 2003 United Way Campaign Cabinet
  • DRR, Rotary District 5370
  • President, Peace Country Luge Association
  • Secretary, Grande Prairie Disabled Transportation Society

Notable Accomplishments And Awards

  • 1993-1994, Rotary Youth Exchange Student (Australia)
  • Youngest person ever to be elected to Grande Prairie City Council, Age 24
  • Youngest person ever to be elected Mayor for Grande Prairie
  • Ran in the 2006 federal election as an independent