City Council

The City of Fort Saskatchewan has a seven member Council consisting of a Mayor and six Councillors who represent the City as a whole. The current Council was elected on October 18, 2021 for a four-year term.

Council group photo
Council Members left to right: Councillor Brian Kelly, Councillor Birgit Blizzard, Councillor Patrick Noyen, 
Mayor Gale Katchur, Councillor Lisa Makin, Councillor Jibs Abitoye, Councillor Gordon Harris

City Council is the decision-making body responsible for turning community needs into municipal services. Council guides the Strategic Plan which sets priorities for community development; everything from recreation services to roads, waste management and public transit.

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View the Council Meeting Calendar to access minutes, agendas and watch Council meetings live.

Mayor Gale Katchur

Mayor Gale Katchur

Mayor Katchur was born in Fort St. John, BC, and is the youngest daughter of George and Evelyn Lewchuk. Growing up on a farm just outside Spirit River, Alberta, she and her sister Wanda knew what it was to work hard and the need to pull together as a family to keep the household operating. Unlike the town kids, life on the farm meant no running water or forced air furnaces. It meant hauling wood and coal, planting large gardens, and helping out with daily chores. Love of the outdoors, playing sports, and devotion to family and friends were the main focus of her upbringing.

After completing her schooling, Gale moved to Edmonton where she worked for Alberta Agriculture and the Federal Dairy Division. It was in Edmonton where she met her future husband Wayne when he called the wrong phone number. They were married two years later in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gale made the move to private industry and worked for Baker International until the birth of their second child. The Katchur's have one son, Ryan, and one daughter, Erin.

It was at this time Gale chose to stay home to raise her family. During the years she stayed at home, she ran a successful day home operation. When her children were old enough to attend school full time, she re-entered the workforce and became employed as a Civil Servant working for the City of Fort Saskatchewan. Gale spent 17 years working for Planning & Public Works as an Administrative Coordinator gaining an in depth knowledge about Municipal Government. Gale is also a proud grandmother of two little grandsons, Logan and Rune, and two grand-daughters, Arianna and Kaia. She enjoys spending many hours with her family, as they are her first priority in life.

Gale believes it's not the material things we get in life, but the hearts we touch that will determine our success. Making a difference in the lives of others is what life is all about, and in the end, the significance of our life will be determined by the choices we make. Gale chose to announce her candidacy for City Council in September 2007 and began a 4 week campaign that quickly gained momentum. On October 15, 2007 she was declared elected for City Council. Gale started a new adventure in her life, “Serving the Residents and Businesses of Fort Saskatchewan as a City Councillor” from 2007 – 2010. In September 2010, with the support of a Grass Roots Voice of the People Committee, Gale made the decision to run for Mayor and as of October 18, 2010, Gale was elected the new Mayor of Fort Saskatchewan. Gale was re-elected as Mayor for a second term in 2013, a third term in 2017, and a fourth term in 2021.

Gale is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following regional boards:

  • Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association
  • Edmonton Global
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Intermunicipal Relations Committee – City of Fort Sask./Strathcona County

Please send general inquiries of the Mayor to:

Jonathan Milke, Mayor's Administrative Assistant
Ph: 780-992-6232
Email: jmilke@fortsask.ca

Contact information for Mayor Katchur:

Ph: 780-992-6232 or 780-913-9958
Email: gkatchur@fortsask.ca

Twitter: @GaleKatchur

Councillor Jibs Abitoye

Councillor Jobs Abitoye

Councillor Ajibola (Jibs) Abitoye was first elected to City Council in October 2017 and re-elected for a second term in October 2021.

Jibs was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Journalist father and an Information Technology mum. She moved to Fort Saskatchewan finally almost 10 years ago after getting married to the love of her life, Joshua. They are blessed with three children, Timi, Diji, and Tami.

Jibs has a bachelor’s of science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, is a 4th class power engineer from NAIT, and is certified as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

Jibs’ previous work experience includes Financial Services Representative at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Project Cost Controller at Dow Chemical, and Credit Risk Analyst at the Guaranty Trust Bank.

Jibs is a local business owner and avid volunteer. Prior to becoming a Councillor, she volunteered on the Family & Community Support Services Board, Navy League Cadet and as Chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association.

Jibs is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Capital Region Northeast Water Services Commission
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee
  • Heartland Housing Foundation

Contact information for Councillor Abitoye:

Ph: 780-200-6863
Email: jabitoye@fortsask.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajibolaabitoye/

Twitter: @ajibolaabitoye

Councillor Birgit Blizzard

Councillor Birgit Blizzard

Councillor Birgit Blizzard was first elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2013. Birgit Blizzard ran in the October 2021 municipal election and was elected again as Councillor.

Birgit Blizzard was born in Haltern, Germany and at the age of 6 immigrated to Sarnia, Ontario with her family. She received a diploma in Process Operations at Lambton College and worked as a Process Operator & 3rd Class Power Engineer at Imperial Oil for 9 years. In 1993 she moved to Fort Saskatchewan. She has been married for 40 years and has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Community Involvement:

  • Fort Saskatchewan Ringette Association—Executive, Manager, Assistant Coach
  • Blizzard Cloggers Instructor
  • Minor Sports Association Arena Concession Manager
  • Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association Treasurer
  • Family and Community Support Services Board Member (1 year)
  • Twice But Nice Clothing Society—Treasurer-2 years

Birgit is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Board/Committee Application Review Committee
  • Community Events Grants Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Intermunicipal Relations Committee - City of Fort Sask./Strathcona County
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

If you would like to meet with Birgit please contact her.

Contact information for Councillor Blizzard:

Ph: 780-998-5405 or 780-996-5406
Email: bblizzard@fortsask.ca

Councillor Gordon Harris

Councillor Gordon Harris

Councillor Gordon Harris was first elected to City Council in October 2017 and re-elected for a second term in October 2021.

Gordon enjoyed a long career in municipal government administration and management consulting before he decided to run for a seat on Fort Saskatchewan City Council. As a Certified Management Consultant and Certified Change Manager he worked with municipalities and clients to address complex community development issues and challenges and to identify meaningful solutions.

Gordon and his wife Judy have lived in Fort Saskatchewan since 1996 and are passionate supporters of the City's outstanding cultural and recreational amenities including the Dow Centennial Centre and North Saskatchewan River Valley trail network.

Gordon is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Capital Region Wastewater Commission
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission
  • Edmonton Region Waste Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • River Valley Alliance (Alternate)

Contact information for Councillor Harris:

Ph: 780-934-4903
Email: gharris@fortsask.ca

Councillor Brian Kelly

Councillor Brian Kelly

Councillor Brian Kelly was first elected to City Council in October 2017 and re-elected for a second term in October 2021.

Brian has proudly called Fort Saskatchewan home since March 1972. During the spring and when the fertilizer season was starting, Sherritt Gordon, now Sherritt International, needed “farm boys'' to load fertilizer bags onto trucks and rail cars. Brian's one skill fit the bill and he got the job!

Summer jobs at Sherritt financed Brian's attendance at the University of Alberta. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and articled with a firm in Edmonton to achieve his Chartered Accountant designation.

Within a very short time Brian opened his Chartered Accountant office in the Fort. The practice flourished. The years though, passed quickly and he sold his business on September 1, 2017. The sale was timed to enable Brian to register on nomination day to run for a seat on City Council.

Brian is the proud father of Shannon and Jennifer and proud stepfather of Justin and Nicholas. Brian and his wife, Charlene, enjoy their grandchildren Madeleine and Emma immensely.

Both Brian and Charlene have always appreciated the small town feel of our City. Fort Saskatchewan will continue to be their home with their growing family.

Brian and Charlene enjoy spending warm days on the golf course, and try to avoid a little bit of winter by spending time in Palm Springs when possible.

Brian is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Community Events Grants Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Heartland Housing Foundation
  • Intermunicipal Relations Committee - City of Fort Sask./Strathcona County
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

Contact information for Councillor Kelly:

Ph: 780-991-4575
Email: bkelly@fortsask.ca

Councillor Lisa Makin

Councillor Lisa Makin

Councillor Lisa Makin was first elected to City Council in October 2017 and re-elected for a second term in October 2021.

Lisa Makin moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 1990 when she was 7 years old. She married her high school sweetheart, Lee, in 2004 and they have 2 children.

Lisa studied Early Learning at MacEwan University and opened A Fairytale Beginning Preschool in 2011. She is also studying Municipal Governance at the University of Alberta. Lisa and her husband also operate several other businesses in Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park.

Lisa has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce since 2009 being a volunteer, board member and then President. Lisa also led a dedicated group of individuals as President of the Heartland Hospice Foundation for many years. In her spare time Lisa spends lots of time with friends and family camping, skiing, and just getting together.

Lisa is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Capital Region Assessment Services Commission
  • Community Events Grants Committee
  • Edmonton Global (Alternate)
  • Edmonton Salutes Committee
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Fort Sask. Youth Council

Contact information for Councillor Makin:

Ph: 780-340-0054
Email: lmakin@fortsask.ca

Councillor Patrick Noyen

Councillor Patrick Noyen

Councillor Patrick Noyen was first elected to Council in October 2021.

Born and raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Patrick founded Prairie Fire Landscape Construction after gaining extensive work experience in the industry. He previously achieved a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Business Law, as a graduate of University Alberta’s joint degree program between the School of Business and Faculté St-Jean.

Patrick is passionate about seeing Fort Saskatchewan grow and thrive as a community. He developed an adult sports organization called Fort Sport Rec League to serve active living citizens as an outlet for local recreation throughout our various facilities.

As a husband and father to one growing boy, Patrick is excited about family life in the Fort and being able to stay engaged in our various community services and events. Supporting our local organizations and activities will always be his priority and he advocates for the success of local business and industry. Seeing Fort Saskatchewan become a well rounded community where we are able to serve every need of our citizens locally is paramount to our growth.

Patrick is also an accomplished violinist, swimmer and Ukrainian dancer. He participated in these activities growing up in Fort Saskatchewan through music festivals and as an alumnus of both the Piranhas Swim Club and the Barvinok Ukrainian Dancers.

Patrick is an active member on the City's various municipal boards and is currently Council representative on the following boards:

  • Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (Alternate)
  • Community Events Grants Committee
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (Alternate)
  • Emergency Advisory Committee
  • Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Board
  • River Valley Alliance

Contact information for Councillor Noyen:

Ph: 780-240-9875
Email: pnoyen@fortsask.ca

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Additional resources

Deputy Mayors Schedule 2021-25

Mayors and Members of Council from 1904 - Present