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.

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.

The current Council was elected on October 16, 2017 for a four-year term.

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 in 2013 and again in 2017.

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 Metropolitan Region Board
  • Global Edmonton Board
  • 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 the Mayor's Office

Contact information for Mayor Katchur:

Ph: 780-992-6232 or 780-913-9958
Email Mayor Katchur
Fax: 780-998-4774

Twitter: @GaleKatchur

Councillor Jibs Abitoye

Councillor Jobs Abitoye

Councillor Ajibola (Jibs) Abitoye was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2017.

Jibs was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a Journalist father and an Information Technology mum. She moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 2012 after getting married to her husband, Joshua. They are blessed with two sons, Timi and Diji. Jibs has a bachelor's of science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and certified as a Project Management Professional. She also completed a 4th class power engineering course at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Jibs' previous work experience include 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.

She is a blogger, adventurer, fashion enthusiast and she loves to dance. She also loves to spend time with her family and enjoys watching soccer with her husband.

Jibs has 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:

  • Community Grants Committee
  • Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee
  • Fort Saskatchewan Public Library Board

Contact information for Councillor Abitoye:

Ph: 780-200-6863

Email Councillor Abitoye

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

Twitter: @ajibolaabitoye

Councillor Gordon Harris

Councillor Gordon Harris

Councillor Gordon Harris was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2017.

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

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 previously served as one of the City's public representatives on the River Valley Alliance Advisory Committee.

Gordon's goals as a member of Council include assisting in securing an agreement with Strathcona County on the annexation discussions and to promote a thorough and in-depth review of City programs, services, and service levels.

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

  • Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (Alternate)
  • Intermunicipal Relations Committee – City of Fort Saskatchewan / Strathcona County
  • River Valley Alliance

Contact information for Councillor Harris:

Ph: 780-934-4903
Email Councillor Harris

Councillor Brian Kelly

Councillor Brian Kelly

Councillor Brian Kelly was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2017.

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:

  • Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association (Alternate)
  • Capital Region Northeast Water Services Commission
  • Heartland Housing Foundation
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

Contact information for Councillor Kelly:

Ph: 780-991-4575
Email Councillor Kelly

Councillor Deanna Lennox

Councillor Deanna Lennox

Councillor Deanna Lennox was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2017.

Deanna and her husband Jerry moved to Fort Saskatchewan in 2002. Through her service with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Deanna has lived and worked in several communities in three different provinces. In 2013, she retired after 16 years of service with the RCMP deciding to make Fort Saskatchewan their “forever home”.

With a passionate interest in mental health and helping people, Deanna organized the province's first operational stress injury symposium in 2010. Recognizing a need for additional resources, she founded a non-profit organization called War Horse Awareness Foundation the following year. A few years later she penned her memoir “Damage Done: A Mountie's Memoir”, which appeared on the Globe and Mail's national best-selling list in April 2015. That same year Deanna was the recipient of the “Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award” for her work in mental health. In addition to her own foundation, Deanna is a proud member of the Peer and Trauma Support Systems Team for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, a peer support facilitator for the “Transition to Communities Project” and the Alberta Representative for Badge of Life Canada. She is a passionate and proud volunteer soccer coach, a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Soccer technical team, a referee for the Edmonton and District Soccer Association and an athlete playing the sport she loves.

As a new Councillor, Deanna aims to advance the welfare and interests of the City of Fort Saskatchewan. She will continue to be an advocate for mental health, attainable housing and youth in our city. Her values are strongly focused on integrity, family and community. She and Jerry enjoy activities and time together with their two daughters – Skylar and Kassidy.

Deanna 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 Grants Committee
  • Heartland Housing Foundation

Contact information for Councillor Lennox:

Ph: 780-909-2487
Email Councillor Lennox

Councillor Lisa Makin

Councillor Lisa Makin

Councillor Lisa Makin was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2017.

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 just beginning her Bachelor of Commerce Degree through Athabasca University. 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 and currently sits as Past President. Lisa also leads a dedicated group of individuals as President of the Heartland Hospice Foundation. 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
  • Global Edmonton Board (Alternate)
  • River Valley Alliance (Alternate)
  • Special Transportation Services Society
  • Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

Contact information for Councillor Makin:

Ph: 780-340-0054
Email Councillor Makin

Councillor Ed Sperling

Councillor Ed Sperling

Councillor Ed Sperling was elected as Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan in October 2013 and then re-elected in October 2017.

Ed was born on September 4, 1961 in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan. Ed completed his post-secondary education at Mount Royal University in Calgary and Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton.

Ed worked with ATB Financial for 35 years, spending the last 17 years as the Branch Manager in Fort Saskatchewan.

Ed has been married for 30 years and has two adult children.

Ed is a passionate community volunteer and Ed's past community initiatives include:

  • Past President of the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (two years);
  • Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Board members (six years);
  • Past Chair of the City of Fort Saskatchewan Economic Development Board;
  • Past member of the Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Committee;
  • Public member of the Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee;
  • Member of the Josephburg Agricultural Society (five years);
  • Member of the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society; and
  • Member of the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation.

As a member of Council, Ed would like to work on affordable housing for seniors and increase land holdings for Fort Saskatchewan, both commercial and residential. Ed would also like to promote the rich history of the community by supporting events to enhance engagement locally and regionally.

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

  • Community Grants Committee
  • Capital Region Northeast Water Services Commission
  • Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee

Contact information for Councillor Sperling:

Ph: 780-719-1150
Email Councillor Sperling

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