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City of Yellowknife

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Mayor Mark Heyck

Picture of His Worship Mayor Mark Heyck

His Worship Mayor Mark Heyck was born and raised in Yellowknife and grew up in the Con Mine area of the City. He attended McGill University in Montreal where he studied History and Canadian Studies. Mayor Heyck previously worked at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre as the Website and Multimedia Coordinator.

Mayor Heyck was first elected to City Council in 2003 and served as Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2012. During his time on Council, Mayor Heyck chaired the City's Heritage Committee and Community Energy Planning Committee. Since 2007, he has also been a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund Council and currently serves as the Vice-Chair.

Mayor Heyck was elected as Yellowknife's 14th Mayor in the fall of 2012.

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Rebecca Alty

Rebecca was born and raised in Yellowknife. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Picture of Councillor Rebecca AltyBachelor of Communication Studies, Rebecca returned to Yellowknife and worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories as a communications and website advisor for the departments of Transportation, Municipal and Community Affairs, and in the Premier's Office. She's currently the Executive Director of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation.

Outside of work, she's an active community member: she coaches soccer and Special Olympics snowshoeing, organizes the Mini World Cup and Merry Kickmas soccer tournaments, has performed and helped organize the Vagina Monologues, was the CIBC Run for Our Lives communications advisor, and volunteers with the Northern Arts and Culture Center, Folk on the Rocks, and many other community events.

Rebecca is bilingual in French and English, so feel free to share your concerns, comments or suggestions in either language.

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Adrian Bell

Picture of Councillor Adrian BellBorn in Smithers, B.C., Adrian moved north with his family in 1979, first to Iqaluit and then to Yellowknife three years later. In 1997 he embarked on a career in small business, purchasing a downtown coffee shop, Javaroma Gourmet Coffee & Tea Ltd. Selling his business interests in 2009, he then attended the University of British Columbia where he completed a Bachelor's Degree in History. Before returning to Yellowknife in 2011, Adrian obtained his real estate license and now works as a REALTOR for Century 21 Greenway Realty.

A passionate advocate for Yellowknife, Adrian's appreciation for municipal politics grew during his time on the Downtown Enhancement Committee and Smart Growth Development Committee between 2006 and 2009. Through his involvement with various civic-minded volunteer groups like the Long John Jamboree Society, he enjoys working with others to improve the quality of life for all Yellowknifers.

Adrian now lives in the Niven Lake area with his partner, Allison.

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Bob Brooks

Picture of Councillor Bob BrooksBob arrived in Yellowknife in 1980; met his wife to be in 1981 and went on to marry Lynn in 1985. Together they raised two daughters (Shannon and Maggie) and are now the very proud grandparents of four grandchildren. Bob and Lynn are also very proud to have helped raise 18 foster children through the Foster Parent Program, and are currently blessed with fourteen foster grandchildren (and counting).

Bob works with the GNWT Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment as a Senior Policy Analyst, and prior to that was the Executive Director of the NWT Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, Bob was honoured to be the recipient of the "Executive of the Year" award, as awarded by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada. Bob is now in his seventh term of office - first elected in 1991 (is currently the longest serving Councillor in Yellowknife City Council history).

A very active long-term resident and a member in many local community groups, including current membership in the Rotary Club of Yellowknife since 1994. Bob has served on many Boards and

Committees, including; past Vice President of the NWT Association of Communities as well as past Chair of the Northern Communities Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Bob is currently serving as Chair of the Smart Growth Implementation Committee and the Special and Core Grants Committee.

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Linda Bussey

Picture of Councillor Linda BusseyLinda was born in Northern Québec but moved to Montréal at a young age. Linda attended the University of Montréal and completed an addictions program with a focus on prevention. In 1992, Linda moved to Iqaluit with her young family and spent four years working as the GNWT Regional Training Coordinator and Executive Director of the Baffin Treatment Centre. Since moving to Yellowknife in 1996, Linda has worked for various GNWT departments, but focused mostly on Health and Social Services and Human Resource Management. In 2002, Linda left the GNWT to assume the position of Executive Director for the Stanton Foundation. After 9 years with the Foundation, Linda returned to the GNWT as the Manager of the Recruitment Support Unit with the Department of Human Resources. Linda believes in continued education and is presently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program in Management and Leadership at Royal Roads University.

After falling in love with the city and all its unique charms Linda decided to make Yellowknife home. Since her arrival in 1996 Linda has been very involved in her community. She served as a trustee on two of Yellowknife's three school boards, and is presently a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Avens. Linda has volunteered with many different cultural and arts events in the community over the years, and, inspired by her daughter's interest in the sport, has served as President of the Yellowknife Speed Skating Association. In order to help when she can Linda continues to maintain her race official certification. Linda is married to Eric and is the mother of 3 youthful adults.

Merci, au plaisir de vous rencontrer - s'il vous plaît, n'hésitez pas à me contacter pour discuter des questions ou de vos préoccupations.

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Niels Konge

Picture of Councillor Niels KongeNiels was born in Salmon Arm, BC and grew up on a dairy farm in Mara, BC. There was always a lot of work to be done on a family farm and life was busy with school, work and play. The most interesting work on the farm for him was always building or fixing new barns, sheds, fences and always trying to damn up the creeks. After graduation Niels hung around the Okanagan working construction during the summer and coaching downhill skiing in the winter. In 1993 Niels ventured to Denmark and was promptly offered an apprenticeship in carpentry. Living in Europe sure opened his eyes to a different way of living compared to the farm.

In 2001 Niels returned to Canada and an adventure brought him to Yellowknife. Niels met Renee 3 weeks after his arrival and decided that he should stick around Yellowknife for longer than originally anticipated. They started Konge Construction on January 1, 2003 and got married January 3, 2003.

Almost 12 years later they still chose to call Yellowknife their home, and try and make it the best place to live for themselves, their neighbors and their community. Niels look forward to the challenges that being a councillor will bring and hopefully the ideas and values that he bring to the table will continue to make Yellowknife a great place to choose to live, play and work.

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Phil Moon Son

Picture of Councillor Phil Moon SonPhil was born in London Ontario, and lived in several southern Ontario communities, before moving to Sachs Harbour in 2000. Phil is a University graduate and has completed numerous university courses and programs while in the north and served with the Canadian Armed Forces. Phil's parents moved in Canada in the mid 60's and have worked hard and opened a small business in the mid 80's, often struggling during very difficult economic conditions. Phil has learned a great deal from the hardship his parents experienced while operating a small business.

In 2004 Phil was the first president of the Society of the St Vincent De Paul, Yellowknife Conference, a lay Catholic organization providing for the less fortunate in the community, he also plays as a guitarist with the St. Patrick's Church since his arrival to Yellowknife. Phil currently participates as a member of PAC, (Parent Advisory Committee) for Ecole St. Josephs, and coaches the age 5 group with Aurora Minor Soccer.

Phil is currently the Executive Director of the NWT & Nunavut Construction Association, he also worked as the Director of Lands and Negotiation for the Yellowknives Dene First Nations and as the Manager of Research for the Deton Cho Corporation. Phil is also Board member of the Western Arctic Conservative Association and a proud resident of Yellowknife for almost 9 years, with his wife, son and daughter.

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Cory Vanthuyne

Picture of Councillor Cory VanthuyneCory is a lifelong NWT resident, born in Inuvik and raised in Yellowknife. After graduating from Sir John Franklin High School in 1989 Cory sought vocation in the construction industry apprenticing in two building trades; carpentry and cabinetmaking. In 1996 Cory received an Associates Degree in Management and ventured into a number of diversified management roles. In 2003 Cory integrated his construction background with his management experience and transformed his career into project management. Since 2010 Cory has worked as the owner/operator of CORVAN Consultants Ltd, providing project management and business development services for the north's construction industry. In the spring of 2014, Cory founded and co-created Event Rentals Yellowknife Ltd, providing rental equipment, planning and logistics services for events, festivals, workshops and conferences to Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories.

Cory is presiding in his second term on Council and is currently the Deputy Mayor for the City of Yellowknife. He has previously sat on a number of committees including the Downtown Enhancement Committee, Audit Committee, Smart Growth Implementation Committee and the Yellowknife Area Police Advisory Committee. In addition to committees Cory has contributed to a number of local boards, such as, NWT Habitat for Humanity Steering Committee, NWT Skills Canada, Yellowknife Golf Course, Yellowknife Curling Centre and the Long John Jamboree.

In 2003 Cory lost his mother Gail to lung cancer. Since then Cory has remained a strong advocate for a number of local cancer charities including the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life for which he has been a team member for 11 years raising nearly $110,000. 

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Dan Wong

Picture of Councillor Dan WongDan had happy childhood in Northlands and School Draw Avenue, fostering an enduring, affectionate feeling for his hometown. That inspired Dan to run as the youngest candidate in the 2003 territorial election in the riding of Yellowknife Centre, at the age of 18. In the 9 years since then, Dan graduated from Sir John Franklin High School, earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Queen's University and a masters in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. After university, Dan returned to Yellowknife to work for 3 years as a Climate Change Specialist in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT. In October 2012, Dan transferred to the Department of Health and Social Services, GNWT as the Strategic Advisor to the Public Health Network P/T Co-Chair.

He currently sits as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, Wilfrid Laurier University and is a cerified EcoCanada Environmental Professional in Training. Dan is the Route Coordinator for the National MS Society, NWT Chapter MS Walk in May 2013 and sat a board member of Ecology North for 3 years.

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