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Council Members


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Mayor Mark Heyck

Picture of His Worship Mayor Mark Heyck

Mayor Mark Heyck was born and raised in Yellowknife.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from McGill University in Montreal, and prior to his tenure as Mayor 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.  From 2007 to 2017, Mayor Heyck also served as a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund Council.  Mayor Heyck currently serves on the Board of Director for the NWT Association of Communities, representing Cities, Towns and Villages of the Northwest Territories.

Mayor Heyck was elected as Yellowknife's 14th Mayor in the fall of 2012 and was re-elected in 2015.



Rebecca Alty

Rebecca was born and raised in Yellowknife. After graduating from the University of CalgaryPicture of Councillor Rebecca Alty with a Bachelor of Communication Studies, Rebecca returned to Yellowknife and worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories (communications and website advisor), followed by the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation (Executive Director), and then AVENS - A Community for Seniors (Director of Communications and Community Development).  She is currently the Manager of Communities and External Relations for Diavik Diamond Mine Inc.  Outside work and City Council, Rebecca is also an active volunteer in sports, arts and culture.

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



Adrian Bell

Born in Smithers, B.C., Adrian moved north with his family in 1979, first to Iqaluit andPicture of Councillor Adrian Bell 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 is now the owner of Century 21 Prospect 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.



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.



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 neighband 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.



Shauna Morgan

Shauna was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario and has been delighted to make Picture of Councillor Shauna MorganYellowknife her home since 2008. Shauna has a B.A. Hons in International Development from the University of Toronto (including a one-year internship in the Philippines) and an M.A. in International Affairs (Conflict Analysis) from Carleton University.

Since coming north, Shauna has worked as a private consultant doing research, facilitation and community development work for First Nation communities in the NWT, and managed the Northern Program of the Pembina Institute (a clean energy non-profit think-tank) for four years. Currently, Shauna reserves a significant portion of her time for City Council work, while also working as a piano teacher, Snow Castle builder, and instructor with outdoor adventure camps for children.

Shauna’s extensive involvement in the community includes being: a Board member with the Yellowknife Women’s Society (providing shelter, Housing First, street outreach and family programs), a member of Alternatives North and Ecology North, a longtime piano accompanist for the YK Choral Society, an assistant coach with the Ski Club’s Jackrabbits program, and a broomball and soccer player as well as an avid Multisport Club participant.



Julian Morse

Picture of Councillor Julian MorseJulian is a proud life-long Northerner, having lived in Iqaluit from the age of 2, and subsequently moving to Yellowknife and making it his home since he was 6 years old. After studying political science at the University of British Columbia, Julian moved back north and completed his diploma in Environment and Natural Resources Technology at Aurora College in Fort Smith. Since 2011 he has been employed as a regulatory officer at the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.

An active volunteer in the community, Julian has served on the Community Justice Committee, the Folk on the Rocks Board, and as President of the Somba K'e Paddling Club, amongst many other volunteer commitments and contributions. He also previously served as constituency assistant to Bob Bromley, MLA, whose mentorship influenced many of his own thoughts on political representation and decision making. In his many years in Yellowknife, Julian has had numerous occupations, including projectionist/usher at the Capitol Theatre, bartender, Bell Mobility salesman, plumbing and carpentry apprentice, forestry technician, fisheries technician, and policy analyst at Municipal and Community Affairs, to name a few.

Julian lives in Yellowknife's historic Latham Island neighbourhood with his husky Jake.


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Rommel Silverio

Picture of Councillor Rommel SilverioRommel is a Filipino-Canadian Registered Nurse who has been living in Yellowknife since immigrating to Canada in 1998.

Rommel has a passion for civic engagement and has been civic-minded from a young-age, serving on Youth Council in the Philippines while in high school and attending university for political science.

After moving to Yellowknife, he worked multiple jobs to establish himself; one being as a cleaner at Stanton Territorial Hospital. He worked his way through nursing school beginning in 2002. He now holds a leadership role as Patient Care Coordinator at the very same hospital.

Rommel and his wife Janice share a home with their three children in Range Lake. He hopes to contribute to making Yellowknife a place his kids love just as much as he does during his time on city council.