About Ed

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Ed Gibbons is seeking his fifth term as a City of Edmonton Councillor representing Ward 4.

Ed is a fourth generation Albertan  who worked as a farmer for much of his early life. After his time on the farm, Ed worked in the steel fabrication, sheet metal, and tool business. Ed and his wife Carolyn have been married for 42 years; together, they have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Always an active promoter of local sports and his community, Ed previously served as Chairman of Federation Hockey and President of Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) from 1995 – 1997. In 1988, he was honoured as the City of Edmonton’s National Volunteer of the Year. He has also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Prior to becoming a City Councillor, Ed served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Edmonton-Manning for one term. As an MLA he served as opposition critic for Municipal Affairs, Housing and Infrastructure, Gaming and Government Affairs.

On behalf of City Council, Ed supports the Council Initiative portfolios of External Affairs and Northern Relationships. He was the Co-Chair of Edmonton Salutes from 2002-2010. Edmonton Salutes is a City board dedicated promoting and recognizing our local military’s community contributions, both at home and abroad.

He also serves as the Mayor’s Alternate Representative on the Capital Region Board (CRB). The CRB is a non-profit corporation serving Edmonton and the 24 member municipalities by working to prepare and implement an integrated Capital Region Growth Plan. The CRB consists of an elected official from each of the 24 member municipalities within the Region. Ed sits on the following CRB committees and groups in addition to the Board:

  • Housing Committee (Ed chairs the Housing Committee)
  • Planning Advocacy Group
  • Land Use Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Advocacy and Communications Committee
  • Pipeline Linkages Strategy Committee

Finally, Ed serves on the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) as the Vice Chairman. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is guided by a non profit association of municipalities dedicated toward sustainable eco-industrial development. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) was created in 1998 by the municipalities who each had land within the geographic area of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The counties of Sturgeon, Strathcona, and Lamont along with the Cities of Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton are member municipalities of the AIHA.

Career highlights:

  • Community volunteer for 25 years: South Clareview, Northeast Sports Council, Federation Hockey, Edmonton Minor Hockey League (EMHA), and EFCL
  • Canadian Volunteer of the Year Award (1988)
  • Elected as MLA for Edmonton-Manning (1997-2001)
  • Elected to Edmonton City Council in 2001
  • Vice President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (2001-2007)
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal Recipient (2002) and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient (2012)
  • Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service Recipient (2013)

Memberships:

  • Former MLA Committee, Treasurer (2005 – present)
  • Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast (1998 – present)
  • Kingsway Legion
  • Lifetime Member of Federation Hockey
  • Alberta Capital Finance Authority (2003- May 2013)

Community Initiatives:

  • Supporting a revitalized Downtown
  • Facilitating in Domtar land reclamation negotiations
  • Redevelopment of Fort Road, Alberta Avenue, and Belvedere
  • Clareview Recreation Centre, Public Library, and Swimming pool
  • Edmonton Energy Park
  • Horse Hill Area Structure Plan (ASP)
  • North End Community Build Out for McConachie, Cy Becker, Gorman, and Horse Hill neighborhoods
  • Asking tough questions on the downtown arena funding
  • Funding for projects like the Commonwealth North Central Recreation Centre
  • Strong promoter of affordable and responsible housing
  • Advocate for the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA)
  • Supporting the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)
  • Supporter of the North Edmonton Senior Centre