The members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) elected a new president and board of directors during its first-ever virtual annual general meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Local governments across the country are working on the front lines to keep people safe through this pandemic,” said Garth Frizzell, incoming president of FCM. “FCM’s advocacy has helped secure the federal support we’ve needed to protect essential services, families and local businesses. As the pandemic progresses, and as we gear up for Canada’s recovery, we need municipal voices from every corner of our country to be heard at the federal level.”

Garth Frizzell, FCM President

City of Prince George Councillor Garth Frizzell succeeds long-time Halifax Regional Municipality Councillor Bill Karsten as FCM President. Registered FCM voters also ratified members to FCM’s 75-seat Board of Directors, and the following FCM Table Officers:

  • First vice-president: Joanne Vanderheyden, Mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc and Councillor for Middlesex County, ON
  • Second vice-president: Darren Hill, Councillor, Saskatoon, SK
  • Third vice-president: Scott Pearce, Mayor, Canton of Gore, QC

“President Karsten has led FCM through one of the most eventful and challenging years in our history, and that is a testament to his determination and hard work,” said Frizzell. “I’m honoured to continue what we have built as an organization and find solutions to challenges ahead.”

Frizzell advocates mask wearing during the ongoing pandemic.

“Our priority is to ensure municipalities of all sizes have the right tools to keep Canadians safe. That includes working with federal partners to tackle urgent challenges, in ways that also lay ground for the recovery Canadians deserve,” stated Frizell. “If we want to come out of this pandemic with a better Canada—more resilient, sustainable and inclusive—our cities and communities need to be empowered to help to lead the way.”

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