Western municipal leaders are on the front lines of economic uncertainty. Every day, we see people losing their livelihoods, their homes and their hopes for the future.  As the order of government closest to Canadians, we’re determined to help build better lives.

FCM’s Western Economic Solutions Taskforce (WEST) brings together rural and urban municipal leaders from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. We’re driving solutions to support struggling communities—and we’re bringing western municipal voices to Ottawa.

WEST is putting forward concrete recommendations for the federal government to adopt, and for all municipalities to share and build on. We’re focused on four key areas:

  • getting resources and products to market;
  • energy development, climate policy and regulation;
  • supporting communities to diversify economies;
  • municipal infrastructure and fiscal sustainability.

Municipal leaders are problem solvers. FCM’s ability to convene and unite diverse local expertise—and to build bridges between orders of governments—makes us essential partners in tackling Canada’s biggest challenges. All of us have a stake in building a strong and united Canada.

Members of FCM’s Western Economic Solutions Taskforce

WEST unites rural and urban municipal leaders from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. By convening mayors, reeves, councillors and presidents of municipal associations—representing hundreds of rural and urban communities—we’re ensuring that a full range of western municipal perspectives are heard at the federal level.

  • Randy Goulden, FCM Regional Chair – WEST Chair
  • Bill Karsten, FCM President
  • Garth Frizzell, FCM First Vice-President
  • Darren Hill, FCM Third Vice-President
  • Al Kemmere, President of RMA – WEST Vice Chair
  • Ralph Groening, President of AMM
  • Barry Morishita, President of AUMA
  • Maja Tait, President of UBCM
  • Ray Orb, President of SARM and FCM Rural Forum Chair
  • Gordon Barnhart, President of SUMA
  • Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon – WEST Vice Chair
  • Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
  • Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton and BCMC Chair
  • Michael Fougere, Mayor of Regina
  • Brian Bowman, Mayor of Winnipeg
  • Joanne Vanderheyden, FCM Second Vice-President *ex-officio
  • Vicki-May Hamm, FCM Past President *ex-officio
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