Wes Brodhead moved to St. Albert in 1980, shortly after marrying his wife, Marilyn. Over the last 41 years, Wes, and Marilyn, raised two children (Aaron and Stephanie), who are both married and living in St. Albert. They have been blessed with five grandchildren, Owen, Baya, Griffin, Connor, and Charlotte.
After a 35-year career with Edmonton Transit, Wes retired from his position as the Director of Bus Operations, where he oversaw more than 1,600 operations personnel in four divisions with a budget responsibility in excess of $110 Million. Wes was responsible for introducing nationally adopted best practices within the transit industry and served as an elected president of the Prairie Provinces and Territories region of the Canadian Urban Transit Association. As a manager with the City of Edmonton, Wes served two terms as the elected president of the City of Edmonton Management Association.
Wes was first elected to St. Albert City Council in 2010. As Councillor, Wes has served as the Chair, Capital Region Board Transit Committee, member of the Capital Region Advocacy and Monitoring Committee, Chair of the Standing Committee of the Whole on Finance, active member of the St. Albert/Edmonton Regional Transit Task Force, a member of the Sturgeon Foundation, the Homeland Foundation, the Arts and Heritage Foundation Board, the Disaster Services Committee, the Community Advisory Committee, the Inter-municipal Advisory Committee, the Joint Opportunities Task Force, the Community Sustainability Committee and as an alternate to the Subdivision and Appeal Board, the Environmental Advisory Board, Edmonton Salutes Committee, Edmonton Metro Region Board Audit and Finance Committee and other ad hoc committees as required.
Most notable accomplishments for Wes during this last term:
Successfully advocated for the creation of a Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) Task force the purpose of which was to develop the business case for the creation of a regionalized public transit system providing services to all municipalities within the Edmonton metropolitan region. The project received full provincial funding support with a $3.7M grant enabling the work to be completed by the 13 member municipalities in the Edmonton Metro region without direct municipal funding support.
Was elected chair of the RTSC task force and led the business case development work from 2017-2021. Wes led the successful completion of the work of building a financially viable business case acceptable to the Province of Alberta
On January 28, 2021, Minister Ric McIvor announced the formal establishment of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission. The commission members included, St. Albert, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Beaumont, Devon, Stony Plain and Spruce Grove.
Was elected the Chair of the Edmonton Metro Transit Services Commission. The work to put the regional service plan continues with the start of regionally provided transit services to commence in the Fall of 2022.
Moved to make the servicing of the Elysian Fields lands on the west side of Ray Gibbon Drive a “shovel ready” project to enable the servicing of these important lands eligible for federal COVID infrastructure grant funding. Work to complete the installation of these services is nearing completion, which enables the development of the Rohit lands and the designation of a future site for a new recreational facility in the north-west of St. Albert.
Over the course of Wes’s third term, The City of St. Albert continued to experience sustainable growth, this irrespective of the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wes was pleased to support Council decisions that spurred significant new development in St. Albert including Riverside, North Erin Ridge, South Riel Business Park, Metrotown and others. These decisions not only allowed for new and innovative housing stock to be constructed in St. Albert, but also the addition of significant commercial business growth.
Council prioritized the need to be active in tangibly working to address the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission within the municipality of St. Albert. While there is much more work to be done, the historical and continued significance of First Nations and Metis peoples to St. Albert, and as caretakers of the land on which we live and work, was honoured and celebrated throughout the four-year term. This term continued the important work of walking the path to Reconciliation together as a community and embracing and celebrating Indigenous culture into everyday St. Albert life.
Council worked collaboratively with Sturgeon County in a new spirit of cooperation to agree to an annexation of new lands for St. Albert that will not only provide needed room for City growth but allow for the development of lands which will spur the construction of significant regional roadway projects.
Council also worked collaboratively with the Province of Alberta and Edmonton to facilitate the twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive from 137 avenue to LeClair Way. The work to continue the construction of the extra lanes from LeClair Way to McKenny Ave is ongoing, with bridge elements to complete the four-lane crossing of the Sturgeon River to be completed over the winter months of 2021/2022.
Council developed a fiscally responsible plan to meet the need for expanded library services in the north of St. Albert by authorizing the addition of a small branch library in the Jensen Lakes development.
The last four years were extremely busy for Council with many successes and challenges. Yet, despite the challenge posed by the truly horrible COVID-19 pandemic, which brought such pain and sorrow to our community, the citizens of this fair city persevered and overcame the burdens posed by efforts to contain the disease. Navigating the complexities of developing civic policy to meet community needs was particularly challenging for Council as widely divergent, yet passionately held personal opinions were held by many St. Albert residents. Yet, it is incredibly gratifying that St. Albert is one of the leaders in Alberta in vaccination rates. This fact truly demonstrates this community’s determination to conquer this virus. While the effects of this pandemic are not completely in the past and care and vigilance is still required, perhaps hope for a full recovery is soon possible.