Wes Brodhead moved to St. Albert in 1980, shortly after marrying his wife Marilyn. Over the last 37 years, Wes and Marilyn, raised two children (Aaron and Stephanie), who are both married and living in St. Albert. They have been blessed with four grandchildren, Owen, Baya, Griffin and Connor.
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 and other ad hoc committees as required.
Notable accomplishments for Wes during this term:
Successfully advocated for the construction of Northridge Phase II – a $9Million Seniors Affordable Housing development consisting of 42 housing units.
Spearheaded the merger of Sturgeon Foundation and Westlock Foundation to form Homeland Foundation. Served as Chair of the Merger Implementation Committee.
Successfully advocated for the creation of an St. Albert/Edmonton regional commuter task force with the intent to form a single operating entity to provide commuter transit services in the region.
As Chair of the CRB Transit Committee, successfully raised the profile of public transportation in Alberta such that the Government of Alberta, Alberta Transportation is drafting, for the first time, a provincial public transit policy in support of transit services within the province.
Successfully moved the passage of a St. Albert Train Whistle Cessation Bylaw. This Bylaw will come into effect with the final construction of required rail crossing safety infrastructure.
Over the course of Wes’s second term, The City of St. Albert experienced sustainable growth. Wes was pleased to support Council decisions that spurred significant new development in St. Albert including Jensen Lakes, Amacon Developments, Botanical, Cape Developments, Cidex Multi-Family Developments, expansion of Costco site developments, a new Landmark Cinema and others. These decisions allow for new and innovative housing stock to be constructed in St. Albert. Council decisions were made that defended the integrity of the R1 zoning classifications. Council decisions were made that realized the construction of 4 new schools in St. Albert, a commitment to future generations. Council decisions to pave the way for new growth in west St. Albert with the authorization of the construction of Project 9 (a sanitary trunk line that was necessary to service new developments). Council worked collaboratively with Sturgeon County in a new spirit of cooperation to create the framework for a boundary adjustment that will serve the needs of Sturgeon County and provide land and affordable off-site levies for the City of St. Albert.
Council made the hard choice to begin the process of tackling the need for a new civic library and recreational facilities. Council also created the environment to examine new and innovative funding and operating models for such facilities that would engage not-for-profit organizations and other stakeholders to address the needs of the community in the most-cost efficient and affordable manner.
The last four years were extremely busy for Council with many successes and challenges. Yet despite the weakened economy that affected Alberta over the last term, St. Albert was once again voted as the best City in which to live in Alberta.