The Board of Directors sets policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members. It meets quarterly to develop policy positions on key national municipal issues.

During the quarterly meetings, the various standing committees meet to discuss and develop policy positions on these key issues. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Directors who discuss and adopt the recommendations.

All positions on FCM's  Board of Directors are filled by election on an annual basis, with the exception of those designated for affiliate members and the immediate past president, as outlined in the FCM by-laws, during the Annual Conference.

The president, first vice-president, second vice-president and third vice-president are elected at large. The position of immediate past president is an automatic succession.

FCM's Annual Conference provides member delegates the opportunity to debate and vote on policy matters for the coming year.


FCM President Bill Karsten is a councillor for the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. He was first elected to council in 2004, and has since been re-elected three times. He represents the residents of District 3 (Dartmouth South–Eastern Passage).


First Vice-President

FCM First Vice-President Garth Frizzell is a councillor for the City of Prince George, British Columbia. He was first elected to council in 2008, and is currently serving his fourth term. He chairs the city’s finance and audit committee.


Second Vice-President

FCM Second Vice-President Joanne Vanderheyden is the mayor of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc, Ontario. She’s served as mayor since 2010. She’s also a councillor for Middlesex County, Ontario, and former chair of the Middlesex-London Health Unit.


Third Vice-President

FCM Third Vice-President Darren Hill has been a councillor for the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for 13 years. He’s the council lead on economic development, and chair of the Planning, Development and Community Services Committee.


Past President

FCM Past President Vicki-May Hamm has been the mayor of the City of Magog, Quebec, since 2009. She also serves on the executive committee of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ).


Upcoming Conferences

Annual Conference and Trade Show
June 3-6 or June 10-13, 2021
Montreal, QC – Dates to be confirmed in the fall of 2020
June 2-5, 2022
Regina, SK

Sustainable Communities Conference
October 20–22, 2020
Virtual event

Join us online for FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference, Canada’s leading sustainability event for municipal leaders and practitioners.

Board of Directors Meeting

November 23–27, 2020
Ottawa, ON
March 9–12, 2021
Prince George, BC
September 14–17, 2021
Brandon, MB

Advocacy Days

November 23–27, 2020
Ottawa, ON

Each November, FCM's elected board members from across Canada converge on Ottawa for several intensive days of meetings with parliamentarians.

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