Before being elected to Edmonton's City Council in 2007, Ben Henderson was very active in cultural and community-building in Edmonton. Henderson brings a master's degree in Fine Arts, years of experience as a theatre director, as well as involvement with the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council (as vice-president).
He has been a board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) since 2008, including 3 years as Chair of the Socio-Economic Policy Committee and representing FCM on the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health. He was also previously on the standing committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development. In 2015 he became chair of the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council.
Since being elected to Edmonton City Council in 2007, some of the many committees and initiatives Henderson has been involved in are:
- Inter City Forum on Social Policy — provincial chair
- Task Force on Contaminated Gas Stations — chair
- Utilities Committee — current chair
- Joint Committee on Stakeholder Involvement in the Planning Process
- Winter City Strategies Initiative
- Capital Region Waste Management Advisory Committee
- Poverty Elimination Initiative, among others.
A member of the Old Strathcona Foundation, he was also a vice-president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) for several years and chaired their Planning & Development Committee. He served on the City of Edmonton's Infrastructure and Technical Advisory Committee, also the Advisory Committee on Taxation of Non-Profits. He is trained and has worked in mediation and negotiation.
As a City Councillor, he represents Ward 8, which includes much of the mature south-central and east side of Edmonton.