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New FCM President Jenny Gerbasi ready to help shape Canada’s future (04/06/2017)

Members of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities elected Winnipeg city councillor and deputy mayor Jenny Gerbasi as their new president today. Gerbasi's election capped off a four-day conference that brought together more than 2,000 municipal leaders to strategize their nation-building priorities for the coming year.

Gerbasi has been active in municipal politics since 1998 and has served on FCM's Board of Directors for a decade. She takes the reins from Clark Somerville, who completed his one-year term as FCM President today, moving into the role of Past President.

"Under Clark's leadership, we've seen local governments taking their rightful place at the nation-building table," said Gerbasi. "From Hamilton to Hay River, cities and communities are where the best of this country unfolds. This is where we work, live and raise our families. And this is where we'll tackle our 21st century challenges on the road to a better Canada."

FCM members also elected the following additional Table Officers today:

  • Sylvie Goneau, a councillor from Gatineau, QC, as first vice-president
  • Bill Karsten, a councillor from Halifax, NS, as second vice-president                   
  • Garth Frizzell, a councillor from Prince George, BC, as third vice-president         

As the national voice of local government, FCM is governed by a 75-member Board of Directors that includes Table Officers, a representative of the Big City Mayors' Caucus and 68 directors elected from across all provinces and territories. Following elections today, FCM's board welcomed 12 new directors to its ranks.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians, in communities of all sizes. FCM will hold its next annual conference in June 2018 in Halifax.

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FCM Media Relations, (613) 907-6395,

Page Updated: 06/06/2018