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Council Profiles

When corresponding with Members of Council, please consider that public input, feedback or presentations to Council or any of Council’s Boards and Committees in the form of letters, emails, or in person may become part of the public record and may be published in a Council agenda package which is posted on the Town of Okotoks website for public viewing. 

Council has Administrative staff available to assist residents with their inquiries and information requests, as follows:
Email the Municipal Secretary  or phone 403-938-8905
Email the Assistant Municipal Secretary or phone 403-995-2784
Email the Council Assistant or phone 403-995-2756

We encourage citizens to contact Legislative and Policy Services  or Town Council  for inquiries.  A response will be sent within 48 hours during regular business hours.  Email addresses are provided below for each individual Council Member with responses provided by individual Councillors at their discretion.

Mayor Bill Robertson

Mayor Bill Robertson

  • Business 403-938-8904
    Residence 403-938-2766
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Bill has been an Okotoks resident for the past 35 years. He is happily married to Elaine and they have three grown sons Michael, Jeffrey and Bradley. They are also proud grandparents to Mason, Jace and Brady. Shady the dog (fully licensed) is also an integral family member. Bill has served as Town Councillor since 1995 and is excited to be serving in his second term as the Mayor of Okotoks.

Educated at the University of Calgary, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Education. Bill taught in the Okotoks elementary school system for thirty-three years.

Bill has a strong interest in preserving the pristine beauty of the Sheep River Valley; enhancing the Okotoks Commercial tax base; and ensuring public safety. He thoroughly enjoys the challenges of building a healthy, vibrant community as your Mayor.

Councillor Carrie Fischer

  • Cell 403-370-2726
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Carrie and her husband, Chris, were given the opportunity to relocate their family about five years ago and chose Okotoks because it immediately felt like home. Carrie quickly became deeply involved in the community with their three young children volunteering at the school, in the Municipal Planning Commission, in Okotoks Minor Hockey and in several community events. Carrie believes strongly that you are either part of the problem, or part of the solution and works hard to create solutions that facilitate a strong, healthy community for her children (and others) to grow up in.

Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences. She has previous experience on council in Redwater where her family lived before moving to Okotoks. Among her many other responsibilities, during that time Carrie was actively involved in the building process of the Transit and GIS plans associated with the Capital Region Board (CRB) and attended the majority of the CRB meetings as alternate to the Mayor. That experience broadened her perspective on municipal issues allowing her to focus both on her own community and how her community fits into the wider context of a region. When not involved with her council and volunteer responsibilities, Carrie is dedicated to raising her three young children.

Carrie is committed to maintaining the culture and uniqueness of Okotoks as we build a strong future for this growing community.

Councillor Ken Heemeryck

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Living in Okotoks for 30 plus years, Ken is married to Melanie and they are raising two amazing kids in the best community in Canada. Growing up in Okotoks, Ken enjoyed many years of playing on local sports teams and he is a long time member of the Okotoks Curling Club and Turner Valley Golf Club.

After graduating from Foothills Composite High School, Ken obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and a post-graduate business certificate from the University of British Columbia. Employed as a Property Valuation professional, Ken appraises commercial buildings, residential houses and land in Okotoks and area.

Ken served as a citizen member of the Town of Okotoks Subdivision and Appeal Board before becoming a Town Councillor.  Ken is Head Coach of his son's Okotoks Minor Hockey team.

Ken is also a small business owner in the heart of Olde Towne Okotoks, owning Starcast Dance Academy with his wife.

Councillor Matt Rockley

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Matt and his wife, Cory, both grew up in Okotoks and have three young children, Ava, Cale and Violet. Matt has a deep connection with the community of Okotoks. As a child, Matt proudly represented Okotoks on many sports teams. In his youth, he was Big Rocky, the Town Mascot at community events and was also a Tourist Information Councillor for the Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Okotoks.

After graduating from the Foothills Composite High School, Matt attended the University of Lethbridge where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Studies.  After university Matt worked for the Town of Okotoks as a Development Project Planner for five years, and then at the City of Calgary as a Urban Planner for seven years.  Currently, Matt is the Publisher of the Okotoks Western Wheel newspaper.  Matt served as a citizen member of the Okotoks Municipal Planning Commission before his election onto Okotoks Town Council.

Councillor Ed Sands

  • Home 403-938-3013
    Business 403-938-2065
    Cell 403-540-9163
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Ed has been a businessman and chiropractic health professional in the Okotoks community since 1980. He is married with two grown children. As a resident of Okotoks for over 30 years, he has been a member of the Okotoks business community as a Chiropractor.

After serving on the Board of Directors of the High River Hospital & Nursing Home for seven years, Ed pursued a position on the Okotoks Town Council. First elected in 1995, Ed is currently serving his seventh term as a Councillor.

The most rewarding aspect of public service for Ed is the opportunity to work with a knowledgeable and innovative team of dedicated administrative professionals. The satisfaction of finding creative solutions to unique challenges, and contributing to the future of this beautiful community encourages Ed through the ups and downs of some of the more mundane council requirements.

Ed has a keen interest in community theatre projects. He is the Technical Director and President of the Dewdney Players Group Theatre and a volunteer musician at the High River Hospital.

Councillor Tanya Thorn

  • Cell 403-860-7342
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Tanya's family moved to Okotoks in 1989. Attending the University of Calgary, Tanya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has worked in our community since 1999 with an Agricultural Technology Software organization. This experience has given her a wide range of knowledge in creative solutions, advanced problem solving and balancing interests of many stakeholders. Currently, Tanya is working with the Sheep River Health Trust in fund development.

Tanya is married to Corey and blessed with a daughter, Emma. Tanya has been actively involved in the community through Okotoks Rotary Pub Club, Ladies Slo-pitch and Volleyball, Cattleman's Chautauqua, Foothill Highland Games to name a few. She is passionate about Okotoks and working to maintain the quality of life she has enjoyed over the past 24 years while ensuring we are building a community that our future generations can thrive in.

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Councillor Ray Watrin

  • Cell 403-650-9544
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Ray Watrin is a native to the Okotoks area with family history and tradition in the Foothills. As a former All Canadian All Star with the Montreal Alouettes, Ray started in five Grey Cups, winning two. As a former Foothills Composite High School Coach, Councillor and Math Teacher, he created the first Falcon Football Team coaching them to several undefeated seasons and Provincial Championships. Ray is now retired from teaching.

Ray is the father of three young adults who are married and have blessed him with eight beautiful grandchildren. He is engaged to former Mayor of Okotoks, Sandi Kennedy.  From his CFL career, he returned 28 years ago to Okotoks to teach and make this community his home. Ray's passion is people and giving back to Okotoks; working for quality family ideals and community values in our pristine district.

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