Due to higher voter volume this evening at both voting locations the unofficial election results will likely be available by 10 p.m. Unofficial election results will be tabulated after polls close and posted at the page below: 

Unofficial results

Meet Your Council

Okotoks Town Council consists of a Mayor and six Councillors.  The current Council was elected on October 16, 2017 for a term of four years. The Mayor is the Chief Elected Official of the municipality and has the duties of both Councillor and Chief Elected Official. A rotation for each Member of Council to serve as Deputy Mayor is established by Council. 

2017-2021 Deputy Mayor Schedule

Corresponding with Council

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. These packages are posted on the Town of Okotoks website for public viewing. 

  1. Council has Administrative staff who are available to assist residents with their inquiries. Contact the Legislative and Policy Services team through the online form and a response, if required, will be forthcoming. If you are providing a comment, thank you for taking the time to contact the Town of Okotoks.  

  2. To contact Okotoks Town Council as a group (which includes the Legislative Services team), please use the online form and select – Council from the drop-down menu.
  3. Contact individual Council members using the Contact button provided in the "READ BIO" sections below.  Responses by individual Councillors will be provided at their discretion.  

Council Biographies


Mayor Bill Robertson

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Mayor: 2010-2021
Council member: 1995-2010

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Nelson Mandela

It is with great sadness that the Town of Okotoks announces the passing of Mayor Bill Robertson on July 7 after a brave battle with cancer.

“On behalf of Town Council we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Elaine, their children Michael, Jeffery and Bradley and all members of his family,” said Deputy Mayor Florence Christophers. “Bill will be profoundly missed, both as a great leader in our community and as a mentor and a friend.”

Mayor Robertson was first elected to Council in 1995 and served continuously for more than a quarter of a century. He served five terms as a councillor before being elected mayor in 2010, and re-elected for two more terms in 2013 and 2017. During his tenure, Okotoks grew from a small town of less than 10,000 to almost 30,000 people and experienced significant changes. 

Some major milestones during his time on Council included the construction of Drake Landing, which was the first solar community in North America, the opening of the Dawgs stadium, the expansion of the Pason Arenas, regional partnerships with Foothills County including the shared Regional Fieldhouse, Champion Park and, most recently, the long-awaited supplemental water solution through the regional water pipeline agreement. 

He was always ready to participate in activities to support the community include braving freezing temperatures for the annual United Way Roof Top Rescue fundraiser, participating in annual events such as the parade and Light Up Okotoks, and sharing his passion for the community with visitors from around the world. 

As a retired teacher, his passion for teaching transferred to his life of public service with his commitment to supporting youth and engaging them as important members of the Okotoks community. He enthusiastically volunteered to visit classrooms or host groups of students who visited the Municipal Centre, always with a pocketful of Okotoks pencils and pins to share. 

“He was a tireless advocate for our community and contributed greatly to the success Okotoks and the region over the years,” said CAO Elaine Vincent “His leadership, warmth, respect and compassion were felt by all who had the opportunity to interact with him.”


Councillor Florence Christophers

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Florence and her family have been residents of Okotoks since 2008. She is happily married to Sean Christophers and together they parent a teenage daughter who attends Holy Trinity Academy.

Florence has sat on over 50 different committees in a variety of municipalities including serving on Okotoks Town Council from 2010-2013, and now after winning a seat at the Council table in 2017. 

She has spent the last twenty years in community development roles at the local, provincial and national level. Florence has an undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She was a sessional Instructor at the University of Lethbridge as well as at the Lethbridge College between 2003-2007.

She has been a small business owner for over 14 years and is currently CEO of her own coaching consulting company.  Florence is a lover of the great outdoors and an avid reader.  She polishes off about 30 non-fiction books a year on topics that range from health, wellness, business, economic development, technology and science.

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    Cell: 403-540-0648

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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 in 2013.  Ken loves to assistant coach his son's Okotoks Minor Hockey team.

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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 is now at the City of Calgary.  Matt is currently serving his third term on Council and previously served as a citizen member of the Okotoks Municipal Planning Commission.

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    Cell: 403-620-1446

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Councillor Ed Sands

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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 eighth 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.

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    Phone: 403-540-9163

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Councillor Tanya Thorn

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Tanya was first elected as a Councillor with the Town of Okotoks in 2013. She attributes her family’s strong interest and involvement in politics growing up for instilling in her the desire to be involved in the shaping of her community.

Tanya has a strong belief in the power of community. It has been a central factor in her personal life and her political career. Being involved in Municipal Government has allowed her the opportunity to directly influence the quality of life for her family, friends and neighbors. In her opinion, it is the most responsive and impactful level of government to be involved with.

Tanya has lived and worked in Okotoks for 30 years. And her love for her community has been proven in her commitments to the Alberta Water Council, Sheep River Health Trust and working hard as Director, Towns South on the board of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. While she is always working in the best interests of Okotoks, Tanya understands that what benefits her home community can also benefit others across Alberta.

Tanya’s reputation for problem-solving was developed in her years in the IT industry. She seeks out the optimal solutions to complex community issues and forges forward to enact change that will help Okotoks thrive now and well into the future. It’s something she does for her daughter and for the people who look to her for grounded, reasoned solutions that will help build a stronger community.

As a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Political Science program, she has been very effective in navigating changes in provincial government and shepherding important issues such as water resource concerns, economic development, and creating more transparency and open dialogue in government.

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    Phone: 403-860-7342

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Councillor Ray Watrin

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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.

First elected to Okotoks Town Council as a Councillor in 2010, Ray is now serving his third term. 

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    Cell: 403-650-9544

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