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Mayor Brian Bowman was elected in a landslide victory on October 22nd, 2014 to become the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg.
Brian is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a city that works better for every citizen and is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg through greater openness, transparency, and accessibility. He is committed to developing a long-term economic plan for the future, improving infrastructure, and building safer communities to create a more innovative, diverse, and engaging city.
Since becoming Mayor, Brian has passionately worked towards fixing Winnipeg’s racism problem – changing the city’s label by Maclean’s magazine as “most racist city in Canada” to “a leader in fixing Canada’s racism problem” in the span of one year. Brian himself is Métis, and is the nation’s first Aboriginal mayor. He believes in making Winnipeg a safe and respectful place for all its residents– regardless of race, culture, religion, or sexual orientation.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Brian was a partner at one of Winnipeg’s top law firms, and a national leader in the emerging fields of social media, access to information, and privacy law. He used his role as partner to protect victims of cyber-bullying and for the protection of individuals’ personal rights.
He has served and advocated for the community in his many leadership positions within a variety of organizations, including Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), and President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, as well as serving not-for-profits including Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Manitoba Naturalists Society. His work with the Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in launching the Winnipeg BOLD Initiative, which brought about the creation of YES!Winnipeg, The World Trade Centre, and the Centralia Conference that showcased Winnipeg to 600 companies from 30 different countries.
Growing up in a working-class family in Winnipeg, he and his wife Tracy are proud parents to sons Hayden and Austin. The family regularly enjoys attending Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jets games, as well as spending time outdoors in the City’s many beautiful parks with their dog, Indiana.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv) in history and political studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto.