Michael Walters is serving in first term on Edmonton City Council. He was elected in October 2013.
Michael is known as a constructive, creative and collaborative community builder and political leader.
Prior to elected political life Michael spent a number of years as a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Public Policy Consultant in Edmonton and across Alberta.
Early in his career, as director of the Community Action Project in North Central Edmonton, he led a team to redevelop hundreds of derelict homes, inspire new economic activity, and transform a neighbourhood.
His approach to homelessness at the Bissell Centre was similar: he helped men and women in the inner city struggling with housing and mental illness issues become leaders and together they made homelessness an issue governments now take seriously.
At a time when nearly everyone said it was impossible to include urban agriculture as a part of Edmonton’s growth strategy, Michael led the Greater Edmonton Alliance to convince city council to create the Citywide Food and Agricultural Strategy.
Michael received the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal in 2000 for his work with the homeless. In 2009, he was chosen as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue Magazine. He was also named one of Alberta Venture’s Next 10 most influential Albertans in 2013.
In his role as City Councillor for Ward 10, Michael sits on Edmonton’s Annexation Negotiating Committee, Capital Region Board Transit Committee serving as vice-chair, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the River Valley Alliance, and is also a Council lead on the city’s Housing, ELEVATE and Public Engagement Initiatives.
Michael is married to Kara, a registered nurse, and together they raise their two spectacular children Isaac and Samson in South Edmonton.