City Council

IQALUIT CITY COUNCIL

Iqaluit city council is comprised of the Mayor and eight city councillors who serve a four-year term.

Members of the city council meet at regularly scheduled council meetings throughout the year, as well as a special council meeting as needed.

 

Mayor Kenny Bell

 

Kenny Bell was born in Inuvik and moved to Iqaluit in 1986. During that time, he has seen the capital of Nunavut grow from 2,500 to 8,500.

During this time, Kenny has worked as the Liquor Inspector and Chief Liquor Inspector with the Government of Nunavut. In addition, he has served on the Iqaluit Housing Board and volunteered with the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre. From 2012-2015, he served as a City Councilor and in 2019 elected as the Mayor of Iqaluit.

MayorBell@iqaluit.ca

Chair- Public Safety Committee

 

Deputy Mayor Solomon Awa

Solomon Awa was born in a sod house nearby Igloolik. From a very young age, he has been curious about everything; he even disassembled his sister’s toy sewing machine -something his sister was very mad about. Solomon picked up many traditional skills from his parents and loves to tell the stories that he learnt from his father. He tells stories to the general public, day cares, and schools; and has also taught at arctic college about traditional knowledge.

Solomon currently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut with his wife, Jodi, and their two teenage children. He also has five adult children, from his first marriage, along with several grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Council Committees
Vice-chair, Planning and Development Committee
Chairperson, Recreation

S.Awa@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor Joanasie Akumalik 

Council Committees
Vice-chair, Engineering and Public Works Committee
Chair, Planning and Development Committee
Chairperson, Cemetery
Vice-chair, Taxi Review

J.Akumalik@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor Sheila Flaherty

Sheila has worked extensively in Indigenous and Inuit governance, including being President of Tungasuvvingat Inuit and a founding member of the Ottawa Aboriginal Head Start Program. She has a B.Soc.Sci degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ottawa.

In Sheila’s creative life, she attended the Centre for Indigenous Theatre summer intensive program and went on to act in various stage plays in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. She also wrote, directed, produced and edited a 33-minute 16mm short dramatic film and has 100 hours of TV production credits.

Since competing on MasterChef Canada in 2017, she has become renowned in the culinary arts industry and looks forward to establishing sijjakkut, a 100% Inuit owned company that focuses itself on Inuit food menus.

Currently, Sheila is enrolled in Pirurvik’s Aurniarvik program to strengthen her Inuktut language.

Sheila lives in the sijjanga area in Iqaluit with her husband, Johnny.

Council Committees
Vice-chair, Economic Development and Strategic Planning

S.Flaherty@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor Simon Nattaq
S.Nattaq@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor Kyle Sheppard

Born and raised in Southern Ontario, Kyle began his banking career with the Royal Bank of Canada in early 2002. He relocated to Rankin Inlet in 2003, where he made the north his home, met his wife and started their family.

Kyle served one term as a Hamlet Councillor in Rankin Inlet and worked in Yellowknife for three years before moving to Iqaluit in 2016 for his current role in Commercial Banking. Kyle was elected to City Council in April 2017 and re-elected in 2019. Kyle was an Ex-Officio member of the Uquutaq Society board, representing the City.

In his free time, Kyle likes to be on the land hunting and fishing with his family.

Council Committees
Chair, Finance
Chairperson, Taxi Review
Vice-Chairperson, Grievance

K.Sheppard@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor Romeyn Stevenson

Romeyn is a father to four adult children and a grandfather to two girls.  For twenty years, he was an educator in Nunavut. Romeyn has been an Iqaluit City Councilor since 2009, including a term as Deputy Mayor.

He currently works for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and is passionate about making the City of Iqaluit a brighter, better place to live. 

Council Committees
Chair, Engineering and Public Works Committee
Co-chair, Finance
Chairperson, Development Appeal Board

R.Stevenson@iqaluit.ca

 

Councillor John Fawcett

John has called Iqaluit home since March, 2006. After working at The Royal Canadian Legion and Twilight Security for a few years, in 2009 he pursued an Applied Audio Recording Diploma from The Audio Recording Academy of Canada, located in Ottawa. John returned to Iqaluit in 2010 and in 2011 attended the Computer Systems Technician (CST) Program offered at Nunavut Arctic College (NAC), graduating among the top of his class in 2013. After a brief period working as a casual at the Government of Nunavut’s Infomatics Planning and Services division, he started his career at Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) as an IT professional. John left NTI in 2015 to teach an offering of the CST program at NAC, the same program he graduated from 3 years before. After completing his contract with Nunavut Arctic College, John worked for the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB) for one year, then returned to NTI as the Information Systems Manager where he is currently employed.

Alongside of his college diploma’s, John holds several technical accreditations and certificates. Among these, he is a certified SharePoint Server Farm Specialist and has a certificate from Harvard University in Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation.

John is a strong believer that Family and Community come before anything else. He is a proud Husband, and Father to two boys.

Volunteering his time on several Boards of Directors over the years, he currently sits as one of Nunavut Tunngavik’s representatives on the National Inuit Data Management Committee, and acts as a technical advisor to many organizations around Iqaluit. John also spends a lot of his free time lobbying for enhanced internet infrastructure in Nunavut.

Council Committees
Chair, Economic Development and Strategic Planning

J.Fawcett@iqaluit.ca