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 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.

Deputy Mayor Kimberly Smith

Kimberly was born in Iqaluit.  She relocated with her family to Ottawa in 2005 before returning to Iqaluit in 2014 to pursue an apprenticeship as a Construction Electrician.  After attaining her Red Seal in 2018, she began working with the Government of Nunavut as a Structured Cabling and Fiber Optic Technician.  She is incredibly thankful for a career that has allowed her to visit and work in 24 out of 25 communities in Nunavut and soon hopes to be able to say she has been to all of them.   

Kimberly has served on the Board of Directors for Skills Canada Nunavut for the past six years and continues to do so.  She is proud to share and promote careers in trades and technology to students across Nunavut.

Council Committees

Chair, Planning and Development Committee of the Whole

Vice-Chair, Recreation Committee

Vice-chair, Grievance Committee

Vice-chair, Community Economic Development Committee

Council Member, Public Safety Committee


Alternate Deputy Mayor Harry Flaherty

Council Committees

Chair, Engineering and Public Works Committee of the Whole

Chair, Grievance Committee

Vice-Chair, Planning and Development Committee of the Whole

Vice-Chair, Finance Committee of the Whole


Councillor Amber Aglukark

Council Committees

Chair, Public Safety Committee

Council Member, Recreation Committee


Councillor Methusalah Kunuk

Council Committees

Chair, Cemetery Committee

Chair, Community Economic Development Committee

Vice-Chair, Engineering and Public Works Committee of the Whole

Vice-Chair, Taxi Review Committee


Councillor Simon Nattaq

Council Committees

Vice-Chair, Cemetery 

Mayor's Representative, Search and Rescue


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 Committee of the Whole

Chair, Taxi Review Committee

Council Member, Community Economic Development Committee


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, Board of Revision

Chair, Development Appeal Board


Councillor Samuel Tilley

Sam Tilley was born in Churchill, Manitoba, and spent most of his childhood living in Arviat and Rankin Inlet before relocating to Iqaluit in August of 2002. Councillor Tilley received his commercial helicopter license shortly after high school, which has allowed him to experience various parts of Canada through his training and flying experience. Now working with the Government of Nunavut procurement division, Sam specializes in air charters and search and rescue procurement.

In his free time, Sam likes playing squash, watching football, and enjoying time on the land hunting with his friends.

Council Committees

Chair, Recreation Committee

Vice-chair, Public Safety Committee