City Council

Mayor Irvine Ferris

iferris@city-plap.com
Member: Finance, Legislative & Property Committee, City Planning & Economic Development Committee, Public Safety Committee, Waterworks Committee, Transportation Committee, Community Services Committee
Director: Portage Regional Recreation Authority, Portage & District Hospital Foundation, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, Portage la Prairie Planning District
Representative: Budget Committee, City Manager’s Evaluation, Emergency Control Group, Tax Sharing Committee

City Councillor Brent Budz

Councillor & Deputy Mayor Brent Budz

bbudz@city-plap.com
Chairperson:
 Finance, Legislative & Property Committee
Second: 
City Planning & Economic Development Committee
Director: 
Portage Regional Recreation Authority, Portage Regional Economic Development, Portage la Prairie Planning District
Representative: 
Budget Committee, City Manager’s Evaluation, Emergency Control Group, Tax Sharing Committee

City Councillor Melissa Draycott

Councillor Melissa Draycott

Councillor Melissa Draycott resigned from City Council, effective Friday May 6, 2022. Her position will remain vacant until the October 2022 election.

City Councillor Ryan Espey

Councillor Ryan Espey

respey@city-plap.com
Chairperson: Transportation Committee
Second: 
Finance, Legislative & Property Committee
Director: 
Portage Regional Recreation Authority, Portage la Prairie Planning District Board
Representative: 
Budget Committee, City Manager’s Evaluation, Emergency Control Group, Board of Revision, Tax Sharing Committee, Parks Committee

City Councillor Sharilyn Knox

Councillor Sharilyn Knox

sknox@city-plap.com

Chairperson: Public Safety Committee
Second: 
Community Services Committee
Director: Regional Landfill Authority, RCMP Community Consultative Committee, Regional Library Board
Representative: 
Budget Committee, City Manager’s Evaluation, Emergency Control Group, Tax Sharing Committee, Portage Urban Indigenous People’s Coalition

City Councillor Preston Meier

Councillor Preston Meier

pmeier@city-plap.com

Chairperson: City Planning & Economic Development Committee, Board of Revision
Second:
Transportation Committee
Observer: Chamber of Commerce and Positively Portage
Director: Regional Landfill Authority, Portage Regional Economic Development, Heartland Community Futures,
Representative:
Budget Committee, City Manager’s Evaluation, Emergency Control Group, Tax Sharing Committee, Public Art Committee, Portage Urban Indigenous People’s Coalition

City Councillor Wayne Wall

Councillor Wayne Wall

Councillor Wayne Wall served on Council until his passing on February 11, 2022. This position will remain vacant until the October 2022 election.

Youth Member of Council

City Council sees value in having a Youth Member of Council in order to build interest and knowledge of municipal government in today’s youth. A Youth Member will be selected at the beginning of each school year and will remain until the last meeting of Council in the following August. For more information on the Youth Member of Council position contact the Manager of Administration at 204-239-8337 or info@city-plap.com

Youth Councillor Jessica Ramachandran

Council Information

Council Newsletter: Council Briefs – Winter 2022

Council Ad Hoc Committees: Council appoints several committees each year which includes the Municipal Heritage Committee, Public Art Committee and Portage Parks Committee.

Administrative Contacts

City Manager: Nathan Peto
Director of Corporate Services: Cathie McFarlane
Director of Operations:  Jocelyn Lequier-Jobin
Director of Utility: Karly Friesen
Director of Public Safety / Fire Chief: Phil Carpenter