Mayor Brian Bowman, the City’s first Aboriginal Mayor, was elected as the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg in a landslide victory on October 22nd, 2014.
Brian is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a City that works better for every citizen. He is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg, a city that is open, transparent, that has improved infrastructure, safer communities, and a real long-term economic plan for the future.
Prior to entering the race for Winnipeg’s mayor, Brian Bowman was the Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in launching the Winnipeg BOLD Initiative. This community driven think tank brought about the creation of YES! Winnipeg, The World Trade Centre, and the Centralia Conference showcasing Winnipeg to 600 companies from 30 different countries.
As a national leader in the emerging fields of social media, access to information, and privacy law, Brian used his role as a partner at one of Winnipeg’s top law firms to protect victims of cyber-bullying and for the protection of individuals personal rights. As the Chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), Brian led a vision that saw an increase in visibility and accessibility for the WAG that resulted in greater programming for school children and a variety of non-profit community partners. This vision also helped the organization continue to see strong surpluses and greater overall community engagement. Brian has served many more not-for-profit community organizations including Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Manitoba Naturalists Society. He has served as President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, and has assisted the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba.
Brian grew up in a working-class family in Winnipeg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv) in history and political studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto. A husband, father and devoted dad, Brian and his wife Tracy are the proud parents of Hayden and Austin. Brian and his family regularly enjoy Blue Bomber and Jets games, and spending time outdoors with their family dog, Indiana, in the City’s many beautiful parks.