Michael Walters is an constructive, creative and collaborative community builder.
Michael is known as a creative problem solver and relationship builder, never afraid to face down any serious community or public policy challenge.
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 spent a number of years working as a policy and public engagement consultant in Edmonton and across Alberta.
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, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, 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.