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July 2, 2019

Application Period Now Open to Candidates Interested in Becoming Winnipeg’s Next Chief Administrative Officer

Released: 8:48 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Candidates interested in becoming the City of Winnipeg’s next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) are encouraged to apply, Mayor Brian Bowman announced today.

“The application period is now open to receive applications to become the City of Winnipeg’s next Chief Administrative Officer,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I encourage eligible candidates from across Canada who are collaborative, innovative, and strategic thinkers to consider this important leadership opportunity.”

Harris Leadership Strategies is leading the recruitment effort. Input has been received; the position profile has been finalized, is posted publicly, and is being shared with prospective candidates.

The recruitment effort being led by Harris Leadership Strategies is national in scope. The position profile will be posted locally and nationally on over twelve online recruitment and job websites including The target date for receipt of applications is August 16, 2019.

Candidates interested in applying or wanting to request additional information on the position can do so by emailing , quoting project #19125.

In addition to conducting a national search to source eligible candidates, the consultant is also responsible for a host of services including:

  • Establishing screening and interview selection criteria;
  • Receiving and screening applications;
  • Creating interview material;
  • Identifying a minimum of five qualified, screened candidates; and
  • Conducting additional background checks and final reference checks on a preferred candidate.

The CAO recruitment committee is inclusive of both Executive Policy Committee (EPC) members as well as non-EPC members and includes Mayor Brian Bowman, Councillor Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan), Councillor Ross Eadie (Mynarski), Councillor Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), and Councillor Matt Allard (St. Boniface).

Once the consultant has screened and identified a minimum of five qualified candidates, the CAO recruitment committee is responsible for interviewing candidates together with the assistance of the City of Winnipeg’s Human Resource department.

The CAO recruitment committee has been tasked by Mayor Bowman with recommending to EPC the City of Winnipeg’s next CAO. Executive Policy Committee is then mandated by provincial legislation through The City of Winnipeg Charter to recommend appointments of statutory officers, including the CAO, to Council for their consideration.

The City of Winnipeg’s previous CAO retired May 24, 2019.

Executive Policy Committee unanimously recommended on May 7, 2019 that Council consider appointing Michael Ruta as interim CAO and Paul Olafson as interim Chief Financial Officer. These recommendations were approved by Council on May 16.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Lorne Avenue Fire

Released: 11:50 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 8:27 a.m. on July 2, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a single storey, multi-family residence on Lorne Avenue. Upon arrival, on scene crews encountered smoke coming from the windows and launched an offensive attack.  The fire was declared under control at 9:10 a.m. 

All seven occupants of the residence self-evacuated prior to the arrival of crews. One cat was located and brought to safety by firefighters. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

A WFPS vehicle sustained minor damage while on scene when another driver sideswiped it with their vehicle. Drivers are reminded to give emergency vehicles plenty of room, finding alternate routes whenever necessary.

Winnipeggers invited to 13th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on July 21 at the Living Prairie Museum

Released: 1:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Residents are invited to attend the Living Prairie Museum’s 13th Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.

This free event has many activities for all ages, including presentations by local scientists, storytelling, displays of live monarchs, crafts, guided hikes, a native prairie plant sale, and much more.

For more information, see: City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum

Follow the Living Prairie Museum on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

For more information about the Living Prairie Museum, visit City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: McGee Street Fire

Released: 8:38 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 5:43 p.m. on July 2, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to reports of a fire in a three-storey, six-unit apartment residence on McGee Street.  Upon arrival on scene crews found fire on the third floor and launched an offensive attack. The fire was declared under control at 6:08 p.m.  

Crews evacuated all residents from the structure. No injuries were reported. Most occupants will be able to return to their suites later this evening with the exception of those living in the suite where the fire originated and the suite directly below.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

July 3, 2019