City Council

Spruce Grove City Council is comprised of one mayor and six councillors who serve four-year terms. There are no wards or political parties; instead, individuals put their names forward as candidates in each municipal election. Once elected, members of council are responsible to:

Members of City Council

The current members of Spruce Grove city council are:

Council Meetings

City Council typically meets three times per month (with the exception of July and August). Both City Council meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas are also made available online prior to each meeting. Individuals and groups are also able to make presentations during council meetings.

Meeting podcasts and summaries

Podcasts of the most recent City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are available online.

Inside Council Chambers, a brief summary of items discussed at the most recent City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings, is also available online.

Please note: Neither of these are the official meeting minutes. Official minutes are posted online once they have been approved by council.

Council Connection

Podcasts of the most recent City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings are available online.

Mayor Stuart Houston
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • July 1, 1977
Council history:
  • Alderman: 2001-2004 and 2004-2007
  • Mayor: 2007-2010, 2010-2013, 2013-2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Debra for 39 years
  • Three children: Cameron, Kyle, Kendra
  • Two grandchildren: Blake and Avery
Education:
  • Canadian Forces Commissioned Officer
  • Edmonton Flying Club commercial pilot licence
  • Aero Aviation Flying Academy Class 3 flying instructor
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - Structural ironworker
Current occupation: Mayor, City of Spruce Grove
Business and professional history:
  • Flying instructor - Aero Aviation Academy Edmonton
  • Structural ironworker - Canron Inc. Western Bridge Division
  • Triple 5 Corporation Structural Systems Supervisor - 1986-2016
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
  • Jubilee Park
  • Border Paving Athletic Centre
  • Fuhr Sports Park
  • Horizon Stage
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Henry Singer Park
  • Jack's Drive-in
Current community involvement: Member of the Spruce Grove Legion
Previous community involvement:
  • Minor Hockey coach for 12 years
  • Minor Hockey referee for 20 years
  • Director and manager for Spruce Grove Minor Ball for 17 years
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Queen's Commission in Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal - 2012
  • Alberta Parks and Recreation Healthy Active Community Award - Elected Official Category
Hobbies or interests:
  • International adventure trekking
  • Road cycling
  • Snow skiing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Wakeboarding
  • Hockey and baseball fan
Councillor Jeff Acker
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • 1976
Council history:
  • Alderman: 2007-2010, 2010-2013
Family/pets:
  • Married to Jodie
  • One daughter: Sophia
  • Pets: Cinderella (turtle) and Rufus (dog)
Education:
  • NAIT - Computer Systems Technician
Current occupation: Owner (Broadport Canada Inc) Web Application Developer
Business and professional history:
  • Small business owner since 1996
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Green spaces
  • Trail system
  • Jubilee Park
Previous community involvement:
  • Past chair - St. Thomas Aquinas Parent Council
  • Past chair - St. Joseph Parent Council
  • St. Joseph School Playground Society member
  • Served on most boards and committees during previous council terms (Spruce Grove Public Library, TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, Water Commission, Waste Minimization, Capital Region Board Land Use, Capital Region Board Regional Transit, etc.)
Hobbies or interests:
  • Camping
  • Travelling
  • Reading
Councillor Michelle Gruhlke
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • 2009
Family/pets:
  • Married to Troy
  • Pets: Sadie and Callie
Education:
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Current occupation: Owner and operator of Cartridge Express
Business and professional history:
  • Cartridge Express since 2004
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement: Member at large on the Municipal Affairs Committee through the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce
Previous community involvement:
  • Member, board member, past-president (2015-2016) and president (2013-2014) of the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce
Hobbies or interests:
  • Pottery
Councillor Chantal McKenzie
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • Born in Spruce Grove
Family/pets:
  • Married to Angus
  • Three children: Kaylyn, Connor and Lauren
Education:
  • Professional engineer
Current occupation: Business owner of The Beer Shak, That Yoga Place and Phoenix Physical Therapy
Business and professional history:
  • Professional engineer, City of Spruce Grove
  • Al-Terra Engineering Ltd.
  • Alberta Transportation
  • City of Edmonton, Transportation Department
  • Parkland County, Engineering Department
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Jubilee Park
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
Current community involvement:
  • Girl Guides leader
  • Spruce Grove Ringette bingo coordinator 
  • Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce - member liaison between the chamber and the City Centre Business Association
Previous community involvement:
  • Girl Guides commissioner
  • Past ladies president of the Spruce Grove Curling Club
Hobbies or interests:
  • Dancing
  • Golfing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Being involved in my kids' activities
Councillor Dave Oldham
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • 1977
Family/pets:
  • Married to Robyn
  • Two daughters: Neveah and Zoe
  • Pet: A chocolate lab named Quito
Education:
  • Combined Education/Physical Education Degree - University of Alberta
Current occupation: Teacher
Business and professional history:
  • Teacher with Parkland School Division since 2001
  • MacEwan University Women's Basketball Coach - 2015-2016
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • Horizon Stage
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement:
  • Spruce Grove Minor Soccer coach
  • Parkland Community Basketball coach
  • Founder and Director of the Children of Ecuador organization
Previous community involvement:
  • Children of Ecuador Founder and Director - 2004-present
  • Several years of community level, junior high and high school coaching
  • Volunteer for an array of events and activities in Spruce Grove
  • Volunteer with Spruce Grove Snow Angels program
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • 2014 Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year finalist
  • 2015 Rotary Club of Spruce Grove Integrity Award winner
  • 2015 Alberta Shooting Stars Basketball Coach Hall of Fame
Hobbies or interests:
  • Travelling
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Reading
  • Coaching
Councillor Wayne Rothe
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • 1975
Council history:
  • Alderman: 1995-1998, 1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2004-2007, 2007-2010, 2010-2013, 2013-2017
Family/pets:
  • Married to Karen
  • Two children
  • One grandson
Education:
  • Post-secondary
  • CFP designation
Current occupation: Certified Financial Planner
Business and professional history:
  • Financial planning since 1994
  • Journalist
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Heritage Grove Park trail system
  • Spruce Grove Public Library
  • TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
Current community involvement:
  • Member of the Spruce Grove Public Library Board
  • Member of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre Board
  • Member of the Community Policing Committee
Previous community involvement:
  • Spruce Grove Public Library Board
  • Recreation Board
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Completed four marathons, including two in under three hours
Hobbies or interests:
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Life-long learning
  • History and culture
Councillor Erin Stevenson
Resident of Spruce Grove since:
  • 1980
Family/pets:
  • Two dogs - Marley and Dexter
Education:
  • Master of Arts Integrated Studies - Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies - Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Arts Diploma - MacEwan University
  • Radio and Television Arts Diploma - NAIT
  • Data Analytics Award of Achievement Certificate - University of British Columbia
  • Women in Leadership Certificate - Cornell University
Current occupation: Manager of Marketing and Social Media, Athabasca University
Business and professional history:
  • Owner, EMS Creative Inc. - 2012-2014
  • Marketing and sales specialist, Nuna Innovations - 2013
Favourite amenities in Spruce Grove:
  • Jubilee Park
  • Ken Morrison/REMAX Excellence Spray Park with my nieces and nephews
  • The Spruce Grove Public Markets
Current community involvement:
  • Volunteer with the Tour of Alberta in 2015 and 2017
  • Member of the Women 100 Who Care in the Tri-Region
Previous community involvement:
  • Involved as youth group member and church stage production (at Horizon Stage) with United Church and the Christian Fellowship Church
  • Assistant coach for the 2003/2004 SGCHS senior girls volleyball team
Notable accomplishments and awards:
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School Valedictorian - 1994
  • Spruce Grove Composite High School Co-President - 1993-1994
  • Student of the Year (Leadership Award) - 1999
  • Served three terms on the Students' Association of MacEwan University as both president and vice-president - 1998-2001
  • Completed Everest Base Camp Trek (22 days and 300 km) - 2011
  • AMPIA award winner for best interactive website - 2012
Hobbies or interests:
  • Founding member of local wine club "The Grape Escape"
  • Completed Level 1 - Wine Sommelier Guild
  • Certified Organic Master Gardener (Multicultural Heritage Centre and GAIA)

Please note: The website and social media links listed on this page are maintained by the individual council members.