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Mayor Dan Kutcher
Mayor Dan Kutcher

Dan Kutcher was elected Mayor of the City of Summerside on November 7, 2022. He is a father and husband, lawyer, entrepreneur, volunteer and former political advisor.

Mayor Kutcher is an active Rotarian with the Summerside Rotary Club and former board Member with Easter Seals PEI and The Free Store. He has also served as President of the Harbourfront Theatre Board of Directors, President of the Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce and as a director with Downtown Summerside Inc. and Summerside Regional Development Corporation. Mayor Kutcher received a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for his community volunteering.

A graduate of Acadia University (BA hon., 2003) and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (JD, 2011), Mayor Kutcher earned his Law Degree with a specialization in Environmental Law. He is a recipient of the Dalhousie James Hendry Memorial Prize for International Environmental Law and has an International Food Law certificate from Michigan State University.

Prior to entering politics, Mayor Kutcher practiced law with the firm Cox and Palmer in St. John’s Newfoundland and Summerside PEI and has appeared before the Supreme Court of NL and PEI and the PEI Court of Appeal. He also previously established and operated South Central Kitchen & Provisions, a successful restaurant in downtown Summerside, and has served as a political advisor to the Minister of Industry (Canada) and Premier of Ontario and served as Chief of Staff to the Minster of Environment (Ontario).

Mayor Kutcher and his wife Dr. April MacPhee, Department Head of Pediatrics at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, have made and call Summerside home along with their two busy kids, Ayrton and Emilia.

Deputy Mayor / Councillor Cory Snow
Deputy Mayor / Councillor Cory Snow

Councillor Cory Snow successfully ran for Summerside Council in 2018 & 2022 in Ward 4 Clifton-Market. At the December 5, 2022 swearing-in ceremony, he was appointed Deputy Mayor, Vice Chair of Planning Board and Council Representative of Economic Development &Growth.

Cory resides in Ward 4 with his wife Colleen and two children Brayden and Brooklyn. Currently employed as General Manager with Masterbuilt Hotels. And previously worked with the Department of Justice and Public Safety working with children, youth and their families as a School Outreach Worker. Cory has worked in various roles with families throughout the Province of Prince Edward Island.

Other notable facts about Councillor Cory Snow:

  • Past Board President of the Summerside Boys & Girls Club
  • Previous committee Chair for Elm St. School Playground Fundraising Committee
  • Previously served as VP and a Board Member for the Summerside & Area Minor Hockey Association
Councillor Carrie Adams
Councillor Carrie Adams

Carrie was elected to represent Ward 8: Wilmot in 2018 and acclaimed in 2022.

She has been a Government of Prince Edward Island employee since 2009. Areas of employment experience have been with the Western School Board, English Language School Board, Treasury Board Secretariat, Department of Transportation, Infrastructure & Energy, Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and Department of Finance.

Carrie has been appointed Council Representative for Governance, Human Resources & Communications, Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of Emergency Services, and Chair of the Communications & Engagement Ad Hoc Committee.

Carrie is married to Shawn and they live in Meadow Heights. Carrie has three children (Tanner, Jasmin and Caleb) and two grandsons (Brighton and Wilder).

Other notable facts about Councillor Carrie Adams:

  • Chair of Emergency Services (2023-present)
  • Chair, Communications and Engagement Committee (2022-present)
  • Vice Chair, Finance Committee (2022-present)
  • Council Representative, Governance, HR and Communications (2022-present)
  • Major U15 AAA Atlantic Hockey Championship 2023 Host Committee
  • Chair, Human Resources, Legal & Culture (2018-2022)
  • Chair, Bylaw & Policy Review (2018-2022)
  • Vice Chair, Community Services & Recreation (2018-2022)
  • Co-Vice Chair Planning Board (2018-2022)
  • U13 AAA Atlantic Hockey Championship 2022 Host Committee
  • 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Host Committee
  • Previously managed Skills and Novice AA teams - Summerside Capitals (Summerside Area Minor Hockey Association)
  • In the past has been Manager for Chevys Mosquito A, AA and AAA teams
  • Elected the Summerside Area Baseball Association (SABA) President 2017
  • Invited to Co-Chair Team Services Ray Carter Cup / National 15U Championships 2017
  • Assumed position of Chair Bantam AAA Atlantic Championships 2017
  • SABA Past President / Secretary
  • Member of the SABA Hiring Committee for student summer employment
  • Assigned Chair Team Services 13U National Atlantic Championships 2018
Councillor Barbara Gallant
Ward 5 - Vacant

A by-election will be held in the coming months to fill the vacant Ward 5 Hillcrest-Platte River council seat. Residents living in this ward can contact any other councillor with their needs until a new councillor is elected for this ward. 

Councillor Justin Doiron
Councillor Justin Doiron

Councillor Justin Doiron was first elected to office in November 2018 and again in 2022. He was appointed Chair of Planning Board and council representative to Technical Services.

After attending Moncton Flight College as a Commercial Pilot, he decided to settle back in Summerside where he works as Production Manager and Designer at Sign Station. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and a driving instructor at the Atlantic Driving Academy in Moncton, NB.

Justin has been a firefighter with the Summerside Fire Department since 2014 and has a Level 2 firefighting certificate, Medical First Responder certificate, as well as several other certifications within the Fire Service including Hazardous Materials Awareness, Thermal Imaging and Pump Operation. Justin is currently a Lieutenant with the Rescue Company.

He lives with his wife Kendra and sons Jett and Hogan.

Councillor Bruce MacDougall
Councillor Bruce MacDougall

Bruce MacDougall was first elected to the St. Eleanor's Community Council in 1989.

During the amalgamation process in 1994, he was elected to the first Council of the new City of Summerside.

In 1997, he was re-elected and named Deputy Mayor; he was re-elected in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022.

Bruce is President of the Federation of PEI Municipalities, a position he has held since 2007.

He sits on the National Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He recently sat on the Premier's Task Force on Affordable Housing.

Bruce is a lifetime member of the St. Eleanors Lions Club.

Bruce recently retired as the Plant and Sales Manager with Transcontinental PEI Printing.

Bruce is married to Nancy (MacLennan) and they have two children Christopher (Carrie) and Bradley. They also have two beautiful grandchildren (Emily and Kaitlyn).

Other notable facts about Councillor Bruce MacDougall:

  • Deputy Mayor from 1997 to 2016
  • Chaired most Committee of Council during his terms
  • Past Chair of the Atlantic Mayors Congress
  • Past Chair of the FCM Atlantic Caucus
Councillor Norma McColeman
Councillor Norma McColeman

Councillor Norma Diana McColeman has served six terms as a Summerside Councillor as of the last municipal election on November 7, 2022. She served as Deputy Mayor in 2017 and again in 2018-2022.

In 2011, she was federally appointed to serve as a member on the National Council of Welfare in Ottawa.

She has 35+ years of experience as a team leader, workshop facilitator, motivational speaker, and leadership mentor in the areas of personal lifestyle wellness, employability skills, personal development, and outreach counseling.

She has served as family violence prevention Outreach Coordinator since 2000 with PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, working directly with victims of domestic abuse and violence and facilitating support programs, prevention training workshops, and community educational awareness. She retired from this role in 2017.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Norma lives with her husband of fifty years in Summerside.

She offers a multifaceted background and experience, recognized leadership, and advocacy support for Summerside residents, and with various groups/organizations.

Other notable facts about Councillor Norma Diana McColeman:

  • A former business owner (with her husband) of two hospitality and tourism-related enterprises
  • A former image trainer and consultant
  • Holland College graduate and a certified Life Skills Management Coach
  • Trained in the United States and has diplomas from two Maritime Universities in counseling skills and working with youth at risk
  • Received a diploma from UPEI’s Centre for Conflict Resolution in 2011 (focusing on interest-based facilitation, conflict resolution, and mediation skills)
  • Has work and volunteer experience with Canadian Mental Health Association, East Prince Youth Development Centre, Aboriginal Women’s Association, and as a trained Hospice Volunteer
  • Was an emergency foster parent home for numerous teens
  • Presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 in recognition of her advocacy and leadership work
  • Interests: reading, music, drama, wellness activities, travel, motivational story telling
Councillor Rick Morrison
Councillor Rick Morrison

Councillor Rick Morrison successfully ran in the 2022 Municipal Election for Ward 7: Greenshore -Three Oaks. At the December 5th swearing-in ceremony, he was appointed council representative for Community Services & Tourism. Rick looks forward to the opportunity of working with his colleagues on the 2022-2026 Council to help make Summerside the best it can be.

In January 2021, Rick retired after 35 years with the City of Summerside. Over the last 50 years he has also been involved in the day to day operations of his family business, originally with his parents and later with his wife Nicolle and their children.

For 40 years, Rick was a member of the Summerside Fire Department, including serving on the executive of the Department. Rick has been an active volunteer with local Minor Hockey and Minor Football organizations, including being a board member.

Rick resides in Glover Shore area of Ward 7 with his wife Nicolle. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Councillor Nick Cameron
Councillor Nick Cameron

Nick Cameron is a dedicated public servant and community advocate who was elected to the City Council in May of 2023. With a passion for enhancing the well-being of his fellow citizens, Nick brings a unique background as a registered massage therapist with Collect Health.

Born and raised in the vibrant city he now represents, Nick's commitment to public service was sparked at an early age. Recognizing the need for accessible recreational opportunities for adults, he took the initiative to start an adult multisport league.

Alongside his public service endeavors, Nick cherishes his personal life. He shares a loving home with his partner Richard, and their two adorable dogs, Cecelia and Pearl.

Nick Cameron is committed to fostering inclusive policies, supporting sustainable development, and advocating for the overall betterment of his community. Drawing on his experience as a registered massage therapist and his extensive involvement in community initiatives, he is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all residents.

With a strong belief in the power of collaboration and effective communication, Nick is determined to work closely with fellow council members, community organizations, and constituents to find innovative solutions to the challenges facing the city.