Committees Commissions and Boards

Advisory Boards, Assessment Review and Appeal Boards, Commissions and Committees provide information, advice, and recommendations to City Council and Administration.

They are are established by City Council under the Municipal Government Act. 

Advisory boards and committees

Community Vibrancy Advisory Board

Community Vibrancy Advisory Board focuses on recreation, leisure, culture, arts and social matters in the community. Member responsibilities are found in Bylaw #4661. The board will consist of nine members and will meet at least eight times a year. Members are asked to participate in sub-committee work and community activities as well.

Board members have the opportunity to:

  • Make a positive, meaningful and lasting impact on our community
  • Share skills and perspectives
  • Learn more about our community and how local government works
  • Meet new people who enjoy volunteering

Our goal is to establish an advisory board that reflects the diversity of our community and promotes equal opportunities and inclusion. We want our members to have a mix of different personal, professional and volunteer experiences, skill sets and perspectives.

For more information, please contact:

Bonnie-Lou Yaroshko
Community Development
City of Medicine Hat
Phone: 403-529-8316
bonyar@medicinehat.ca

Medicine Hat Public Library Board

Roles and responsibilities of a library board member can be found on the Medicine Hat Public Library website.

For more information, please contact:

Ken Feser, Chief Librarian
Phone: 403-502-8528
kenfes@medicinehat.ca

Assessment review and appeal boards

Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB)

Hears and decides on complaints against the assessments of any (multi-commercial units) land, improvements, business or local improvements in the City of Medicine Hat.

Local Assessment Review Board (LARB)

Hears and decides on complaints against the assessments of residential properties with three or fewer dwelling units, farmland or a tax notice other than a property tax notice in the City of Medicine Hat.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

Hears subdivision appeals and development appeals in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Government Act and Bylaw #3009.

Appeal here

Commissions

Combative Sports Commission

Combative Sports Commission's mandate is to act in a regulatory capacity for Committee and Council with respect to regulating, governing, and controlling combative sports within Medicine Hat.

Bylaws

Bylaw No. 4048 and the Rules and Regulations were approved by Council May 16, 2011 to re-establish the Medicine Hat Combative Sports Commission (Commission) to regulate and control combative sports within Medicine Hat. Bylaw No. 4380 amendments were added to allow the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to approve changes to the rules and regulations.

  • Bylaw No. 4048 (PDF)
  • Rules and Regulations (PDF)
  • In the Ring Rules (PDF)

Bylaw No. 4048 grants the Commission the authority to regulate both professional and amateur combative sports (i.e. boxing and mixed martial arts), but the rules and regulations exempt well- established amateur governing bodies (i.e. Alberta Amateur Boxing Association), and provides the Commission the flexibility to exempt other governing bodies if required.

The Commission continually reviews their Bylaw and Rules and Regulations and makes amendments to modernize and update their operating procedures.


Responsibilities of the commission

The Commission is responsible for the safety of contestants and the audience by ensuring that:

  • Competitors meet the medical requirements of the sport
  • Approve promoters host events with trained official (referees, judges, timekeepers, and other officials)
  • Insurance requirements are met, conflicts of interest do not occur, and facility standards are ensured
  • Mandatory medical suspensions for injured competitors are enforced
  • Event rules for the competition are approved
  • Promoters act professionally
  • Competitors are matched fairly, according to weight and experience levels
  • The Promoter provides a safe environment for Combatants and Spectators

The Commission has established its own financial account to track revenues and expenses, and has established a Board of five members. The Executive Director of the Commission is a City employee appointed by the CAO, as per the Bylaw, and performs administrative duties for the Commission.


Promoter documents

Event documents

Major Events
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, May 27, 2011
  • Snap Fitness, Medicine Hat Mixed Martial Arts, August 20, 2011
  • I&C Kickboxing/Fitness, Boxing, September 30, 2011
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, November 10, 2011
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, February 24, 2012
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, June 15, 2012
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, September 21, 2012
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships, Mixed Martial Arts, November 2, 2012
  • King of the Cage, Mixed Martial Arts, September 27, 2013
  • Tom Fiddler MMA - Canalta Centre, Mixed Martial Arts, April 9, 2016
  • Tom Fiddler MMA - Canalta Centre, Mixed Martial Arts, October 28, 2016
  • Tom Fiddler Fight Night 3 - Canalta Centre, Mixed Martial Arts, June 10, 2017
  • Tom Fiddler Fight Night 4 - Canalta Centre, Mixed Martial Arts, September 7, 2017

For more information, please contact:

Parks & Recreation
Phone: 403-529-8333
parks@medicinehat.ca

Municipal Planning Commission

Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) acts as the principal advisory body to Council in matters relating to land use planning.

Duties of the Commission include

  • exercising development powers and duties on behalf of the City in accordance with the Subdivision and Development Authorities Bylaw
  • carrying out such other functions and duties as assigned to the commission by Council

Members are elected to the Commission for a three-year term.

For more information, please contact:
City Clerk Department
Phone: 403-529-8221
clerk@medicinehat.ca

Police Commission

Please visit the Police Commission website.

Standing committees

Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee is comprised of the administrative heads of the City organization and approves qualified tenders, authorizes initiation of legal proceedings more than $50,000, recommends policies and programs, and directs the preparation of operating and capital budgets and long-range forecasts for presentation to Council. 

Members
  • Mayor
  • City Manager
  • Managing Director of Corporate Services
  • Managing Director of Energy and Infrastructure
  • Managing Director of Public Services
  • Managing Director of Strategic Management and Analysis
  • City Solicitor
  • City Clerk
Administrative & Legislative Review Committee

The Administrative and Legislative Review Committee deals with matters relating to legislation, administration and organization, as referred to it by Council.

Members
  • Councillor Darren Hirsch
  • Councillor Julie Friesen
  • Councillor Robert Dumanowski
Audit Committee

The Audit Committee’s focus is to oversee management’s conduct in maintaining an effective internal control structure and in the preparation of the Corporation’s financial statements. The Audit Committee oversees the work of the independent auditors for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report and related work. It advises and makes recommendations to City Council with respect to the annual financial statements and report, as well as the audit scope and results of the external audit.

Members
  • Councillor Darren Hirsch
  • Councillor Jamie McIntosh
  • Councillor Phil Turnbull
  • Corporate Services Managing Director (Advisor)
Corporate Services Committee
The Corporate Service Committee focuses on policy issues for which the committee is assigned and analysis of and recommendation to Council on ways and means of dealing with matters placed before them including issues on:
  • Human resources 
  • Information technology and related computer services
  • Financial services such as accounting, treasury, billing and customer service, procurement and assessment and taxation
  • Corporate communications 
Members
  • Councillor Robert Dumanowski (Chair) 
  • Councillor Darren Hirsch (Vice Chair)
  • Councillor Brian Varga 
  • Corporate Services Managing Director (advisor)
Energy and Infrastructure Committee

Energy & Infrastructure Committee’s focus is policy issues, for which the committee is assigned, and analysis of, and recommendation to, Council on ways and means of dealing with matters placed before them including issues on:

  • Electric generation and distribution 
  • Environmental utilities
  • Municipal infrastructure
  • Natural gas production and distribution 
  • Utilities sustainability
  • Operation and maintenance of City facilities as well as lifecycle of mobile vehicle fleet 
Members
  • Councillor Phil Turnbull 
  • Councillor Jim Turner
  • Councillor Jamie McIntosh
  • Energy & Infrastructure Division Managing Director (Advisor)
Public Services Committee

Focuses on policy issues, for which the committee is assigned, and analysis of, and recommendation to, Council on ways and means of dealing with matters placed before them including issues on:

  • Indoor / outdoor recreation 
  • Parks and trails
  • Social development
  • Senior services
  • Transit services 
  • Fire Services
  • Emergency management
  • 9-1-1 communications
  • Cultural development
  • Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
Members
  • Councillor Julie Friesen
  • Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Councillor Jim Turner 
  • Public Services Managing Director (advisor)
Additional information

Working groups

Working Group for Heritage Resources

Our city is rich in heritage resources, both public and private. The purpose of the Heritage Resources Working Group is to support the protection of these valuable resources for future generations.

Heritage resources include built structures, streetscapes, historical and archeological sites, as well as landscapes, archeological specimens and natural features of heritage and historical significance.

The mandate of the working group is to assist with promoting the conservation, preservation, restoration, retention, and awareness of local heritage resources. This work will be based upon the Province of Alberta's Historical Resources Act - R.S.A. 2000.

The Heritage Resources Working Group will:

  • Encourage protection of heritage resources that are representative of Medicine Hat's history
  • Promote public awareness of heritage resources, including existing and lost resources
  • Enhance public understanding of and participation in the conservation of heritage resources

For more information, please contact:

Aaron Nelson
Community Development
City of Medicine Hat
Phone: 403-502-8785
aarnel@medicinehat.ca

Working Group for Accessibility and Inclusion

The Working Group for Accessibility & Inclusion (WGAI) is an advisory body under the City of Medicine Hat’s Community Development department. Its primary purpose is to advise and support City departments on issues related to persons with physical, developmental and mental health disabilities. The WGAI recognizes both visible and invisible disabilities. Its goals include equitable participation of persons with disabilities, and all of the City of Medicine Hat’s public facilities, programs and services are accessible and inclusive.

For more information, please contact:

Leslie Jerry
Community Development
City of Medicine Hat
Phone: 403-502-8086
lesjer@medicinehat.ca

Outside representation

City Council members

Many members of City Council also represent the City on committees and boards outside of the City of Medicine Hat City.

  • Civic Functions, Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Canadian Badlands, Councillor Phil Turnbull, Councillor Brian Varga
  • Chamber of Commerce, Councillor Jim Turner
  • City Center Development Agency (CCDA), Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Cypress View Foundation, Councillor Julie Friesen, Councillor Jim Turner
  • Friends of Medalta Society, Councillor Jamie McIntosh
  • Highway 3 Twinning Association, Councillor Jim Turner
  • Intermunicipal Committee, Councillor Julie Friesen, Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, Councillor Jim Turner
  • Medicine Hat Public Library, Councillor Phil Turnbull
  • Municipal Names Committee, Councillor Jamie McIntosh
  • Regional Drainage Committee, Councillor Kris Samraj
  • Shortgrass Library System, Councillor Phil Turnbull
  • Tourism Medicine Hat Committee, Councillor Brian Varga

Please contact the council representative if you want to find out more about their specific committee or board.

Current opportunities

The deadline to apply for the positions below is 4:30 p.m.November 16, 2021.

Combative Sports Commission

1 vacancy

Activities: Management, regulation & control of combative sports

Meeting details: Call of the chair

Contact for more information: Scott Richter, 403-502-8065

Apply now

Composite Assessment Review Board

1 vacancy

Activities: Hears commercial & multi dwelling taxation appeals (paid training and time)

Meeting details: Sept/Oct/Nov dates depending on appeals

Contact for more information: City Clerk Department, 403-529-8382

Apply now

Local Assessment Review Board

1 vacancy

Activities: Hears residential taxation appeals (paid training and time)

Meeting details: September, October, November (dates depending on appeals)

Contact for more information: City Clerk Department, 403-529-8382

Apply now

Municipal Planning Commission

3 vacancies

Activities: Advises & recommends land use planning matters to Council; exercises sub development & development powers

Meeting details: Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 2:30 p.m. (2+ hours)

Contact for more information: City Clerk Department, 403-529-8382

Apply now

Police Commission

2 vacancies (Police background check required)

Activities: Various powers under the Police Act & Bylaw #1651

Meeting details: Fourth Thursday of each month, 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m, second Thursday of each month 12:00 p.m. (informal session)

Contact for more information: Greg Keen (Chair), 403-502-8908

Apply now

Public Library Board

3 vacancies

Activities: Management, regulation & control of Library, plus other Advocacy work, as Board work may require

Meeting details: First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. (2+ hours), plus minimum of one monthly
sub-committee meeting (2+ hours)

Contact for more information: Ken Feser, 403-502-8528

Apply now

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

1 vacancy

Activities: Hears appeals from development authority and some Bylaw orders (mandated training)

Meeting details: As and when appeals received (2+ hours)

Contact for more information: City Clerk Department, 403-529-8382

Apply now

Working Group for Accessibility and Inclusion

Up to 6 vacancies

Activities: Advise City departments on disability issues, advocate for change

Meeting details: First Wednesday of each month, 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Contact for more information: Leslie Jerry, 403-502-8086

Apply now

Working Group for Heritage Resources

Up to 3 vacancies

Activities: Assists with promoting the conservation, preservation, restoration, retention and awareness of local heritage resources

Meeting details: Second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact for more information: Aaron Nelson, 403-502-8785

Apply now

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