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Brian Bowman has announced his inner-circle to start his second term as mayor of Winnipeg. 

Five councillors are returning to the Executive Policy Committee, including: 

  • Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface): who will serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works,
  • Coun. Scott Gillingham (St. James): who will serve as Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance,
  • Coun. Cindy Gilroy (Daniel McIntyre): who will serve as chair of the Standing Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment,
  • Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital): who will serve as Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development, and; 
  • Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry): who will serve as chair of the Standing Committee on Innovation

The new face on EPC is Councillor-Elect Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), who will serve as Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. 

"I'm really humbled to be on EPC," Rollins said. "I ran to be a protective ward voice but also to play that city-wide role, so I'm honoured to be part of this team and get to work." 

Rollins, who is Huron-Wendat, joins Brian Bowman as an Indigenous member of EPC. 

"It's really important to represent Winnipeg and the city you live in," Rollins said. "It's important to have a council, or any board in the city, look like the population it serves." 

Bowman says he chose Rollins for EPC because of their previous working relationship while she was serving as Chair of the Winnipeg School Division. 

"She (Rollins) was one of the strongest promoters of inclusion and reconciliation over the past four years," Bowman said. "As soon as we began our work following that McLeans article and all of our work in reconciliation, at the top of the list of community leaders I could work and collaborate with was Sherri." 

Bowman said he has already had meetings with other councillors, including those not on EPC and incumbent councillors who grew to oppose him on a lot of major issues during the last term. 

"We're going to look for opportunities to work with all members of council and amplify all the skill sets all members have during this term," he said. 

In addition to Rollins, other new members of Bowman's inner-circle include Councillor-Elect Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River), who will serve as Deputy Mayor, and Councillor-Elect Vivian Santos (Point Douglas), who will take on the role of Acting Deputy Mayor.  

Rollins, Chambers and Santos increase diversity both in the inner-circle and on council as a whole. Rollins is indigenous, Chambers it the first black councillor elected in Winnipeg and Santos is Chinese-Canadian. 

Bowman says additional nominations and appointments or reappointment to various city agencies, boards, commissions, Council liaison positions, including the Winnipeg Police Board, will be made later in the month.