Mayor and Council

The City of Prince Rupert has six elected Councillors and one elected Mayor. Our current Mayor and Council was elected in October of 2018. They each serve 4 year terms.

Get to know our Mayor and Councillors below:

Mayor Herb Pond

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Councillor Barry Cunningham

Councilor Barry Cunningham has lived in Prince Rupert for 37 years, working first as a flooring contractor and now in environmental response for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Barry’s volunteer activities have included the Prince Rupert Labour Council, the Unemployed Action Centre, Executive member of Prince Rupert Minor Hockey, and minor soccer coach.

Barry’s focus on Council is promoting economic development with a focus on equality, fairness, labour issues and environmental commitments from industry.

Barry is considered an avid listener who endeavours to hear all the facts before addressing an issue. He resides in Prince Rupert with his wife, enjoying the company of his 3 children and 5 grandchildren.



Councillor Teri Forster

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Councillor Wade Niesh

Councillor Wade Niesh  has lived in Prince Rupert since the age of 1.  Currently he is a sole proprietor operating his own building contractor enterprise.  He has worked in other sectors in the community including the airport, bus transportation, and retail.
Wade strives to apply his strong work ethic to Council.  

He encourages conversation with the community to enable him to make wise, common sense decisions to move the community toward a brighter, open for business, future.  By focusing on economic prosperity, he believes the City can build a better community for local citizens and newcomers alike.  




Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa

Councillor Gurvinder Randhawa and his family, including his three children, have been living in Prince Rupert for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education in India. After arriving in Prince Rupert, Gurvinder also attended Northwest Community College (now Coast Mountain College) for a few years to continue his education. 

In India, Gurvinder worked as an auditor with the Accountant General. He is currently self employed as an owner-operator of a driving school as well as a local taxi. He is an active member of the recreation community, and has coached minor soccer for many years. He has served on the Board of Directors for Tourism Prince Rupert and also served as a board member of the Northwest Community College (now Coast Mountain College). 

As a Councillor, Gurvinder advocates for training and employment opportunities for residents, so that there is as much local economic benefit as possible from industry. Gurvinder also advocates for policy to attract new economic opportunities and encourage growth in existing businesses. Additionally, he is concerned with the renewal of Prince Rupert’s aging infrastructure. 




Councillor Nick Adey

Born in Leicester England, Nick moved to Victoria in 1967, where he attended school and university. He first came to Prince Rupert in 1979 as a summer student, and worked at the old grain elevator on the waterfront. After graduating from UVic with a BA in History, and a teaching certificate, he took his first teaching position as a secondary teacher in Kitkatla in 1983. He transferred to Prince Rupert in 1985, where he taught for 32 years at Port Edward, Westview, PRSS, and CHSS. He was a Vice-Principal at both Westview and PRSS for 4 years before returning to the classroom in 1995. He has been an active staff representative in the PRDTU. He served for 2 years on the Library Board, for 2 years on the Golf Course Executive, and coached community soccer and basketball. He is also a guitarist, and has played in local groups for over 30 years as well as teaching music. 

Nick retired from teaching in 2017, and is serving on City Council for the first time. His approach to serving on Council can be encapsulated by the phrase “Listen, Learn, Collaborate, Act”. As a Councillor, he hopes to focus on economic diversification, affordability, environmental sustainability, and quality of life issues. He hopes to build on the successes of the previous Council, while responding effectively to new issues as they arise. 




Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven

Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven was born and raised here in Prince Rupert, with family roots of Tsimshian & Nisga'a heritage in the villages of Metlakatla & Gitlaxt'aamiks (New Aiyansh) BC. Reid is the Co-Founder & Founder of two businesses & a social enterprise here in Northern BC, and his passion for entrepreneurship & economic development has led to a wide variety of different positions; from facilitating business planning workshops with Futurpreneur Canada, serving as a Public Relations Officer for the Prince Rupert Toastmasters, contributing as a director of the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce, to volunteering at the Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS) with young & aspiring entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurship 11&12 classes. 

Reid holds executive certificates in entrepreneurship, social media strategies & web design, both from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, at the University of Victoria. In past positions Reid has served as a student constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which he took part in proactive community policing initiatives here in Prince Rupert, and in Coastal First Nations Communities. Reid also served in a variety of different roles including food and beverage as a bartender, gaming security as a gaming security officer, and industrial marine first aid as an offshore medic. 

In his spare time you can find Reid spending time with family and friends, taking his two twin step-daughters out to the various beautiful parks & trails in town, volunteering his time with youth & aspiring entrepreneurs, or serving as an master of ceremonies in various community events such as National Aboriginal Day. 

Reid's focus for his first term in office is made up a few different strategic priorities, which encompasses a brighter & sustainable economic future, as well as rectifying the infrastructure challenges we face as a community.




Council History

Prince Rupert’s City Council has an interesting and complex history since the incorporation of the City in 1910 – including one of the longest serving Mayors in Canada, our first female Mayor in 1943, and a 9 year bankruptcy resulting during the Depression era. (read more...)