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 Lee Brain
Mayor Lee Brain is a fourth-generation “Rupertite”. Raised in Prince Rupert, he spent his time working with at-risk youth, as well as getting involved in the community through volunteering on First Nations issues, arts, sustainability and has facilitated group development. Lee has a degree in Developmental Psychology, focused on Sustainable Community Development and Dialogue. He also holds a Certificate in Innovative Leadership. He has studied various governing systems including innovative international 21st century community models. In 2009, he spent a month on one of the world’s largest oil refineries in India gaining knowledge of processes involved in global oil operations.
Lee has over five years of professional facilitation experience and training, along with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Lee's facilitation experience, combined with his passion, energy and enthusiasm is an asset for any group seeking to become more effective, innovative and engaged.
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 Blair Mirau
Councillor Blair Mirau is a born and raised “Rupertite” and is currently the Economic Development Officer for the Gitmaxmak’ay Nisga’a where he is the CEO, and responsible for managing their business initiatives.
Blair also has experience in City Hall as a grant writer, where he won an international award for his work. Blair is a professional member of the Economic Development Association of Canada and has volunteered with the local Chamber of Commerce and Youth Soccer Association. He is also the recipient of BC Business Top 30 under 30 award.
Blair’s focus in his first term on Council is enhancing accountability, increasing efficiency and planning for prosperity. When not working, Blair enjoys hiking, kayaking or playing tennis.
Councillor Wade Niesh
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.
Councillor Reid Skelton-Morven