What We Do


As a regional growth management board, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) is mandated by the Province to implement the region's 30-year Growth Plan and to create a regional metro servicing plan.

Today this work is being driven by two Task Forces:
Several changes announced by the Province on October 26, 2017 gave the Board:
  • A new name - It is now officially the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board.
  • An expanded mandate - In addition to its role to plan for responsible regional growth, the EMRB is now tasked with creating a Metropolitan Servicing Plan.
  • Approval of its updated Growth Plan - Completed in 2016, the award-winning Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan will now be implemented as the major focus of EMRB.
  • New Board composition - Moving from 24 members to 13, the Board now is comprised of the regional municipalities with populations of 5,000 or more.
See the 2017-18 Annual Report, telling the story of how we transitioned to the EMRB:
Newly defined Region EMRB Regional 101 booklet and How we work together as a Region


Planning for Growth

Our approach is set out in the Growth Plan, which is updated every five to eight years. The Growth Plan guides the efficient use of infrastructure and the building of compact communities to foster enhanced intermunicipal transit, healthy lifestyles and economic opportunities.

Managing Growth

We use the Regional Evaluation Framework (REF) to execute the Growth Plan.  Each member municipality submits its plans and plan amendments to the EMRB for approval to ensure we remain aligned with the vision and goals that we collectively set.

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region by the Numbers

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region itself includes more than the 13 municpalities that make up the EMRB.

In total there are 21 diverse municipalities (5 cities, 10 towns and 2 villages in 4 counties) with about 33% of Alberta's population, covering 9,439 square kilometers or 1.4% of Alberta's land mass around Alberta’s provincial capital city.
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region is the second fastest growing region in Canada
  • Population: 1.3 million (2016)
  • Jobs: 725,000 (30% of Alberta’s GDP) (2016)
  • By 2044 we will double in population to 2.2 million people and 1.2 million jobs

Who We Are

We are here for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region — as a diverse group with one common goal — to make the best decisions possible for the citizens of the area and the Region. We are committed to working together as the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) to ensure long term economic prosperity and quality of life for all citizens of the region.

Our main functions, as decreed by the Government of Alberta, are to plan for and manage the growth of the region in a strategic, coordinated and integrated way, and create a metro services plan, in order to preserve the unique characteristics of each municipality while ensuring the long term sustainability and prosperity of the region as a whole.


EMRB members: Standing (l to r) - Mayor John Stewart, Beaumont; Mayor William Choy, Stony Plain; Mayor Rod Shaigec, Parkland County; Mayor Bob Young, Leduc; Thomas Dujfors, Acting Provincial Rep; Councillor Michael Walters, Edmonton; Mayor Ray Ralph, Devon; Mayor Alanna Hnatiw, Sturgeon County; Mayor Barry Turner, Morinville; Mayor Rod Frank, Strathcona County
Seated - Mayor Cathy Heron, St. Albert; Councillor Gordon Harris, Fort Saskatchewan; Board Chair, Dr. Jodi L. Abbott; Mayor Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County.

Edmonton Metro Region Map

Scroll over boundary outlines to reveal EMRB members 

Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board Members

City of Beaumont

Mayor John Stewart

Town of Devon
Mayor Ray Ralph                      

City of Edmonton
Mayor Don Iveson

City of Fort Saskatchewan
Mayor Gale Katchur

City of Leduc
Mayor Bob Young

Leduc County
Mayor Tanni Doblanko

Town of Morinville
Mayor Barry Turner

Parkland County
Mayor Rodney Shaigec
City of Spruce Grove
Mayor Stuart Houston

City of St. Albert
Mayor Cathy Heron

Town of Stony Plain
Mayor William Choy

Strathcona County
Mayor Rod Frank

Sturgeon County
Mayor Alanna Hnatiw

In addition to the elected officials above, a non-voting Government of Alberta appointee also sits on the Board.  The Government of Alberta has also appointed representatives to the committees of the Board to enhance communication and cooperation between the Board and province.

Board Chair
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott



Board Committees and Administration
As a Standing Committee of the Board, the Executive Committee provides leadership advice for the governance of the Board, Board priorities and strategic agenda and the monitoring & reporting of the Board’s progress towards its goals, in accordance with the Strategic Plan and Regional Growth Plan.

Terms of Reference

Committee Members
  • Dr. Jodi L. Abbott, EMRB Chair (Committee Chair - non voting)
  • Mayor Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County (Chair Audit & Finance Committee)
  • Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Rodney Shaigec, Parkland County
  • Mayor Barry Turner, Town of Morinville
  • Mayor Bob Young, City of Leduc (Committee Vice Chair)
  • Karen Wichuk, CEO (ex officio)
As a Standing Committee of the Board, the Audit & Finance Committee provides strategic leadership and advice to the Board regarding its fiduciary responsibilities, compliance, risk management, external reporting, and internal control policies and practices.  
Committee Members​
  • Mayor Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County (Committee Chair)
  • Mayor Ray Ralph, Town of Devon
  • Mayor John Stewart, City of Beaumont
  • Councillor Wes Brodhead, City of St. Albert (Committee Vice Chair)
  • Councillor Michael Walters, City of Edmonton
  • Karen Wichuk, CEO (ex officio)
The Integrated Transportation & Transit Systems Working Group provides elected officials from membership municipalities the opportunity to meet and discuss integrated transportation and/or transit systems, to garner a better understanding of what is occurring throughout the region.

The purpose of the Working Group is to monitor, support, and advocate for collaborative transportation - and transit-related activities in the Edmonton Metro Region. The Working Group is also tasked with maintaining a coordinated view of the initiatives and activities on behalf of the Board.

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board employs a small Administration staff made up of technical experts and other support staff.

General Enquiries 
Tel: 780-638-6000
Email: info@emrb.ca 




Karen Wichuk,
Chief Executive Officer
Email: kwichuk@emrb.ca



Sharon Shuya,
Director, Regional Growth Planning
Email: sshuya@emrb.ca



Charlene Chauvette,
Office Manager
Tel: 780-638-6005
Email: cchauvette@emrb.ca

Debra Irving,
Senior Project Manager
Email: dirving@emrb.ca




Stephanie Chai,

Project Manager I 
Email: schai@emrb.ca

Alex Bonokoski,
Project Manager II
Tel: 780-670-1260
Email: abonokoski@emrb.ca



Taylor Varro, 
Project Manager I
Tel: 780-638-5057
Email: tvarro@emrb.ca


Ron Cook,
Manager, GIS and Business Intelligence
Email: rcook@emrb.ca






Raquel Chauvette, 
Executive Assistant
Tel: 780-638-6006
Email: rchauvette@emrb.ca

Carol Moreno,
Project Coordinator
Email: cmoreno@emrb.ca  


Dan Rose, 
Senior Communications Advisor
Tel: 780-638-5055
Email: drose@emrb.ca


Joseana Lara, 
Summer Student
Tel: 780-670-1261
Email: jlara@emrb.ca







Task Forces
Terms of Reference

Task Force Webpage

Task Force Membership:

Mayor Rod Shaigec, Parkland County, Chair
Councillor Michael Walters, City of Edmonton, Vice Chair
Mayor Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County
Mayor Alanna Hnatiw, Sturgeon County
Mayor Barry Turner, Town of Morinville
Councillor Kathy Barnhart, City of Beaumont
Councillor Paul Smith, Strathcona County
Terms of Reference

Task Force Webpage

Task Force Membership:

Mayor Ray Ralph, Devon, Chair
Councillor Dave Anderson, Strathcona County, Vice Chair
Mayor William Choy, Town of Stony Plain
Mayor Tanni Doblanko, Leduc County
Mayor Don Iveson, City of Edmonton
Councillor Gordon Harris, City of Fort Saskatchewan
Councillor Ray Watkins, City of St. Albert

Task Forces are project specific. The update to the 2010 Growth Plan began in 2014 when the Growth Plan Update Task Force was struck. Over 30 months the Task Force worked through that plan's successes and learnings to update and enhance the next generation of Growth Plan.

The Board thanks the Task Force members for their service and dedication to the creating the best future for all Regional residents.

CRB 2014-16 Growth Plan Update Task Force Members
  • Mayor Roxanne Carr, Chair | Strathcona County
  • Mayor Lisa Holmes, Vice-Chair | Town of Morinville
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member | City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor Cathy Heron, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor John Schonewille, Member | Leduc County
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Village of Warburg


On April 15, 2008, the Government of Alberta recognized what we now call the Edmonton Metropolitan Region when it created the Capital Region Board (CRB) to prepare a growth plan for the area.  

Established under the Capital Region Board Regulation 38/2012 under the Municipal Government Act, the CRB was a non-profit corporation consisting of 24 elected officials (Mayors and Council members) from each of the region’s member municipalities.

On October 26, 2017 the Government of Alberta proclaimed a new Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board Regulation, reducing the size of the region, reducing EMRB membership to the same elected officials of the 13 municpalities within the new region (with populations of 5,000 or more). In the new regulation the Board's mandate was expanded to include the creation of a Metropolitan Servicing Plan.

The EMRB will continue to guide the municipalities of the region in the implementation of a long term, integrated growth management plan entitled ReImagine. Plan. Build., which was completed and approved by the CRB as its capstone project in 2016. This new, award winning, Growth Plan supports global competitiveness and sustained economic growth with particular attention to the economic, social and environmental impacts on all regional residents.
It outlines how the region will grow more responsibly over the next 30 years, when its population is expected to  double to 2.2 million people with 725,000 jobs. This growth will be managed through the lens of six policy areas with uniques targets for each of three policy tiers - the Metro Core, the Metro Area, and the Rural Area.

The six policy areas are:
  • Economic Competitiveness and Employment
  • Natural Living Systems
  • Communities and Housing
  • Integration of Land Use and Infrastructure
  • Transportation Systems
  • Agriculture

In 2015 the Board’s Growth Plan Update Task Force developed a 50-year Vision for the Region, which began the shift from usage of "Capital Region" to the more apt ‘Edmonton Metropolitan Region’.
For the purposes of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Alberta Capital Finance Authority Act, the CRB is deemed to be a regional services commission.