Ward 1Reeve Dene Cooper
Councillor Paul Ryan
Ward 2Councillor Carolyn Montgomery403-678-5556carolyn.montgomery@mdbighorn.ca
Ward 3Councillor Paul Clark403-651-3636paul.clark@mdbighorn.ca
Ward 4Deputy Reeve Erik Butters403-932-2649erik.butters@mdbighorn.ca
Councillor Bios

Reeve Dene Cooper (Ward 1)Dene-Cooper
Born and raised in north eastern Alberta, my childhood was spent hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, skiing, camping, and trapping. Easily captivated by everything I encountered in nature, I learned the fine art of observation. Suffice
to say, going to school was much less involving. It is hard to explain exactly why, but I attended the University of Alberta and entered the noble profession of teaching. Most of my thirty-three year career was invested teaching senior biology. In addition to classroom instruction, I served as a guidance counsellor, system science coordinator, principal, and ATA negotiator. In 2005, I coauthored a 712 page history book, Exshaw: Heart of the Valley, that chronicles industrial and community development in the Exshaw area.
The Cooper family moved to Exshaw in 1977. Immediately, we set to building our home on the banks of the Bow River, where we presently reside. I taught in Canmore schools for twenty-seven years, retiring a few years ago. In 2004, I successfully ran for election as a Councillor for the Municipal District of Bighorn. Presently, I serve as the Reeve of Bighorn. Essentially, I traded one policy driven institution designed to serve the public interest in for another policy driven institution designed to serve the public interest. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Councillor Paul Ryan (Ward 1)Paul-Ryan
Paul is starting his third full term as Councillor, having been elected in a by-election in 2002. A resident of Exshaw, he has been involved in many community affairs and activities, including the Exshaw Community Association, the Exshaw Community Environment Committee, and the Kananaskis Gun Club; as a Councillor, he has served on the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board and as Chairman of the MD Bighorn Historic Resource Committee and has served a one-year term as Reeve. Currently Paul serves the MD of Bighorn on the Municipal Excellence Committee, the Assessment Appeal Board, Chairman Bighorn Corridor Environment Committee, Director Bow Valley Waste Management Commission, and Vice-Chairman Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Alliance.

Councillor Carolyn Montgomery (Ward 2)Carolyn-Montgomery
Councillor Carolyn Montgomery has owned property in Harvie Heights since 1980 and has been a full-time resident since 1992. She and her husband Gary were married in 1971 and have one daughter, Danielle.
As a Professional Petroleum Landman, she has 40 years of business experience in the private sector dealing with regulations, contracts and negotiations. She is a team player and her management skills bring a fresh eye and analytical approach to major issues faced by MD Council. She has been a member of the Municipal Planning Commission since November 2006 and has served as Chair for one year. She has served the community in various capacities and been a passionate advocate on specific issues since 1999. She is committed to being an equally strong champion on behalf of Ward 2, working in collaboration with her colleagues for the good of the MD.

Councillor Paul Clark (Ward 3)Paul-Clark
My wife and I have lived in the MD for 30 years. We raise cattle on a ranch off Jamieson Road. Previous to moving to Jamieson Road, we lived at Benchlands, where I was president of the community association for several years. I was an active volunteer fireman for over 20 years and now serve on the Emergency Services Committee. I was on the Board and was president of the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation and am presently Chairman of the Board of Managers for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Banff.
My mining education started when I was 17 and resulted in a BSc in Mining Engineering and MSc in Management. I was a director for TransAlta for 16 years, where my responsibilities were for their coal operations, as fuel for the power plants, and the plant by-products. In that capacity I was responsible for negotiations with Lafarge for the sale of plant fly ash used as a cement replacement. Although I retired from TransAlta in 2006, I am still an advisor to the energy industry, when requested.
In my capacity as an energy professional, I served on the board of Science Alberta Foundation for 7 years, the Mineral Industry Advisory Committee at the U of A for 10 years and the Alberta Chamber of Resources for 10 years, the last two as a member of their Executive Committee.
We enjoy living in the MD because of its heritage, rural nature and natural environment. As such we active naturalists, me being the photographer and my wife being the identifier of the various birds, wild flowers and butterflies that we are fortunate to have around us.

Deputy Reeve Erik Butters (Ward 4)Erik-Butters
My family and I own and operate a cattle ranch in the MD of Bighorn.
I have previously served on the Municipal Planning Commission, The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and the Agricultural Services and Environmental Advisory Board.
I have also been involved with the Beaupre Community Association, the Alberta Riparian Habitat Association, the Ghost Watershed Alliance, the Alberta Beef Producers and the Canadian Cattlemens Association.
I believe that the MD of Bighorn is a great place to live, to raise a family and to operate a business and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the MD in my new role as councilor for Ward 4.