The Basics: Brian Bowman is the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg. He was elected in October 2014 with more than 47% of the vote. Bowman identifies as Metis, and is the first Aboriginal mayor in the City of Winnipeg's history - and currently the only Aboriginal mayor of a large Canadian city. He has filed to run for re-election in the 2018 Winnipeg mayoral race.
Background: Bowman was born and raised in Winnipeg. He studied history and political science at the University of Manitoba, and obtained a law degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to entering politics, Bowman worked as a lawyer.
Things You (Really) Should Know: Winnipeg is the only city in Canada which includes more than half of its provincial population. Winnipeg's growth comes in part from a major amalgamation in 1972 where 13 municipalities were merged into the "unicity" of Winnipeg. At the time, Winnipeg had 50 part-time City Councillors - making it the second largest Council in the country. The size of Council was reduced to 29 part-time Councillors in 1977, and then to 15 full-time Councillors in 1991.
Fun Fact: Bowman was only 40 years old when elected as Mayor, the youngest Mayor in the city's history.