Town of Bon Accord

Bon Accord, AB (or Immediate Area)


Opportunity Profile

Chief Administrative Officer

 About the Municipality   

The Town is legislated under the Alberta Municipal Government Act and is governed by a Council comprised of a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and 3 Councillors.

The Town of Bon Accord is located 25 minutes North of Edmonton along Highway #28. The population is just over 1,500 residents.

The Town of Bon Accord is a convenient distance from Edmonton and offers a rural community setting with the modern conveniences and amenities of the ‘big city’. Residential taxes remain a large contributor to the Town’s finances with moderate commercial business developments influenced largely by the demand for local services. The adjacent Industrial Heartland and Edmonton Energy and Technology Park help create and offer potential for commercial investments within the Town.

The Town of Bon Accord strives to be a leader and early adopter of environmentally positive initiatives such as a garbage recycling program and a 648KW Solar Farm that since August 2020 has generated power to cover the Town’s infrastructure consumption; a net-zero. Furthermore, Bon Accord is designated a Dark Sky community, the first in Canada and one of 32 communities in the world with this distinction.

In terms of recreation amenities, the Town of Bon Accord has an arena, a sports field, and a number of green spaces (parks) and playgrounds. Affixed to the Town Hall is the Municipal Public Library and the Fire Hall. The Town of Bon Accord maintains a manned Fire Hall as a signatory to the Sturgeon County Regional Emergency Management Partnership. Policing coverage is provided through the RCMP detachment in Morinville, AB.

Bon Accord has two schools offering K to 9 and that students from grades 10 – 12 attend the Sturgeon Composite High School in nearby Namao, AB. There are various medical, health and wellness facilities and services. Seniors’ care, housing and supportive services are provided through Homeland Housing.

About the Opportunity

With the recent announcement of the current Chief Administrative Officer retiring, Town Council has commenced a search for a new CAO. Preferably residing in the Town of Bon Accord or the immediate area, the Chief Executive Officer (CAO) reports to council and is responsible for guiding the overall operations, directives, and delivery of the affairs of the Town.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) reports to council and is responsible for guiding the overall operations of the Town.
  • Continually monitors the external and internal environment for opportunities, threats, strengths, and weaknesses in response to emerging events for potential policy, service and strategic directions.
  • Monitors, advises, and reports to Council on measures of sustainability for the organization both financially and economically as well as on legislative, environmental, social and governance factors.
  • Provides in-depth analyses, options, and preferred alternatives for Council consideration via written briefing, in respect to issues concerning the Town, attends meetings as required.
  • Prepares implementation actions following Council direction.
  • Directs the execution and safe keeping of all documents, agreements or contracts approved by Council.
  • Responsible for monitoring the performance and continuous improvement of the Town’s operations including the performance of Managers and direct reports.
  • Coordinates the provision of external services (e.g., legal, audit, consulting) to the Town.
  • Visits Town facilities and sites and strives to participate in important community events.
  • Directs the development of budgets and establishment of financial controls.
  • Works with the Finance Manager in coordinating budget information and assists Department Heads in preparing their budget estimates through timely advice.
  • Track revenues and expenditures per Council approved budget; ensure risks are managed and assets are safeguarded.
  • Coordinates long-term land-use, economic development, financial, and capital planning.
  • Liaison between industry, developers, regional municipalities and Council.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the FOIP requirements per legislation.
  • Capacity to act as a Director of Emergency Management would be an asset.
  • Ensure statutory requirements are met in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and other applicable regulations.
  • Ensures their own professional development relevant to CAO competencies.
  • Performs other duties as may be requested by Council or required by bylaw, order, statute, or regulation.


  • Post-secondary education (degree, diploma, or certificate) is an asset.
  • Prior municipal leadership experience or an equivalent combination from another sector may be considered.
  • Completion or currently enrolled in Local Government Management program(s) such as CLGM, NACLAA, or LGA would be an asset.
  • Completion of provincial emergency management certifications within legislated timelines would be an asset.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressive leadership experience.
  • Experience with or relevant exposure to the Alberta Municipal Government Act is desired.
  • Experience working with a municipal Council or Governance Board is preferred.
  • Demonstrated management experience with financial and budgeting processes, strategic planning, government and people relations, negotiations, communications, conflict resolution, and capital works and infrastructure.
  • Experience in capital and strategic planning.
  • Functional computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Proven interpersonal and communication abilities.

Equal Opportunity

The Town of Bon Accord is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff benefits and enriches the work environment and contributes to organizational excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including candidates from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities.


A competitive compensation package commensurate with skills and experience. Further details will be discussed in a personal interview.


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Information, expressions of interest and resumes contact or send in confidence to:

Ken Glover, BSc., RPR
Managing Partner, HumanEdge Global
Phone: 780-902-1174