Bryon has recently retired from a 37-year career with the Province of Saskatchewan. During his career he served in a number of senior executive positions including: Assistant Deputy Minister in a number of ministries, President and CEO of the Regina Regional Economic Development Authority, Senior Advisor on Resource Market Development, Executive Director Grey Cup '95, General Manager of the Big Valley Jamboree, and CEO of Centennial 2005.
Bryon has been an active volunteer in the City with a number of community organizations including; YMCA, Regina Food Bank, Can-Am Police and Fire Games, Western Canada Summer Games, WH Hawryluk School, and the India Canada Association.
Bryon, his wife Punam, and their children BJ, Alex and Nikki are long time residents of Regina and for the past 15 years have called Ward 4 their home.
Bryon has the background to work with all levels of government and City Hall to develop the plan that will take Regina forward.
Regina is at a critical turning point; in 2014 a new Strategic Plan called the Official Community Plan (OCP) was announced outlining the vision, goals and objectives on where and how we want the City to grow over the next 30 years. As a firm believer in the old adage "Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail", it is imperative that our attention be focused on a planning and budgeting framework that allows for the achievement of an affordable and sustainable long-term vision. I believe that as the city grows, our focus must be on the following key priorities:
We must do more to engage citizens in a discussion of priorities and affordability. This means providing a better understanding of the challenges of balancing asset renewal, the pressures of growth on infrastructure, and the increasing demand for enhancements to existing services with long- term financial viability.
A new robust public engagement strategy, which includes a revamped advisory committee system, is important.
Recent studies show Regina has relatively low tax rates compared to other Canadian cities and maintains spending levels that are among the lowest in Western Canada. This is not only a priority of taxpayers, but it is key to attracting new residents. We must continue this practice.
In 2013, an initiative around "affordable housing" began with the City hosting a Housing Summit and the establishment of the Mayor's Housing Commission. More work with stakeholders needs to be done to find solutions to this need.
Continuing to address the issue of the backlog of asset and infrastructure renewal is a key strategic priority. This includes renewal of residential streets, bridges, recreation facilities, water and wastewater systems and other city owned assets.
The new strategic planning framework will help to inform, prioritize and plan how to undertake these improvements to ensure sustainability and affordability.
Overall, crime rates appear to be dropping. However, there are several categories of serious offences and the issue of speeding in the residential areas that are of concern.
We must build upon the good work of the Regina Police Service to continue to make Regina a safe place to live and raise a family.
Continuous improvement on how the city delivers its programs and services in a more cost effective manner is an ongoing exercise within the City of Regina.
Innovative ideas that could incorporate new technologies, core services reviews, and participation in a national benchmarking initiative are important activities to insure the effective and efficient use of City resources.
While much attention is focused on issues of renewal and growth, it is important to ensure enhancements to existing services such as Transit and Snow Removal are considered in the strategic planning and budget processes.
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