Yellowknife’s new city manager is retired Armed Forces Major-General

Yellowknife's new City Manager John Collin starts on April 9. (Photo courtesy City of Yellowknife.)

Yellowknife’s next City Manager is a former Major-General with the Canadian Armed Forces who was senior administrator for Saint John, New Brunswick for the past four years.

Following a competitive process, John Collin was selected by Council to be the most senior official in the City’s administrative structure.

Mayor Rebecca Alty stated: “I’m very pleased to welcome John to this critical role as Yellowknife moves forward with a number of important issues and priorities. John’s experience will be a huge asset to the City and the community.”

Following a 35-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces, Collin first worked at Bruce Power in Ontario, which is Canada’s only private sector nuclear generator.

A release from the City of Yellowknife, stated during his four years with the City of Saint John, Collin “addressed severe financial concerns,” and “saw renewed growth and vibrancy.”

John and his wife, Carolyn, look forward to making Yellowknife their home.

Outgoing City Manager Sheila Bassi-Kellett, was in the role for over seven years.

Mayor Alty stated Bassi-Kellett will be available, “for corporate knowledge transition over the next couple of months.”

Collin begins his new role April 9.

Sheila Bassi-Kellett shown at the opening of the Yellowknife Historical Museum on Tuesday. (Photo by James O’Connor/CKLB.)


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