Mayor Christina M. Smith and 8 city councillors, each representing one of the city’s 8 wards, form the council of the City of Westmount. The council is the main governing and legislative body for the city.
The Mayor and Councillors also sit on various standing committees and municipal organizations.
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Christina M. Smith was elected to Westmount City Council on November 3, 2013 as the Councillor for District 5, she is also the Commissioner of Administration committee.
Prior to entering municipal politics Christina was the Director of Industry and Government Affairs for Coca-Cola. Christina was also the Policy Advisor to the Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Involved in many community organizations Christina believes in civic engagement to ensure our community is one where all residents benefit from our many programs and services.
Christina has a Bachelor of Political Science from Bishop’s University. Christina and her husband have three young children who enjoy many of Westmount’s sports programs and activities.
A lifelong resident of Westmount, Anitra Bostock was elected to Westmount City Council in the November 2017 election. Anitra attended Westmount High School, Dawson College, and Concordia University.
An employee of Westmount’s Sports and Recreation department from 2003 to 2012, Anitra became well acquainted with hundreds of Westmount families during her time overseeing the city’s sports and community activities.
In 2012 Anitra left the city to take on the role of Special Events Manager at the Cedars Cancer Foundation, later moving on to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities as Regional Manager for Western Quebec, providing sports opportunities to children in financial need across the province.
Anitra is honoured that District 1 voters have given her the opportunity to bring a youthful and diverse perspective to council.
Approachable and engaged, Anitra plans to have regular touch points with District 1 residents, so that she may hear what is important to them and address their concerns to the best of her ability. As Commissioner of Public Security and Traffic, Anitra wants to ensure that the department is supported by council so that it may continue providing the highest possible standard of service to all Westmount residents.
The proud stepmom of two daughters, Anitra looks forward to working with residents, council and the mayor to ensure that Westmount remains a great place to live for future generations.
Philip A. Cutler was elected to Westmount City Council on November 3, 2013.
Mr. Cutler, who has resided in Westmount since birth, attended Roslyn and Selwyn House schools, followed by John Abbott College. Holder of a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) from McGill University, he was a member of the university senate and linebacker on the Redmen football team.
Mr. Cutler is the founder and president of Laurus Educational Services, a national tutoring service, and the founder and CEO of the Laurus Summer Camp. Education, sports and recreation, technology and business are Mr. Cutler’s main areas of experience.
During his first term, Mr. Cutler hopes to help promote healthy lifestyles and improve technology throughout the city; he also wants to ensure that taxpayers’ money is used to provide them with the best possible services.
Commissioner of Sustainability and Accessibility
Member of the Transportation Advisory Committee
Member of the Healthy City – Environment Committee
Member of the Healthy City – Community Life Committee
Member of Earth Hour Committee
Member of the Westmount Train Advisory Committee
Marina Brzeski was elected to Westmount City Council on November 5, 2017 with a campaign platform that focused on improving communications between constituents and the City and ensuring that safety, accessibility and sustainability remain at the core of City initiatives.
Her commitment to, and involvement in, local issues was precipitated by her successful mobilization of her neighbours to oppose a non-conforming condo project on the site of Victoria Avenue’s Metro parking lot. Further, their efforts contributed to the inclusion of an early public notification and consultation clause in a draft by-law for non-conforming projects (S.C.A.O.P.I.), adopted by the City of Westmount on April 7, 2016.
Ms. Brzeski has been a resident of Westmount’s district 5 since 2007. Her involvement in Westmount activities dates from early adolescence. She frequented Westmount’s RMR’s armory as a young air cadet, volunteered at the Westmount YMCA and taught many Westmount children downhill skiing at Rod Roy Snow School.
Ms. Brzeski brings to Council the expertise of a 20-year career as director and advisor of communications for a number of corporations, GE Capital and Rio Tinto, among others, and has worked on a number of lobbying-related initiatives at the federal level. Ms. Brzeski holds a BA (Hons) degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree from Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications.
Mary Gallery was elected to City Council in the November 2017 election. Mary is a lifelong Westmount resident, having lived in five of the City’s eight districts over the course of her lifetime. She attended Collège Jean de Brébeuf, earned a BA in political science from the University of Western Ontario in 1991, and a Graduate Certificate from Université Laval in French as a second language in 1992.
Mary started her career on Greene Avenue at the Bank of Montreal and then became an Investment Advisor at MacDougall, MacDougall, & MacTier Inc. Mary then transitioned into executive search where she worked her way into the role of Senior Executive Recruiter at several of Canada’s largest search firms. Mary is a dedicated, civic-minded volunteer and active member of several community, academic and philanthropic boards and committees.
Mary identified 2017’s election cycle as a period of transformation in municipal leadership which signaled her opportunity to run for Westmount office. She is honoured that District 6 voters gave her the mandate to shape this youthful representation and fresh perspective on City Council. Mary is the proud mother of a teenaged son and daughter whose educational and extra-curricular endeavours keep her very busy. She brings an openness to change, respect for heritage, and fresh perspective to municipal affairs, including a willingness to listen, learn, and represent the needs and wants of ‘our’ community.
Commissioner of Urban Planning, Economic Development and Parks
Member of the Horticultural Advisory Committee
Member of the Westmount Train Advisory Committee
Member of the Summit Woods Advisory Committee
Member of the Planning Advisory Committee
Cynthia Lulham was first elected to Westmount City Council in 1995 and has represented District 7 for 18 years. For the last 8 years she was the Commissioner of Urban Planning, Parks and Green Spaces. Previously, she was the Commissioner of Recreation and Culture for ten years. Cynthia is committed to protecting the diversity and historic integrity of the City’s built environment, parks and green spaces and improving Westmount’s environmental programs.
First elected on a platform of “building community” Cynthia chaired the Victoria Hall renovation program that included the building of the Gallery and the creation of the Community Events Committee, as well as the Community Events Department. She was the co-chair of the Westmount Demerger Committee and is committed to serving the needs of the residents of Westmount.
Cynthia was a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Transportation Committee for 5 years and the vice-chair of the FCM’s Quebec Caucus in 2006.
She was the FCM co-chair of the Proximity Initiative Steering Committee when it was created in 2003 and has been the Proximity Initiative Project Manager since 2007. She works with senior railway representatives and elected municipal representatives, from across the country, organizing and guiding their partnership in order to develop solutions to rail proximity issues.
Kathleen Kez was elected to Westmount City Council on November 5, 2017 as the Councillor for District 8.
Kathleen grew up in Westmount attending Roslyn and Westmount High. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Diploma in Accounting from McGill University.
Kathleen owns her own business offering accounting and tax preparation services to small businesses and individuals. She also volunteers for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax program for those in need. She lived in France for 10 years but moved back to Westmount in 2002 with her two children, Nicolas and Chloe, both of whom are very active in the community.
She is committed to representing the interests of District 8 and looks forward to working with all residents with full transparency. She has been a strong advocate for the need to protect, preserve and enhance the vital living space of our community and has been promoting the need for more green spaces. She is eager to develop a proactive vision for district 8 through consultation and consideration that can bring the community closer together and protect its residential neighbourhood, not by integrating it but by separating it from downtown.