Chris Thiessen

Chris Thiessen

Councillor Chris Thiessen

Resident of Grande Prairie

1985-91, 1995 - 96, 2004 - Present


Son – Jasper Maksymethiessen


  • Grande Prairie Composite High School
  • Grant MacEwan Community College – Digital Arts & Mass Media Diploma
  • University of Alberta – 2 years General Studies/Education Program

Current Occupation

  • City Councillor – City of Grande Prairie

Business and Professional History

  • 2005-Present: Emcee / Keynote Speaker / Children’s Entertainer, Various events and organizations
  • 2014-2016: AUMA Representative, Interagency Council on Housing & Homelessness
  • 2012-2015: Client Support Development Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • 2008-2015: Manager, Bartender, Server, Boston Pizza (West/North)
  • 2006-2009: Part-time Children’s Instructor, Muskoseepi Park
  • 2005-2007: Public Relations Coordinator, GPRC Students Association 2004-2007: Bartender, Various Establishments​​

Current Community Involvement

  • Vice-Chair – Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance
  • Vice Chair – Destination Imagination Alberta Northwest
  • Board Member/Provincial Representative (ABNW) – John Howard Society
  • Member – Centre for Creative Arts
  • Member – Canadian Mental Health Association (ANWR)
  • Member – Council for Aging
  • Volunteer – Bear Creek Folk Music Festival

Past Community Involvement

  • 1995-96: Vice President, GPCHS Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD)
  • 2005-06: Director, Grande Prairie and District Multicultural Association
  • 2005-07: Speaker/Organizer, International Suicide Prevention Day (SPRC)
  • 2005-09: Board Member/Vice-President, Centre for Creative Arts
  • 2005-10: Master of Vision/Founder, “Peace Starts At Home” local not-for-profit Music Genre Festival
  • 2006: Parent/Child Volunteer, Roots of Empathy pilot program (FCSS)
  • 2007-08: Mentor/Organizer, Youth anti-nuclear lobby group (SPOC)
  • 2008-10: Volunteer Coordinator, Muskoseepi Park
  • 2009: Music & Volunteer Coordinator, Sunrise House “Homeless for a Night” Event
  • 2010: Volunteer Music Coordinator/Performer, Arctic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies
  • Community member participant in creation of Grande Prairie’s Municipal Development Plan, Cultural
  • Master Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Muskoseepi Park Master Plan

Notable Accomplishments and Awards

  • 1995: Co-founder of 1st ever SADD Chapter in Alberta/BC Northwest Regions
  • 2005: Helped co-ordinate the return of Heritage Days to Grande Prairie
  • 2005-06: Co-creator of Centre for Creative Arts’ Healing Arts Program Initiative (HAPI)
  • 2005-10: Heartbeat promoter and revivalist of local music scene through creation of “Peace Starts At Home” festival
  • 2006-07: Seed negotiator for 1st ever performance of the Tragically Hip in Grande Prairie at the Crystal Centre
  • 2009: Master of Vision/Project Coordinator for Muskoseepi Park Amphitheatre Wrap-around Mural
  • 2010: 1st Runner-up to Council (9th) in Municipal Elections on shoestring budget ($463)
  • 2013: Elected to council (2nd) in Municipal Elections on double shoestring budget ($917)
  • 2014: Coached Regional-winning Destination Imagination team (GPPSD), comprised of grades 3&4 kids, and participated in National D.I. event in Vancouver, BC
  • 2014: Co-chaired and co-created Grande Prairie’s 100th Anniversary Celebration “The Centennial Spectacular”
  • 2014: Appointed as AUMA Representative on Interagency Council on Housing & Homelessness,
  • 2015-16: Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator at Spirit Seekers Youth Conference
  • 2017: Appointed Provincial Representative for John Howard Society (ABNW)
  • 2017: Re-elected for second term on Council (2nd) in Municipal Elections