Councillor Paul Harris

A photo of Councillor Paul Harris from 2013

Contact Information 
403-341-3352 Business
403-341-5754 Fax

c/o Sunworks
4924 Ross Street
Red Deer AB T4N 1X7

Place of Birth

  • Calgary, Alberta (Holy Cross)

Council History

  • 2013 Re-elected to City Council
  • 2010 Elected to City Council

Council Appointments

  • Emergency Management Committee (alternate)
  • FCM Board of Director's/Committees
  • FCM Canada 150 Liaison
  • Governance and Policy Committee
  • Inter City Forum on Social Policy
  • Red Deer Chamber of Commerce 
  • Westerner Exposition Board


  • Organizational Creativity, Corporate Community, Dublin, Ireland (2010)
  • Inspired Leadership, Schmacher College, Totnes, England (2008)
  • Appreciative Inquiry, Carmel, CA (2007)
  • University Transfer Studies Associate Degree, Red Deer College (1998)
  • Computer Systems Technology Associate Degree, Red Deer College (1998)
  • Under graduate course work, General Studies, Communications, University of Calgary (1989)
  • French Immersion, Montreal (1984)
  • Undergraduate course work, ESL methodology, Linguistics, French, Japanese, Utah (1983)

Current Occupation

  • Community Facilitator
  • Retail Principle - Sunworks
  • Commercial Property Development

Business & Professional Record

  • Community Facilitator
    • Envision Innisfail (2010)
    • Red Deer Community Culture Vision and Plan for Action (2008)
  • Entrepreneur
    • Sunworks Home and Garden Inc. (1995 - Present)
    • Swerve Living, Community Friendly, People Friendly, Earth Friendly - Condos
    • Gestalt Computing Inc. (January 1996 - Present)
    • Deluxe Lounge (March 2002 - April 2004)
    • 936851 AB Ltd. Commercial Property Development
  • Systems Analyst III, Nova Chemicals
  • Instructor, Red Deer College, Business and Computer Courses
  • Computer Support analyst/Technician, Red Deer College
  • Technical Writer/Editor
  • Project Coordinator/Administrator, Encor Energy, Esso Resources, Trans-Canada Pipeline
  • Publicist, Ellis Bird Farm Management, Dylex
  • General Manager, Green Dolphin Street
  • Bragg Creek Steak Pit

Present Public & Community Service

  • 8 years - Red Deer and District Community Foundation, Chair
  • Red Deer Downtown Business Association, Chair
  • Chairperson of Culture Link the "leadership vehicle" referred to in the Red Deer Community Culture Plan
  • Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee, Community Foundation
  • Board Member of Culture Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Member of Culture Master Plan Sub Committee responsible for finalizing the Culture Master Plan
  • Writer’s Guild of Alberta, Treasurer 1995-1998
  • Information Systems Committee, Foundation Committee
  • Calgary Rock & Alpine Society, Member
  • The Museum Shop, 1993-1996 Treasurer/Buyer, establishing a viable shop catering to tourists and residents for the purpose of providing financial support for the ongoing activities of the Red Deer and District Museum Society
  • Promoter/Coordinator of the Cindy McLeod concert, fundraiser for the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society
  • Alberta Society of Archivists, Past Member
  • Red Deer Freenet, Steering Committee Past Member
  • Canadian Information Processing Society, past member Former member of the TESOL organization (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)


  • Alberta Centennial Medal for Leadership
  • Mayor’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership in Culture and the Arts


  • Partner: Terry Warke
  • Three cats: Lupin, Montana, Draba

Leisure Interests

  • Applied Philosophy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Reading