Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, my family came to Canmore in 1963 and other than some years away at school and a bit of working, I have been a Canmore resident most of my life.  My family lives here and I have deep roots in this community.  I am active in the community, volunteering where I can (school, church, community, and non-profit groups) and supporting as many community projects and causes as possible.  While my wife, Mary and daughter, Carly keep me busy, I still find time for regular hockey (summer and winter), a bit of golf (not enough to have skills, yet), some biking, some hiking and photography.  I was a member of Canmore Council since 2007, until May 4, 2012 when I resigned to pursue the vacant office of Mayor for Canmore.  In October 2013, I was successful at regaining a council seat. 

I studied Renewable Resource Management at Lethbridge College, North America's top resource law enforcement program,  from 1983 to 1985,graduating with a diploma specializing in Conservation Enforcement, while pursuing a career as a Park Ranger/Park Warden.  In 1987, I took a position as a Provincial Transport Officer until 1991 when I returned to Canmore and found myself working as a By-law Enforcement officer for the Town of Banff.  I opened my own business, Russell Protective Services in 1993 and continue to operate that business today.

I am a people-person and find one of the greatest rewards of serving on Council is the thrill of helping people in need.  I am an excellent listener, a strong negotiator, and I represent the people of Canmore, first and foremost.

 Ed after delivering the Address to the Haggis at the Canmore Legion 2017 Burns' celebration with President Darrel Jones (left) and piper Mike Weaver (centre).