Edmonton- Michael Oshry launched his campaign for Mayor of Edmonton this morning in an online event featuring former Oilers captain Andrew Ference, small business owner Holly Mah, and PCL CEO Dave Filipchuk. Due to Covid restrictions, the launch took place as a zoom meeting (aren’t we all sick enough of those by now!) but that’s how it had to be and so that’s how it was.
Oshry was born in South Africa and moved to Edmonton with his family as a child. He started his career as a small businessperson as the founder of the iconic Edmonton restaurant, Remedy Cafe. He opened the original Remedy location on 109 St., and also for a time owned and operated a Sugar Bowl location on 124 St. “When I first met my wife Alissia 25 years ago, occasionally when we were short-staffed, I was sleeping on a mattress in the back of that Sugar Bowl”, Oshry recalls.
Following his stint as a restauranteur, Oshry co-founded a foreign currency exchange and payments company, formerly known as Globex and now called Firma Foreign Exchange. Firma now has several hundred employees and 10 offices in 4 countries. Oshry is the shareholder but is no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of the company.
He previously served on City Council from 2013 to 2017 as the Councillor for sipiwiyiniwak (formerly known as Ward 5).
Michael Oshry Quote:
“I am running for Mayor because Edmonton is at a crossroads. The decisions we make in the next five years are critical to charting the course for our prosperity for a generation. Covid has been tough on us. The decline in the energy sector has been tough on us. And perhaps Council has gotten a bit distracted on trying to do everything and needs to focus the City’s resources on what will really move Edmonton forward. This is a city that offers an absolutely incredible quality of life, and is filled with the most generous, friendly, compassionate and ambitious people you’ll ever meet.
We need to make sure that City Council honours the hard work of Edmontonians by spending money carefully, and not asking people to pay more than is required. At the same time, we can never stray from our values of compassion, empathy, and offering a helping hand to those in need. My experience first in small business, and then founding a big business, coupled with my experience on Council, gives me a great perspective on how to nurture without stifling, and ultimately how to unleash the potential for the people here to build prosperity and a future that all our kids will want to stay for. That’s why I’m doing this. I hope you’ll join me.”
More information about Michael and his campaign can be found at www.MichaelOshry.ca.
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