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While in Grande Prairie, he was a co-founder of the Grande Prairie Indoor Ice Society, an organization that raised funds for the Canada Games Arena (now Revolution Place) needed to host the 1995 Canada Winter Games. Crouse sat on the bid committee that led preparations to host the Canada Winter Games. He is also a former hockey coach that had stints with both the Fort Saskatchewan Traders and the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League as well as the St. Albert Merchants of the Capital Junior Hockey League that plays in the Edmonton Region.
Crouse has held managerial positions with several companies, including Procter and Gamble (winner of the Canadian Pulp and Paper John Bates Award), Alberta Energy Company, West Fraser Timber Co., Slave Lake Pulp Corporation, Sunchild Forest Products and Crouse Developments Ltd. (which he owned). During these years, Crouse sat on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Forest Products Association Public Relations Committee as well as the Forest Industries Suppliers Association Board.
He ran for office in 2004, when he was elected to St. Albert City Council as one of six councilors. In May 2007, Crouse indicated that he would either seek re-election or run for mayor, depending on the plans of then-mayor Paul Chalifoux. Chalifoux subsequently announced that he was leaving municipal politics. On May 31, 2007, Crouse announced on his blog that he was running for mayor in the 2007 municipal election. He defeated Richard Plain and another opponent to become mayor in October 2007.
On October 18, 2010, he was elected to a second term and in 2013 a third term. Crouse also served 5.5 years as chair of the Capital Region Board (CRB), a board of 24 municipalities, where Crouse was re-elected to serve on several occasions. He also served as chair of the CRB's Transit Committee for three years in the infancy of the CRB from 2009 to 2012. Crouse completed serving his third term as mayor and ranks as the fourth-longest-serving mayor in the history of St. Albert.
In January 2017, Crouse announced that he would not seek a fourth term as mayor. Crouse announced later that same month that he was going to run for the leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party, but stated that, if elected, he intended to serve out the remainder of his term as mayor, which ended in 2017. Crouse, at the time the sole leadership candidate, withdrew his candidacy two days before the deadline for individuals to register as candidates. He said his reasons for withdrawing "will be kept private".
Crouse is married and has three children and five grandchildren.
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Nolan Crouse is the mayor of St. Albert, AB.
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His 10 years in the mayor's chair put him among the longest-serving council members the city has ever had. Michael Hogan set the record of 24 years from 1919 to 1943, William Veness served 14 years from 1951 to 1965, and Richard Fowler served roughly 11 and a half years from 1966 to 1968 and from 1980 to 1989.
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