Mayor & Council

Mayor Lori Ackerman

Mayor Ackerman has lived in the Peace Region for over 30 years: in Dawson Creek until 1988 and since then in Fort St. John. She served Fort St. John as a City Councillor from 2005 to 2011. She was elected Mayor in November 2011. Lori presides as the Chair of the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Northeast Regional Advisory Committee and in 2009 was nominated by her peers to be one of the elected officials to represent Northeast BC on the NDIT Board.

Lori is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program and is an active volunteer. Lori volunteers with the Peace Williston Advisory Committee to the Board of BC Hydro; Emergency Social Services; Scouts Canada; and was a founding member of the United Way cabinet in Fort St. John. In 2002, Lori received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and in 2005, she received the Silver Acorn for her distinguished service to Scouting.
 
Lori is the Executive Director of Sci-Tech North, a non-profit organization that offers support to entrepreneurs and innovators in the Northeast. She is tireless in her representation of her clients and communities. In her professional capacity, she is the Vice Chair of the BC Regional Science and Technology network and a member of the Economic Development Association of BC. Lori’s background is in marketing, economic development and small business counseling. Prior to these endeavours, Lori was the Family Service Director at the Salvation Army.
 
Lori is married to Andy and together they have six grown children and seven grandchildren. Lori enjoys gardening, reading and her dogs.
 

 PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee – Chair

·                Parcel Tax Review Committee

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

·                Peace Valley OSB Community Advisory Committee

·                Mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Committee

·                Affordable Housing Committee

·                The Peace Project Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

·                North East BC Resource Municipalities Coalition

·                Resource Works Advisory Committee

·                BC Hydro Peace Williston Advisory Committee

·                Community Bridge (North Peace Community Resources Society)

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Chair

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

·                Northern Development Initiative Northeast Regional Advisory Committee

·                Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee

·                PRRD North Peace Fringe Area OCP Steering Committee

·                UVIC – Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Advisory Board

2014- 2018 Liaison Appointments:

                 Welcoming Community Committee

Councillor Trevor Bolin

Councillor Bolin was born and raised in Fort St. John and has been following his dream of serving his community as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2008. Trevor is co-owner of RE/MAX Action Realty, RE/MAX Chetwynd Realty and Action Property Management.
 
Trevor has volunteered for the Association for Community Living, Fort St. John Kids Program and the BC Northern Real Estate Board.

 Trevor is married to Lori and they have two sons. In his free time Trevor enjoys camping, collector vehicles and real estate.
 

 

 PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

2014- 2018 Liaison Appointments:

                  Youth Advisory Committee

 

Councillor Bruce Christensen

Councillor Christensen has resided in Fort St. John for over 25 years and has served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2006. He also serves as the North Central Local Government Association’s 2nd Vice President.
 
Bruce is a retired businessman and has served his community as: President of the Fort St. John Construction Association; Chair of the Northern BC Construction Association Board; President of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce; Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce; President of the Fort St. John Rotary Club; Past President North Central Local Government Association, Past Executive member Union of BC Municipalities, Executive North Peace Fall Fair Society, Executive North Peace Historical Society, District Governor for Rotary International; Exalted Ruler of the Fort St. John Elks Lodge #288; and Chairman of the Official Board of St. Luke’s United Church. He has also served as a minor hockey coach, a minor ball coach, a member of the Palliative Care Society, and serves meals to the less fortunate on Christmas Day.  Bruce is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
 
Bruce is married to Cheryl and they have two children and four grandchildren. Bruce enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with his family.
 
PORTFOLIO

2014 – 2018 Council Committees

·                Tourism Fort St. John Board

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments

·                Peace River Regional District – Alternate

·                Northern Development Initiative Northeast Regional Advisory Committee – Alternate

·                UNBC Northeast Regional Advisory Committee

·                North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission

Councillor Dan Davies

Councillor Davies is a life-long resident of Fort St. John as his grandparents moved to the Peace Region in 1946 following WWII. Dan has served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2005.
 
Dan graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Education in 2005 after completing the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education in Fort St. John. He also holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Northern Lights College and is currently completing his Master Degree in Leadership. Dan is a teacher at Duncan Cran School, a Reservist in the Canadian Forces Cadet Instructors Cadre and works in the construction industry in the summer.
 
Dan serves as Chair of the North Peace Justice Society, past vice-President of the Legion, Canadian Forces Reserve Officer, a member of the North Peace Shrine Club; and sits on the professional development committee of the teacher association. Dan is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration.
 
Dan is married to Erin and they have two children. Dan enjoys the outdoors and likes to hike and fish. He also enjoys traveling, experiencing other cultures, cooking and sampling ethnic foods.
 

 PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Parcel Tax Review Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                UNBC Northeast Regional Advisory Committee

2014- 2018 Liaison Appointments:

                  Youth Advisory Committee

Councillor Larry Evans

Councillor Evans moved to Fort St. John with his family in 1952. He spent much of his childhood exploring in and around Fort St. John and has watched it grow from a small village to the thriving City that it is today. Larry is has served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2005.
 
Larry worked as a Firefighter for the City of Fort St. John from 1972 until his retirement in 2003. During this time Larry moved up the ranks as a Trainer, Captain and in 1996 he became the Fire Chief. In 2002 he was awarded the Fire Services Exemplary Medal by the Federal Government.
 
Larry has served his community as a volunteer with the following organizations: Mini Man in Motion as Peace Region Coordinator; Muscular Dystrophy Society; North Peace Cultural Centre Building Committee; Rendezvous ’92 Committee; Medical Services Director at two Air Shows; BC Winter Games; Northern BC Winter Games; BC Festival of the arts; Stage North Committee; Child Development Centre Board President; Historical Society Board President; Kinsmen Club; Sunrise Rotary Club as a Founding Member and President; and as Parade Marshall for Canada Day and Santa Claus Parades.
 
Larry is married to Joan they have three children and four grandchildren.
 
PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Parcel Tax Review Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014- 2018 Liaison Appointments:

                 Seniors
                 Welcoming Community Committee

Councillor Gord Klassen

Councillor Klassen grew up in Fort St. John before moving away in 1983 and returning with his family in 1998. Gord served two terms as a Trustee on the School District #60 Board of Education from 2005 to 2011 and served as a Fort St. John City Councillor since 2011.

Gord graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education and worked for 25 years as a pastor. He also worked as a support worker with School District #60 for several years. Gord has served his community as Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Ethics Committee; Chaplain to the Fort St. John Fire Department; an Auxiliary Fire Fighter; Regional Coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Project; a volunteer on the Focus Group to Address Anti-Social Behaviour; and Parent Advisory Councils at CM Finch, Bert Bowes and also as PAC President at NPSS.
 
Gord is married to Sharon; together they have three children and four grandchildren.
 
 

 PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                Emergency Planning Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Alternate

·                Northern Medical Programs Trust Board and Local Committee

·                North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission

2014- 2018 Liaison Appointments:

                 Library Board

Councillor Byron Stewart

Councillor Stewart has lived in Fort St. John since 1974. He has served Fort St. John as a City Councillor since November 2011.

Byron has served as a member of various community boards including the Association for Community Living, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society and currently serves as a member of North Peace KidSport on the Fort St. John & District Sports Council.

Byron’s has a diverse education in social services, criminology and recreation.  Byron has served as a Youth Worker, Youth Offender Counsellor, Youth Probation Interviewer, Recreation Programmer, Manager of the Lido Theatre and he is currently apprenticing as a Funeral Director.

Byron is married to Lisa.  He enjoys arts, culture, sport and recreation activities and spending time with his friends and family. Byron has an appreciation for hats, colorful socks and the sound of people sharing laughter and enjoying life. 
 

PORTFOLIO
2014 – 2018 Council Committees:

·                City of Fort St. John - BC Hydro Joint Planning Committee for Site C

·                The Peace Project Committee

·                Energy Literacy Committee

2014 – 2018 Board Appointments:

·                Peace River Regional District – Director

·                City of Fort St. John/Doig River First Nations Joint Planning Committee

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Lori Ackerman
Phone: 250.787.8160
Contact: Gord Klassen
Phone: 250.794.7750
Contact: Byron Stewart
Phone: 250.793.5923
Contact: Trevor Bolin
Phone: 250.262.7334
Contact: Bruce Christensen
Phone: 250.262.9521
Contact: Dan Davies
Phone: 250.787.5847
Contact: Larry Evans
Phone: 250.263.5067