Meet Your Council

Back row (L-R): Councillor Byron Stewart, Councillor Gord Klassen, Councillor Trevor BolinCouncillor Tony Zabinsky
Front row (L-R): Councillor Becky Grimsrud, Mayor Lori AckermanCouncillor Lilia Hansen

Mayor Lori Ackerman

Mayor Ackerman is serving her third term as the Mayor of the City of Fort St. John BC. In this role, she is not only a steward for the needs of her city, but she is a champion for her citizens on the national stage. She leads with conviction to educate decision-makers on the realities of resource extraction, our economy and our communities.

With a diploma in Business Management, and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program, Lori has spent her entire career working to benefit her community. Whether in paid leadership positions for local community groups or as a volunteer, Lori has used her expertise and unparalleled drive to benefit her community.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit (Harry S. Truman),” are words to live by for Lori. Where there is a need for a voice to speak for her community, Lori will join, lead or form an organization to raise awareness of the critical issues. She represents Fort St. John on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees. In 2016, Lori was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC in BC Business Magazine and in 2019 she was named Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada.

Taking her expertise in local government and resource extraction to the international arena, Lori spent three years working with small communities in Peru. Through the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) Program, she worked to improve governance, economies, community infrastructure and relations with the mining industry in remote regions of the country.

Lori is a leader, an innovator, a champion, a lifetime-learner, a mom, grandma, partner and friend.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • BC Hydro Site C Community Measures Agreement Monitoring Committee
  • BC Hydro Peace Williston Advisory Committee
  • BC Hydro Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee
  • Caribou Leadership Team
  • Community Action Team
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • COVID-19 Community Relief Committee
  • Emergency Planning Committee – Chair
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Mayor's Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery
  • National Zero Waste Council - Food Working Group
  • North Peace Divison of Family Practitioners - CSC
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust North East Regional Advisory Committee
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Peace River Regional District - Director
  • Peace River Regional District North Peace Fringe Area OCP Steering Committee
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Seach Committee
  • Resource Municipalities Coalition
  • Resource Works Advisory Committee
  • Restorative Justice Program
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Salvation Army Community Council
  • UVIC - Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Advisory Board

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, owner of Burger King FSJ, owner of Gateway Esso and developer for The Gateway Plaza.

Trevor has volunteered over the years for many local and provincial not-for-profit groups and boards. Trevor is married to Lori and they have two sons.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2019 Community Awards Committee
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Mayor's Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery
  • North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Seach Committee
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Tourism Fort St. John Board

Councillor Becky Grimsrud

Councillor Grimsrud has resided in the Fort St John area since 2006 and was elected to Fort St John City Council in 2018.

Becky is a career helicopter pilot and has spent her entire career flying a variety of different clients in the Peace region. She has served on several boards in the area including the North Peace Cultural Society, Fort St John Literacy Society, North Peace Seniors Housing Society, Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club, and Kin Club of Fort St John.

When she isn’t reading, in meetings, or out flying, you can usually find Becky outside enjoying the great outdoors. She enjoys many sports and recreational opportunities, arts, culture, and social events.

Becky is married to Rob, and they have two daughters.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2019 Community Awards Committee
  • Emergency Planning
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Mayor's Standing Committee on Community Economic Recovery
  • North Peace Leisure Pool Civic Properties Commission
  • Tourism Fort St. John Board
  • Youth Advisory Committee

Councillor Lilia Hansen

Councillor Hansen was born and raised in the Peace country and has called Fort St. John home since the early 1970s.  She is an Export Advisor for the Province of BC with the Export Navigator program, representing the northeast region.  In addition, Lilia is part of the organizing committee for the Spark Women’s Leadership Conference, and is a voting member of the Fort St. John Library Association.

Additional portfolio duties include: RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Search Committee, Save Our Northern Seniors (SONS), North Peace Senior Housing Society, BC Hydro GO Fund Committee, Energy Literacy Committee, Community Awards Committee, and Welcoming Community Committee to name a few.

At the end of 2018, Lilia stepped down after serving 5 years as the Executive Director of the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce so she could focus full time on council duties.  In her past role, she proudly advocated for her community at all levels of government which lead her to run for council.

Prior to that, she worked for the RCMP in an administrative role, and the Ministry of Environment for 12 years, ending her tenure as the Regional Program Admin Support (RPAS) Section Head for Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson offices.

Her personal business background includes owning an oilfield contracting businesses with her husband, real estate investment, and property management. 

Her passion for community service got her involved with the Sunrise Rotary Club in 2010, holding director and officer positions. She has been recognized for service by being awarded Rotarian of Year in 2012 & 2017.  She credits her achievements to strong mentors, family support, and those she has worked with. 

Lilia has been married to her husband Ron for 30+ years, they have two daughters, and the cutest senior citizen mom.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • BC Hydro GO Fund Committee
  • 2020 Community Awards Committee
  • Community Bridge (North Peace Community Resources Society)
  • COVID-19 Community Relief Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Fort St. John Public Library Association
  • RCMP Detachment Oversight Committee and OIC Search Committee
  • 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's 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; 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 seven grandchildren.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2020 Community Awards Committee
  • COVID-19 Community Relief Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - BC Regional Caucus
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - Rural Forum
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA)
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - BC Used Oil
  • Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia

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 and Big Sisters, Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society and currently serves as a member of North Peace KidSport on the Fort St. John and District Sports Council and once again on the Board for the Fort St. John Association for Community Living. 

Byron has a diverse and continuous education in social services, criminology and recreation.

Byron enjoys arts, culture, sport and recreation activities as well as spending time with his friends, family, and beautiful wife, Lisa. Byron has an appreciation for hats, colourful socks, and the sound of people laughing and enjoying life.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2021 Community Awards Committee
  • Comprehensive Development Plan Committee
  • Emergency Planning
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • North Peace Airport Society
  • Northern Medical Programs Trust Board and Local Committee
  • Sport Celebration Wall Standing Committee
  • UNBC North East Regional Advisory Committee
  • Youth Advisory Committee

Councillor Tony Zabinsky

Councillor Zabinsky was born in Toronto, Ontario and was raised in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. In his early years in Saskatchewan, he was an Emergency Medical Technician, Commercial pilot, and was a partner in a Men’s clothing store in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1990, Tony moved to BC to start a career in finance. In 1997, Tony and his family were transferred to Fort St John with Scotiabank. After 27 years with Scotiabank, he retired as a Commercial Lending Manager in October 2018. 

He has been a leader in a number of organizations including Kinsmen, FSJ Minor Hockey, Chamber of Commerce, North Peace Senior’s Housing Society and Northern Lights College Foundation.

Tony is committed to this community that he calls home. He is an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and as well as a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. You will find Tony enjoying the local attractions of the Peace Region, either camping, golfing or river boating.

Tony is married to Gwen and has 3 adult children and has no grandchildren as of yet.

PORTFOLIO

2018 – 2022 Committee, Board, and Liaison Appointments:

  • 2021 Community Awards Committee
  • Energy Literacy Committee
  • First Nations Relations Committee
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust North East Regional Advisory Committee - Alternate
  • Parcel Tax Review Committee
  • Peace River Regional District - Director
  • Rural Fire Protection Agreement and Fire Department Management Committee
  • Sport Celebration Wall Standing Committee