News and Updates for December 2019
‘Williams Lake Indian Band announces appointment of the Band’s New Chief Administrative Officer.’
Today Chief Willie Sellars announced, ‘Williams Lake Indian Band has hired Aaron Manella as our new Chief Administrative Officer.
Aaron was recruited by the Royal from Scotiabank in Williams Lake where he was an outstanding Branch Manager there and was awarded the ‘Best of the Best’ – Top Branch Manager of F2017.
Chief Sellars was ‘happy with the ‘good fit’ Aaron provides for Williams Lake Indian Band.
He comes to our people with a ‘can do’ attitude which we found was a perfect fit for Williams Lake Indian Band.
We interviewed 3 candidates from Western Canada, we reviewed many more.
Aaron was the unanimous choice of the Interview Committee.
Band Council had recently engaged James R Craven @ Associates for this nation- wide Executive Search for the Band’s next CAO and are happy with the results.
Aaron began work early in November with William’s Lake Indian Band, leaving big shoes to fill in the Williams Lake Royal Bank where he had served as Branch Manager since July 2018.
Cumberland Council announces New Chief Administrative Officer
Cumberland, BC – Today Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird announced, “Cumberland Council has
hired Clayton Postings as our new Chief Administrative Officer to begin work early in the new
year on January 13, 2020.”
“Clayton joins us from Ladysmith, where he served as Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture
for a period of six years (2013-2019) and before that with the District of Saanich for five years
(2011 -2015) where he served as Manager of the G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre. Clayton has
also worked in the private sector with a company which operated P3 ice sheet facilities in
Ontario and North Vancouver,” added the Mayor.
Mayor Baird further added, “Clayton was an outstanding candidate in this robust competition
during which time we received resumes and expressions of interest from over 75 candidates.
During our recent weekend of interviews, we interviewed four candidates from western
Canada. Clayton was the unanimous choice of the Interview Committee, which was composed
of all members of Council.”
Council had recently engaged James R Craven @ Associates for this nation-wide executive
search for Cumberland’s next CAO and the work has been ongoing throughout the summer
with Council’s close collaboration.
the following from https://www.bclocalnews.com/news/city-of-revelstoke-hires-new-director-of-engineering/
The City of Revelstoke has hired Steve Black to be the new director of engineering and public works.
Black has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah with over 20 years of experience in municipal and public infrastructure, as well as land development. He brings with him experience in resort municipalities with vast responsibilities in management, planning, and budgeting making him an ideal fit for this role, said a news release from the city.
Black’s diverse knowledge includes both the public and private sectors; from project management, architectural/civil design, construction techniques, municipal infrastructure design, project coordination and detailed engineering.
“We are very pleased to have Steven joining the City’s Management Team, his accomplishments as a senior engineer and manager are sure to be a great addition to our very busy municipality,” said Mayor Gary Sulz. “I am confident that Steve will provide the necessary guidance to our engineering department, we are very excited to welcome him to the team.”
Steve expressed his enthusiasm to join the City’s management team through the Victor Hugo quote “There’s nothing like a dream to create the future” and is excited to formally begin his employment on Nov. 18, 2019.
“I am confident Steve will be a valuable addition to the management team,” said interim CAO Dawn Low. “We welcome him to our beautiful community and look forward to his stewardship of the City’s infrastructure and facility assets.”
News and Updates for November 2019
The City of Fernie is pleased to announce that Council has hired Michael Boronowski as the City’s new
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Boronowski will join the City of Fernie from the District of Mission, where he has served as the Manager of Civic
Engagement and Corporate Initiatives for the past five years. In this role, he has led major technology-transformations
within the municipality and has been provincially recognized for his work transforming the Stave West Forest & Recreation
“Mr. Boronowski is going to be an immediate asset to the City of Fernie team,” says Mayor Ange Qualizza. “He brings
important local government experience, alongside an exemplary resume that combines varied post secondary education
with experience in both the public and private sectors.”
Boronowski holds a Masters of Arts, and comes to Fernie with a depth of experience in branding, communications and
engagement, organization and business development, strategic planning, and business optimization.
Council engaged James R. Craven and Associates for the comprehensive search for Fernie’s next CAO. Out of the strong
pool of candidates, Boronowski was the clear choice from the interview panel, made up of City Councillors.
“This Council is committed to sustainable service delivery and encouraging community involvement in our future-planning.
Mr. Boronowski is a leader in this area and that contributed to making him an obvious front-runner. We look forward to
having him onboard as we continue to lead our growing City effectively into the future,” added Mayor Qualizza.
Boronowski will begin work in his new role on January 2, 2020.
News and Updates for August 2019
‘Port Edward hires New Chief Administrative Officer’
‘With pleasure I would like to announce that Danielle Myles, presently Manager of Economic Development for the City of Terrace, is the new Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Port Edward’ said Mayor Knut Bjorndal today.
‘After a Canada wide Executive Search conducted by James R. Craven & Associates, (a local government recruiter with many years of experience in British Columbia), and reviewing 45 candidates, a short list was prepared with the collaboration of our Council.
Interviews were held with the top three candidates several weeks ago in Port Edward.
Prior to the shortlist Members of Council were also interviewed by Craven to ascertain the Council’s ‘Desired Qualities of the Perfect Candidate’.
The shortlisted candidates all brought a great deal to the interviews with the Council, but Danielle had the perfect combination of the qualities we were seeking as a Council’, said the Mayor.
Danielle leaves the City of Terrace as Manager of Economic Development, was previously Regional Manager of the Economic Operations Branch, and before that Policy Analyst for the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations.
We were delighted when she decided to apply for the newly posted position of Chief Administrative Officer’ said Mayor Bjorndal.
For more information contact
Mayor Knut Bjorndal
News and Updates for May 2019
District of Sparwood
Michele Schalekamp welcomed a new Chief Financial Officer Kristi Bilodeau to the District of Sparwood. Kristi will be taking over financially from Michele following Michele’s recent appointment to the Sparwood CAO position.
Kristi has excellent references and previously worked as CFO for First Nations and also in Public Practice out of Cranbrook BC.
News and Updates for April 2019
Sidney – Director of Engineering – Jenn Clary P.Eng. PMP.
Jenn Clary joins the Town of Sidney, effective June 2019 in the role of Director of Engineering.
Jenn leaves Metro Vancouver where she served successfully as a Professional Engineer for 6 years based in the sewer and water utilities side. During that time she was Senior Project Engineer in the Water Services, Operation and Maintenance.
Previously Jenn worked in the private sector in the construction industry coordinating LEEDS and quality requirements on a wide array of projects from including the Surrey Memorial Hospital and as a coordinator for a national project under the MacDonald’s franchise.
Kitimat – Director of Labour Relations and Human Resources - Marli Penner
Marli joins Kitimat District Municipality effective June in the capacity of Director.
Formerly with Coast Mountain College where she also handled HR and Labour , she comes with a great deal of experience and training in labour relations and human resources and the staff at Kitimat are looking forward to working with her. Marli has been recognized for proficiency by her association and has earned awards while in her present position with the College.
News and Updates for February 2019
Over the past 2 months Mayor and Council started the search for a new CAO and retained the services of James R Craven and Associates to compile a list of candidates. Council felt that it was best to go to an open competition and as such through the services of James R Craven and Associates we received 45 applications from across Canada for the position.
In the past 2 weeks that list was brought down to a short list of 8 candidates that Mayor and Council felt, best suited what we were looking for in a candidate. This list ultimately ended up with 6 candidates as two candidates dropped out at the last minute.
On February 17th, 2019 Mayor and Council along with Jim Craven interviewed the final 6 candidates and through an eleven hour process came to picked our new CAO.
On behalf of Council I am pleased to announce that Michele Schalekamp has been selected to be the new CAO for the District of Sparwood, effective February 18, 2019.
Mayor and Council look forward to working with Michele and her team to move Sparwood forward for years to come.
I will make a formal announcement at the regular council meeting held on February 19th, 2019.
Mayor District of Sparwood
News and Updates for December 2018
District of North Saanich Hires Tim Tanton as New Chief Administrative Officer
North Saanich Council is pleased to announce the selection of Tim Tanton as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the District of North Saanich.
“On behalf of Council and staff I would like to welcome Tim Tanton to the District of North Saanich. We are excited and optimistic as we embark on this important organizational transition” said Mayor Geoff Orr, “and wish the very best to our retiring CAO, Dr. Rob Buchan.”
The selection of Mr. Tanton follows a 5-month recruitment process that was initiated by the previous Council, finalized by the current Council, and supported throughout by our search Consultant James R Craven and Associates. There were more than 80 applicants for the position, with interest coming from across Canada in addition to many qualified and impressive candidates from the Capital Region.
Council worked with the consultant to arrive at a short list and ultimately interviewed 5 candidates.
“Council was very impressed with the high caliber of candidates,” said Mayor Orr. “We’re confident that Tim is the right choice for this critical position and brings with him considerable skill, passion and familiarity with North Saanich and the Saanich Peninsula.”
Tanton has 20 years of municipal and regional experience in the Capital Region. He previously held the position of Director of Infrastructure Services in North Saanich before shifting to Integrated Water Services at the Capital Regional District and is currently the Director of Development Services, Engineering, Parks and Works for the Town of Sidney. He is a professional engineer and also holds a Masters degree in public administration.
Tanton is expected to start in his new position on Monday January 7th, 2019.
News and Updates for October 2018
Donna Monteith has been appointed Chief Financial
Officer for the District of Ucluelet effective soon. Donna was Secretary and Treasurer
for a mid island Water Improvement District for many years.
News and Updates for August 2018
Ryan Foster, formerly Water Quality Operator 2, City of Cranbrook, with previous experience in Water Distribution and Supply from the Municipality of Peel has been hired effective around September 1st to be the new Public Works Foreman of the Village of Zeballos.
Meredith Starkey, Acting CAO Village of Zeballos commented,"Ryan scored well during interviews in Zeballos as did the 2 other excellent candidates. He had exactly what we were looking for and it is great he is coming to join our team!"
News and Updates for June 2018
Murray Walters P Eng. has been hired for the position of Manager Water Services for the Nanaimo Regional District. He begins his duties in June 2018.
News and Updates for May 2018
Paul Carver, Chief Administrative Officer of the District of Port Alice has accepted a position as CAO of the Village of Sayward effective May 2018
News and Updates for January 2017
Amit Sharma started as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of Alert Bay in January 2017. Amit was formerly in The Village of Tahsis staff where he held the position of accountant.
John France was hired by the Village of Sayward as Chief Administrative Officer effective January 25th. John was formerly CAO of Sunshine Coast Regional District.
News and Updates for September 2016
Westlock County Council is pleased to announce that Council has approved engaging the services of Mr. Leo Ludwig as Chief Administrative Officer and as required by legislation has appointed him as CAO for Westlock County under the Municipal Government Act effective Monday, September 19, 2016.
Fernie City Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Norm McInnis has been appointed the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Fernie, effective November 1, 2016.
News and Updates for August 2016
The Mayor and Council of the Village of Canal Flats are pleased to announce that Heidi Frank will be the new Chief Administraive Officer for the Village effective August 15, 2016.
Jennifer Larson CA will begin her duties as the Chief Financial Officer of the District early in September. Jennifer has been the Auditor of the District for 3 years and has had extensive experience in McAlpine & Co, an Accountant firm in Terrace enjoying the challenges of an active practice over a number of years, prior to that she carried out audit functions and work for INAC in Yellowknife and Hamlets across the north providing services there since 2001. She is currently President of the Rotary Club of Terrace.
Gregg Drury joins Stewart as Chief Administrative Officer in late September, Gregg has lived in the Northwest for many years and has provided many diverse and extensive administrative roles there successfully serving an extensive array of First Nations Clients and provincial government agencies – he also has demonstrated skills in business startups, and forestry work with a variety of clients in the area.
News and Updates for June 2016
The District of Sechelt is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Planning, Mr Isaac Isakov effective May 25th, 2016.
Mr Isakov previously held planning positions in Coquitlam and Harrison Hot Springs and has the relevant experience in Parks Planning, Design, and Business Development that the District was seeking for this position.
News and Updates for March 2016
The District of Sechelt is pleased to announce the appointment of two departmental Directors, effective late April, 2016.
Ms. Nicholalea (Nikii) Hoglund has accepted the position of Sechelt’s Director of Engineering and Operations Services, responsible for the management of the services provided by the District’s Engineering, Public Works, and Parks departments.
Mr. Douglas Stewart will be joining the District as Director of Financial Services.
The City of Cranbrook has officially announced the appointment of David Kim as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Mr Kim comes to Cranbrook via Calgary bringing with him over 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. An engineer by trade, Mr Kim spent 14 years with the City of Calgary first as an engineer with the Transportation department before moving up to Manager of Urban Development with the municipality. Most recently Mr Kim was Vice President of Land Development with R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited -a Canadian and international engineering and environmental consulting company with eleven branches nationally including Calgary.
News and Updates for February 2016
The Strathcona Regional District Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Leitch will take the reins as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Regional District effective March 1, 2016.
“We are excited to have Dave join us,” said John MacDonald, Chair of the Regional District. “He has significant local government management experience, and his knowledge of regional governance and engineering expertise will be a tremendous asset to the organization. We look forward to working with him.”
Mr. Leitch brings with him more than 20 years of local government experience in the fields of engineering, administration, public works and utilities. A graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, he has a diploma in civil engineering with additional certificates in management, local government administration, and water and waste water management. Mr. Leitch has held senior management positions with the Comox Valley Regional District, the Cowichan Valley Regional District and the Regional District of Nanaimo.
Bud Massey, Reeve of Westlock County announced the appointment of Mr. Duane Colemen as the County's new CAO effective March 7th, 2016.
Duane has a solid background in the private and public sector. He is known for his successful and imaginative solutions while in both the local government and the private sector.
Presently, Duane is General Manager of Edcon Power Tongs and was formerly Chief Administrative Officer for Lac Le Biche for a lengthy period.
Prior to that he was Manager of Human Resources in Sturgeon County.
Duane has his Senior Executive Fellows Certificate in Local Government and a Certificate in Local Government and is well recognized by his peers a good fit for a place like Westlock which is in the process of reinventing itself.
News and Updates for January 2016
Bruce Grieg Director of Planning, District of Central Saanich is pleased to announce that Kyle McStravick begins in the early New Year as Planner for the District of Central Saanich. Kyle was a very effective member of the planning and development team at the City of Langford prior to accepting this new challenge.
Mayor Ken Williams of the District of the Highlands in southern Vancouver Island advised that the new Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer for the District is Loranne Hilton. Loranne has played a senior role in the Administration of the District of Oak Bay as Acting CAO and as Director of Corporate Services and started her career in the Highlands in a similar role more than a decade ago.
News and Updates for November 2015
Paul Murray joins the team at the District of Central Saanich effective December 16th , 2015 as the new Director of Financial Services.
Paul was former Chief Administrative Officer and former Director of Finance from Saanich and prior to that Director of Finance of Langford
The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is pleased to announce that Kim Grout has been appointed as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Kim had previously served the City of Pitt Meadows for 11 years, as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Deputy CAO, and as their Director of Operations and Development Services. She had also worked in the past for the cities of Maple Ridge and Abbotsford. A leader with extensive experience in local government operations, she possesses a B.Sc. in Agriculture from UBC, as well as professional certification as a Registered Professional Agrologist and a Registered Professional Planner.
Kim will begin her duties on Dec. 14, 2015.
The Mayor and Council of the Village of Tahsis are pleased to advise that Mark Tatchell has been hired as the new Chief Administrative Officer for the Village.
Since 1994 Mark has been a Project Director and/or Executive Director for a number of high profile Programs within the BC Provincial Government including the Open Information Initiative, Auditor General for Local Government, Police Services Division, and Strategic Justice Partnerships. Mark has a BA from University of Victoria and an MA from Colorado State University
Mark begins his duties in Tahsis on the 16th of November, 2015.
Nikki Gilmore, Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of Pemberton is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Harris to the position of Manager of Operations and Development. Tim was previously the Chief Administrative Officer and prior to that the Manager of Public Works of the Village of Anmore for over a decade. Prior to that he owned and operated his own Private Sector Municipal Services business in Anmore, contractor to the Village and other clients.
News and Updates for July 2015
The Mayor and Council of Cache Creek is pleased to announce the appointment of Melany de Weerdt as Cache Creek’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Melany has a been an effective manager for 15 years in the private sector and in local government – she leaves her last position (five years as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CAO for the District of Taylor) to begin work in Cache Creek in late July.
News and Updates for May 2015
The Management Team of Kiselas First Nation is happy to advise that Erica Austin has been appointed Lands Officer effective immediately.
Erica has had previous experience with the We’suet’en First Nation as a Land Use Planner and with the Lake Babine First Nation in the Natural Resources Group.
Erica has a BA in Environmental Planning from University of the North and recently completed a Language/Teaching Program from Nicola Institute of Technology.
News and Updates for April 2015
The Management Staff of the District of Kitimat is pleased to announce that after a lively competition, Michael Manson has been appointed to the position of Deputy Operations Manager effective April 21st, 2015.
Michael has had extensive experience in the Water, Sewer, and Drainage operations of the City of Revelstoke since 2008, plus similar experience in other parts of British Columbia since 1995.
News and Updates for November 2014
Barry Elliott, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Tumbler Ridge today advised that Chris Leggett has been hired as Financial Manager effective October 6th, 2014.
John Elliott, Chief Councillor of Stz’uminus First Nation today advised that Bill Hargreaves has been hired as Stz’uminus Director of Education effective November 10th, 2014.
News and Updates for May 2014
Jordan Wall, B.A., Economics, presently Regional Account Development Executive for Northern Industrial Sales has accepted the position of
Economic Development Officer - District of Tumbler Ridge. Mr. Wall was raised in Tumbler Ridge and ran a successful business there in Terrace as well.
He has had extensive overseas experience, in South East Asia (China, Korea and Japan and after his degree and his work and travel returned to Tumbler Ridge to take up his duties as Account Executive for Northern Industrial Sales.
News and Updates for November 2013
Tumbler Ridge: Director of Community Services
David Szucsko begins his new position in Tumbler Ridge as Director of Community Services on December 1st, 2013. He has been a teacher with the Northern Lights College for the last decade.
First Nations Stewardship Society
Robert Grodecki has recently been appointed Executive Director of the North Coast Skeena Stewardship Society. He began his new position mid-September 2013 bringing with him a wealth of experience from his previous positions
as Corporate Administrator of Prince Rupert (2009 to present), Administrative Manager of Metlakatla Band Council and roles with Skeena Cellulose.
Deputy Corporate Officer for Tumbler Bridge ‘Jeanette Mc Dougall will be starting her new position as Deputy Corporate Officer with Tumbler Ridge on November 25th, 2013. She previously worked for Sechelt as Executive Secretary to the Mayor and had extensive experience in similar positions in the private sector. ‘
GFOA Government Finance Officers of BC
After a spirited Canada wide competition, Rob Bullock was selected as the new Executive Director of GFOA. He has a diverse array of valuable qualities from his position as Director of Financial and Support Services of the Children’s Foundation and previously a senior role with the City of Edmonton.
News and Updates for September 2013
Bernice Crossman, CGA has accepted the position of Director of Financial Services for the Village of Burns Lake. Bernice has been in private practice in Burns Lake for over 15 years. She starts with Village of Burns Lake in early September.
Daniel Plamondon, Senior Planner with Central Okanagan Regional District since 2004 has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Cache Creek. Mr. Plamondon starts with Cache Creek in early October.
News and Updates for March 2013
Peter Verteuil former Director of Finance of the City of Duncan has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City effective March 13, 2013. Peter has played a number of previous roles at the City of Duncan over the past 8 years including Deputy CAO and Deputy Corporate Officer.
News and Updates for December 2012
Bruce Grieg, Planner of Central Saanich for the last 5 years, has been appointed ‘Director of Planning and Building Services’ for the District of Central Saanich, effective immediately. Bruce is a Registered Planner who brings a wealth of talent, and experience from both the public sector and the private sector to this position.
During his career in both the US and Canada he consulted to a variety of clients in Jackson, Wyoming for 5 years, and was also a principal in a private company of Landscape Architects in British Columbia.
Peace River Regional District is very happy to announce that, after a spirited competition, Jo-Ann Frank has been appointed as Corporate Officer effective mid January. Jo-Ann brings many years of Corporate Officer and HR Training with her from both the District of Sechelt and earlier from the Cariboo Regional District.
Tumbler Ridge is happy to secure the services of Brent Schofield as their new Civil Engineering Technologist. Brent brings a wealth of experience with him from the private sector in Nanaimo, where he was engaged for a five years with Lewkowich Engineering. Brent begins his new career on January 7th, 2013 in Tumbler Ridge.
Svitlana Zapel has been appointed Director of Development and Engineering of the District of Tumbler Ridge. She begins her duties in early January. Svitlana has a distinguished career as an engineer in charge of sewer, water, roads and airports in Colorado and Europe .
Douglas Beale has been appointed Operations Manager of the District of Tumbler Ridge effective late November. Doug has many years of experience in similar roles in the private sector.
Michelle Martineau has joined the City of Fernie as Director of Corporate Administration. Michelle was previously in a similar role in the District of Tofino.
News and Updates for November 2012
Gord Howie, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Prince Rupert , will begin his duties as CAO of the District of Sooke effective February 1st 2013.
He has served in many other capacities as Local Government Mentor and Lecturer at MATI, Royal Roads, and Banff Conference Centre and as past Chair and Founding Director of Municipal Insurance Association.
Gord has had a long and distinguished career in local government, twice as CAO of Prince Rupert, as CAO of North Vancouver District and as deputy CAO of Richmond.
News and Updates for August 2012
Former Director of Legislative Services and interim CAO, popular Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Northern Sunrise County (NSC), Peter Thomas has been appointed CAO of Northern Sunrise County.
After a spirited competition which included a large number of candidates from across Canada , Peter was chosen by the Reeve and Council of the County to succeed Bob.
Prior to joining Peter was CAO of Pouce Coupe for four years and also played senior executive roles in Tumbler Ridge and Faro, Yukon.
News and Updates for June 2012
Corien Speaker has been hired as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Squamish effective July 3rd, 2012.
Corien has been working in local government for almost 21 years, and held the role of CAO for the District of Elkford for almost eight years. As a CAO, Corien is a progressive leader who embraces innovation. She led many successful strategic initiatives while in Elkford, including an integrated climate change adaptation / OCP project, an award winning branding and economic development project, and the renegotiation of the Elk Valley Industrial Property Tax sharing Agreement. She also participated on the Province’s Industrial Property Tax Review Advisory Committee and the RCMP Contract Negotiation Advisory Committee, and is currently the First Vice President of the Local Government Management Association.
Previous to her work at the District of Elkford, Corien was the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Prince Rupert. She is a Certified General Accountant, participated in the Royal Roads University Local Government Leadership Program, and holds a Diploma in Local Government Management from the University of Victoria.
News and Updates for May 2012
Mr. Patrick Robins has been selected to be the new Chief Administrative Officer of Central Saanich. He will replace Mr. Gary Nason who will be retiring in mid July. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk-Treasurer of the Town of Princeton, BC, and previous to that was the Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk of the District of Invermere and the Director of Financial Services with the District of Squamish. Mr. Robins is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He also holds a Senior Certificate in Local Government Administration from the Provincial Board of Examiners and a Diploma in Accounting Technology from the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC.
Mr. Robins will be commencing his duties with Central Saanich on July 9, 2012.
News and Updates for April 2012
Gina Albers has accepted the position of Deputy Corporate Administrator for the City of Quesnel . She has had previous Corporate Service experience in the Town of Slave Lake and has also worked for the District of Kitimat.
She also has an extensive administrative background including Land Titles experience.
Mayor Frank Leonard and Saanich council are pleased to announce that Paul Murray has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer effective June 1, 2012. The current Chief Administrative Officer Tim Wood, is retiring on May 31, 2012.
Mr. Murray joined Saanich in 2001 as the Director of Corporate Projects and became the Director of Finance in 2004. He previously served as the Finance Director in Central Saanich and Langford and was the General Manager of CREST.
Mr Murray is a Certified General Accountant with a Master of Public of Administration from the University of Victoria. He was recently the President of the British Coumbia Finance Officers Association and currently sits on the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia Board of Directors.
Mayor Frank Leonard said "We congratulate Mr. Murray on being successful in this open competition. His strategic and progressive leadership style combined with his understanding of local government will serve Saanich well."
The Village of Queen Charlotte Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Mr. Pete Weeber has accepted an offer of employment as the new Chief Administrative Officer commencing June 4, 2012. Mr. Weeber is currently a resident of Terrace where he worked from 2001 to 2011 as a paramedic, firefighter and, from 2005 to 2011 was the Terrace Fire Chief and Emergency Program Coordinator. Most recently he has worked as Corporate Officer for the Village of New Hazelton and was the acting Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Stewart. Pete has a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Services, a Certificate in Local government Administration and is working to complete an Advanced Diploma in Managing for Government in 2012. He will be working with our current Administrator, Bill Beamish, for the month of June while he gets settled and becomes familiar with the community.
News and Updates for February 2012
Candie Laporte has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Tumbler Ridge. She has 12 years of public and private sector financial experience behind her plus a CGA designation and other courses. During her career, she recently served for 3 years as Financial Officer for the City of Williams Lake.
News and Updates for October 2011
Heather Nelson-Smith has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Village of Alert Bay effective December 1st, 2011. Heather leaves the CAO position of Port Clement where she has worked for a number of years.
News and Updates for August 2011
Leslie Lloyd has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Officer for the Village of Cache Creek. Leslie was formerly the Director of Administrative Services and the Acting Chief Administrative Officer of Squamish Lillooet Regional District.
News and Updates for July 2011
John Locher of Ethix Consulting Inc. and former CAO of Ft St John has been engaged by the District of Hudson’s Hope as Interim CAO with the focus on training and internal candidate as CAO and addressing Council’s current priorities.
News and Updates for June 2011
Saira Bradley has been hired as Human Resources Manager for the Tsawwassen First Nation. Saira takes over her duties on July 11th, 2011. ‘Mark Fercho has been hired as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of MacKenzie effective July 11th, 2011. Mark has had many years of experience with the City of Prince George where he specialized in Environment and Sustainability issues.
News and Updates for May 2011
Ron Poole, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Terrace has accepted the Municipal Manager position in the District of Kitimat. Ron starts his new position on the 4th of July, 2011. Effective June 20th; Karen Mellor starts as Chief Administrative Officer in Pouce Coupe , BC . Karen has an extensive background in regional and community planning in the Okanagan area and recent experience as CAO in BC and Manitoba.
News and Updates for April 2011
Tom Kadla starts as CAO at Lumby May 30, 2011. Tom leaves his present post as CAO of Cache Creek where he has served for several years.
Carla Fox starts soon as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in Burns Lake. She will also share the Deputy CAO position.
Carla was previously Financial Controller for Comfor Management and an Instructor for the Lakes District
News and Updates for Feb. 2011
CITY OF QUESNEL
John Stecyk joined the City of Quesnel as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in early January 2011.
John has played many roles in Engineering and Administration including Superintendent Regina Public Schools, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yukon, and in his last role before joining Quesnel, Regional Engineer and Construction Project Leader Government of Canada.
POWELL RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT
Mac Fraser will start as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) on April 1st, 2011 with the Powell River Regional District.
Mac leaves Islands Trust where has worked as Director of Planning for Islands Trust since 2007, following a role as CAO for Cumberland from 2002 to 2006.
TSAWWASSEN FIRST NATION
Ed Chanter joins Tsawwassen First Nation as Director of Lands in early March. Ed has been a Municipal Planner for a number of local governments in BC and Alberta including the City of Prince George.
Patrick Thompson joins Tsawwassen First Nation in March as Special Projects Officer, and has a background as a lawyer and as a planner.
VILLAGE OF GIBSONS
Warren Waycheshen joins the Village of Gibsons on April 1st as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
Warren leaves the District of Mackenzie where he has served 1st as Chief Financial Officer and for the last 7 years as CAO.
News and Updates for Sept. 2010
Ross McPhee joins the City of Colwood as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) in early October, 2010. Ross comes from the City of Revelstoke where he served as CAO for 4 years. Ross has past experience as a planner and as a lawyer and is looking forward to his new position with Colwood. James R. Craven and Associates Ltd. conducted the search after the City had placed the advertisement.
News and Updates for April 2010
Don Willems, CGA, has accepted a position as Chief Financial Officer for Nakusp.
Don brings with him a wealth of experience from Local Government – from the Manager of Accounting – Utilities in Medicine Hat , to the CAO of a Utilities company in North West Territories .
Andrew Hatfield has been appointed as Transportation Manager for the City
of Campbell River.
News and Updates for December 2009
George Moore started at the Kincolith (Gingolx) First Nations Band office on the 14th of September as their new Band Manager/ Village Administrator
Lori Pilon starts on January 4th, 2010 at Cache Creek as their new Chief Financial Officer. Lori came from Pemberton Village where she was Chief Administrative Officer for many years and before that from Lions Bay and other CAO assignments prior to that.
Sheila Munro resigned as CFO in Cache Creek several months ago.
Ken Cooper started on Dec1st, 2009 at the Campbell River Indian Band as their new Band Manager.
Bill Beamish starts early in the new year at the Village of Queen Charlotte as their new Chief Administrative Officer. Bill formerly served the District of Houston and later the Town of Gibsons as Chief Administrative Officer for many years until his retirement several years ago.
James R Craven has been reappointed to the FCM Green Fund for a further term of 2 years (December 15th, 2009 to December 14th 2011. James also Chairs the Investment Committee and is acting Chair of the Audit Committee.
News and Updates for November 2009
Anthony Haddad is the Manager of Planning for Penticton. Lori Pilon has accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Corporate Services Officer of Cache Creek effective in mid December, 2009 and James Van Hemert has accepted the position as Director of Development Services at the City of Duncan effective in several months.
News and Updates for July 2009
Sheila Munro has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Village of Cache Creek’ effective July 2, 2009.
News and Updates for May 2009
Travis Glasman filled the position of Executive Director with Misty Isle Economic Development Society. Ron Campbell has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer/Parks Manager for Cultus Lake Parks Board. This appointment is effective May 1st, 2009. John Farrell has been appointed Deputy Secretary Treasurer to the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional
District effective May 1st, 2009.
News and Updates for March 2009
Gerry Vander Wolf from Harrison Hot Springs has been appointed CAO for the District of Houston.
News and Updates for January 2009
Leah Hartley, formerly planner from the City of Penticton planning staff, has been hired by the Islands Trust as their Regional Planning Manager, This position is based on Saltspring Island.
Scott Coulson has accepted a position with the District of Clearwater as their new Chief Financial Officer. Although Scott leaves the Cultus Lake Parks Board Chief Administrative Officer position with some regret he and his family are looking forward to this new opportunity very much. Michael Glavin, of Bellevue , Alberta has joined the District of Houston as the new
Director of Engineering and Development Services.
News and Updates for December 2008
Rob Sabine, presently CAO of Canal Flats has been hired by the Board of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District as their Chief Administrative Officer effective February 1st ,2009. Gary Leobold ACIP, MCIP, has
joined the City of Penticton as their Manager of Planning. Gary is leaving
his former company GML Consulting to take on this position.
News and Updates for November 2008
Bob Long has joined the District of Tofino as Chief Executive Officer (CAO). Bob was formerly the CAO of the Regional Districts of Comox Strathcona, Fraser Fort George, and Cariboo Chilcotin.
Brian Reardon has joined the Strathcona Regional District as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Brian was formerly the CAO of the North Okanagan Regional District.
Eunice Ludlow has joined the Village of Queen Charlotte as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Eunice was formerly the CAO of the Village of Slocan .
Leslie Lloyd has joined the Squamish Lillooet Regional District as Corporate Administration Officer. Leslie was formerly the Executive Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of Campbell River .
Jim Craven and George Paul recently concluded a Vision, Mission and Values Session with the Strathcona Regional District. The workshop was attended by the Directors of the newly created Regional District and was partly funded by the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia’s Community Workshop Program.”
News and Updates for October 2008
Ron Martin has accepted the position with the Campbell River Indian Band of Band Manager as of October 2nd, 2008.
News and Updates for September 2008
Andrew Yeats has accepted a position with the District of Ucluelet where he will succeed the retiring (after many years) CAO Geoff Lyons. Andrew served a very productive 3 years as CAO of the Village of Queen Charlotte as their first CAO.
News and Updates for August 2008
Iain Bell, Director of Engineering and Development Services, District of Elkford, has been appointed Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Town of Creston , effective October 6th, 2008. Stephanie Dunlop, formerly Acting Fire Chief of the District of Metchosin was appointed Fire Chief of Metchosin in late July after the search competition interviewed a number of excellent candidates. The unanimous decision was made by a Recruiting Committee composed of the Mayor and Council, a Fire Protection Advisor and Expert, and several members of the Fire Department. Tom Kadla has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer of Cache Creek. Tom leaves his former position of Manager, Parks and Solid Waste Services, City of Prince George to take up his new duties on September 15th, 2008.
News and Updates for July 2008
Bill Newell of Fort McMurray has accepted a position as Chief Administrative Officer with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and
Eunice Ludlow of Slocan has accepted a position as Corporate Services Officer with the Squamish Lillooet Regional District.
News and Updates for April 2008
Ian Hay has been appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Lytton, he will be at his new post on the 14th of April. Workshops including the Mayor and Councils plus Senior Staff were completed in the District of Kent in March and in the Village of Valemount in April. They were sponsored in part by the B C Municipal Finance Authority.
News and Updates for March 2008
Robin Stringer CA, MBA, and former Director Finance for TransLink is the new CAO for MFABC. He will be at his new post as of June 2nd 2008.
News and Updates for Feb. 2008
The Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia (MFABC) is looking for a Finance & Administrative Assistant.
All who are interested should contact the MFABC directly:
Shelley Hahn, Manager Financial Services
Municipal Finance Authority of BC
737 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2V1
Abbas Farahbakhsh has accepted the position for Director of Public Works in the City of Duncan.
The Coast Salish Employment and Training Society is looking for a new Executive Director. (Job Description)
All who are interested should contact the CSETS directly:
Freda.firstname.lastname@example.org, (subject line Executive Director application)
Attn: CSETS Finance and Personnel Committee
201-5462 Trans Canada Highway
Duncan, BC V9L 6W4
or Fax (250) 746-0189
News and Updates for December 2007
Jim and Suzanne have returned to their 'California Office’ and won't return to Sooke until March. The usual email and cell is still the best way to make contact. If you need to mail them something the California address below is where to send it.
cell : 250-744-9455
land : 760-367-7174
PO Box 2402 , 29 Palms, CA, USA 92277
email : email@example.com
News and Updates for November 2007
Bradley A.C. Smith has accepted the position of Planner at Tofino, B.C and Saila Hull has joined the District of Ucluelet as their new Director of Corporate Services.
Deb Clipperton has joined the District of Port Hardy as their new chief financial officer, Deb was formerly CFO for the District of Hope.
John Malcolm has joined the City of Castlegar as the their new Chief Administratve Officer. John was formerly deputy administrator in Dawson Creek
News and Updates for October 2007
In Tofino, Rob Bremner is the new CAO, Mike Papuc is the new Superintendent and Bruce Forsythe is the new Foreman.
Dianne Hunter former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of High Level, has been appointed CAO of the City of Fort St John, BC. Bryan
Shoji has accepted a position from Sunshine Coast Regional District to
become the Director of Engineering Services. Brian leaves the Town of Gibsons where he had a similar position.
Jim Gustafson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the City of Castlegar , B.C., has been appointed as Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District of Central Kootenay, and Grant Roeland, Corporate Services Manager of the Town of Tabor Alberta , has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer for the Regional District of Central Kootenay.
News and Updates for August 2007
George Paul or Jim Craven will be leading a goals and objectives session at Skeena Queen Charlotte RD in October and George Paul will be working on a staff members evaluation at Comox Strathcona Regional District.
Garin Gardiner accepted the Assistant Operations Field Manager position in Prince Rupert and David Harrison has accepted the position of Deputy Clerk Treasurer at Lytton. Smithers has hired Wilf Taekema as their new Director of Works and Services
and Mike Irg has now been appointed Director of Planning at Alberni Clayoquot Regional District.
News and Updates for June 2007
Deb Sargent, Director of Planning and Acting Chief Administrative Officer of Smithers has been hired as the Chief Administrative Officer of Smithers after a competition which completed a week ago. John Holland CAO of Stewart, B.C. has accepted the position of CAO at Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District after an extensive search at that Regional District. Don Darling presently the Manager of Engineering Services at the Central Okanagan Regional District has accepted a position as 'Director of Engineering and Public Works' with the District of Summerland
News and Updates for May 28th 2007
1. Paul Gipps is now the CAO for Gibsons, BC Paul leaves Houston and will officially begin his new duties on July 2nd although he will be arriving a week earlier to be briefed on important files by the retiring CAO Bill Beamish. Good luck to both of you. Bill will take the summer off and then go into semi retirement mode working as a consultant and a facilitator.
2. Jim Martin has been appointed CAO for Fraser Fort George Regional District – Jim served the Regional District as
Interim CAO after Jan 1st , 2007 and before that served the FFGRD as Manager of Environmental Services.
3. Donna Kildaw has been appointed CAO for the Village of Lytton effective July 23rd. Donna worked for the Manitoba Provincial Government, serving as Executive Assistant/ Office Manager in a Ministers Office.
4. Paul McKivett of JRC & Associates is presently working on salary studies for Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, District of Port Edward, Village of Vanderhoof , and has completed a study for Burns Lake and for Tumbler Ridge.
News and Updates for April 10th 2007
Tim Palmer is the new CAO at Burns Lake. Tim was formerly the Engineer at District of Summerland.
News and Updates for March 12th 2007
Jim Craven and Suzanne Baden are back from the sunny desert in California and enjoying cleaning up the winter storm damage on their East Sooke property. Lots of firewood has been provided by nature’s forces and there was no harm done to the house, office or outbuildings. Associate Lee Teal and husband Harvey Teal are presently exploring the wonders of Argentina for a month.
We have two new CAO positions available in the town of Gibsons, BC and also the town of Smithers, BC. George Paul will be working with the Smithers Council.
George Paul is currently interviewing for the Village of Burns Lake, BC, CAO position. Associate Paul McKivett is finishing a wage and salary study for Skeena Queen Charlotte Regional District. Tanalee Hesse is acting CAO for Skeena Queen Charlotte while the search is in progress.
Cook’s Ferry Indian Band in Spences Bridge, BC may be re-advertised next week.
Associates Paul Douville and Bill Eccleston are assisting with the Manager of Engineering posting in Rossland, BC. We have discovered that the 30 resumes we received for the Banff Manager of Engineering position are useful in developing a short list for the Rossland position.
Fraser Ft. George Regional District in final stage of short listing.
Dennis McGill is the new Band Manager for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation First Nation. Michael Maturo has been hired by the City of Rossland as their new Planner. Dan Rodin (former Secretary Treasurer of Prince Rupert School District ) is now the Chief Financial Officer of Prince Rupert and Evelyne Labelle, a member of the staff, has accepted the position of Manager of Engineering for the Town of Banff. Robyn Newton from the District of North Vancouver is the new Manager of Research and Consulting at SPARC BC
Jim and Suzanne are working/playing from their 'California Office’ and will be back on the Feb 22nd. You can still reach them through email, (firstname.lastname@example.org) cell phone, (250 744 9455) and their land line is 760-367-2299 until the 15th of Feb. A few posts have been filled. The new CFO - for Kootney Boundary Gerry Gardner. He was their Deputy CFO. Cecile Arnott starts work as Rossland's new CFO on February 13th.
Two more jobs completed
Fred Banham is the new CAO Peace River Regional District (he was formerly the deputy). Elizabeth Andersen is the new Director of the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (formerly the acting Director).
Jim and Suzanne are away from September 25th to October 7th for 2 weeks of game viewing from open jeeps in Kruger Park north of Johannesburg. If you need to contact JR Craven and Associates during this time, please contact Paul Douville (email@example.com)
Director of Administrative Services
Laurie Taylor formerly CAO of Sayward BC will be the new Director of Administrative Services for Parksville.
Four Positions have been filled
We are pleased to announce that four positions that we have been working this summer have been filled. Albert Robinson from Terrace BC will be starting as the new CAO for the Kwakiutl First Nation. Joe Martignago from Victoria BC is the new CAO for Metchosin and the new Executive Director for the Southern Interior Trust is Ron Butler from Vernon BC.
Village of Pouce Coupe - Chief Administrative Officer
The Village of Pouce Coupe is proud to annouce the position of Chief Administrative Officer has been given to Peter Thomas (formerly Director of Recreation - District of Tumbler
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