Evan Saugstad is the chair of Northern Development and retired in December 2011 as the Mayor of Chetwynd after nine years in the role. When not busy with community politics, he works as a community coordinator with Spectra Energy on special projects and is now based out of Fort St. John. He has lived and worked in three of the four geographic areas of the Northern Development Initiative Trust; Bella Coola (born and raised), Prince Rupert, Atlin and Chetwynd/Fort St. John.
Evan’s past experiences include chairing the South Peace Economic Development Commission and Chetwynd and Area Economic Development Commission, and as a director of the Peace River Regional District. He is currently a director of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), headquartered in Calgary.
Life work experiences have included forestry planning and engineering, heavy equipment operator, pulp mill worker, air attack officer for forest fires, Federal water lands and forest inspector, trapper, professional big game and fishing guide and community consultation specialist.