Mayor Lori Ackerman is a proud resident of the Peace Region who has lived in the area since 1980, most of those in the “Energetic City” of Fort St. John. In 2019, she was acclaimed by the board as the new vice-chair.
Lori was first elected to City Council in 2005 and started serving as a Director for the Peace River Regional District in 2006. Lori represents the community on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees.
Since becoming Mayor in November 2011, Lori has been appointed to the Province’s Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for the BC Mayor’s Caucus. 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 Northern Development Initiative Trust Board.
Over the years, her volunteer work includes, Emergency Social Services; Scouts Canada; was a founding member of the United Way Cabinet in Fort St John and chaired the community’s Homeless Shelter committee to name a few.
Lori’s background is in marketing, economic development and small business counseling and she is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program.
She held the position of Executive Director of Sci-Tech North, a non-profit organization that offered support to entrepreneurs and innovators in the Northeast from 2002 to 2013. Prior to this, Lori was the Family Service Director at the Salvation Army giving her a robust perspective of the community.
In recognition of her community involvement in 2002 and 2012, Lori received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and in 2005, she received the Silver Acorn for her distinguished service to Scouting.
Lori is a firm believer that BC can harvest it’s natural resources and with the use of innovative BC born technology, doing it more efficiently, effectively and leave a lighter footprint.