The ACC Calgary Section’s new bylaws call for us to carry out our elections online, up to and including the AGM. On-line polling has made elections easier to complete and reach more members. On-line elections will be run through most of March and April, voting will take less time than it takes to order a beer and can be completed from anywhere with an internet connection. Because it will be easier, many more members will participate than typically show up to an AGM, and most people will appreciate the abbreviated election part to allow for something more entertaining.

For more information on this year’s election, visit: http://www.acccalgary.ca/2018/03/upcoming-election-agm-2018/

We hope you find on-line elections fast, fair and efficient and hope to see you in the mountains soon.


Please see the Board Positions page for a role description for each position. Nominations are closed now, until the AGM. 

If you have any questions related to the election or nominations, please email elections@acccalgary.ca. Nominees are required to provide a short “campaign” introduction to themselves in order to be put on the ballot. 

How to Vote

To vote, you will need to log-in to this website with your username (firstname dot lastname) and your password (whatever you changed it to or the original password in your welcome e-mail). You will then be able to select your preferred candidate below. Final results will be presented during the club’s Annual General Meeting. If you experience any difficulties, please email the Webmaster at webmaster@acccalgary.ca

2018 Election


Seeking nominations 


Seeking nominations 

Ski Chair

Seeking Nominations 

Tyler Hallman – Nominee, interim Ski Chair seeking assent by the membership.  

Membership Chair

Seeking nominations 

Social Chair 

Seeking nominations 

Safety Chair

Orvel Miskiw – Incumbent seeking re-election 

I’ve been mountaineering for 40+ years, and a Calgary Section member for 35, and always involved in mountaineering and the activities of the Section and the ACC. I was a member of the ACC Safety Committee and editor of the Canadian section of Accidents in North American Mountaineering for several years. In late 2014 I took on the task of starting up a Safety Committee in the Calgary Section, “To Promote Safety in Alpinism”, and have done that.

I have a strong interest in safe alpinism, and want to continue this work as Chairman of the Safety Committee for another term. 


2017 Election Results

Section Chair

Paul Dormaar – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term. 

Over the past few years, it’s been really exciting being a part of the Calgary Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. The growth in membership, trips, and enthusiasm has been tremendous. As well, being a part of that growth through the Board has been rewarding. Among other developments, we started the Alpine Committee, began a risk assessment and forward plan, and looked at section huts. The Chair is one of our few positions that require a substantial time commitment. Given that I still have availability and a willingness to continue our vision, I am interested in continuing for another term.

Communications Chair

Nathalie Drotar – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.  

I moved from Switzerland in 2008 and right away joined the ACC to connect with outdoor people. Soon after, I started leading climbing trips. And after joined the Ski Committee then the T&L Committee! During the 5 years with T&L, I experienced great support from Committee Chairs and thus loved devoting my energy to my favorite club.

My favorite is leading winter ski trips – not politics, not committees, but preferably through knee high powder. I love being out with a group, looking out for their enjoyment of a trip, using the soft and hard skills learned and practiced over time, dealing with group management, taking decisions that would be safe for everyone, and also learning from others’ experience and ways of life!

I have my ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide certification. I road bike, mountain bike, canoe, you name it! Summer is just too short! I’m really excited to fill Dave’s shoes as Communication Chair for the Calgary Section. I have an educational back-ground in Public Relations / Communications which I have not been able to use for a living so why not as a volunteer!

Vice Chair

John Adams – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.

I joined the club in 2010, to pursue my passions for climbing, mountaineering and back country skiing. Since joining the club I have taken advantage of the many courses and learning opportunities to improve skills, efficiency and safety. Subsequently I have put these skills into action as a trip leader with a focus on challenge, fun and safety.

I believe that encouraging members to enjoy the outdoor experience and developing their leadership capabilities are the foundation of the club’s objectives. The position of Vice Chairman is an exciting opportunity to influence the direction of the club to support these objectives by nurturing new members, promoting comradery, supporting trip leaders and enhancing a spirit of enjoyment in the outdoors.

As a candidate for this position I bring a wealth of work experience in management, along with club experience as a trip leader and enthusiasm for a broad range of outdoor activities.  


Josh Lynn – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.

I’m a web developer who loves climbing. Most of my web development and information systems experience has been working on large web applications.

For the last year I have given back to this great club and I think this is a great fit doing something I love. 

My continuing goal, if re-elected, would be to help complete the new site and make sure it stays up to date with the web’s current technology and serves the members seamlessly. 

Thank You

Climbing Chair

Rick Loetscher – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.

Hi, I have been with the Calgary section on and off from the mid nineties. I have in the pass lead ice climbing trips as well as mountaineering trips. I spent two years on the climbing committee as well. I have 19 years of climbing and back country skiing experience. I love the outdoors and would like to help with the club and try to bring new fresh ideas in. Thanks, Rick. 

Training and Leadership Chair

Ken Baxter – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.

I have been a Calgary Section member since 1985 (with an 8 year hiatus from 88 to 95). I have been a member of the T&L Committee for about two years coordinating courses with Sarah H. I have known Andy Strangemann since about 1986 and I work well with him. This should make for a seamless transition into the role. I am 56 years old and I have been going to the mountains since I was 15. Therefore, based on my experiences with the odd miss-hap and epic, I am passionate about safety, and ways to reduce exposure to unnecessary risk through training and leadership. 

Access and Environment Chair

Kristine O’Reilly – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term. 

My name is Kristine O’Rielly and I am your incumbent A&E chair for the Calgary section, having served on the board since April, 2016. Since taking over my role, I have approached the Access and Environment position with a “it takes a village” motto and have worked to connect the club with like-minded recreational organizations in the mountaineering community. I also formed an A&E Sub-committee which meets monthly to work on small Section projects. In addition to an educational background in sustainability, I also have volunteer experience with various environmental organizations within Alberta and across Canada. I have very much enjoyed my year volunteering with the club and would like to continue my work as the A&E representative for the Calgary Section. I look forward to being given the opportunity to offer our section my time, energy, and enthusiasm in the coming year!  

Social Chair

Paddy McGuire – Elected in 2017, for 2 year term.

Resigned in August 2017 

I am a social critter for sure and want to contribute to the betterment of the organization. I have been a member on and off but am super keen to maximize the opportunities the club has to offer myself and others. I am putting myself wholeheartedly back into mountain activities after being too busy in triathlon circles and special events for the past decade. I am currently working on producing a mountaineering film in the Bugaboos. I also have been a board member with the Alberta Triathlon Association. I enjoy the odd beer. Cheers. 

Alpine Chair

This Board position was formed in early 2017. It has since been filled by appointment by Lida Frydrychova who will serve in this position till the 2019 election. 


Elected in 2016 – term ends in 2018 


Vi Pickering – Elected in 2016 for two year term. 

My family and I spent 10 years in Banff in the 90s where I fell in love with the mountains and joined the Rocky Mountain section. We moved back to Calgary in 2000 and I joined the Calgary section. I have gained a tremendous amount of value from being a member of the ACC over the years and feel it is time to contribute and give back. I would like to offer my skills on the Board as the Treasurer. I have spent 6 years as a volunteer on a non-profit Board dealing with finances where I was able to focus on good governance, accountability, appropriate use of funds, and budgeting and feel that I could bring some valuable skills and experience to the Board.

I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the membership on the Board as the Treasurer. 


Susan Twitchell – Elected in 2016 for two year term. 

Resigned in December 2017 – No interim replacement named  

I learned rock, ice, and alpine climbing in my first season with the ACC in 2008. After that I was hooked on the mountains, and now get out every chance I get. I am active with the club, leading & participating on scrambling, rock, ice, alpine, and ski trips.

As Secretary for the past 2 years, I’ve enjoyed working with the board to set the direction for the club’s activities and enable our members to get out in the mountains as often and as safely as possible. I’ve benefited greatly from the ACC, and would like to contribute back to the club.

Oh, and I can type really, really fast. 

Ski Chair

Luca Jungen – Elected in 2016 for two year term. 

Resigned in November 2017 – replaced by Tyler Hallman 

Since joining the club I have benefited immensely, whether from joining trips that I would not have felt comfortable doing on my own to meeting new friends. As I continue to gain more experience and meet more people I look forward to giving back to the club the best I can. Skiing is particularly special to me and I hope to be able to continue sharing it with the club. 

Safety Chair

Orvel Miskiw – Elected in 2016 for two year term. 

I’ve been mountaineering for 40+ years, and a Calgary Section member for 35, and always involved in mountaineering and the activities of the Section and the ACC. I was a member of the ACC Safety Committee and editor of the Canadian section of Accidents in North American Mountaineering for several years. In late 2014 I took on the task of starting up a Safety Committee in the Calgary Section, “To Promote Safety in Alpinism”, and have done that.

I have a strong interest in safe alpinism, and want to continue this work as Chairman of the Safety Committee for another term. 

Membership Chair

Clare Ormerod – Elected in 2016 for two year term. 

I have been a member of the club since arriving in Calgary 4 years ago. In that short time I have benefited so much, having been on loads of trips and attended many courses and socials. Also I co-ordinate the annual Section Camp, which I really enjoy doing.

I am excited at the prospect of being able to contribute more to the club and feel my passion for mountains, people and spreadsheets (!) lends perfectly to the membership chair responsibilities. I would relish the opportunity to connect more with the club members to see what makes the section tick. I believe I am a people person and always have an open ear to any questions/concerns people may have and hope I can ultimately boost membership involvement in the club.

I’d also love to be involved in promoting the club, so even more people can benefit from the vast range of opportunities membership offers up.