The ACC Calgary Section’s bylaws call for us to carry out our elections online, up to and including the first 15 minutes of the AGM. On-line polling has made elections easier to complete and reach more members. It 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 the 2019 election, visit: http://www.acccalgary.ca/2018/03/upcoming-election-agm-2019/

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


Nominations are now open!  Please see the Board Positions page for a role description for each position. Please complete the form on this page: ACC Calgary Nomination Form

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

How to Vote

During the voting process, to vote, you will need to log-in to this website with your username (firstname dot lastname e.g. john.btfsplk) and your password (this is different from the Event Calendar login, please use the “Forgot password” link from the website login page if need be). 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

2019 Election Open Positions


Nominations welcome! – Paul will continue in a role as Past Chair and is willing to mentor the new Chairperson.

Vice Chair

Nominations welcome!

Climbing Chair

Anne Drew Potter – acting Climbing Chair and nominee

Other nominations are welcome!

Communications Chair

Currently vacant – Nathalie is willing to mentor new Chairperson.

Training and Leadership Chair

Nominations welcome! – Ken is willing to mentor new Chairperson.

Access and Environment Chair

Nominations welcome! – Kristine is willing to mentor new Chairperson.


Nominations welcome! – Josh and David will mentor new Webmaster.

2018 Election Results


Juergen Schmidt – Elected in 2018, for 2 year term.

I have some financial experience and training; an accounting designation, working 5 years in public accounting, 19 years in industry accounting, 13 years in the investment industry and 3 years in systems work. If that sounds like a lot of years behind a desk, you’re right. The Alpine Club’s mission fits right into my belief system, because I am excited about preservation and appreciation of nature through low-impact, self-propelled recreation. I have been a Treasurer for other not-for-profit organizations with fairly big budgets, so I think I can handle it and glad to meet the need.


Trevor Ference – Elected in 2018, for 2 year term.

I am interested in the Secretary position because I am an avid adventurer who is looking for a way to give back to the ACC and outdoor community. I would like to utilize my skills (I am a member of the Calgary legal community) and enthusiasm to work with like minded individuals to help assist the ACC and foster and progress the local chapter of this great organization.

Ski Chair

Tyler Hallman – Elected in 2018, for 2 year term.

I enjoy backcountry skiing and splitboarding as well as downhill skiing and ski mountaineering. I am currently the interim ski chair and am now seeking approval by you – the members. My focus as the Ski Chair has been on expanding and improving all things related to backcountry skiing:

  1. Backcountry introduction to skiing (BITS) program
  2. Encouraging and supporting new people becoming trip leaders
  3. Booking huts and sourcing leaders for section trips
  4. Offering additional training and mentorship opportunities

Membership Chair

Graham McKelvie – Elected in 2018, for 2 year term.

I am pleased to have found the Calgary section of the Alpine Club of Canada and all that it offers. I would like to take on the role of membership chair to try to ensure that Calgarians, both new residents and old, know about the Alpine Club and its activities. Working for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program here in Calgary, I am comfortable making presentations to groups, and could use these skills to meet with potential members as well as new members. I would like to increase the programs offered as learning sessions for new members.

Social Chair

Theresa Jarosinski – Elected in 2018, for 2 year term.

I have been working in sales and marketing for over 10 years with experience in social media and promotion on Facebook, Google, Instagram and more. My extensive background in sales and management make me a great candidate for planning, organizing and promoting your Alpine Club of Canada events and fundraisers. I’m looking forward to working with the club over the next 2 years in order to help grow your memberships and event attendance.

Safety Chair

Orvel Miskiw – Elected in 2018, for 2 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 agreed to start up a Safety Committee in the Calgary Section, “To Promote Safety in Alpinism”, and have done that, including creating a Safety Page and writing many articles related to mountaineering safety.

I have a strong interest in safe alpinism, and  am willing to continue this work as Chairman of the Safety Committee for another term, but would welcome a keen nominee to take over as Director of Safety:  the work is not too demanding , and offers plenty of scope for personal initiative.  (FYI Director of Safety is the Chairman of the Safety Committee.)

Elected in 2017 – term ends in 2019

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.