Election 2021

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 2021 election, visit: https://www.acccalgary.ca/2021/11/upcoming-election-agm-2021/

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

How to Vote

During the voting process, to vote, login credentials to this website are required and are available only to Calgary Section members in good standing at the time of the election. Members are then able to select their preferred candidate through an electronic poll. Final results are presented during the club’s Annual General Meeting. 

Nominations

Nominations are now closed and the election is complete!  Please see the Board Positions page for a role description of all Board member positions. 

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. 

2021 Election Results 

Chair

Brett Bilon 

About Brett Bilon: An avid splitboard mountaineer who loves alpine rock climbing, Brett is originally from Edmonton. He started skiing at age three, snowboarding at ten, and climbing as a teenager in the ’90s. Brett is a CEO in the beauty industry, a former professional photographer, and has most recently taken up painting mountain landscapes in his spare time. 

On the ACC: I first joined the ACC as a member of the Edmonton section in 1995. The past few years have been unlike anything I’d previously experienced in terms of explosive growth of newcomers to the mountain community. There are challenges and opportunities that come from this growth. 

The convergence of the rapid growth mentioned above, along with the changes and challenges associated with COVID 19, have created something of a perfect storm for people to want to escape to the mountains. As a result, I see an opportunity for the Calgary Section of the ACC to play a more substantial role within the community at large and think that many potential members will be able to experience the mountains in a much safer and more supportive fashion through involvement with the club. I’d love to see more local mountain enthusiasts discover the community and adventure that comes from being a part of our club. 

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Vice Chair

Lida Frydrychova 

I have been the Alpine Chair (a new position at that time) for the past 3 years and developed the very successful Alpine Mentorship Program (AMP). I am very passionate about the outdoors including mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing and pretty much anything else I can fit in given my busy job as a Chartered Accountant. I have met many great friends in the club and led a large number of trips. I enjoy contributing to the club and being engaged with our members. 

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Climbing Chair

Chelsea Darrach 

My name is Chelsea Darrach and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to join the ACC Calgary Section Board, thank you for allowing me this opportunity! I’ve participated in a lot of courses/events through ACC over the past few years and am so grateful for this organization as it’s allowed me to meet many wonderful people who have become lifelong friends and climbing partners as well, I’ve been able to progress my skills/experience quite quickly.

I moved to Calgary from PEI in 2018. My first hike was Ha-Ling and I was hooked after that! I started getting out hiking every weekend, which transitioned into longer and harder hikes/scrambles. I soon learned about what mountaineering, skimo and alpine climbing were and soon realized that that was what I wanted to do. I started working towards developing the necessary skills for them by teaching myself how to ski at the resort, taking intro courses for rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering/glacier travel etc., as well getting out as much as possible, especially with people more experienced than myself. I participated in a handful of the AMP courses with Brent and his crew, a couple of which I was the trip leader. 

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Training Chair

Ryan Fox 

I have been an avid mountain enthusiast my whole life, growing up in Calgary and skiing since before I could walk.  Later on I developed passions for whitewater paddling, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and most recently climbing.  I love the depth of learning possible in the mountains and am excited to share that with other people.  The ACC has provided me with so many opportunities to get out with other like minded people, receive top notch mentorship from guides and volunteers, and have great adventures with other members.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the club and help other people have some of the same benefits I have. 

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Webmaster

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Communications Chair

Charles-Antoine Lanthier 

I have served in the Communications Chair position for the past 2 years and wish to keep contributing to the Section and its community. I am an avid outdoorsman with a passion for high-altitude mountaineering & ski touring and wish to start giving back to the outdoor community. I strongly believe my professional expertise from years of working in Digital Marketing to be a key asset in a Communications board role. I hope to leverage this experience to facilitate fruitful exchanges between the Section and its members, leveling the playing field and promoting transparency in the Board’s activities. I will make sure all voices are heard and collaborate heartily in the creation and dissemination of riveting mountain content. 

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Access and Environment Chair

Renee & Steven Little (Co-chairs) 

Steven and I have served on the Access and Environment Committee for the past 2 years and have taken leadership of the submission to Parks Canada for the Back of the Lake trail maintenance request. We are both avid climbers and hikers and have a strong sense of stewardship to the environment. We see the impact of climbers and hikers on the mountains and desire to ensure that the environment is preserved while enjoying all the mountains have to offer. We also know that the Ghost is a very important ecological and recreational area and are interested in helping preserve both.

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Safety Chair

Mitchell Blackstaffe 

Mitchell was appointed by the Board in 2020 and his position was ratified through this election. 

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Alpine Chair

Indra Sarwinata 

Indra was appointed by the Board in 2020 and his position was ratified through this election. 

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2020 Election Results

Chair

Brett Bilon — Elected with 100% of the votes. 

Brief Bio: A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Brett was first introduced to mountain sports as a child when he learned to ski as a three year old. He started snowboarding at ten, climbing at fourteen, and quickly embraced as many mountain disciplines as possible. By the time he started university in the late 90’s he was an avid mountaineer, rock, ice, and alpine climber. Today he spends his summer seasons in the high alpine as much as possible and alternates between splitboard touring and ice climbing during the colder months.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Majoring in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary (class of 2003). 

On the ACC: I first joined the ACC as a member of the Edmonton section in 1995. The past few years have been unlike anything I’d previously experienced in terms of explosive growth of newcomers to the mountain community. There are challenges and opportunities that come from this growth. 

The convergence of the rapid growth mentioned above, along with the changes and challenges associated with COVID 19, have created something of a perfect storm for people to want to escape to the mountains. As a result, I see an opportunity for the Calgary Section of the ACC to play a more substantial role within the community at large and think that many potential members will be able to experience the mountains in a much safer and more supportive fashion through involvement with the club. I’d love to see more local mountain enthusiasts discover the community and adventure that comes from being a part of our club. 

Paul will continue in a role as Past Chair.

Vice Chair

Lida Frydrychova – Former Alpine Chair 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

I have been the Alpine Chair (a new position at that time) for the past 3 years and developed the very successful Alpine Mentorship Program (AMP). I am very passionate about the outdoors including mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing and pretty much anything else I can fit in given my busy job as a Chartered Accountant. I have met many great friends in the club and led a large number of trips. I enjoy contributing to the club and being engaged with our members. 

Secretary 

Marcia Kiewiet —

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

I love what the ACC does for our community and being the secretary for the ACC Calgary Section will allow me to support the people who make that happen. I have lots of experience organizing volunteers, facilitating meetings, and keeping projects on track. My goal as secretary will be to help our club run smoothly and efficiently, so that Trip Leaders, Board Members and those on a committee can focus on running trips, teaching, and spending time in the mountains! 

Training Chair

Philippe Gauthier – Current acting Training Chair 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

I have been a member of the club for over 25 years. I enjoy climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing. Over the years I have continuously sought to improve my skills and share my passion of the great outdoors with family, friends and club members. I am currently the interim Training Chair and am now seeking approval by you – the members to become the elected chair for the next 2 years. My focus as the Training Chair will be to deliver a diverse offering of quality and relevant courses for our members to develop and improve their skills in anything related to the great Alpine. Areas of focus will be:

1) Provide courses to support the Alpine, Climbing and Ski Committees
2) Encouraging and supporting trip leaders
3) Continue to develop on-line courses and alternative skills development options
4) Improve course offerings in general skills development such as: safety, new technology (navigation), group leadership, new techniques, trip logistics and planning, gear options and selection etc.

Social Chair

Chuck and Leslie Young – Incumbents 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

Member and Leadership Chair 

Blair Bruce 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

I have 20 years of sales experience in the medical industry, which includes promotions and marketing. I have extensive experience attending industry trade shows and conferences across the country and have also done some social media promotions. 

I believe that my background in sales, promotions and marketing make me an excellent candidate for representing, planning, organizing and promoting the Alpine Club of Canada at events and fundraisers. 

If elected, I am stoked to be working with the club over the next 2 years in order to help grow Calgary Section memberships and event attendance. 

Safety Chair 

Interim Chair appointed by the Board: Mitchell Blackstaffe 

Alpine Chair 

Interim Chair appointed by the Board: Indra Sarwinata 

Ski Chair

Tyler Hallman – Incumbent 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

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 

Treasurer 

Juergen Schmidt – Incumbent 

Elected with 100% of the votes. 

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. 

2020 Special Poll 

Passed with 95% of the votes. 

Question regarding a $20,000.00 budget allocation for Event Calendar and website upgrades: 

“Herein I vote to support or oppose a $20,000 budget allocation for the Event Calendar website upgrade.”

Please visit this page for information on that expenditure: 

https://www.acccalgary.ca/acc-calgary-section-event-calendar-upgrade-proposal/

 


2019 Election Results 

Chair

Paul will continue in his role as Chair but is willing to mentor the new Chairperson.

Vice Chair

Raymond Ho – Elected for a term of 1 year 

I have been with ACC for a few years and have organizing trips (mostly rock and ice climbing). I volunteered to be part of the climbing committee in 2018 and I am glad that Anne Drew is taking a lead role on it now. My previous profession was in project management and required me to plan and coordinate large projects and programs. one of my key mandates was to establish clear processes and guidelines, and provide clear communication to all stakeholders. I would like to contribute more to ACC and help drive the initiatives of the Club.

Climbing Chair

Anne Drew Potter – Elected for a term of 2 years

I grew up backpacking in the Sierras, and later pursued more technical & higher altitude pursuits. I have experience with a number of alpine clubs and outdoor institutions internationally; German Alpine Club, Seattle Mountaineers. I worked several seasons as a hiking & climbing instructor for NOLS. I am currently an amateur leader at the GMC and an ACMG certified TRCI and AHG. I work in the summer as a hiking guide I began running the Women’s Climbing Mentorship Group in 2015. I am interested in developing our culture of mentorship and supporting access to the mountain environment for all.

Communications Chair

Charles-Antoine Lanthier – Elected for a term of 2 years

I am an avid outdoorsman with a passion for high-altitude mountaineering & ski touring and wish to start giving back to the outdoor community. I strongly believe my professional expertise from years of working in Digital Marketing to be a key asset in a Communications board role. I hope to leverage this experience to facilitate fruitful exchanges between the Section and its members, leveling the playing field and promoting transparency in the Board’s activities. I will make sure all voices are heard and collaborate heartily in the creation and dissemination of riveting mountain content.

Training and Leadership Chair

Rick Bennett – Elected for a term of 2 years – Resigned 

Since joining in 2013 each year has been a hallmark of great activity. An avid skier and explorer for 35yrs, I contribute as a Ski Trip Leader. 25+yr member of the Cdn Ski Instructor Alliance Level 3 & Cdn Ski Coaches Federation Level 2. My aspirations remain high to certify as an Apprentice Ski Guide. My governance experience includes Secretary of the Board for 4 golf and rowing clubs plus Race Committee Chairman of the Lake Ontario Race / Yacht Council. I would be honoured to receive your support & work hard to continue the incredible training and leadership experience we all benefit from. 

Access and Environment Chair

Renee & Steven Little (Co-chairs) – Elected for a term of 2 years 

Steven and I have served on the Access and Environment Committee for the past year and have taken leadership of the submission to Parks Canada for the Back of the Lake trail maintenance request. We are both avid climbers and hikers and have a strong sense of stewardship to the environment. We see the impact of climbers and hikers on the mountains and desire to ensure that the environment is preserved while enjoying all the mountains have to offer. We also know that the Ghost is a very important ecological and recreational area and are interested in helping preserve both.

Webmaster

Jessie Guo – Elected for a term of 2 years 

Hi! I’m an avid snowboarder and control system engineer with experience in web-based application development. Besides programming skills, my current and past jobs also involved providing technical support that required timely responses to end users. Although I’m fairly new to ACC, I can’t wait to give back to this wonderful community that spreads positive influence on people like me. I just got into backcountry splitboarding this season thanks to ACC. I enjoy programming and problem solving in general, and I’d be happy to contribute to the club by doing what I love.