Mayor Lori Ackerman

Mayor, City of Fort St. John

Lori was born in Manitoba and raised in all four western provinces. She has lived in the Peace region since 1980 and in Fort St. John since 1988.

She is the mother of 3 children and step-mom of 3. Married to Andy and together they have 11 grandchildren.

Prior to getting involved in politics, Lori was very active in nonprofit organizations. Included in these are Soccer, Scouts, United Way, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and Homeless shelter society.

Lori was first elected to City Council in 2005 and started serving as a Director for the Peace River Regional District in 2006. She was honoured to take on the Mayor’s seat in November 2011.

Lori’s background is in marketing, economic development and small business counselling and she is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program and completed the Northern Lights College Business Management Diploma program.

As the Family Service Director of the Salvation Army in FSJ from 1997 – 2002, Lori was instrumental in creating the City’s first staffed homeless shelter, 5 days/week soup kitchen and larger food bank. She became a Foodsafe instructor to ensure the volunteers and staff were properly trained for their positions.

Lori was offered the position of Executive Director of Sci-Tech North (the Science, Innovation and Technology Council for NEBC), and bid farewell to the Salvation Army. With this position, Lori worked with entrepreneurs and innovators in North East BC to assist them in taking their idea from “concept to commercialization”. It is from this experience that Lori has seen proof that BC can harvest its natural resources and with the use of innovative BC born technology, doing it more efficiently, effectively and leaving a lighter footprint.

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 was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in BC in February of 2016. She represents the community on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees.