Mayor Lori Ackerman was named 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year by the Energy Council of Canada.
Currently serving her third term as mayor of Fort St. John, British Columbia, Lori Ackerman is not only a steward for the needs of her city but also a champion for her citizens on the national stage. She leads with conviction to educate decision makers on the realities of resource extraction, our economy and our communities.
With a diploma in business management, and as a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program, Lori has spent her entire career working to benefit her community. Whether in paid leadership positions for local community groups or as a volunteer, she has used her expertise and unparalleled drive to benefit her community.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit” – a quote from Harry S. Truman – are words to live by for Lori. Where there is a need for a voice to speak for her community, Lori will join, lead or form an organization to raise awareness of the important issues. She represents Fort St. John on many local, regional and provincial boards and committees. In 2016, she was named one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women in her province by BC Business Magazine.
Taking her expertise in local government and resource extraction to the international arena, Lori spent three years working with small communities in Peru. Through the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America Program, she worked to improve governance, economies, community infrastructure and relations with the mining industry in remote regions of the country.
Lori Ackerman is a leader, an innovator, a champion, a lifetime-learner, a mom, grandma, partner and friend.
Lori Ackerman will speak during conference Session Three on June 3.