Board of Directors

NACFOR is governed by an eight-member volunteer Board of Directors, composed of a diverse and representative cross-section of the community.  Board members include a Village Council representative and the RDCK Area K director (or their representative).

Board members have been appointed by the Nakusp Village Council.

The Board’s mandate is to provide governance and policy on specific issues related to:

  • Legal accountability
  • Goals and guiding principles
  • Financial control
  • Public consultation and conflict resolution; and
  • Hiring of management personnel

The Board meets monthly to discuss policy issues and current events with NACFOR management.  Board resolutions require a two-thirds majority in order to be passed.

Kathy Smith Kathy Smith, President
A Registered Forest Technician, Kathy has worked in the local forest industry since 1980. Kathy brings experience and versatility, having worked for both industry and government in a wide variety of sectors including silviculture, compliance and enforcement and logging supervision. Kathy has recently retired and finds herself busy with continued volunteer works with: the Protecting Animal Life Society, the Arrow Lakes Cross Country Ski Club and of course NACFOR. Her involvement with the Community Forest movement began in 2002 and she is one of the remaining founding members. Kathy enjoys touring and hiking the mountains in and around the Nakusp area with her husband Len, who is also a Registered Forest Technician. While at home, she also enjoys gardening, cross country skiing and playing badminton.
Tom Zeleznik Tom Zeleznik, Secretary
Born in Nakusp, Tom has worked in the local forest industry for approximately 33 years. Since 1992, Tom has operated his own company, Pattom Services Ltd., which employs up to twelve people and supplies log scaling services for local industry operators. He developed his own company safety program, receiving Worksafe BC certification as a Forest Safe company. Tom possesses additional industry related certifications as a Waste and Residue Surveyor, a Faller and a Danger Tree Assessor. Tom is currently a Councillor for the Village of Nakusp. Tom also operates his own home-based sawmill, cutting timbers and lumber for both private individuals and industry. He lives just outside of Nakusp with his wife Patti and their two children.
Geoff Grout Geoff Grout, Treasurer, RDCK Area K Representative
Geoff Grout is a young local man. He was born here and, after graduation, moved to Calgary to work. He returned to B.C. to attend the auto body repair course at Okanagan College where he received his diploma. With his experience in auto body paint spraying, he became, at first, a cabinet finisher for an emerging company in West Kelowna. Later, he moved on to work for a number of cabinet shops in the area, having formed a kitchen contracting business, Counter-Intelligence. In 2011, he returned to Nakusp and purchased a small acreage at Arrow Park. He and his wife Karalyn have built a large woodworking shop there, where they focus on using local timber products for the majority of their projects. With their son Maynard, they work in their productive organic garden and continue to use their interest in new technology to experiment with organic gardening methods and equipment.
Bill Tobey Bill Tobey, Director, Village of Nakusp Representative
Bill Tobey was born in Cranbrook, raised in Edmonton, and has worked in Alberta and the Northwest Territories prior to moving to Nakusp in 2008. With diplomas in Building Construction Engineering and Business Administration his employment has focused on Construction Management, Tender Administration and both retail and commercial building products sales and management.  Previous employment includes Restaurant and Hotel Management, Design, Drafting and Commissioning Commercial Kitchens, Truck Driver, Highways / Bridge Construction and Maintenance, and Building Supply Management.   Currently self employed running MEN with BROOMS, a company servicing, installing and inspecting wood burning appliances, Bill also serves as a Director on the WETBC Board.   Bill has always been active in his community through volunteering as a Competitive Swim Coach, Fire Fighter, Construction Association Director and a Rotarian, and he is currently serving as a Councillor for the Village of Nakusp.
John Cann John Cann, Director
John was born in Nakusp and has been a long standing resident in the area. Over the years, he has volunteered his time and energy to many non-profit organizations. John was on the Board of Directors of the Nakusp Mud Racing Association for at least 14 years. The organization donated thousands of dollars to the Children’s Hospital, Arrow Lakes Hospital, Search and Rescue and many other non-profit organizations in the community. John also spent many hours involved with the Nakusp Minor Hockey Association. Over the course of 15 years, he volunteered on the Board as Ice Manager and Referee in Chief, on the bench as team First Aid personnel and spent many hours on the ice as a referee. John looks forward to serving on the NACFOR Board. He sees there is a lot to learn but is ready to take on the challenge. John has worked in the forest industry for approximately 30 years in both ground-based and cable logging operations. For the last 22 years, John has been operating a feller-buncher. He is a second generation logger, following his father’s footsteps. John lives just outside of the Village of Nakusp with his wife Louella. They have two sons who are currently living in the Okanagan working on apprenticeships in their trades of choice.
Walter Posnikoff Walter Posnikoff, Director
Walter was born in Nelson,BC and raised Salmo, BC in the Kootenays. He received his Bachelor of Arts from UBC Vancouver, BC, Bachelor of Education from SFU Burnaby BC and Master of Arts and Administration from Gonzaga University Spokane Washington. Walter began his career in Education teaching in Trail BC in 1978 and moving to teaching position in Nakusp in 1979. Walter then moved to Edgewood, where he lived and taught. He later was also teaching school principal of the Southern Zone Schools of Edgewood, Fauquier and Burton. In 1994, Walter moved back to Nakusp where he was appointed to the principal’s position at Nakusp Elementary School until 2001. Walter also served as Superintendent/ Secretary Treasurer of School District 10 Arrow Lakes from 2001 to 2012 when he decided to retire after working 33 years in this area.
Aidan McLaren-Caux Aidan McLaren-Caux, Director
Having spent nearly a decade living in Nakusp, Aidan has split his career between hospitality management, being a stay-at-home father of his twin girls, Daphne and Athena, and running a small woodworking business. He has been active in the community, volunteering for various local groups, including: the Nakusp Elementary School Parent Advisory Council, the Nakusp Child Care Society, the Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, the Nakusp & Area Development Board, the Nakusp & Area Community Trails Society, and NACFOR. During his career in hospitality he received the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits with distinction. When Aidan does get leisure time, he enjoys backcountry hiking and paddling with his family, a nice glass of wine, playing guitar, woodworking, reading, and origami.