Board of Directors

Board of Directors


AGM2012 MeetingFMCBC Directors are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place each year in early June in a different region of BC. In addition to meeting in person each year, the Board of Directors also holds regular teleconference meetings.

The FMCBC AGMs are hosted by one of the FMCBC Member Clubs who provide social events, plan meals and accommodation options for the visiting Directors and club members, offer talks or slide shows highlighting and/or discussing issues in their region, and usually include a hike in their area.   Details for the upcoming AGM can be viewed here.

Executive Officers

Dave Wharton – Valley Outdoor Association

Dave was born in England, raised in the Lower Mainland, and returned to England following high school where he spent most of the 1970’s completing his post secondary education and began a very successful and rewarding career in Forensic Psychiatry.  Dave continued in that field until his return to Vancouver in 1978. Later in his academic life, Dave specialized in Labour issues/Contract Negotiation, Ethics, Management Growth/Education, Accreditation Programs. Dave has been retired since 2008. Once or twice a year he travels to Nicaragua to work with a small NGO in a former refugee camp.

Dave’s outdoor interests include hiking/backpacking, snowshoeing, canoeing, and cycling.  He travels extensively, often on international hiking/trekking holidays with his wife, but also solo to attend to his academic interests.  When not off on an outdoor adventure you will find Dave reading Philosophy or various sciences, or browsing for hours through second hand book stores.

Vice President
Ken Orr – Chilliwack Outdoor Club

Ken was born in Calgary, Alberta and was raised on an acreage 30 km south of Nakusp, BC, where he gained an appreciation for solo hikes up the bluffs behind the family home. Army Cadets provided an opportunity to learn map and compass, attending a 10-day Outward Bound course at Keremeos and the three-week Army Outward Bound course in Towyn, Wales. After completing high school, Ken joined the Army as an Infantry Officer for 37 years of full-time service, with another 5 years part time service with the Army Reserve. In addition to infantry platoon and company training, Ken’s employment included management of individual training courses, emergency planning and recruiting.

Ken joined the Chilliwack Outdoor Club in 2013, becoming the Membership Secretary in 2014 and became President in 2017. He took on the additional role of Club Representative to the FMCBC in 2015. He worked as part of the team revising the FMCBC bylaws and was elected FMCBC Vice-President in 2018.

James Spencer – Alpine Club of Canada – Vancouver Island Section

James moved to Canada with his now wife in 2012, starting their tenure in Canada working at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna as lifties. It was their love for the outdoors that inspired their move to Canada, pursuing a life filled with hiking, backpacking and playing in the snow. James has a bachelors degree in Mathematics with Economics and works in Socially Responsible Investing in Victoria. When not exploring Vancouver Island with his wife and 2 dogs, James enjoys playing cricket and hockey.

Mack Skinner – North Shore Hikers

Born in England, raised in Saskatchewan, Mack’s greatest passions now, backpacking and downhill skiing, are distinctly un-prairielike. Semi-retired from a diverse career life including corrections, trial law, mediation and software design, Mack can be found indulging in the full range of outdoor pursuits, traveling, volunteering, and occasionally working.