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Past Presidents

 

 
Dr. F. C. BELL
E. R. GIBSON
S. ROSENBAUM
J. F. BRETT
K. HEWITT
H. E. SAMPSON
E. BROOKS
Dr. J. W. A. HICKSON
A. S. SIBBALD
A. P. COLEMAN
R. C. HIND
J. TEWNION
P. J. DOWLING
A. A. McCOUBREY
D. TOOLE
D. R. FISHER
T. B. MOFFAT
S. R. VALLANCE
D. FOREST
M. K. MORTIMER
C. G. WATES
W. W. FOSTER
R. NEAVE
E. WHALLEY
D. FOX
J. D. PATTERSON
A. O. WHEELER
P. FUHRMANN
C, ROE
E. O. WHEELER

A. O. WHEELER
1860 - 1945
Born in Ireland, Arthur Oliver Wheeler arrived in Canada in 1876 and became a land surveyor. He made photo-topographical surveys of the Selkirks and the British Columbia-Alberta boundary through the Rockies. In 1906, he and Elizabeth Parker were the principal founders of the A.C.C. He was its first President, and Editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal from 1907 to 1930, and Honorary President from 1926 to 1945. He was the driving force behind two of the Club’s most successful expeditions, the 1913 Mt. Robson camp and the 1925 ascent of Mt. Logan.

President 1906 - 1910


A. P. COLEMAN
1852 - 1939
Born in Lower Canada (Quebec), Arthur Philemon Coleman became a highly respected geologist, and taught at the University of Toronto from 1891-1922. He made three expeditions to the Rockies between 1888 and 1893 and explored and mapped the Brazeau Icefield. A charter member of the A.C.C., he held the offices of Chairman of the Toronto Section, Eastern Vice-President, President and Honorary President. He pioneered the exploration of Mt. Robson in 1907 and 1908, and the Torngat Mountains of Labrador in 1915 and 1916.
President 1910 - 1914

J. D. PATTERSON

1864 - 1940

Born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, John Duncan Patterson made his living as a farmer. He served the Club, first as Eastern Vice-President, and then as President during the difficult years of the First World War. He enjoyed climbing, but often gave up these opportunities, to provide enjoyment for less energetic members, by taking them on special expeditions. To quote A.O. Wheeler: “He was one of Nature’s gentlemen whose kind and unselfish character placed him high among his fellows, he will be remembered as one who was most worthy.”

President 1914 - 1920


W. W. FOSTER
1875 - 1954
Major-General William (Billy) Wasborough Foster was born in England. He served at the front during the First World War, and was decorated fifteen times. He was the Military Commander of Western Canada during the Second World War. He was a member of the team that made the first ascents of Mt. Robson in 1913, and Mt. Logan in 1925. He was the Deputy Minister for Public Works in B.C. (1913), a member of the B.C. Legislature and the Chief of Vancouver City Police (1935). At the time of his death, he was the Honorary President of the Alpine Club of Canada.

President 1920 - 1924


Dr. J. W. A. HICKSON
1873 - 1956

Born in Montreal, Joseph William Andrew Hickson held a doctorate in Philosophy and taught at McGill from 1901 to 1924. He climbed for five seasons in the Alps before turning his attention to the Rockies. His ascents in the Alps included traverses of the Grepon and the Matterhorn. In seventeen seasons in the Rockies and Selkirks, he made over 30 major first ascents, including Pinnacle Mtn., Mt. Chephron and Mt. Moloch, and a fine new route on Castle Mountain Tower. At the time of his death, he was the Honorary Chairman of the Montreal Section.

President 1924 - 1926


Dr. F. C. BELL
1883 - 1971
Dr. Fred C. Bell was by profession a physician and hospital administrator. He lived in Winnipeg and Vancouver and was an active member of these Sections. He attended many Club camps starting as early as the 1907 General Mountaineering Camp in Paradise Valley. He took part in the first ascent of Wenkchemna Peak in 1923. He is remembered to-day in part, due to his generous donation that was used to build the Bell cabin at the A.C.C. Clubhouse in Canmore.

President 1926 - 1928


T. B. MOFFAT
1870 - 1939
Thomas Black Moffat was born in Fergus, Ontario. A jeweler by profession, he became the chief engraver for Henry Birks and Company. He joined the Club in 1911. During his climbing career, he made over 100 ascents including Mt. Robson and the first ascent of Wenkchemna Peak in 1923. In 1930, Mt. Moffat, near, Maligne Lake, was named in his honour.

President 1928 - 1930


H. E. SAMPSON
1871 - 1962

Herbert (Herb) E Sampson was born in Toronto. He lived and practiced law in Regina as the Senior Crown Prosecutor for 35 years. During his climbing career, he climbed over seventy five peaks, including first ascents of Mt. King Albert (1929) and Coronet Mountain (1930). He attended thirty nine General Mountaineering Camps between 1911 and 1956. In 1945, he was made the Honorary President of the Club.

President 1930 - 1932

A. A. McCOUBREY
1885 - 1942

Alexander (Mac) Addison McCoubrey was born in Glasgow and settled in Manitoba working for the Canadian Pacific Railways. He was instrumental in introducing the club to skiing. Much of his explorations were in the Purcells, crowned by his discovery and first ascents of the Leaning Towers. In addition to being President, he also served as the Manitoba Section Chairman and the Editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal for 10 years from 1931-1941.

President 1932 - 1934

A. S. SIBBALD
1888 - 1945

Andrew S. Sibbald was born in Owen Sound, Ontario. He practiced law in Saskatchewan from 1914-1936. At the Club’s Cataract Creek camp in 1917 he made his graduation climb in 1917, after which, he seldom missed the General Mountaineering Camp. He counted Sir Donald as one of his numerous climbs. He served as the Club’s Treasurer for many years, before becoming President in 1934. He was a charter member of the National Parks Association, formed in 1923. He was buried near his old friend, A.O. Wheeler in Banff.


President 1934 – 1938

C. G. WATES
1884 - 1946

Born in England, Cyril Geoffrey Wates moved to Edmonton in 1909, where he was employed by the local telephone company. He joined the Club in 1916, graduating on the Monarch at a camp at Simpson Pass. He attended twenty camps, and climbed more than fifty peaks, including the first ascent of Mt. Geiki. The Club song book, “Songs for Canadian Climbers”, was entirely due to his initiative, as was the building of the A.C.C. hut in the Tonquin Valley which now bears his name.

President 1938 - 1941

E. BROOKS
1902 - 2001

Born in England, Eric Brooks, was a teacher by profession and joined the A.C.C. in 1929. Until his death in 2001, Eric devoted much of his energy to the club. He was the Honorary President from 1954 to 1964 and represented the Club at the Alpine Club centenary in London where he was made an Honorary Member. He acted for many years as the Camp Manager of the General Mountaineering Camp. In 1937 he was awarded the Silver Rope and was elected President of the A.C.C. in 1941.In 1954 he was elected Honorary President and in 1995 he was awarded the A.O. Wheeler Legacy Award.

President 1941 – 1947

S. R. VALLANCE
1890 - 1979

Born in Warwickshire in England, Sydney (Syd) R. Vallance came to Canada in 1907. He made a career in the legal profession in both Calgary and Banff. He joined the A.C.C. in 1932 and served in many executive capacities at both the Section and National level. He made over 100 ascents during his climbing career, and climbed with Lawrence Grassi on many occasions. Syd held office with the National Parks Association and the Skyline Hikers. As well, he gave legal assistance to the Canadian Youth Hostel Association The A.C.C. hut in the Fryatt Valley is named after him.

President 1947 - 1950


E. O. WHEELER
1890 - 1962

Brigadier Sir Edward Oliver Wheeler was born in Ottawa. He attended the early camps as both a camp helper and climbing leader. In 1910, he joined the Royal Engineers, served in the Great War and then joined the Survey of India. In 1921 he surveyed Mt. Everest where, along with Mallory, he examined the approach to the East Rongbuk Glacier and up the North Col which became the standard approach to the mountain before the war. He became Surveyor General of India in 1941, and later in 1943, was knighted. Upon his retirement in 1947, he returned back to Canada and again became active in the A.C.C.

President 1950 - 1954


E. R. GIBSON
1892-1957

Born in Essex, England, Rex Gibson came to Canada in 1926 and farmed near Edmonton. He served in both World Wars and took part in the Lovat Scouts training between 1943 - 1944 in the Rockies. He pioneered many routes in the Jasper area, especially in the Tonquin Valley. He was an early pioneer of ski touring in the Rockies. In 1937, he became the first person to climb the four “12,000 ft.” peaks in the Canadian Rockies. He made over two hundred climbs, many of them were first ascents. He died in a climbing accident on Mt. Howson in 1957.

President 1954 - 1957


H. A. V. GREEN
1888 - 1979

Born in Scotland, Harry A.V. Green immigrated to Winnipeg in 1912 where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway’s legal department. His favourite climbing area was Lake Louise where he climbed many of his routes with the guiding family of Edward, Ernest and Walter Feuz. After Rex Gibson’s death, Harry served as the Club President from 1957 and 1958 and again from 1960 until 1964 In addition to climbing, he founded the Winnipeg Little Theatre and was given the Canadian Drama Award for his plays and short stories.

President 1957 - 58 & 1960 - 1964


J. F. BRETT
1885 - 1982

Born in Switzerland, John spent his youth in Geneva, climbing many of the peaks in the Greater Alps.He came to Montreal in 1913 and worked as a Canadian Pacific engineer. In 1928, John recognized the potential of climbing in the Laurentians and in 1932 climbed Arabesque- which opened up climbing in the Val David area. In 1942, John helped found the Montreal Section.

President 1958 – 1960


R. C. HIND
1911 - 2000

Born on a farm east of Edmonton, Robin (Bob) C. Hind became an electrical engineer. He was involved with the club for almost 70 years and served in many executive positions including President and finally as Honorary President. He took a whole generation of aspiring leaders under his wing, passing on his knowledge, and techniques to this enthusiastic group. He made over 250 climbs of which 26 were first ascents. He climbed all the “12,000 footers”, in the Rockies, and climbed in Britain and the Alps. The climbing hut on Mt. Assiniboine was named after him.

President 1964 – 1966


R. NEAVE
1906 - 1991

Born in Macclesfield, England, Roger Neave came to Canada in 1928. For most of his professional life he worked as a civil engineer for the Imperial Oil Company, in Sarnia, Ontario. Roger made over 35 first ascents including Molar Tower near Mt. Hector. He climbed in all the major ranges of B.C. as well as in Peru. In 1933, he came within 500 ft. of the summit of the then unclimbed Mt. Waddington. He was active in exploring the Premier Range of the Cariboo and the Stikine Icefields in Northern B.C.

President 1966-1968


P. J. DOWLING
1929 -

P. J. (Phil) I Dowling was born in Ontario. He was a graduate student at the Imperial College of Technology in London and made his home in Edmonton, Alberta. His career included that of building contractor, environmental advisor, management consultant and a crown corporation president. He was a member of the 1967 Yukon Centennial Expedition, assisting the coordinator, David Fisher, with equipment and the commissariat. He was a member of the team that made the first ascent of Mt. Alberta in the Yukon Centennial Range.

President 1968 - 1970


D. R. FISHER
1927 -
Dave Fisher was born in England. He was active in the re-building of the Toronto Section and served as its Chairman from 1959 to 1962. He climbed in the Alps, Alaska, Karakoram, Andes and the Rockies. He made a south to north traverse of Mt. Athabasca in 1963 and in 1964, he was on the first ascent of Mt. Bastisti in the Italian Military Group from the Elk Lake Camp. He acted as the Chairman of the Club Re-organization Committee from 1964 to 1966 and was the Coordinator of the Yukon Alpine Centennial Expedition in 1967.

President 1970 - 1972


S. ROSENBAUM
1930 -

Stan Rosenbaum arrived in Montreal from England in 1957. He soon discovered the ACC, attended the 1957 Tonquin Valley camp, and joined the Montreal Section. Living in Ottawa since 1961, he served as Ottawa Section Chair, Eastern Vice President, and Safety Committee Chair. His working life was in semiconductor technology, micro chip design, and bringing telecommunications into the digital era. He climbed in the Tetons and the European Alps, and made various climbing and skiing visits to Baffin Island, Ellesmere Island, the West coast of BC and the Yukon.

President 1972 – 1975


D. FOREST
1920 - 2003

Don Forest was born in Alberta. He served during the Second World War as a radio technician in the R.C.A.F.. An engineer by profession, Don only started climbing at the age of 43. He was the first person to climb all the “11,000 ft.” peaks of the Rockies and the Selkirks. At age 71, he became the oldest person to climb Mt. Logan. He was a member of the famous Calgary based “Grizzly Group” of climbers. He also served as the President of the Calgary Mountain Club. The A.C.C. named a service award after Don in 2002.


President 1975 – 1976

J. TEWNION
1930 - 1995

John Tewnion was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1952, he came to Edmonton, as a civil engineer. He joined the A.C.C. in 1950. He was the first chairman of the Camps and Expeditions Committee. After managing the General Mountaineering Camp for eight years he was awarded the Distinguished Service Badge in 1976. He earned his Silver Rope on the Yukon Centennial Expedition in 1967. He was largely responsible for the successful completion of the Calgary Olympic Skating Oval used during the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.



President 1976 - 1980

E. WHALLEY
1925 - 2000

Edward (Ted) Whalley came to Canada from Lancashire, England in 1950. At the National Research Council in Ottawa he led a department investigating the behaviour of materials at ultra high pressures. One series of discoveries fittingly revealed some hitherto unknown forms of ice. His climbing career spanned 4 decades, extending into the 1970s when he organized five expeditions to unclimbed areas of Baffin Island (Sam Ford Fiord 1973, Stewart Valley 1977, Ayr Lake 1979) and Ellesmere Island (Mackinson Inlet 1976, 1978). He served as chairman of the Ottawa Section, the Safety Committee and Eastern Vice-President before becoming President



President 1980 – 1984

P. FUHRMANN

Peter Fuhrmann was born in Germany and came to Canada in 1955. He made first ascents in Canada and Peru and the Himalayas. He served as the first president of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides before becoming club President in 1984. Under his leadership the club was revitalized and was able to move forward. He was instrumental in the development of the Canadian Alpine Centre at Lake Louise. Professionally he worked in the role of the Mountain Specialist with Parks Canada. He served as Honorary President of the club for the period 2000 until 2005.


President 1984 - 1988

K. HEWITT
1950 -

Ken Hewitt was born in Edmonton in 1950 and joined the Alpine Club in 1974. He served as Chairman of the Calgary Section from 1980 and 1982, and then as President between 1988 and 1992. Under Ken’s term, the A.C.C. was restructured to allow “section-only” members to become full members and was an active participant in the building of the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise.


President 1988 - 1992

D. FOX
1944 -

Born in Winnipeg, Doug Fox served as Treasurer of the Vancouver Section, and Treasurer and Publications Committee Chair of the Main Club, before becoming President in 1992. In 1995-1996 he served on the Club's Finance Committee. Doug climbed throughout the Coast Range of B.C., in the Yukon, North Cascades and Europe, for more than 20 years.


President 1992 - 1994

M. K. MORTIMER
1950 -

Mike Mortimer was born in England and raised in Southern Africa. He traveled and climbed around the world for seven years before settling in Canada in 1973. He was in turn Chairman of the Calgary Section and later the Huts Committee where he laid the foundations for the modern hut system. He represented the Club in Japan, dining with both the Crown Prince and Prime Minister on two occasions (during the Mt. Alberta 75th. Celebrations). As the Club’s first External Relations Director he represented North America at the U.I.A.A. (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation). Mike was the Chairman of the A.C.C.’s Centennial Committee.


President 1994 - 2001

D. G. TOOLE
1942 -

David G. Toole was born in Winnipeg. He joined the Montreal Section in 1984 and became Chairman of the Section in 1989. He was elected as national Vice-President of Services in 1993, then as Secretary in 1994, Treasurer in 1996, and served in 2000 as both Secretary and Treasurer. In 2001 he was elected President. After his presidency he served as the Club’s first Director of Planning and Development.



President 2001 - 2005

C. ROE
1959 -

Cam was born in Taber, Alberta and attended his first General Mountaineering Camp in the Freshfields in 1976. He served in several positions in the Calgary Section including Chinook editor, Section Librarian, Vice-Chair and Chair of the section. Before becoming President, Cam served on the National Board as the Vice President of Activities for almost 10 years. Cam has also volunteered as an amateur leader at close to 40 camps and GMCs, and is still counting.  Cam has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award, and is also a second generation Silver Rope recipient.


President 2005 - 2009
 
   
 
 
    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.