The Alpine Club of Canada is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of nine positions. Board members are elected for a 3-year term with elections staggered such that one third of the board positions are elected each year. For more information about this process, please use this link.
ACC Board of Directors
President – Neil Bosch
Board member since: 2005
Neil Bosch joined the Club in 1998 and has served at both the Edmonton Section and National levels. He is an active amateur trip leader at the General Mountaineering Camps, past participant of the North Face Summer Leadership Program and recipient of the Eric Brooks Leadership Award and the Distinguished Service Award.
Secretary – Isabelle Daigneault
Board member since: 2005
Isabelle Daigneault has been a member of the ACC since 1997. She was first involved at the section level and has enjoyed participating on the national board since 2005, sharing her passion for climbing, skiing, nature and culture. Isabelle is from Montreal, but due to her love of the high mountains of Western Canada, she and her husband Chris and son Simon now live in Canmore, AB.
Vice-President for Mountain Culture – Zac Robinson
Board member since: 2010
Zac Robinson is a historian and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation at the University of Alberta. Zac has served as a Camp Manager with the ACC’s Mountain Adventure Program since 2003 and presently sits on the Club’s Mountain Culture Committee. He is a regular contributor to the Canadian Alpine Journal. He lives in Edmonton with his wife, Liza, and sons Michael and Sasha.
Vice-President for Access & Environment – Lael Parrott
Board member since: 2017
Lael Parrott is an environmental geographer, Professor of Sustainability, and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she first joined the ACC in the 1990s and is currently a member of the Okanagan Section.
Vice-President for Sections – Toby Harper-Merrett
Board member since: 2016
Toby Harper-Merrett joined the ACC in 1999, is a past Chair of the Thunder Bay Section of the ACC, and worked in the ACC Office as Director of Programmes. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters, and is a not-for-profit executive, currently supporting a federal economic development programme.
Treasurer – Keith Sanford
Board member since: 2016
Keith Sanford has held several positions on the Calgary Section board, including vice chairman and volunteer trip leader. Keith has served as the ACC representative on the board of the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise and has been the Calgary Section representative on the ACC’s board of directors (now Section Forum). He is an avid back country snowboarder (and sometimes skier), rock climber, alpinist and fly fisherman and has been an active member of the ACC for 18 years. In 2014 he received the Silver Rope for Leadership award for his activities with the Calgary Section.
Vice-President for Facilities – Jim Gudjonson
Board member since: 2015
Born and raised in Golden, BC, Jim is a certified ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide and long-time member of the ACC. Jim holds an electrical degree as well as a Masters degree in tourism and sustainability. Jim is presently the Director of the Office of Environment & Sustainability at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.
Vice-President for Services and Athletics – David Foster
Board member since: 2008
Dave Foster joined the ACC in 1989 and is an avid hiker and scrambler who wishes the Rockies were located a bit further east. In addition to his work with the ACC nationally, he is involved in regional climbing access issues, and is the past Chair of the Ottawa Section. Professionally, he works in the environmental area of the Canadian residential construction industry.
Vice-President for Activities – Frank Spears
Board member since: 2014
Frank Spears is a resident of Prince George located in the center of British Columbia, he and his family have been members of the ACC since 2006. Frank has served as the Section Representative and Chair of the Prince George Section. He is an avid participant in summer and winter climbing, skiing and mountaineering pursuits. A perfect year for Frank involves snow adventures in all twelve months of the year.
Past President – Gord Currie
Board member since 2002
Gordon Currie is a Calgary resident and has been a member of the ACC since 1977. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation. He carries a medium format camera with him on the trail, and still believes in film.
Executive Director – Lawrence White
Executive Director – Lawrence White joined the Club in 1999 while living in Vancouver and pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management. He moved to Canmore in 2002 to begin working full time for the Club. Starting in the Mountain Adventures portfolio, Lawrence moved on to become the Facilities Director before assuming the Executive Director’s role in the Spring of 2007.
Honorary President – David G. Toole
Board member since 1989
David G. Toole joined the Montreal Section in 1984 and became Chairman of the Section in 1989. He was elected national Vice-President of Services in 1993, then 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.