Council Members



Mayor Gladys Atrill

  • Access Smithers Society
  • Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Northwest Regional Advisory Committee (Northern Development Initiative Trust)
  • North West Regional Hospital District Board
  • Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Board
  • Smithers District Transit Committee
  • Tenas Coal Project - Working Group/Mine 
    Review Committee

Gladys was elected as Mayor in 2020 following 6 years as a Councillor and in the role of Deputy Mayor. While on Council, Gladys has been passionate about maintaining the beauty and unique qualities of our community, particularly downtown, has raised issues of accessibility, and inclusion. She believes in working with other levels of government and community agencies to advance our community goals.

A lifelong Smithereen, Gladys has volunteered in many roles including as chair of the Smithers Centennial 2013 celebration. For the past two decades she has been the lead at Tourism Smithers, and has served on the boards of regional and provincial tourism organizations and is very much a champion for Smithers and Northern BC. 

In her off hours, Gladys enjoys time outdoors, or in her extensive gardens and traveling with her partner.


 Councillor Lorne Benson

  • Advisory Planning Commission (Alternate)
  • Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Fall Fair Management Committee (Alternate)
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
  • Official Community Plan Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Smithers District Transit Committee

Lorne was born and raised in Smithers. Together, he and Karen have pursued successful careers while raising their daughters who are now young professionals on their own career paths. Lorne has 32 years of experience with insurance, including claims operations and loss portfolio management. His is a chartered member with the Insurance Institute of Canada. 

As well, Lorne has also been involved in a progression of volunteer activities. More recently his experience has included partnership projects with municipalities and industry, two years as chair of the Smithers Advisory Planning Commission and two previous terms on council. 

As a long time resident Lorne’s recreational interests are primarily outdoor oriented, exploring and fishing throughout the region.  While on Town Council Lorne’s focus will be finding a balance between effective, sustainable fiscal management while addressing community issues.

Cellular: 250-847-3857


 Councillor Greg Brown

  • Finance Committee, Chair
  • Bulkley Valley Lakes District Airshed Management Society
  • Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre Advisory Committee
  • Cycle 16 Society
  • Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre - National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee



Greg Brown was first elected to council in 2014 and now is serving his second term.

Raised in Kitimat and since 2004, a resident of Smithers. Greg has experience working in different fields for different sectors including government, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. He has geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia and is trained as a  group facilitator. He has served on the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

He raises his two kids, Liam and Evan, with his wife, Christine, who owns and operates a cafe that seeks sustainability by sourcing ingredients locally.

Councillor Brown can be reached:

Cellular:  250-847-3143
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Councillor John Buikema

  • Finance Committee Vice-Chair
  • Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre Advisory Committee
  • Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (Alternate)
  • Smithers Library Board 
  • Smithers Skate Park Society 



John moved to Smithers in 1999 to become principal of Bulkley Valley Christian Elementary School. He was an educator/administrator until 2015, and then began working as a bookkeeper/tax preparer at Todd Larson & Associates. John has served on the Smithers Public Library Board since December of 2016, frequently held leadership positions at Smithers Christian Reformed Church, and also worked/volunteered for a brief time at Broadway Shelter.

John and his wife Sylvia have developed a deep appreciation for Smithers & the Bulkley Valley. They treasure time with their children and grandchildren, and also enjoy kayaking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with close friends and out of town family.

Councillor Buikema can be reached:

Cellular: 250-847-0277


Councillor Mika Meyer

  • Bulkley Valley Regional Pool and Recreation Centre Advisory Committee (Alternate)
  • Fall Fair Management Committee
  • Smithers Art Gallery
  • Smithers District Transit Committee
  • Smithers Health Committee (Alternate)

Mika Meyer was elected to council in November 2020. She moved to Smithers in 2007 to work in the Forest industry and in the summer of 2010 started her business Bugwood Coffee with her husband Nick.

Mika grew up in Steveston, BC raised by Japanese immigrant parents and holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University where she focussed her studies in Forestry. Along with Bugwood Coffee, Mika currently works for the BC Public Service as a Fish and Wildlife Permitting Clerk. Mika’s connections to the community continues grows as a business owner, BV gymnastics board member and previous BV Pool Lifeguard and Swim Instructor and homeschool parent.

Mika and Nick are proud parents to Ruby-Mei and Maxwell and enjoy spending fun days together cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, camping, paddle boarding and playing board games. As a member of Smithers Town Council and as a citizen of Smithers, Mika will continue to advocate for and nurture a safe, inclusive community where all citizens are heard and seen.

Councillor Meyer can be reached at:

Cellular: 250-877-8594


Councillor Casda Thomas

  • Deputy Mayor
  • Advisory Planning Commission
  • Northwest Regional Advisory Committee (Northern Development Initiative Trust) (Alternate)
  • Official Community Plan Advisory Committee
  • Smithers Health Committee
Casda was elected to Council in 2018. She and her partner first came to Smithers in 2005 and she has been actively involved ever since through the business community, volunteering and recreation.

Casda runs a real estate appraisal business and holds a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.  Prior to becoming elected, she also served 7 years on the Advisory Planning Commission.

Casda and her husband Matt are raising two daughters in Smithers, Veda and Stevie. They enjoy spending time outdoors together, walking, biking, canoeing and gardening.

Councillor Thomas can be reached:

Cellular: 250-877-9366


Councillor Frank Wray

  • Bulkley Valley Museum
  • Fall Fair Management Committee
  • North West Regional Hospital District Board (Alternate)
  • Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Board (Alternate)
  • Tenas Coal Project - Working Group/Mine Review Committee

Councillor Wray can be reached: