Council Members



Mayor Taylor Bachrach


Taylor was first elected to office in 2008 as a municipal councillor in the Village of Telkwa. In 2011, he and his family moved to Smithers and he was elected mayor. Taylor was re-elected to a third term in October 2018.

In addition to his local government role, Taylor owns and runs Bachrach Communications, a small consultancy that provides graphic design, web development and social media services to clients ranging from small businesses to First Nations.

Taylor holds an honours science degree in geography from the University of Victoria and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Simon Fraser University. He is an alumnus of the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Taylor and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Ella and Maddie. As a family, they enjoy skiing, canoeing and getting around by bicycle.

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Councillor Gladys Atrill


Gladys Atrill was elected to Council in November 2014 and reelected in 2018.  She is a lifelong Smithers resident and has been active in many volunteer roles, including chairing the year-long Smithers 2013 Centennial Celebrations. Gladys is the driving force behind Tourism Smithers and has worked in the tourism sector for the past 30 years and is currently Chair of the Northern BC Tourism Association. In her off time, Gladys enjoy gardening, reading, cycling and canoeing.

Councillor Atrill can be reached:

Cellular: 250-877-2290
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  Councillor Lorne Benson

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: 250-877-1074



Councillor Greg Brown

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


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 Casda Thomas
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

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