Advisory Group

Establishing a Community Advisory Group (CAG) is one of the many community engagement tools being used throughout this ASP process. The CAG is a selection of volunteers who represent a range of local perspectives from across the Canmore community. The role of the CAG is to provide advice and input to the Town of Canmore and TSMV throughout the development of the Smith Creek Area Structure Plan (ASP).

Both parties will consider all input and feedback received from the wider stakeholder audience in Canmore and integrate that feedback into the concept and policies guiding proposed development for the Smith Creek ASP area. If for some reason an element of the community feedback is not able to be integrated into the concept, an explanation will be provided. TSMV and the Town of Canmore are very interested in the CAG’s position on all issues relating to the development of the Smith Creek area. 

In spring 2015, the Smith Creek Project team put out a call for volunteers from the Canmore community to get involved in the process to develop the ASP. Engaged residents who felt they represented a valuable perspective and could provide input throughout the planning process were encouraged to apply.


After careful consideration of each applicant’s qualifications and a series of interviews with short-listed candidates, the Town of Canmore and TSMV jointly selected each member, with a focus on ensuring the members:

  • Represented a broad cross section of the community;
  • Brought expertise, experience and a broad perspective to the table;
  • Were known to be collaborative and respected within Canmore and their peer groups; and
  • Strived to create the ingredients with a combination of people that when brought together, would be greater than the just the number of its participants.

Through the establishment of the CAG, The Smith Creek Project Team has worked together with a diverse group of community members to understand the multiple questions and concerns brought to the table. In addition, a number of CAG sub-groups were formed to discuss the ASP in greater detail and address specific issues including wildlife, recreation and land use. Through the collaborative process, QPD and the Town have been able to effectively work with the CAG, the CAG sub-groups and the wider community to identify achievable solutions. Between June 2015 and August, 2016 the CAG has met nine times including a two day workshop in September 2015, and the sub-groups have met six times.

The CAG was formed in June 2015 and they meet on a regular basis, with monthly meetings planned until April 2016. The CAG meetings are led by an experienced facilitator, with the Smith Creek Project Team acting as technical advisors. Meeting notes from all of the CAG meetings are posted on the Resources section of this website and a timeline of the CAG meeting can be found here.

The Smith Creek Community Advisory Group members are:

  • Wanda Bogdane, Recreation

    Wanda Bogdane is a long-time resident of Canmore and president of consulting boutique Aspire Strategic. She is a communications and marketing professional who has worn many hats in the last 15 years, with expertise in strategic relationship building, integrated marketing/communications, community engagement, reputation and issues management, brand stewardship, project management, media relations and volunteer/staff leadership.

    She has run non-profit organizations, worked for municipal, state (Australia) and federal governments and consulted for dozens of organizations primarily in health and wellness, sport, recreation and mountain culture sectors.

    As an avid climber, mountain biker, hiker, skier/snowboarder and all around backcountry enthusiast, she balances her business side with a zest for the outdoors and a dear love of animals.

    Wanda actively volunteers for Canmore Community Cruisers, the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance and other local organizations in her area. 

  • Kyla Conner, Canmore Resident

    I am a long-term resident of Canmore and actively involved in the community as a parent, volunteer and lawyer.   I was drawn to the CAG as a result of my interest in municipal law and my interest in retaining and supporting local families.

  • Ken Davies, Recreation

    Ken Davies has been a full time resident of Canmore for more than 20 years, raising all Kathy and his three children through the Canmore school and sports systems. Ken has been very active in a number of volunteer activities over the past two decades. He is the past President of the Canmore Nordic Ski Club, Canmore Minor Soccer, Biathlon Alberta and the past Treasurer of the Coho Swim Club and Illusions Gymnastic Club. Ken served on the Board of the Alberta Winter Games and currently sits on the Meadow Hut Community Foundation, the Trails Advisory Group and the Canmore Nordic Centre Advisory Group. Over the years, Ken has put much of his energy into working with the Town of Canmore and the Province to plan, approve, build and maintain trails throughout the Bow Valley including the Montane Traverse, Reclaimer, EKG, Road to Ruin, Loki and Highline trails.

  • Pat Kamenka, Canmore Resident

    Born in Canmore. Witnessed it grow and change from small mining center relatively unknown to anyone, except  its residents, to a town known worldwide for its natural beauty, exceptional lifestyle and recreational opportunities.  I have hiked , hunted and extensively monitored wildlife activity on the Smith Creek and adjacent lands since the 1960’s.  I volunteered for CAG to assist guiding the change and growth that will come from Smith Creek development by bringing my experiences and concerns, as a resident, to the process.  

  • Sean Krausert, Town Council – Councillor

    Councillor Sean Krausert is Canmore Town Council’s representative on the Smith Creek Community Advisory Group.  As a Councillor, Sean’s role is mostly to observe the process and to provide input on matters of overall community benefit.  Further, he will be reporting back to his colleagues on Council as this collaborative process unfolds.  In addition to his Council perspective, Sean brings to the table professional experience in the areas of law, property development, social justice and a strong desire for environmental protection.  While Sean will be encouraging collaboration and a healthy balance of interests being met, he will not be deciding on any particular outcome presented until after such has gone through the formal public hearing process and is being considered by Council.

  • Paul Lessard, TSMV Resident, Canmore Business

    Paul Lessard, P. Eng. and MBA, has over 30 years' experience in the EPC and Oil & Gas Industries. He was formerly a partner and board member of Colt Engineering, a mid-cap Canadian Engineering Procurement and Construction company, prior to its acquisition by Worley Parsons in 2007. While there, Paul led Colt’s largest alliance relationship, he was instrumental in the step change growth of their construction division and served on the committee which created the company Leadership and Management development program.

    Today, Paul pursues new ventures and investment opportunities. He and his wife Donna are founding Trustees of the Scotlyn Foundation, Directors of the Tails of Help Foundation and they are Board members and Advisors on a number of other for-profit corporations and non profit organizations. 

    The Scotlyn Foundation pursues strategic philanthropy in the areas of; arts and music, people with animals, wildlife and total childhood development.  They normally provide funding, industry experience and business expertise to CRA registered non-profits interested in long term relationships and a collaborative approach to the initiatives pursued. Paul, Donna and their 4-year old yellow lab Juno live in Canmore Alberta.

  • Andrew Nickerson, Canmore Business and Tourism

    For over 15 years Andrew has been working in Canadian and international tourism in senior management roles focused on tourism product development. He is currently the President and CEO of Tourism Canmore Kananaskis, having successfully rebuilt the organization over the past three years, and is an active community member involved with various Town of Canmore committees and working groups. He is involved in the Community Advisory Group representing the Tourism sector and appreciate the opportunity to be around the table with a diverse group of stakeholders who are working to find common ground and solutions that benefit the greater community good.

  • Chris Ollenberger, Owners Representative for TSMV

    Chris is the founder and Managing Principal at QuantumPlace Developments Ltd. With over 19 years in comprehensive real estate management and development, he is experienced at development conceptualization and financial performance modelling, building management teams, urban design, managing development and construction operations, and project management.  He strives to incorporate the principals of placemaking into buildings and communities through quality public spaces and travel corridors.  He believes that good public engagement is a key component in any good community development project.   While well experienced in public engagement on a variety of projects over the years, the Community Advisory Group (CAG) is a new process for him.  He looks forward to participating with a diverse stakeholder group and the Town of Canmore, working together to overcome past hurdles through a new collaborative process.  

The Smith Creek Project Team members are:

  • Tracy Woitenko, Town of Canmore & Jessica Karpat, QuantumPlace Developments Ltd. (Project Leads)
  • Kent McDougall, QuantumPlace Developments Ltd. (Project Support)
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