Smithers hires new CAO

The Town of Smithers has hired Anne Yanciw as chief administrative officer to lead its staff.

  • Dec. 1, 2015 2:00 p.m.
New Smithers CAO Anne Yanciw.

New Smithers CAO Anne Yanciw.

Press release from the Town of Smithers:


After an extensive selection process, Smithers Town Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Yanciw as the Town’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Yanciw grew up near Burns Lake and comes to the organization with 17 years of experience in local government. She was Administrative Coordinator for Public Safety Communications at the City of Calgary and CAO of the Village of Valemont, BC. Most recently, she served as Interim CAO with the Village of Lions Bay.

“Anne brings an excellent combination of skills, experience and perspective to our organization”, said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “We are confident she will be an asset in moving forward our strategic priorities, and will make a significant contribution to our town.”

“I am passionate about small communities, particularly those in the North”, said Yanciw. “I look forward to working with Council, Town Staff and residents in the coming months and years.”

Yanciw will commence her new position in early January. She replaces former CAO Deborah Sargent who left her position in August after being hired as the City Manager of the City of Campbell River.