Canal Flats hires new CAO

Adrian Bergles joining the team December 18th

Canal Flats has hired a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Adrian Bergles will be taking over the position effective Monday, December 18th.

Mr. Bergles has lived and worked in the Columbia Valley for the past 12 years, starting as a reporter at the Pioneer back in 2005. Most of his employment has been with the Akisqnuk First Nation, first in communications, then later moving on to the lands manager.

Mr. Bergles is excited about the new opportunity and has heard good things about the team in Canal Flats. He hopes to bring some energy and positivity to the role, and to “contribute in a positive way to the administration there and support the council in reaching their goals in the community.”

Mr. Bergles says his long-term plan is to offer some continuity to the community in the position.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. I’m excited about it and I’m looking forward to working under a new set of laws: the provincial realm instead of the federal realm that does govern us here on the reserve,” he told the Pioneer.

Dawn Attorp has been acting as interim CAO in Canal Flats since April. Her expectation was to work on a temporary basis until a qualified full-time CAO could be found. She will help Mr. Bergles with the transition period, staying on a few days after he starts to go over files with the new CAO. Mayor Ute Juras said Ms. Attorp had planned to stay for a short-term contract, but was gracious enough to stay with the Village until the right candidate could be hired.

“We are delighted to have Adrian join our team,” said Ms. Juras. “Council is very happy to have someone with extensive local knowledge from over a decade of working and living in the Columbia Valley, as well as a broad depth of understanding of working with an elected Council.”

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