Board of Directors

Loralie Thomson
My Fitness Centre

Loralie worked for Timber Baron with her family for 25 years, and still helps when needed. She felt it was time to challenge herself with a something different; she purchased the building where the Fitness Centre is located and is enjoying being a landlord as well as a new business owner.

Loralie feels Terrace is currently growing after many years of struggling from the many closers of industry in the area, and hopes her experience through those difficult times will help benefit the Terrace Chamber Board of Directors.

Tom Keller
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Tom grew up on a family farm just north of Kamloops BC. During his final year of University he started with RBC. Within RBC, Tom has moved from retail banking to commercial banking and now back to retail, working various roles through this time. These roles have given him a diversified view, dealing with diverse groups of personal clients and over 200 business clients.

Tom has always been an active volunteer, from 4-H to various student groups and on to Rotary, volunteering and working for his community has always been an important part of his life.
Tom now lives in Terrace with his wife of 10 years and 3 young children.

Val Gauvin
Past President
Rain Catcher Gutters

Val Gauvin has been a part of the business community in Terrace for 18 years. As a business consultant Val has worked closely with small to medium sized businesses within the service industry to retail, manufacturing and construction as well as local NPO’s and First Nations Groups.  Val has an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool.  
Val lives in Terrace with her husband Rod Makowichuk who runs Rain Catcher Gutters.  As the story goes, both moved here with a 5 year plan to work then move away but have fallen in love with the region and now call Terrace their permanent home.

Bert Husband
Black Press (Terrace Standard)

Bert was born and raised in Penticton, B.C.  In 1997, he moved his family to Terrace with his wife and 3 daughters.
Bert has been in the Sales and Marketing field for 30 years. His career started at Thompson Newspapers in Penticton. He also has experience in Real Estate and printing. After moving his family to Terrace, Bert started working for Blue Ridge Ventures (a graphics and promotional company). Eventually, they moved to Kamloops where Bert took a position with Black Press Ltd, with whom he still works. 

Terrace is still trying to find its niche in the more vibrant provincial economy and Bert looks forward to working hard during these exciting times in the region to make the economy in Terrace a vibrant place to work, live and play.  

Mike Jones
Kermode Careers Services
Programme Advisor

Mike was born and raised in BC, and has lived throughout the province, including Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Prince George, Terrace, Stewart, Prince Rupert, and Haida Gwaii.
His professional background in Terrace includes road construction, teaching, and counselling with School District 82 and Northwest Community College. At present, Mike is working with Skills Canada as the Northwest BC Programme Advisor. In this position he has gained a unique perspective on the demands of labour supply for employers and the processes necessary in preparing a trained and professional workforce in and for the northwest region. 

In his spare time, Mike is affiliated with several careers sector associations and has been involved with community-based organizations including Terrace Water Rescue and Thornhill Volunteer Fire Department.

Justin Lamoureux
Canadian Tire
General Manager

In 2009 Justin graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, ON with an honours diploma in Business Admin., specializing in Human Resources Management. He continued his education with an Undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2011.
Justin worked part tim eas a manager at Canadian Tire in Stouffville, ON and helped build the new store. After graduating in 2011, he took the role as full time manager, then General Manager.
In February 2014, he was offered the General Manager position at Canadian Tire in Drayton Valley, AB; Justin specifically focused on the Family & Community Support Services and Jumpstart programs. 

In May 2016 Justin and his wife welcomed the birth of their first child. 
In early 2016, Justin accepted the General Manager position with Canadian Tire in Terrace, BC. 


Mel Kemmis
Bell Media Radio G.P.
General and Sales Manager
Maria Koerner
Koerner Consulting
Steve Smyth
Peterbilt Pacific Inc.
Branch and Sales manager

Steve graduated from Cal in Terrace and started in the Industrial supply business. He worked in Burns Lake & Quesnel. Steve returned to Terrace as Parts Manager with Jim McEwan GM in 1986. In 98, he was promoted to General Parts & Service Manager.

He joined Peterbilt Pacific in 99 as Branch Manager of what was a small Parts and Service operation. In 2014, Peterbilt embarked on their third expansion and it is now the largest truck Dealer west of Prince George. Steve also enjoys writing as a guest columnist to the Terrace Standard.

He is married with two children, two step-children in the US & with his wife Marsha, shares 12 grandkids and a love of motorbikes, travel & discovery. 


Debra Stokes
TBL Consultants Ltd.

Debra moved to Terrace from Richmond, B.C. with her two daughters in 1997 to work as a Fisheries Biologist for industry and local First Nations. After being away from the area for ten years, Debra returned to Terrace in 2014 and is fortunate to have her two daughters back in Terrace along with a son-in-law and two grand girls.

Debra is a sustainable development consultant in the natural resource sector, and is interested in seeing Terrace develop sustainably. She is currently completing her PhD in the mining department at UBC with a focus on how LNG developments can be leveraged for long term sustainability in communities. Debra is also a member of the Skeena Valley Rotary Club.