About Your Council

Mayor Phil Germuth

Phil Germuth was elected Mayor of Kitimat on November 15, 2014 after spending the previous term (2011-2014) as a Councillor. He was born and raised in Kitimat and is the proud father of three sons. A licensed Automotive Technician, Mayor Germuth started Phil's Mobile Service in 1992. He has continued to serve the people of Kitimat ever since. 

Prior to being elected, Mayor Germuth served on the Economic Development Commission and the Advisory Planning Commission. He is also a member of the Kitimat Gyro Club. In his spare time, Mayor Germuth enjoys downhill skiing, trying to make a golf ball go where he wants, and vacations that include hot sun, beaches and great snorkeling.

As part of his duties, Mayor Germuth represents Kitimat on Northern Development Initiative Trust's Northwest Regional Advisory Committee. 

Councillor Edwin Empinado

In 2011, Councillor Empinado became the first Filipino Canadian to be elected as a Municipal Councillor in British Columbia. He is originally from Cebu City, Philippines. 

Entering the religious life at a very young age, Councillor Empinado studied three years of Philosophy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Physics. Realizing the religious life was not meant for him, he left the seminary and studied nursing, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He taught nursing for almost ten years at the University of San Carlos, and at the same time studied and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing. In the early years of teaching, he also managed three Mr. Donut outlets, had a distribution company for laundry soap and canned sardines, and built and operated a corn mill.

A love for nursing led Councillor Empinado to pursue his career in Dublin, Ireland where he worked as an operating room nurse. It was there that he met his wife Doris, and their daughter Diana Mae was born. In 2004, the couple accepted positions at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Finding Vancouver a difficult place to raise a young family, they began to look for a more family-friendly community and moved to Kitimat in January 2005 after both were hired to work in the operating room of Kitimat General Hospital.

Councillor Empinado became the President of the Filipino Canadian Association in Kitimat and the contract steward for the BC Nurses Union at Kitimat General Hospital. He was then elected Steward Liaison and Member Educator for the BC Nurses Union of the Northwest. 

The guiding principle for Councillor Empinado throughout his life has been: "Hard work, self-sacrifice, leading and living by example, member and community involvement, forgetting not who you are, and where you come from, will always reap a good harvest."

2016 Assignments/Portfolios: 

  • Advisory Housing Committee
  • Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities (alternate)
  • Kitimat Public Library Board

Councillor Mario Feldhoff

Councillor Feldhoff is serving for a sixth full term on Kitimat Council, having first been elected in a byelection in 1998. Born and raised in Kitimat, he believes Kitimat is on the cusp of significant economic growth and the accompanying dynamism last experienced in the 1970s and 1980s. He believes Kitimat to be an exceptional community with unparalleled potential.

Married to Brenda since 1985, they have three daughters; two presently attending UNBC in Prince George with the youngest attending Mount Elizabeth Secondary School. A Chartered Accountant by profession with a BA majoring in Commerce from Simon Fraser University, Councillor Feldhoff has worked at Rio Tinto's Kitimat smelter since 1988. His prior work experience included public accounting with KPMG in Vancouver, service with the BC Auditor General in Victoria and working for a privately owned logging company in Prince Rupert. Councillor Feldhoff has served on the Advisory Planning Commission, Museum and Library Board, the Health Advocacy Group and is a strong advocate for economic development continuing to add to Kitimat's growth.

2016 Assignments/Portfolios: 

  • Leisure Services Advisory Commission (alternate)
  • Kitimat Health Advocacy Group
  • Kitimat Museum & Archives Board
  • Northern Gateway Community Advisory Board
  • Traffic Committee (alternate)

Councillor Rob Goffinet

Councillor Goffinet is in his third term after spending four decades involved at all levels of electoral politics in northwest B.C. as a volunteer. He is a retired elementary school teacher who, over his 36-year career, had taught multiple generations of Kitimat youth. He received a BA in Sociology and Political Science and his professional PDP training from Simon Fraser University.

Since being elected in 2008, Councillor Goffinet has held numerous portfolios, including serving as liaison to the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, Museum Board and Advisory Planning Commission. He has served with the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group since its inception and is currently its Chair/Spokesperson. He is also the Board Chair and a Director of his local church.

Councillor Goffinet sees Kitimat's future involving an expanded economic base of small businesses, including recreation and tourism focussed on Douglas Channel and the North Coast, as well as larger export-oriented industries which will continue to be the foundation of our community's economy.

When not involved in community matters, Rob loves to spend time with his wife, six children and eight grandchildren, most of whom presently live in Kitimat.

2016 Assignments/Portfolios: 

  • Advisory Planning Commission
  • Kitimat Age Friendly Committee
  • Kitimat Health Advocacy Group
  • Kitimat Interagency Committee (alternate)
  • Kitimat Literacy Program
  • Kitimat Public Advisory Committee
  • Kitimat Public Library Board (alternate)
  • Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (alternate)
  • University of Northern B.C. 

Councillor Mary Murphy

Councillor Murphy, who has called Kitimat home since 1955, is serving her second term on Council. She was born in Madeira, Portugal and values the choices and sacrifices her parents made in seeking better opportunities for their family in Kitimat.

Councillor Murphy and her husband Harry raised their two daughters in Kitimat and have been blessed with six grandchildren. They have enjoyed the beauty of our area growing up, especially the Douglas Channel. They had the pleasure of skiing all winter and boating all summer.

In February 2010, Councillor Murphy retired from Eurocan Pulp and Paper when the operation closed. She brings 34 years of industrial experience and a wealth of knowledge in a variety of positions, primarily in the health and safety field, as well as many years of experience as a management/labour activist to the table. She was the first woman to hold the position of President of CEP Local 298 in the Pulp and Paper Industry.

Councillor Murphy currently instructs health and safety programs and loves golfing, skiing, her animals, but mostly spending time with her wonderful grandchildren and family. She looks forward to working with Council to promote environmental excellence, industrial and economic development, building relationships with the Haisla and our neighbouring communities to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Kitimat. "Success is accomplished not by one, but by a hard working group/or groups."

2016 Assignments/Portfolios:  

  • Leisure Services Advisory Commission
  • Kitimat Age Friendly Committee
  • Kitimat Health Advocacy Group
  • Kitimat Museum & Archives Board (alternate)
  • Northern Development Initiative Trust (alternate)
  • Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
  • University of Northern B.C.

Councillor Claire Rattée

Councillor Rattée is a first-term Councillor elected in November 2014. She lived in the Lower Mainland before moving to Kitimat in 2011 with her fiancé Oliver. Together they own DivineInk, a tattoo and piercing studio that serves clients throughout northwestern B.C.

Councillor Rattée is very passionate about art and loves working with all mediums. She is also the proud owner of two dogs: Brooklyn and Bronx.

Although the youngest member of Kitimat Council, she is highly ambitious and always looking for a new challenge – as evidenced by becoming a business owner at the age of 19 and a municipal councillor three years later.

2016 Assignments/Portfolios: 

  • Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities 
  • Advisory Planning Commission (alternate)
  • Kitimat Age Friendly Committee
  • Kitimat Health Advocacy Group
  • Kitimat Interagency Committee
  • Kitimat Literacy Program (alternate)

Councillor Larry Walker

Councillor Walker in his first first term as a Kitimat Councillor. He was formerly an elected official in Spruce Grove, Alberta. 

Born and raised in Calgary, Councillor Walker loves the outdoors and especially fishing. His love of northwestern B.C. dates back to the late 1970s when his family travelled to Haida Gwaii every fall to fish for salmon. Several years ago, he and his wife Kathy decided to move to Kitimat to retire.

Previously, Councillor Walker worked in marketing and sales for a major U.S. railway. He was Manager of Transportation and Distribution for a major integrated forest products company in Alberta for eight years, and also spent a few years working in a federal prison.

2016 Assignments/Portfolios: 

  • Advisory Housing Committee (alternate)
  • Kitimat Health Advocacy Group
  • Northern Gateway Community Advisory Board (alternate)
  • Traffic Committee