Fort Smith Paddling Club

Paddling, Promoting and Protecting the Slave River
Home to the Slave River Paddlefest

John Blyth

El Presidente!

John moved to Fort Smith when he was 12 years old. He lives in the Yellow House, where the club gear is stored and most paddling meetings take place! John has been paddling for a decade now, and is a good source of information for the different routes.

Karl Cox


Karl is a local paddler, mountain biker, firefighter, wildlife technician and fantastic volunteer. 

He knows the surrounding trails like the back of his hand and he is all about taking out the power tools to the trails to make them  brush free and smooth! 

(The photo was stolen from his facebook page)

Jason Panter

Treasor Keeper

Jason is a long time resident of Fort Smith!

Fire Fighter on the town department, board member of the Royal Canadian Legion, hardcore mountain biker (knows these local trails on the back of his hands), he also have a full-time job at Aurora College. His excellent organization skills are a fantastic addition to the board. Jason has been on the FSPC board since 2007.

Robyn Brown


Robyn started paddling in the summer of 2014, and came to most club sessions. Dedicated and passionate, she got quickly hooked to the river and fine-tuned her skills over the winter with our regular Kayak-polo sessions. 

A lady with a big heart, she is always there when we need help! She is also very busy with her job as the assistant of the bat researcher, which is a pretty awesome job in our opinion! 

Robyn is also a student at Aurora College in the Environment and Natural Resources Program. 

Marylan Yanik

Board Director 

Marylan is a passionate local elder, who grew up on the shores of the rapid corridor near Fort Fitzgerald, at a place people know as "The Yanik Farm".

Her and her son Gord have been club members for many years, surfing the waves with rafts, and this year she joined the board as "our voice of reason"!

(This photo was stolen from her facebook page)

Jeff Schwartzenberger

Board Director

Jeff was born and raised in Fort Smith, and started kayaking last summer. Totally hooked to whitewater kayaking, he didn't miss a lesson and came to most of our pool sessions in the winter. He fully equipped himself for the sport and is finding the time to help out whenever he can (he also is a busy father of 3!)

(The photo was stolen from his facebook page)

Genevieve Cote

Paddlefest Coordinator

Gen is not on the board this year as she is now the Paddlefest Coordinator. 

She has been kayaking since 2007, and is part of our instructor's crew, and lived in

Fort Smith since 2006. She's the one to contact for any questions regarding rental 

and Paddlefest in general!

Here Gen is seeing blocking a great shot from Matthew Bird! 

Matthew Bird

FSPC's Employee and year round volunteer

Our intern this summer is Fort Smith born and raised Matthew Bird. A young man with multiple talents, he has been a part of our club for many years. He is excellent with our youth, a spectacular kayak-polo player and is saving lives by volunteering a lot of his time for the local ambulance service. 

He is a man of technological expertise and is helping our club reduce our paperwork load by moving our waivers and registration online. 

(This photo was also stolen from his facebook page)