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My name is John Buffery

For the past 15 years I have had the privilege in serving you, the public, in the provincial government sector at a senior level where I write risk management standards, policy and procedures to protect public safety. For 18 years prior to that, I owned a successful corporation consulting in mountain safety risk management for feature films throughout the world. I still have annual contracts in this field and have brought feature film work to the Kootenays. I bring my international exposure and experience to focus on our beautiful City of Nelson, which has supported me with a healthy, happy, and successful career.

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My passionate connection to the landscape of Nelson and the people in our community, inspires me to lead City council on a balanced path of sustainable principals, values and equity, founded in our rich historical culture, niche businesses and well-earned unique reputation.


I want to unify our community to engage in a high quality, healthy, expressive life, where everyone feels their capacity to contribute to Nelson’s beautiful and progressive culture.

My Platform



I believe Nelson’s great attraction for people to live and visit here, stems from our rich and deep heritage and evolution of our unique culture.

Recently, I was honoured to help the Sinixt community discover evidence of a lost spiritual site on a steep cliff face, that has long been part of their storytelling tradition.

In our city, we have inherited beautiful stone buildings and walls constructed by our earlier settlers. The rural survival skills and food security established by Doukhobors and Japanese settlers set the table for our present day quality cuisine. Baker St. was renowned for its specialty retail stores in the 1800's with the miners, but now caters to a slightly more sophisticated clientele.

The foresight to construct world class performance and cinema theaters lives on with internationally recognized local talent.

We are beneficiaries from the intellectual draft dodge migration, with the creation of David Thompson University, Kootenay School of the Arts, Selkirk College, and many other private schools.

The cultural, arts and heritage preservation and enhancement are some of my core community values.

Nelson’s numerous diverse and successful businesses are the result of ingenuity, perseverance, and tenacity. I support sustainable development, with a focus on respect for our region's natural ecological values. 

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I have been a professional athlete my entire adult life. The growth of recreational sport in our community over the last 30 years has produced world renowned athletes. Sport is a sector of our economy with massive expansion potential, and I support its development whole-heartedly.

My Volunteering

  • Nelson Nordic Ski Club - Board Member     

  • Nelson Electric Tramway Society - Trolley Conductor

  • Capital Theatre - Rigger for Peter Pan                       

  • Street-fest - Rigging Coordinator Aerial Dancers         

  • Association for Canadian Mountain Guides                     - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

  • Canadian Avalanche Association                                        - Governance Committee

  • International Commission for Alpine Rescue                   - Canadian Ambassador 

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Media & News

Kootenay Co-Op Radio Interview

Buffery’s mayoral interview KCR
00:00 / 03:31
Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism


Why Me?

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I am process and systems driven. I am approachable with developed listening skills. I am a communicator and the unifier with the clear intention to bring our community together.

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My 40+ years of exposure managing uncertainty in the mountains professionally, has given me expertise in making the right decision when life and death are often the consequences.


I am bringing that focus to manage Nelson to be a safe, healthy, cohesive and proud community.

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Most photos courtesy of Dustin Lalik

Buffery for Nelson ©2022

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