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Friday, May 24, 2013

Tourism Whistler board election results

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - May 24, 2013 

Tourism Whistler board election results


Whistler, B.C. – Tourism Whistler members have elected two incumbents and a newcomer to the organization’s board of directors.

Eight candidates were nominated for three positions on the Tourism Whistler Board of Directors this year, with voting taking place online and at yesterday’s annual general meeting. The results were announced at the AGM.

The positions available for election this year included: Multi-Managed Lodging – Benchlands, Single-Managed Lodging – Small, and Commercial.

In the category of Multi-managed Lodging – Benchlands, the candidates were incumbent Brenda Baker, of Stoney Creek Resort Properties, Sue Chappel, of Allura Direct and Mark Blasak, of Whistler Premier. In this category, Sue Chappel was the successful candidate.

In the category of Single-Managed Lodging – Small, the candidates were incumbent Saad Hasan, of Lodging Ovations, Peter Humig of the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Robert Simpson of the Adara Hotel. In this category, incumbent Saad Hasan was re-elected.

In the Commercial category, the candidates included incumbent Duane Hepditch of Guestfolio, and Corinne Allison of Whistler Core Climbing and Fitness Centre. In this category, incumbent Duane Hepditch was re-elected.

“I’d like to recognize each of the candidates who put their name forward for election,” said Board Chair, Roger Soane. “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Brenda Baker, for her many years of contributions,” he added. “Congratulations to Duane Hepditch and Sue Chappel.”

Tourism Whistler is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors – five appointed and seven elected. Elected director positions include Commercial, Single-Managed Lodging – Large, Single-Managed Lodging – Small, Multi-Managed Lodging – Village, Multi-Managed Lodging – Benchlands, Multi-Managed Lodging – Other and Director-At-Large. Appointed director positions include two representatives from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, two representatives from Whistler Blackcomb and the President & CEO of Tourism Whistler.

Board nominees do not have to be members of Tourism Whistler however they must be nominated by at least two members in good standing. All elected directors serve a two-year term. The term served by the appointed directors is determined by the organizations they represent.

The current Tourism Whistler Board of Directors:

  • Single-Managed Lodging – Large:   
    Norman Mastalir
  • Single-Managed Lodging – Small:   
    Saad Hasan
  • Multi-Managed Lodging – Benchlands:   
    Sue Chappel
  • Multi-Managed Lodging – Village:   
    Jim Allard
  • Multi-Managed Lodging – Other:   
    Roger Soane (Chair)
  • Director-at-Large:     
    Tony Cary-Barnard
  • Commercial:      
    Duane Hepditch
  • Whistler Blackcomb (appointed):   
    David Brownlie
    Stuart Rempel
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler (appointed): 
    Roger McCarthy
    Mike Furey
  • Tourism Whistler President & CEO (appointed):  
    Barrett Fisher



Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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