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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tourism Whistler board names new chair, vice chair

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - July 4, 2013

Tourism Whistler Board names new chair and vice chair

Whistler, B.C. – Following the May 2013 annual general meeting and board election, Tourism Whistler’s Board of Directors named a new chair and vice chair at the June board retreat.

Saad Hasan, who holds the director position of Single-Managed Lodging – Small, has been appointed to the position of board chair. Having previously held the position of vice chair, Hasan now replaces Roger Soane as board chair. Soane, who served as board chair for four years, remains on the board in the position of Multi-Managed Lodging – Other.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Roger Soane for the leadership and direction he has provided as board chair,” said Hasan. “Roger has led the Tourism Whistler board for many years, showing diligence and unwavering commitment.”

Norman Mastalir, who holds the director position of Single-Managed Lodging – Large, has been named vice-chair.

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.

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 – Small:   
Saad Hasan (Chair)
Single-Managed Lodging – Large:   
Norman Mastalir (Vice Chair)
Multi-Managed Lodging – Benchlands:   
Sue Chappel
Multi-Managed Lodging – Village:   
Jim Allard
Multi-Managed Lodging – Other:   
Roger Soane
Tony Cary-Barnard
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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