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Monday, March 17, 2014

Candidates vie for Tourism Whistler board positions

Whistler, B.C. – Four positions are open in this year’s Tourism Whistler board of directors’ election with candidates representing a cross-section of membership and the local business community.

Tourism Whistler members will elect board representatives this year in the positions of: Multi-Managed Lodging – Village, Multi-Managed Lodging – Other, Single-Managed Lodging – Large and Director at Large. 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.

In the category of Multi-managed Lodging – Village, the candidates are:
Jim Allard (incumbent), Tantalus Lodge
Lloyd Daser, General Manager of the Whistler Pan Pacific properties

The director position in this category represents owners on Resort Land where less than 85% of the units within the property, that is located in the Village, are managed by a single management company. The incumbent in this category is Jim Allard.

In the category of Multi-managed Lodging – Other, the candidates are:
Dale Bickenbach, Gondola Village
Marcel Da Silva
Ian Lowe, General Manager, Crystal Lodge & Suites

This director position represents owners on Resort Land where less than 85% of the units within the property, that is located outside the Village and/or Benchlands, are managed by a single management company. The incumbent in this category is Roger Soane.

Norm Mastalir, Managing Director of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, is the single candidate in the category of Single Managed Lodging – Large, and will be elected by acclamation. This director position represents owners on Resort Land where 90 per cent of the units within the property, that comprises more than 500 assessment units, are managed by a single management company. This includes most branded hotels as well as all of the single-owned hotels.

In the category of Director of Large, the candidates are:
Kirby Brown, CEO, The Adventure Group
Tony Cary-Barnard (incumbent), General Manager of the Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
Stein Gudmundseth, Blueberry Hill Estates owner
Neil Henderson, Managing Director, Araxi
Roger Soane, President & CEO, Whistler Sport Legacies

The Director at Large is intended to represent all Tourism Whistler members in good standing and, as such, all Members in good standing receive one vote for this position.

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.

Voting will be available online prior to the Annual General Meeting, or at the AGM (in person or by proxy). The AGM is scheduled for May 22 at the Whistler Conference Centre. Online voting will be available April 17 – May 14; members eligible to vote will receive a voting package (including login and password information for online voting) for the category of their membership. Eligibility is determined based on current standing of the account. Election results will be announced at the AGM.

The current Tourism Whistler Board of Directors:

Single-Managed Lodging – Small:   
Saad Hasan (Chair)
Single-Managed Lodging – Large:   
Norm Mastalir
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:  
David Brownlie
Stuart Rempel

Resort Municipality of Whistler:
Roger McCarthy
Mike Furey

Tourism Whistler President & CEO:
Barrett Fisher

Tourism Whistler Members can access additional information about the AGM and election of directors on the Tourism Whistler Member website at


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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