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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Two Tourism Whistler board candidates acclaimed; two vie for remaining position

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - March 17, 2015

Two Tourism Whistler board candidates acclaimed; two vie for remaining position

Whistler, B.C. -- While three Tourism Whistler board positions were up for election this year, members will cast ballots in only one of the categories.

This year, the board positions of Single-Managed Small Lodging Director, Commercial Director and Mulit-Managed Benchlands Lodging Director were all up for election.

In the category of Single-Managed Small Lodging Director, Saad Hasan (incumbent) was the single candidate and therefore, elected by acclamation.

In the category of Commercial Director, Roger Soane was elected by acclamation.

In the position of Multi-Managed Benchlands Lodging Director, there are two candidates: Sue Chappel (incumbent) and Bruce Okabe.

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

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.

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 21 at the Whistler Conference Centre. Online voting will be available April 16 – May 13; only members who own properties in the Multi-Managed Benchlands Lodging category are eligible to vote for this director position. Those eligible members will receive a voting package (including login and password information for online voting) prior to the opening of online voting. 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 Small Lodging:         
Saad Hasan (Chair)
Single-Managed Large Lodging:         
Norm Mastalir
Multi-Managed Benchlands Lodging:   
Sue Chappel
Multi-Managed Village Lodging:         
Jim Allard
Multi-Managed Other Lodging:           
Ian Lowe
Tony Cary-Barnard
Duane Hepditch


Whistler Blackcomb:                 
David Brownlie
Stuart Rempel
Resort Municipality of Whistler:    
Nancy Wilhelm-Morden
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 1.800.944.7853 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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