Jennifer Aldridge

Manager, Business Events

Your top Vancouver/Whistler must do: Skiing dual mountains in Whistler, sailing in Vancouver – sometimes you can get them both in in one day!

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: Lip gloss, chocolate and wine

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I LOVE reality TV

Which Disney character you would be: Pocahantas

George Bartel

President

Favorite place to travel to: Around Western Canada and Alaska – done so since 1969!

Your top Rockies and Alaska must do: Travel the Ice parkway Highway (Lake Louise to Jasper) and along Turnagain Arm (Anchorage to Seward).

Favorite type of event to organize: An event that takes advantage of the natural environment of the destinations we work in.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I would love to be a small dairy farmer.

Ruth Beazley

Director Account Services

Favorite place to travel to: Maritimes & Bahamas for the great beaches, seafood and family

Pet peeve: Rudeness and inconsideration of others. Life is too short!

I love Vancouver because: Stunning scenery, active outdoor lifestyle, and the friendly and welcoming people

Prince William or Prince Harry: William as in the Sound – Beautiful BC!

Priscilla Chan

Manager, Business Events

I love to____: Play volleyball competitively and try all the new restaurants in Vancouver.

Favorite place to travel to: Bali!

Your top Vancouver must do: Bike up and down Main Street exploring all the shops, cafes and craft breweries – just bring a helmet!

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: Would love to have a wide range of licenses. I’ve got a regular driving license, a motorcycle one and a scuba diving one – next up is my pilot license!

Michelle Clarke

Manager, Business Events

Which Disney character would you be: Mickey Mouse

Favorite Vancouver Restaurant: La Quercia

Your top Vancouver must do: Walk or bike the Vancouver Seawall – it’s free and it brings you to a level where you see the city from a different perspective.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I once played a Japanese school girl in the musical the Mikado.

Debbie Cotton-Burinski

Regional Director, Marketing & Sales, Ontario

Favorite place to travel to: Too many to choose from, however, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and places I’ve never been!

Your top Toronto must do: Ford Fan Zone during a Toronto Maple Leaf game or Toronto Raptor game (it’s actually more fun than being inside the Air Canada Centre).

I love Toronto because of: My husband, the constantly changing city skyline and there are always large events happening making the city buzz with energy.

Which Disney character you would be: Bullseye the horse from Toy Story, I’m always excitable, loyal, reliable and fun!

Kimberly Coutts

Senior Sales Manager

Favorite place to travel to: Greece

Favorite type of event to organize: My annual Girl’s Gift Exchange at Christmas – this year will be the 10th year and 12 of us gals go out for a fun evening out to a new, hip restaurant but the best part of the night is the $20 gift exchange to see which gift gets stolen the most!

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: My husband, my kids and my iPhone!

I love Vancouver because: Of the beautiful views – you can’t beat gorgeous summer evenings at the beach with the ocean and the mountains as your backdrop!

Matthew Coyne

COO & Vice President, Marketing & Sales

Favorite place to travel to: Amalfi Coast

Favorite restaurant to eat at: L’Abbatoir

Your top Vancouver must do: Brunch on Granville Island followed by a stroll through the different art galleries

I love to: Ski Whistler Blackcomb in the winter and island hop in the summer

Katey Dignam

Manager, Program Design

Your top Toronto must do’s: Chilling on a patio in the summer, explore the Toronto Islands and cross-country skiing in winter

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island:  chapstick, a pillow, chips & dip (Heluva Good Dip)

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I did Irish dancing for 7 years

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Be Faithful – Fatman Scoop

Tiffany Drennan

Senior Event Manager

Your top Toronto must do: Street meat and a Jays game followed by beer or two at Real Sports.

When I retire, I’m going to: Sell everything and travel the world with my husband.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I used to live in Japan and learned to speak basic conversational Japanese.

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”

Claire Duncan

Director, Event Production

Favorite place to travel to: Desert or deserted island.

Favorite type of event to organize: A big production that requires complex logistics, fabulous décor, extensive lighting, incredible entertainment and some challenging stage management. I also do a mean small, sleek cocktail party…

I love Western Canada because: They are epic destinations. The landscape is mind blowing, the people are super friendly and there are so many different levels of experience here. It is an amazing part of the world to be. I came here for one year…eight years later!

Prince William or Prince Harry: Neither! I am British, we don’t fancy the Princes…

Tom Ebner

Director, North American Sales & Strategic Partnerships

Favorite place to travel to: My own backyard – The Howe Sound – Canada’s most southern fjord.

Favorite type of event to organize: Creating an experience that immerses our guests in the amazing natural settings that our beautiful part of the world has to offer.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I met the Queen of England.

I love to: Hangout on our boat with my honey, go out for a beer with our boys, walk the dog, BBQ and generally have a good time.

David Fung

Accounting Support

Top things to do: Cycle Around Banff and Tour the Wineries in the Okanagan

I love to______: Snowboard in Whistler & Blackcomb and the Après Ski Festivities & Hot Tub

One thing that you wouldn’t know about me is: that I do “Bikram Hot Yoga “2-3 times a week. Great for flexibility and joints.

When I retire, I’m going to be: a world traveller by going on a world-wide cruise and visit all the ports and sample the food from around the world.

Favorite place to travel to: Wailea & Kihei in Maui.

May Fung

Team Leader, Program Design

Your top Vancouver must do: Spend the afternoon walking along the entire sea wall, finish off with coffee at one of the café’s on Denman St.

Favorite place to travel to: Seoul, Korea

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: my kids (2 of them) as they’d love an entire island to run around on, and my husband, as I need someone to catch them (and cook).

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I collect all things Tweety.

Shannon Hamson

Manager, Marketing and Communications

Which Disney character you would be: A toss up between Cinderella and Elsa….CinderElsa!

When I retire, I’m going to be: Reigning champion of shuffleboard at the nursing home by the beach.

I love ____: SPORTS!– road cycling, volleyball, softball, yoga, dance and working out…I will even watch sports while running on the treadmill!

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I am so left-handed that I cannot drive standard for the life of me!

Tommi Hanley

Regional Manager, Okanagan

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: Book (s), drinking water; music

What theme song would play as you walk into a room? Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Top Okanagan must do’s: Winery touring; hiking; watersports – I love to swim and relax, both of which I can do at the lake.

I love the Okanagan because: It offers big-city amenities with small-town friendliness and ease, and my favorite restaurant – Waterfront in Kelowna

Lisa Hess

Senior Sales Manager

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: It’s a no brainer for me – Blue Rodeo CD (yes, the CD), my onesie pajamas, and wine gums! I could easily survive for years.

Favorite place to travel to: I absolutely love Beirut, Lebanon because it oozes culture and class! The food is amazing and the nightlife is one that carries on into the wee hours of the morning, usually located along the beautiful beachfront of Beirut.

Pet peeve: dirty fridges, it sends shivers down my spine thinking of what may be living behind these doors.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Carmelo’s in West Vancouver. This is a sure bet on the best bowl of pasta! Its cozy, close to home and the best pasta on the North Shore.

Sarah Kelly

Senior Event Producer

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Chapter Once, Dublin IRL

Your top Vancouver must do: SUP (standup paddling) along the Indian Arm

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: A fully fueled helicopter, a pilot to go with it and a nice bottle of red (screw top) for the journey home.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I can’t wink

Emily Kwong

Manager, Business Events

Favorite place to travel to: Greece – for their beautiful beaches and sunsets

Pet peeve:  Clutter…

I love to____: explore different coffee shops in the Lower Mainland.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: brunch at Edible Canada on Granville Island

Romy Lem

Director, Program Operations

Favorite place to travel to: Japan

Pet peeve: Socks with sandals

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: My dog Putter, my iPad for reading and sunglasses!

I love Vancouver because: It represents the beauty of the West Coast!

Leanne McLay

Manager, Program Operations

Top Vancouver Must Do’s: Hike one of the many trails on the North Shore Mountains; go paddle boarding or kayaking in Deep Cove and then sushi for dinner and drinks at a local brewery

Which Disney character would you be? The Little Mermaid – I have always been a water baby. The ocean is my happy place.

Favorite place to travel to: Locally: Tofino and the Okanagan
Internationally: South East Asia

Prince William or Prince Harry? Prince Harry

Alyssa Merrick

Event Manager

Favorite place to travel to: Anywhere! As long as I’m exploring, I’m happy! Although, if I HAD to choose a place, I would say Ireland.

Favorite restaurant to eat in Toronto: Terroni on Adelaide – delicious authentic Italian food and a great vibe.

Your top Toronto must do: Dinner on Queen West and some live theatre – musicals, plays, ballet, opera – Toronto has a fantastic performing arts scene!

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I have a twin sister!

Jacynta Michell

Business Events Coordinator

Pet peeve: Repetitive tardiness!!

Favorite place to travel to: England – I spent a few summers there with my cousins where I made wonderful childhood memories of running through and exploring the fields on the countryside, horseback riding, and experiencing the British village life.

When I retire, I’m going to be: Living Oceanside and travelling all of the time.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Meet in Gastown

Monica Moreno

Manager, Supplier Relations

Favorite place to travel to: The Okanagan – lake and wine region.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: East is East – located on the trendy Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Vancouver.

Favorite type of event to organize: Farm to Table dinners.

I love to_____: Dragon Boat – a great way to experience Vancouver is on the water!

Dave Murphy

Regional Director, Marketing & Sales, Whistler

Favorite place to travel to: Road trips with my wife & critter kids to Vancouver Island, West Coast Washington, Oregon & California. Flyaway – Cuba.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Rimrock (Whistler), Pags (Victoria). Cin Cin (Vancouver)

I love Whistler because: I love the ocean and mountains – this is paradise, we have it all!

I love to______: Ski, walk my dogs, indulge in photography & writing, and BBQ almost anything.

Shelley Oldham

Program Coordinator

I love to_____: ski, hike and bike the beautiful mountains in Whistler when not planning memorable events!

Top Whistler must do: getting up early to get first tracks on the hill; hitting a patio for Après (aka. drinks and food at one of the village pubs) after a long day on the mountain and then heading to the Scandinave Spa to relax before heading out for the night

One thing you don’t know about me: I can shuck oysters like a champ – I won a contest for it once!

I love Whistler because: there’s always something to do no matter what the season! Biking the trails in the Spring, paddle boarding on the lake in the Summer, hiking in the Fall and skiing in the Winter – you can never say you’re bored in Whistler!

Lynne Poh

Program Accountant

Favorite place to travel to: Paris

I love Vancouver because: Nowhere else in the world is as beautiful; hence, “Beautiful BC”!

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Too many good ones to pick a favorite!

Your top Rockies must do: Taking in the awesome/majestic view of the Rockies, the beautiful lakes and the Icefields

Missy Preston

Director, Business Events

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Jules in Gastown (Vancouver) – a little gem, French cuisine, look no further than Salmon Provençale and a beautiful glass of wine from the wonderful list of choices.

Pet peeve: Bad manners!

One thing you wouldn’t know about me: I’m a HUGE Led Zeppelin fan…I can still recite about 90% of the lyrics of every record they ever made.

My top Rockies thing to do: White water rafting on the Kicking Horse – takes your breath away!

Rachel Quinn

Event Producer

Your top Vancouver must do’s: Cycle the seawall in Stanley Park, hit the water with a boat rental from Granville Island, and for a rainy Vancouver day, do a craft brewery tour!

Favorite place to travel to:  back to Ireland to see family and friends

I love to_____: Travel. I’ve ticked quite a few places off my bucket list so far but the list is still very long! If I had to pick a travel highlight, it would probably be Sri Lanka or New Zealand.

Favorite type of event to organize: something fun with plenty of detail and a bit of bling!

Kirsten Reid

Director, Business Development, Business Events

Top Vancouver must do’s: hike the North Shore mountains, get out on the water any way you can, and experience the local up & coming craft beer & ‘farm to table’ foodie scene.

Which Disney character you would be: Ariel, who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?

Favorite place to travel to:  the Maldives or my front deck to view the Howe Sound

I love to ____:  go boating or paddle boarding.  Just being on the water brings me to my place of Zen.

Teresa Reith

Manager, Program Design

Your top Vancouver must do’s: Visit Granville Island; catch a concert at The Commodore Ballroom; chill on a patio

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: a towel, a hat, and the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy” in 5 parts.

Favorite type of event to organize: Overnight glamping on an Alaskan glacier

I love_____: GOOOOOOLLLLDDDD

Kayla Seib

Manager, Program Design

Your top Vancouver must do’s: Bike the seawall through Stanley Park, grab a water taxi from False Creek to Granville Island and then dine & shop your way through the Public Market.

One thing you wouldn’t know about me I’ve moved over 20 times and have lived in Calgary, Toronto & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – but Vancouver is home!

Favorite place to travel to: Anywhere I haven’t been before…

I love ….. Road trips – you can find some great hidden gems along your route. And Oprah.

Maeghan Tuckey

Manager, Program Operations

Top Vancouver must do’s: Bike around Stanley Park, have a picnic on the beach, go to an outdoor concert and micro-brewery hop.

My favorite place to travel: Indonesia and Spain

I love Vancouver because… From hiking, to live shows, to exploring Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and restaurants, there is always something fun to do!

My favorite sport: I love to DANCE! Yes, dancing is a sport!

Erin Urquhart

Operational Manager, Okanagan

Your top Okanagan must do’s: Wine tour, in the summer time on Okanagan Lake and the winter skiing.

Favorite place to travel to: Europe, but still love to explore BC, there is so much to see here.

I love the Okanagan because: There is always something new to see and do!

My favorite sport: Yoga and hiking, but also love to get my bicycle out and enjoy the trails and ride along the lake.

Erin Wallace

Manager, Program Operations

Your top Banff must do’s: Dog sledding; an afternoon at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel spa, and white water rafting.

3 things you’ll bring with you on a deserted island: a trampoline, a unicorn, and an ice cream bar

I love____: Skiing, yoga, hiking, mashed potatoes, breakfast, Netflix, organizing and interior design

What theme song would play as you walk into a room: Eye of the Tiger

Karin Wallace

Regional Director, Marketing & Sales, Alberta

Favorite place to travel to: Hawaii – it’s the one place that I really decompress.

Favorite restaurant to eat at: I am fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to eat a lots of fabulous restaurants but my current favourite is a small local Mexican place in Canmore called Aroma. The margaritas are delicious and the food is authentic and fresh and the service is the best. It’s like that show Cheers – they remember me and make me feel special.

Your top Rockies must do: Hike a classic hike – my favourite is the Assiniboine area.

Favorite type of event to organize: A fam trip – showing the best of the best of our destination and seeing it through other people’s eyes as they discover the magic of the Rockies is one of the best part of my job!

Junie Wu

Program Coordinator

Favorite place to travel to: Italy- the history, the people, the food!

Favorite restaurant to eat at: La Quercia (casual, northern Italian cuisine)– I love the eleven course family style dining experience where everyone is sitting around a table eating fantastic food and enjoying good company.

I love Vancouver because: It offers the urban and outdoorsy lifestyle, where the environments come together perfectly. Within 30 minutes outside the city, you can find yourself on top of a mountain overlooking the ocean surrounded by the beauty of nature and feel the fresh air in your lungs.

I love to_____: Play volleyball or go out hiking and exploring. Recently fell in love with overnight hiking because who doesn’t like waking up to views of vast mountains and a calm glacial lake?

Marijke Zieltjens

Vice President, Destination Management

Pet peeve: Slow drivers in the left lane

When I retire, I’m going to: Move to Africa and work with orphaned or injured elephants

Prince William or Prince Harry: Prince Harry

Your top Whistler must do: Helicopter tour with a glacier landing. Breath, appreciate the fresh air and spectacular scenery.

Jenny Zou

Accounts Payable

Favorite place to travel to: Italy

Favorite restaurant to eat at: Kirin Restaurants (Chinese food)

Your top Whistler must do: Dog-sled tours!

I love to ____: Go for walks on the beach.