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Aitken, Dr. Donald

  • US-CA-AD001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1976-2016

Dr. Donald Aitken is an expert in renewable energy sources. He gave a talk for AWARE's Speaker Series at some point prior to 2001. Aitken has served as President of the Solar Energy Society twice, created the first of 400 all-solar homes in the Lake Chapala area, and received many awards for his accomplishments and dedication to solar energy. He now lives with his wife and business partner, Barbara, in Ajijic, Mexico.

Anthony, Leslie

  • CA-BC-AL003
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1983-present

Leslie Anthony is a Whistler-based author, editor, poet, director, zoology professor, outdoor adventurer, and performer in stage musicals and documentaries. He has written for numerous magazines (Outside, Explore, Mountain Life Annual, Canadian Geographic, Ski Trax, Ski Canada, Equinox, sbsSKIER, PIQUE Newsmagazine, WB Magazine, The Tyee) on subjects including travel, sports, popular science, and the environment. He is/has been the Senior Contributor of Powder Magazine, Editorial Director of Mountain Life Annual, and Creative Director of SKIER Magazine. In addition, he has been the writer, editor, and photographer for his own company, Leslie Anthony Creative, since 1999. His credentials include a Master of Zoology from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Toronto.

Books written by Anthony include "Snakebit: Confessions of a Herpetologist," "The Aliens Among Us," and "White Planet: A Mad Dash through Global Ski Culture." He also co-wrote and co-composed the music for "SNOW - Whistler: The Musical."

Brock, Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Walter

  • CA-BC-RWB001
  • Persoon
  • January 10, 1874 - July 30, 1935

Reginald Brock was a geologist, army officer and university professor born in Perth, Ontario to Reverend Thomas Brock and Marian Jenkins. While studying at the University of Toronto, he served as a summer field assistant to Robert Bell, chief geologist of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC). He later graduated from the Queen’s College School of Mining and Agriculture with an MA in geology and medals in chemistry and mineralogy. In 1897, he received a permanent employment to the GSC, becoming head of the organization in 1907.

In 1900 he married Mildred Gertrude Britton in Kingston, Ontario; they had five sons – Patrick Willet, Byron Briton, David Hamilton, Thomas Leith, and Philip ‘Pip’ Gilbert.

During the First World War, Brock served as an officer in the 72nd Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders) before becoming major of the 196th (Western Universities) Infantry Battalion. He was later transferred to the 19th and 15th Reserve Battalions. Brock’s accomplishments during this period included heading a college of the Khaki University of Canada and serving as a geological intelligence officer in Palestine.

After the War, Brock became Professor of Geology and Dean of Applied Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Throughout the 1920s and 30s he pursued fieldwork in remote regions such as China, Fiji, Scandinavia, and Hong Kong. These decades also saw the family seek refuge from their busy lives at a much nearer getaway – Alta Lake. Beginning in 1929, the family spent summers at their cottage, the Primrose, constructed by Bert Harrop at the southwest corner of the lake.

On July 30th 1935, Reginald boarded a Pioneer Airways flight from Vancouver to Gunn Lake. The plane stopped to pick up Mildred at Alta Lake and then attempted to take off again. However, pilot William McCluskey could not gain proper altitude and had to bank sharply to avoid the treeline. The plane crashed on the old Pemberton Trail, about 400 yards south of Mons Creek. Reginald Brock and McCluskey were killed instantly. Milred and passenger David Sloan survived the initial crash but later died of their injuries.

The death of the Brocks was major news in Vancouver. Reginald received a military funeral, and Brock Hall at UBC was named in his honour.

Brownlie, Dave

  • CA-BC-BD028
  • Persoon
  • September 22, 1962-

Originally from New Westminster, Dave Brownlie’s Whistler career began in 1989 when he became the Director of Finance for Blackcomb Mountain. He went on to serve as the President and COO & CEO of Whistler-Blackcomb from 2007 to 2016. During his time with W-B, he played an instrumental role in the Whistler-Blackcomb merger, the opening of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2017 Master Development Agreement between W-B, the province, and the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations, and the purchase of W-B by Vail Resorts. He received Business in Vancouver’s BC CEO of the Year Award in 2016. In 2018 Brownlie was appointed President of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

He is married to former athlete and teacher Georgina Brownlie.

Buckley, Frank L.

  • CA-BC-BFL001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1924

Frank L. Buckley was the Managing Director of the British Canadian Lumber Co. Ltd. and the Pacific Lumber and Trading Co. Ltd. (possibly the same organization) in 1924. He assisted Kenneth Racey with buying a parcel of land on Alta Lake from the B.C. Department of Lands.

Bunbury, Vicky

  • CA-BC-BV002
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1987-2018

Vicky Bunbury is the current Executive Director at Whistler Summit Centre, having begun this post in October 2018. Prior to this, she worked at Whistler Waldorf School from 2002-2017 and Whistler Kids (at Whistler-Blackcomb) from 1987-2002.

Busdon, Nello

  • CA-BC-BN007
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1967-2001

Nello Busdon and his wife Jenny first moved to Whistler circa 1967. They purchased lot #5734 from Glen Creeman in 1976. The couple were active in the community, running a drama group that preformed live theatre and participating in the Annual Chateau Whistler Cup Loppet (a cross-country ski race). Nello served as a director of the Whistler Mountain District Chamber of Commerce in the early 1970s.

In 1984 the couple and their two children, Nicholas and Melanie, left Whistler for Sun Valley, Idaho. A farewell roast held for them at The Black Forest was attended by 150 people.

DeBoer, Andrew

  • CA-BC-DA001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 2001-2019

Andrew DeBoer was a member of the Whistler Cycling Committee and author of the first draft of "Whistler Trail Standards: Environmental and Technical Trail Features" in 2001. As of 2018-19, he was the Director of Northern Relations for the 99 Trials Association (‘trials’ being a mountain biking sport in which the rider attempts to complete an obstacle course without their feet touching the ground).

Diplock, David

  • CA-BC-DD001
  • Persoon
  • fl. 2001-2007

David Diplock is a former director of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association. He assisted with the production of “Whistler Trail Standards: Environmental and Technical Trail Features” for the RMOW in 2001. Diplock is also an environmental engineer and has taken steps to limit the damage caused by mountain biking to the environment, including leading a hands-on workshop on trail construction at the North Shore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Festival and Conference in 2005, and serving on a team of consultants offering advice for the District of North Vancouver in 2007 on the issue of mountain biking on undesignated trails.

Douglas, Maureen

  • CA-BC-DM003
  • Persoon
  • fl. 1986-present

Maureen Douglas is a public, workplace, and leadership engagement professional with 25 years of experience in building positive and constructive work environments. She is currently a facilitator, speaker, and strategist with Mobilize Strategies and the Executive Director of Arts Whistler. She has served as the Executive Director of the Street Access Entertainment Society in Vancouver (1986-1989), the Director of Festivals and Events at Tourism Whistler (1990-1999), the Director of Communications and Community Relations for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (2002-2010), the Chair of the Pemberton Cultural Roundtable (2012-2015), and a mentor with Diversity Whistler Youth Group (2014-present).

Other past activities of Douglas' include instructing at the BC Institute of Technology, running her own event tourism consulting firm, Moideas Management, serving as a consultant for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and directing an executive course on "Public Sector, Public Engagement, and Communications" with Clariden Leadership Institute in Singapore. in 2014, she travelled to Sochi to advocate for better LGBTQ inclusion in the Olympic Games, leading to the International Olympic Council introducing a sexual non-discrimination clause in their charter.

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