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Anthony, Leslie

  • CA-BC-AL003
  • Pessoa
  • 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."

Fenner, Clifford

  • CA-BC-FC002
  • Pessoa
  • October 2, 1909 - June 21, 2002

Clifford 'Cliff' Austin Fenner was an outdoors explorer, mountaineer, photographer and writer who was instrumental in the development of Garibaldi Park and the selection of the Whistler area as a potential Olympics site. Born in Ringmer, Sussex, England, he worked in the lumber industry in his home country and served the Ministry of Production and Supply during the Second World War. In 1947 Fenner moved to Vancouver, where he worked in various logging camps before joining the parks division of the B.C. Forest Service and assisting in running Mount Seymour. Around this time he also joined a local alpine group and explored several mountains around the province.

Fenner's outdoor expertise and love of the wilderness led to his appointment as Park Supervisor for Garibaldi Provincial Park in early 1953. He played a key role in opening the park up to the public, preforming field inspections and climatic checks and building roads and trails. In 1960 Fenner carried out a helicopter survey in search of an appropriate Winter Olympics site. His ultimate selection was the west end of Cheakamus Lake, with ski runs on the southwestern slopes of Whistler Mountain. This would lead to the creation of Whistler as a ski town during the 1960s. Throughout his career, Fenner documented the B.C. wilderness through thousands of photographs.

After his retirement from the parks division, Fenner continued to pursue outdoor exploration, photography, and travel writing. He died in North Vancouver at the age of 92.

McCulloch, Ernie

  • CA-QC-ME002
  • Pessoa
  • 1926 - August 28, 1987

Ernie F. McCulloch was a renowned Canadian skier of the mid-20th century. He was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. McCulloch's ski career began in 1945; originally a ski jumper, he soon switched to alpine racing and achieved tremendous success. He defeated the entire French Alpine team in the Quebec Kandahar in 1949, won the US National Giant Slalom Championship, the North American Championship, and the Harriman Cup in 1950, and was voted the "Skier of the Half Century" the same year. Throughout the early 1950s he enjoyed further victories (1951 North American Championships, 1951 and 1952 Harriman Cup, 1951 Peruvian Cup, 1952 Kandahar, 1952 US National and International Downhills, 1953 Ryan Cup) as well as competing in the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Oslo, Norway.

McCulloch also served as a ski instructor. Early in his his career he was coach to the young Canadian ski champion Lucile Wheeler, travelling to Banff with her to compete in the 1948 Canadian Championships. He later served as the director of the Mont Tremblant Ski School and the Blue Mountain Ski School. During this time he tirelessly re-evaluated and improved his methods for teaching skiing, resulting in Mont Tremblant enjoying a worldwide reputation for excellence under his leadership. He was also made President and Chief Examiner of the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance in 1955, 1957, 1959 and 1961, and coached the Canadian Olympic Alpine Ski Team in 1956. He authored several instructional books on skiing, including Learn to Ski (1955), Ski the Champion's Way (1967) and Ski Easy ... The New Technique (1973).

McCulloch was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1984.

Wilson, E.O.

  • US-MA-WEO001
  • Pessoa
  • b. June 10, 1929

E.O. (Edward Osborne) Wilson is an American biologist, theorist, naturalist, and author who specializes in the study of ants. He has been called the "father of socio-biology and biodiversity" due to his environmental advocacy.

Benyus, Janine

  • US-MT-BJ001
  • Pessoa
  • 1958-

Janine Benyus is an American natural sciences author and innovation consultant who gave a talk for AWARE's Speaker Series in February 2002. She graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in natural resource management and English literature/writing. Benyus is an expert in biomimicry, or the idea that humans should consciously emulate nature in their designs. She has authored six books on the topic, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature (1997), and is co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild and president of The Biomimicry Institute. Benyus currently resides in Stevensville, Montana, where she teaches interpretive writing at the University of Montana.