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Brock, Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Walter

  • CA-BC-RWB001
  • Person
  • 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.

Sloan, David

  • CA-BC-SD001
  • Person
  • [d. August 9, 1935]

David Sloan, the Managing Director of Bralorne’s Pioneer Mines, was a passenger in the plane crash that killed the Brocks and pilot McCluskey. He survived the initial crash in critical condition. Sloan was rushed to Rainbow Lodge, then by rail to Squamish and from there by speedboat to the Vancouver General Hospital. Sadly, he died about 10 days later of his injuries.

Brownlie, Dave

  • CA-BC-BD028
  • Person
  • 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.

Busdon, Nello

  • CA-BC-BN007
  • Person
  • 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.

Bunbury, Vicky

  • CA-BC-BV002
  • Person
  • 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.

Buckley, Frank L.

  • CA-BC-BFL001
  • Person
  • 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.

Aitken, Dr. Donald

  • US-CA-AD001
  • Person
  • 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.

Wackernagel, Dr. Mathis

  • CH-WM001
  • Person
  • November 10, 1962-

Dr. Mathis Wackernagel is a Swiss-born sustainability advocate and the creator of the 'ecological footprint' concept. In January 2002, he gave a talk for the AWARE Speaker Series in Whistler.

Wackernagel has a degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia. He has served as the director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in California (1999-2003), director of the Centre for Sustainability Studies in Mexico (1995-2001), and adjunct faculty at SAGE of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004) and is currently the President of the Global Footprint Network. Wackernagel has received many honours and awards for his work, including being named by The (En)Rich List as the 19th (out of 100) most inspirational individual contributing to sustainability.

Rhodes, Mitch

  • CA-BC-RM001
  • Person
  • fl. 1995-2015

Mitchell 'Mitch' Rhodes was a member of AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) from 1999 to 2004, serving as vice-president, president, and treasurer. Between 2003 and 2009 he provided first aid, transport, and rescue services on Whistler-Blackcomb mountains. He also served as a committee member for the Whistler 2020 Economic Task Force (2008-2009), a panelist in green filmmaking at the 2007 Whistler Film Festival, an advisory committee member of the Community Foundation of Whistler Environmental Legacy Fund (2001-2004), a director of the Whistler Center for Sustainability (2001-2004), and treasurer of the Whistler Health Care Foundation (1998-2003). He currently works for the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia.

Princic, Lisa

  • CA-BC-PL002
  • Person
  • fl. 2002

Lisa Pricnic was the Director of AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) in 2002. She attended the Smart Growth BC Conference in May 2000 and C-ClARN (Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resource Network) Conference in Vancouver in November of the same year.

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