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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.

Quinlan, Chris

  • CA-BC-QC001
  • Person
  • fl. 1991-present

Christopher 'Chris' Quinlan grew up on the B.C. coast and worked in a logging camp before moving to Whistler in 1991 to enter the food and beverage industry. He held several jobs, including driving buses and working in restaurants, before becoming the founding president of the Restaurant Association of Whistler and helping develop the Restaurants of Whistler Dining Guide.

Quinlan has served on City Council and in the Chamber of Commerce, sat as vice-chair of the Whistler Housing Authority, and been the morning show host for 101.5 Whistler FM. Since 2009, he has been the director of the Whistler Center for Sustainability. From 2010 to 2018, he was the manager of the Whistler Farmer's Market. He went on to develop a successful Sea to Sky Farmer's Market collaboration and to found the website Marketwurks.com, which helps marketplace managers to process vendor applications.

Podborski, Steve

  • CA-ON-PS001
  • Person
  • b. July 25, 1957

Steven 'Steve' Gregory Podborski is a former downhill ski racer and member of the 'Crazy Canucks.' Born in Toronto, Ontario, Podborski started skiing at two-and-a-half years old at Craigleith Ski Club. He joined the Canadian alpine ski team in 1973 and made his World Cup debut the following year at the age of 17, scoring two top ten finishes in his first season. He made his Olympic debut at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, winning the bronze medal at the downhill; he had planned to debut at the previous Games but been forced to cancel due to a knee injury. His third-place win at the Games made him the only Crazy Canuck ever to win an Olympic medal, as well as the first North American man to do so in the downhill. In 1982, he became the first North American to win the World Cup season title in downhill skiing. In total, he won 8 World Cup downhill races (including the famously difficult Hahenkamm race, twice) and finished within the top 10 in 34 more. He retired after the 1984 season.

After retiring, Podborski continued to contribute to the sports world. He covered snowboarding for Olympics on CBS in 1998, cycling and Tae Kwon Do for NBC in 2000, and freestyle skiing for NBC in 2002 and 2006, and commented on three Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Whistler/Vancouver 2010). He was on the bid committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics, responsible for international relations. He was named Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi (2014). He worked for Telus from 2003 to 2017, achieving the position of National Director, Community Sports. In June 2017, he became President and CEO of Parachute, an organization focusing on injury prevention in sports.

Podborski has received many honours, including the Order of Canada in 1982, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1985, the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1986, the Canadian Sport Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Ontario Sport Hall of Fame in 1987.

Molson, Eric

  • CA-QC-ME001
  • Person
  • 1937-

Born in Montreal in 1937, Eric Molson was educated at Selwyn House School in Montreal and Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland. He holds an Arts Baccalaureate with honours in chemistry from Princeton University, a Bachelor of Laws from Université Laval, a Master of Science from Birkbeck College, and was also a graduate student in economics at the McGill University Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. He also holds a Master Brewer certificate from the American Brewers Academy. Eric Molson joined Molson Breweries in 1960 and was a member of the board of directors for Molson from 1974 to 2005, and was chairman from 1988 to 2005. Following Molson's merger with Coors to form Molson Coors, he served as chairman from 2005 to May 13, 2009. Eric Molson retired on May 13, 2009, after 50 years with the company. He continues to serve as a Chairman Emeritus and Director of Molson Coors Brewing Company. He was chancellor of Concordia University 1993 to 2005 and is an honorary director of the Bank of Montreal, where he sat on the board from 1987 to 2000. He is also the director of the Montreal General Hospital Corporation and Foundation since 1962, as well as the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation and Vie des Arts magazine. Eric Molson was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada on October 27, 2007.

McCulloch, Ernie

  • CA-QC-ME002
  • Person
  • 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.

Longmuir, Ray

  • CA-BC-LR002
  • Person
  • fl. 2000-present

Ray Longmuir is the President of the Association of Whistler Realtors, the chair of One Whistler, and the Director of Western Mountain Resort Alliance. He is the second husband of freestyle ski champion Stephanie Sloan. He sang with the Whistler Singers as a baritone/bass as of 2003.

Lang, Serge

  • FR-LS001
  • Person
  • June 6, 1920 - November 21, 1999

Serge Lang was a French alpine skier known for founding the Alpine Skiing World Cup. He began conceiving of it in the mid-1960s as a means of increasing the international profile of alpine skiing, which was then a largely central European sport. The first unofficial World Cup season began in January 1967; that spring it became an official FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski)-sanctioned event. Lang continued to guide its growth over the coming decades, serving as president of the FIS Alpine World Cup committee from 1973 to 1986.

Lang was also a journalist who covered alpine, cycling, and other sports, including the 1948 Winter Olympics, for publications such as Blick, La Suisse, 24 Heures, and L’Équipe. It was he who coined the name 'Crazy Canucks' for the Canadian skiers Dave Murray, Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Dave Irwin, and 'Jungle' Jim Hunter. He founded the Association of International Ski Journalists in 1961 and wrote several books about ski racing and the World Cup, including “21 Years of World Cup Ski Racing” and the annual “Ski World Cup Guide.” His children and grandchildren have carried on the family tradition of involvement in the World Cup and the Tour de France bicycle race.

Eckersley, Sue

  • CA-BC-ES002
  • Person
  • fl. 1978-present

Sue Eckersley is the President of Watermark Communications Inc., an event-planning company which formerly produced the World Ski and Snowboard Festival (WSSF) and the Whistler Cornucopia festival. She launched the Whistler Sled Dog Co. in 2011 in response to the cull of 56 sled dogs the previous year, with the aim of providing a model in the industry for the humane treatment of animals. The company folded in 2013 and Eckersley went on to speak out against the abuse of sled dogs.