Collaboration At Work


This year’s Fall Meeting is all about building community and working together. In addition to updates from various fields and workshops designed to enhance our common understanding of key issues facing the BC ski sector, we are thrilled to be offering a panel discussion to highlight the importance of cooperating effectively with First Nations, as well as a keynote address centered around government relations in British Columbia with a new NDP government. Of course, we also invite you to attend our AGM, where we will provide a more detailed account of the year in review and look ahead to the coming season… and beyond!



Wednesday, September 27th (2017)

Sun Peaks Grand

12:00 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Opening Remarks
Panel Discussion: Working with First Nations
Moderated by Aboriginal Tourism BC

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Coffee Break; sponsored by Uniglobe Specialty Travel Ltd.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ministry of Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation: General Update

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations: Location Tracking as a Condition of Tenure.


Keynote Presentation: Kimanda Jarzebiak and Michael Gardiner (Ascent Public Affairs) on the current state of the provincial government and considerations for government relations moving forward.


Thursday, SEPTEMBER 28th (2017)

Combined Meetings with CWSAA

Sun Peaks Grand

7:30 am - 8:30am

8:30am - 9:30am
Full Session Presentations
Ascent Public Affairs: Crisis Communications in the Modern Age

9:30am - 10:30am
Full Session Presentations Room #1
Kim Hood: Destination BC Update
Kymm Durcharme, WorkSafe BC: Caught Safe Cards

Full Session Presentations Room #2
WorkSafe BC: Risk Management

Workshop Sessions
(limited registration: September 27th | operation members only)

Ascent Public Affairs: Crisis Communications Training

10:30am - 10:45am
Coffee Break

10:45am - 12 noon
Dr Michael Pidwirny: Forecast Winter 2017/18: Repeat of Last Year - Cold and Snowy
Cameron Wardell, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP: 420 And The Real Safety Meeting

12 noon - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Robert Kennedy, Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy: Legal Update
Sandy Miller, JLT: Cyber Security
Geoffrey Straight, Lifestyle: Employee Benefit programs & Seasonal Backcountry Work Considerations
Craig Bolt, Gouegon Insurance: Incident Investigations
Steve Lawlor, Mountain Guard: Collision Course: A Renewed Focus To Protect Guests & Resorts


3:00pm - 3:15pm
Health Break

3:15pm - 5:00pm
HeliCat Canada 39th Annual General Meeting


(tickets sold separately)

Friday, SEPTEMBER 29th (2017)

CWSAA member meetings
Associate members who belong to both associations are welcome to join CWSAA September 29th for their meetings.  
Tickets for the 29th can be purchased here


Event Sponsors



Reservations should be made prior to August 25th to guarantee best available prices.


Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

For reservations call 1-844- SPGRAND (774-7263).
Quote: HeliCat Canada Association AGM for special rates, starting at $119.

Flying to Kamloops?
The Sun Peaks Grand Hotel provides shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Find detailed information and cost here.