The Centre has assembled a talented and experienced team of staff and associates. We are also very fortunate to have a fantastic, knowledgeable Board of Directors.
Cheeying is the executive director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, and has over 20 years of experience in community planning, engagement and sustainability. She provides strategy, creative process design and engagement for local governments, private sector clients, and non-profit organizations. She develops and executes innovative community development focused programs to support community goals, and works with multi-interdisciplinary teams to deliver project desired outcomes.
Prior to her role at the Centre, Cheeying was the Executive Director of Smart Growth BC, the leading province-wide non-governmental organization advancing sustainable land use and development that was largely responsible for getting ‘smart growth’ into planning practice in BC.
Cheeying is currently part of the BC Partners for Social Impact. Previously, she served as a member on the Prime Minister’s External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities, on a term on the Board of Vancity Credit Union and Vancity Enterprises, and as a member of the Mayor of Vancouver’s Greenist City Action Team. Cheeying is a frequent speaker on leading practices in sustainability strategy, engagement and community planning.
Planning and Engagement SpecialistShannon has worked in sustainability planning and management since 1996, in both the local government and corporate sectors. With the Centre, Shannon specializes in designing efficient and effective public engagement processes, helping organization create order and alignment through strategic planning, and planning for healthy sustainable communities. She holds an IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation, and a degree and post-baccalaureate diploma in environmental science.
Prior to working with the Centre, Shannon worked with the Resort Municipality of Whistler beginning in 2001 on various sustainability initiatives, including policy development, staff training and community engagement. In 2003, her main focus became co-managing the creation and implementation of Whistler2020 – Whistler’s award-winning sustainability plan and engagement process. Shannon’s work in the sustainability field began in Vancouver with Vancity Credit Union’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group, where she co-developed and managed the social and environmental audit and reporting process – the first of its kind in Canada.
Shannon skis and bikes and enjoys her community’s other amenities with her young family.
Community Planning and Monitoring SpecialistDan has 15 years experience in the sustainability field and specializes in community and neighbourhood sustainability planning, developing implementation tools, monitoring and evaluation systems, and community energy /GHG reduction plans and programs. Dan works primarily with municipal governments in tourist-based economies where he also assists in evaluating tourism development and supporting the creation of tourism master plans. Dan also delivers on-the-ground municipal sustainability projects as well as greenhouse gas reduction training, using a business case approach, and coaching to businesses in the Whistler area.
Dan is a whiz at tying planning to on-the-ground action. Dan co-developed and delivered a citizen task force led action planning program for Whistler’s award winning community sustainability plan, Whistler2020, and developed the community’s comprehensive and robust economic, social and environmental monitoring and evaluation system, upon which many other communities and organizations model their monitoring program. Dan has also worked with the Fairmont Hotel and Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resorts on strategy development and marketing.
Dan has lived on and off in Whistler for 20 years, only moving away to pursue his tourism commerce degree in Victoria, and his master’s degree in business and environmental policy in Sweden, as well as for other tourism business opportunities.
Communications SpecialistLisa is a communications specialist with practical knowledge and experience in marketing and technical documentation. Capable of working her magic in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud, Lisa polishes and creates engaging collateral for wide ranging audiences. And, she knows her way around a corporate style guide, which is handy to any team collaborating with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.
Lisa’s communications projects have ranged from producing online learning units to marketing campaigns. Over the last 5 years, she has developed her skills in photography, videography and digital media, and looks forward to life-long learning opportunities in those mediums.
Sustainability and Engagement Specialist
Sustainable Community Development and Project Specialist
Marketing and Business Strategist
Registered Planner/Landscape Architect
Ione Smith, MSc, PAg
Director, Upland Agricultural Consulting Ltd.
Pieter van Gils
Economic and Finance Consultant
Storyteller and Social Innovation Strategist
Board of Directors
Vice President of Finance and Operations, Tourism Whistler
Manager of Park Planning & Design, City of Coquitlam
Founder / CEO MarketWurks.com, Owner Local Whistler Events and Communications
President, Ziptrek Ecotours
Principal, New Climate Strategies
Arthur DeJong (Ex-Officio)
Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager, Whistler Blackcomb
Former Mayor of Whistler
Organizational & Leadership Development Consultant