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May 18, 2022

Letter to BC Parks RE: Canadian Mountain Holidays

Letter from Tourism Industry Association of BC


RE: Mid-term PUP renewal for Canadian Mountain Holidays

Dear Mr. Vander Steen,

As the voice of tourism for the province, the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) advocates for the best interests of our members and stakeholders, particularly on issues such as government policies and regulations that impact operators.

In this case, we are writing on behalf of valued member, Canadian Mountain Holidays LP (CMH), who were recently informed that BC Parks has recommended their park use permit for Goat Range and Monashee Provincial Parks not be extended due to unspecified wildlife concerns.

On the surface, this unilateral decision appears to be heavy-handed and unnecessary given that CMH has consistently shown its deep commitment to stewardship, sustainability, and the recovery of species at risk for decades. In fact, TIABC and multiple adventure tourism operators, including CMH, have been in regular dialogue with the province to address wildlife issues and find innovative ways for the tourism industry to champion wildlife protection and management while continuing operations. The recommendation by BC Parks based on wildlife concerns caught CMH and many in the heli-ski sector by surprise given there were no apparent issues prior to the notice.

As you are likely aware, CMH’s tenure predates the creation of the park. Over the course of several decades, they have been an integral part of the local economy in Nakusp and the surrounding region. Recently, CMH invested in the Lodge at Arrow Lakes creating more employment and economic impact for the area. Losing access to half of their ski terrain would have a dramatic impact on the community, as well as CMH and its employees.

TIABC strongly urges BC Parks to collaborate with CMH to define objectives and measures of success vis-a-vis wildlife management, then jointly develop actions to meet those objectives.

At a time when many sub-sectors of the tourism industry, including Heli-skiing, are still recovering from the devastating impacts of the pandemic, it is vital that the province find ways to support and work with companies like CMH to ensure satisfactory outcomes and benefits for all parties.

Ben, TIABC would be pleased to discuss this issue further at your convenience. In the meantime, we strongly urge BC Parks to approve CMH’s mid-term PUP renewal.

Best Regards,

Walt Judas

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TIABC webinar series returns on November 24th! 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are important elements in sustainable labor recovery. But what do these really mean in the workplace context? While businesses are aware of the importance of these elements, many are often unsure where to start.

go2HR is committed to building strong and safe workplaces. We have engaged ParriagGroup, a leading EDI firm, to build a webinar that deepens our understanding of EDI and how to start reshaping the workplace.

Date: November 24th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (PT)

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Registration is open for TIABC's AGM, to be held Friday, November 18th at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster. 

Schedule of Activities:
11:00 AM - Reports of the Society and election of directors
12:00 PM - Complimentary lunch for AGM attendees
12:30-2:00 PM - Presentation and workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with guest speaker, Joanna Jagger, founder & president, WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality) Association

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In Recognition of National Truth & Reconciliation Day, TIABC is dedicating this edition of our weekly newsletter to honour the children who never returned home and the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. TIABC understands that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

We open with an updated re-post from TIABC Director Brenda Baptiste and her poignant editorial from last year's inaugural National Truth & Reconciliation Day. Also included is a "Member Spotlight" on St. Eugene Golf, Resort and Casino which features content relating to the Indigenous peoples and communities in our province.

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TIABC Call for Nominations 📢

The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) Governance Committee is seeking qualified individuals for the 2022-2024 term that are dedicated to the success of the Association and will support its principles as a member of the Board of Directors. Acceptance of nominations is based on a specific set of skills and experience.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate specific experience in the following areas:

1. Tourism Industry Knowledge

2. Technical & Business Expertise

3. Governance Competencies

4. Education and Training

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of 13 directors, consisting of 11 directors elected by the active members. TIABC is seeking a total of six (6) candidates for the 2022-2024 term:

The deadline for application submissions is Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

To receive the TIABC Board Nomination Form, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deborah Kulchiski (Manager, Special Projects, TIABC) at or p. 604.530.9979

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