Whistler’s success as an all-season resort destination is the result of visionaries, from Whistler’s first settlers in the early 1900s to the present day residents who look to the future of this community. Groups that value our innovation come here to benchmark and to share ideas and programming with our local experts. Others come to grow a green meeting. And some come to seed change. Whatever your commitment, Whistler Resort can encourage and support with meaningful speakers and programming.

>Here are just a few recommended speakers that will inspire your attendees and enhance your program in our unique community destination. Please contact Tourism Whistler for more information.

John Furlong

Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; Member of the Order of Canada; Chairman of Own the Podium

John Furlong has been described as a visionary leader, sports hero and a nation builder. During his decade-long tenure as CEO of the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, John led his staff to secure a record $760 million in domestic sponsorship amidst a global economic crisis, and successfully navigated all levels of government to stay true to his desire for the Games to connect with the hearts and minds of all Canadians. John credits the success of the Games to the scores of individuals who helped translate his Olympic dreams into reality. "If you are asking people to do things that they don’t believe they can do," says John, "they have to trust you, care deeply and be truly connected to a meaningful vision." John shares his unique business and sporting background with others, encouraging them to dream big and dig deep in order to achieve their goals.

Maureen Douglas

Former VANOC Director of Communications, Public and Community Relations Expert and Entrepreneur

Maureen "Mo" Douglas is a public relations and events professional, who has been described many ways: consensus builder; motivator; candid communicator; and dynamic event producer. She was a key member of the team that delivered an extraordinary Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for Canada. Mo is also an accomplished media spokesperson and keynote speaker on topics such as the maintaining public trust in stakeholder engagement; crisis communications; and events and celebrations as strategic marketing tools. Her engaging style of humour, candour and storytelling resonates with her audience, leaving them motivated and inspired to better connect with their clients, customers or communities.

Warren Macdonald

Award-Winning Inspirational Explorer & Author

“Nothing is Impossible when we are prepared to face our fears, and believe in ourselves.” There are outstanding speakers and great motivators in this world, but few who can engage and connect with an audience the way Warren Macdonald does.

By living and breathing change management and sharing a gripping story of facing hurdles that seem insurmountable, Warren sets himself apart. He walks the talk, and that is the secret to his natural ability to connect with, and move people on an intellectual and emotional level.

Attendees will love him and you for bringing him in. This is one of the best investments you can make in helping engage your people towards a common vision through shared values, and effecting positive change and focus throughout your organization.

Ashleigh McIvor

Ski Cross, 2010 Winter Olympic Games Gold Medal Winner

Asleigh grew up alpine ski racing, and began Ski Cross in January 2003. She immediately qualified for the X Games and went on to have an amazing season as the youngest on the Ski Cross circuit. Her natural talent and ability, in conjunction with unmatched charisma drew TV producers in and she was often the featured athlete on programs covering the events. She got used to racing with a mic on her jersey and quickly became an ambassador for the new sport. In February 2010, the 26-year-old from Whistler, crossed the finish line into "the most amazing moment," becoming the first Olympic champion in women's skicross as the sport made its debut at the Vancouver Games. "I was just so proud of myself to come here ready to race," McIvor said. " I felt like there was nothing more I could have done to be better equipped to have come here — and it worked out, and I can't believe it!"

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