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New President & COO for Blue (Posted On: Thursday, June 25, 2009)

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After three decades leading the Blue Mountain management team, Gord Canning is stepping aside from some of his responsibilities as part of a longer term retirement plan.

Gord will relinquish his role as “President and Chief Executive Officer”, will replace George Weider as “Chairman of the Board of Directors” and continue to be “Chief Executive Officer” at Blue Mountain Resort.

In this new role Gord will continue to report to the Board of Directors with his focus shifting to longer term strategic plans and financial priorities.

George Weider, son of resort founder Jozo Weider, will be retiring from his position as Chairman.  Following in his fathers’ footsteps, George, who became President of Blue Mountain in 1971 following the untimely death of Jozo, assumed the role of Chairman in 1978. George and his wife, Barbara Weider, have been active citizens in the Blue Mountain and Collingwood communities, acting as ambassadors for the resort and the culture it embraces.  “Although I’m retiring as Chairman of the Board, I will continue to be an active participant in the family business as the ownership structure will remain the same” says Weider.

Taking over the daily operations as President and Chief Operating Officer is current Vice President of Mountain Operations, Dan Skelton. Dan will continue to report to Gord and will focus on the daily operations of the resort as well as the long term strategic plan. Having dedicated his career to Blue Mountain, Dan is known for revolutionizing the resort’s snowmaking system with the invention of an automated valve for the snow guns, making it a world class, state-of-the-art operation.  With Dan’s promotion comes additional internal promotions and restructuring in the Operations and Mountain Recreation divisions.  

These changes will take effect during the summer months as Blue Mountain prepares for another winter season.

About Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain, Ontario’s largest mountain resort is nestled on the shores of Georgian Bay, located 90 minutes north of Toronto.  Spanning over 700 acres, Blue Mountain has become the four-season destination of the North, visited by over 1.5 million guests a year.  Winter at the resort boasts 36 ski and snowboard trails enhanced by world class snowmaking system.  Summer months offer the largest down-hill mountain biking facility in Ontario, Monterra Golf course and a private beach property among other seasonal activities.  Year-round the resort attracts visitors to over 900 luxury accommodation units and 40 unique concept restaurants, bars and retail spaces in our pedestrian village; and 37,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space.  Blue Mountain is 50% owned by Intrawest ULC. 

Kelly O'Neil
Public Relations Specialist
Blue Mountain Resorts Limited/ Intrawest
RR #3, Collingwood, ON, CANADA, L9Y 3Z2
TEL: 705.445.0231 ext 6052
FAX: 705.444.1751


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