Born and raised in British Columbia, DAVE BROWNLIE is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Bachelor of Commerce (1985), an FCPA, and Whistler Community member since 1989. Dave began his career in the ski industry with Blackcomb Mountain rising to the position of President & CEO of Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. and then working as COO for Vail Resorts through the ownership transition. Accomplishments include the integration of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the implementation of the Peak2Peak gondola, leading the very successful run of Whistler Blackcomb as a public company and securing new 60 Year Master Development Agreements for both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with the province of British Columbia and the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
A passionate skier, hockey player, biker and golfer; Dave enjoys everything the Sea to Sky corridor has to offer with his wife and three kids.
3 words to describe Nature?
Beautiful. Inspirational. Powerful
3 things Nature taught you?
Life’s true pleasures are not based on material things
There is so much to learn
How something so powerful can also be so extremely vulnerable.
3 most treasured Nature spots?
Top of Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain
The sandy beaches of the West Coast (e.g. Tofino)
The British Virgin Islands.
When you look at the ocean, it makes you feel...?
When you see a forest, it makes you feel...?
When you see a volcano, it makes you feel...?
When you see a sunrise or sunset, it makes you feel...?
Peaceful, calm, relaxed
When you hear thunder, it makes you feel...?
When you hear the wind howling, it makes you feel...?
Are you an Ocean, Mountain, Forest, or Desert person?
It is so hard to pick one! If I had to ……. Mountain.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?
It is the foundation …… 10.
Share with us a childhood nature memory?
Living in Whitehorse, Yukon at the age of 11, me and my buddy back packed into a small lake and camped for the night! Two 11 year old’s experiencing life and nature on our own ………… very cool.