meet the class of 2019

The Young Leaders Summit is an exclusive, application-only event open to young professionals working in the mountain travel industry under the age of 35. These individuals have a passion for the industry and are dedicated to growing their professional community and knowledge-base. Meet the class of 2019! 


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Marie-Christine Desjardins
International Sales Manager, Whistler Blackcomb

Marie is originally from Quebec, Canada and grew up in the Laurentians. For the last ten years, she has worked mostly in Hospitality and Sales – in Canada & Mexico - and joined the mountain travel industry about three years ago. Her passion for traveling and for the outdoors brought her to Whistler last summer, where she currently works as the International Sales Manager for Whistler Blackcomb. She feels so lucky to have the chance to work in a beautiful environment and to connect with people from around the world every day. Her greatest accomplishment to date is all the relationships and trust that she has built through the years with partners and co-workers. She looks forward to connecting with fellow leaders and being inspired by key leaders of the industry.


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Cole Fawcett
Sales and Marketing Manager, Castle mountain resort

Cole is a passionate mountain sports enthusiast who is fortunate to hold the title of Sales & Marketing Manager at Castle Mountain Resort, in the Canadian Rockies. After starting his career as a ski instructor, Cole has fulfilled supervisory and managerial roles in the retail, wholesale, and resort sides of ski business. He is a proud product of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick) and is looking forward to making a continual impact, in the industry, for years to come.


Dana Ferguson
Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Revelstoke mountain resort

Dana Ferguson is the Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Revelstoke Mountain Resort, one of North America's newest ski resorts. She spent a number of years working in ski school and ski racing before moving to BC to pursue a full time career in the industry. As a part of the dynamic and growing team at RMR, she loves that the company values a passion for skiing, and facilitates employees to get out on the mountain as much as possible. Dana is looking forward to meeting other young professionals in the industry through the Young Leaders Summit and hearing the experiences of senior leaders.

 

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Brenna Kelly
Sales Agent, skican

Brenna grew up in a family of avid skiers! She now lives in Invermere, BC where she sells ski holidays to families like her own. She truly enjoys her job as it is a passion and loves getting out to test the products she sells as much as possible. In the summer months, she is the head instructor of a paddle school teaching: white water kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. She is attracted to H20 in all of its various forms! Brenna looks forward to meeting people who are just as passionate about skiing as she and who are interested in new ways to get people experiencing the beautiful outdoors by ski or snowboard!


Stacy Persoff
Mountain Group Sales Manager, Breckenridge

After her first career in education, Stacy Persoff made the move to Breckenridge in 2012 to pursue her passion for the outdoors with Vail Resorts. For the past 7 years, she has poured herself into helping others have amazing mountain adventures. As the Mountain Group Sales Manager for Breckenridge, Stacy helps groups develop a lasting love for the mountain and town. For Stacy, the Young Leaders Summit is a great platform for developing industry connections and having the opportunity not only to learn from other people but to share our own experiences.

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Stephen Remillard
National Sales Manager, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, LLC

Stephen is the National Sales Manager of Mammoth Mountain Ski area. Stephen got his first taste of working in the ski industry when he landed his first job with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. After one season, Stephen was hooked and decided the ski industry was where he wanted to continue his career, but first chose to attend graduate school to study International Hospitality and Tourism Management in Auckland, New Zealand at Auckland University of Technology. Stephen’s passion pulled him back to the ski industry which led to an opportunity with Mammoth Mountain. Five years later, Stephen has progressed from Sales Coordinator to National Sales Manager on the corporate sales team and is responsible for managing all corporate group business and race camps at Mammoth.


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Lindsay Wicke
Groups Coordinator, Skican

Lindsay Wicke is the Groups Coordinator for Skican. She decided to pursue a career in this niche of the travel industry because of her love for tourism, skiing, and her inquisitive personality that could lead her around the world. Although she is the newest member of the Skican family, with less than a year with the company, she looks forward to carving her path and creating life long memories!