Networking - Learning - Mentorship

Planning Committee


KerriKerri Jones - Peaked Pies
Chair, Women of Whistler

Kerri studied Travel & Tourism Management and worked in Sales & Marketing departments around the world for such companies as American Express Travel, Mirvac Hotels & Resorts and Contiki Tours. Arriving in Whistler (for just one season) back in 2009, her love of snowboarding, the outdoors and the community lifestyle of Whistler has seen her set down roots and set up shop. Kerri is the Co-Founder and Owner of Peaked Pies. The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Whistler is infectious, and with that in mind, Kerri has joined the Women of Whistler planning committee to encourage others to grow personally and professionally.

Connect with Kerri on LinkedIn

3811d8aBrittia Thompson - Marketing & Communications
Vice-Chair, Women of Whistler

Brittia just recently started her own company and her client list includes Canadian Wilderness Adventures, Kahuna Paddleboards, Gogglesoc, World Ski and Snowboard Festival, and more. Having come to Whistler as a marketing intern in 2012, she fell in love with this mountain town and never left. She enjoys partaking in everything this town has to offer, from the sea to the sky. 

Connect with Brittia on LinkedIn.

Cindy Coughlin
Committee Member, Women of Whistler

Cindy has lived and worked in the Whistler/Pemberton area for over 30 years, arriving as a ski-bum in 1988, she's never looked back. She has extensive experience in coaching, training and human resources and is certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, EQ in Action and SuperHost. Her purpose is to help people realize their potential and live the life they crave. What better place to do this work than in these beautiful mountains! 

Connect with Cindy on LinkedIn.

Liza Walli  
Committee Member, Women of Whistler

Liza was born and raised in BC and a longtime resident of Whistler. She has a degree in Hotel & Resort Management and Strategic Human Resources and a broad range of experience, ranging from ski resort operations to luxury hotels and ecotourism in the Whistler area. A lover of travel, food and the great outdoors, she is mom to Arlo and an advocate for woman following their passion and defining their own version of success in business and beyond. Liza is the Director of Operations at The Brew Creek Centre, an exclusive group events venue built around strong social and environmental principles.  

Connect with Liza on LinkedIn.

Julia Montague  
Committee Member, Women of Whistler

Julia Montague is a bike-riding wordsmith who combines the two as the Communications Manager for Crankworx Events Inc., the organization responsible for four global Crankworx stops and the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Her path to Crankworx has included a BA in Literature from the University of British Columbia, a stint teaching English in Vietnam, a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a dream job as a TV reporter and anchor at CKPG News in Prince George. She moved to Whistler in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. Julia loves to unearth ideas, help mould them and bring them to life through words, and share them with the world. 

Connect with Julia on LinkedIn.


Past Planning Committee Members


WomenOfWhistler_Feb17_DeeDee Raffo -Dee Raffo Creative Content Design
Past Women of Whistler Chair & Committee Member

Dee Raffo is a food loving, adventure racing, Director of Communications and Marketing at Gibbons. She's passionate about her community and the stories of the people and businesses that make it one of the most awesome places on the planet. With a background in hospitality, public relations, and sales and marketing Dee loves to chat and discover how she can help push amazing ideas forward.

Connect with Dee on LinkedIn.


Michelle Dehne - Ziptrek Ecotours
Committee Member

Michelle grew up in Toronto and spent much of her childhood skiing in Collingwood Ontario. After completing her degree at Bishop’s University with a major in Sociology she moved to Whistler for 'a season'. After almost 20 years, Michelle remains passionate about sport and the beautiful surroundings and nature of British Columbia. An active volunteer in the community she is currently the Sales Manager at Ziptrek Ecotours and has worked as a Corporate Event Planner and Experiential Marketing Manager.

Connect with Michelle on LinkedIn.

CJ headshot2015Carolyn Hill - Macdonald Realty
Committee Member

Carolyn Hill is an Associate Broker at Macdonald Realty in Whistler, specializing in sales of resort residential homes and investment properties. A mechanical technologist by trade with a background in construction, engineering design and property management.  Now a MLS medallion club member (attaining in the top 10% of all MLS realtors in the GVRD), CNE designation (certified Negotiation Expert) and licensed in sales and property management, Carolyn was voted Whistler's Best Realtor 2015 in the Pique Newspaper.  An avid golfer and skier, Carolyn is passionate about sharing her love of Whistler and helping clients discover their Whistler dream.

Connect with Carolyn on LinkedIn.

WomenOfWhistler_Feb17_LynnLynn Gadsby - Sterling Property Services
Past Women of Whistler Chair & Committee Member

Lynn Gadsby is the managing partner at Sterling Property Services, providing essential services to absentee homeowners in Whistler. Lynn's background also includes hotels, food & beverage as well as managing the Homestay program for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She has also volunteered with the Whistler Health Care Foundation (Indulge Gala Evening & Auction) and Ironman Whistler.  Lynn and her husband Scott, are proud to call Whistler their home for over 18 years.

Connect with Lynn on LinkedIn.

Kerrilee Auger - InstaPulse Consulting Services
Past Women of Whistler Chair & Committee Member

Kerrilee Auger is Managing Partner and CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) of InstaPulse Consulting Services, a Whistler based company providing customer and employee feedback solutions to local, regional, national and international clients. In addition to being the past Chair of Women of Whistler, Kerrilee is actively involved as a volunteer with the WEB Alliance, which included co-chairing Showcase Management at the B.C Economic Forum: Women as a Catalyst for Growth event held in October 2014, the Whistler Health Care Foundation, providing marketing, communications and social media support for fundraising initiatives. Kerrilee, her husband Guy, and their two children have lived in Whistler since 2001.

WomenOfWhistler_Feb17_KateKKate Kozak - Wiremix Interactive
Past Women of Whistler Chair & Committee Member

Kate Kozak is Managing Director at Wiremix Interactive. She has a number of years experience in the building of infrastructures and management of private and public companies, specifically in high technology industries. Her broad experience also covers the fields of E-Commerce, Database Management, Interactive Gaming, Financial Processing, Telecommunications, Interactive Marketing and Online Advertising.
Kate is a graduate of Carleton University, with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Law and Psychology, and an Internet Marketing Certificate from the University of British Columbia. Kate has been active within the e-commerce field for over ten years and has lived abroad in both Los Angeles, California and San Jose, Costa Rica, setting up and executing e-commerce programs and defining the company’s web presence.


Sue Adams - Bevendale Enterprises Inc
Past Committee Member

For many British Columbians, owning one small business would fulfill a life-long dream. Sue Adams has fulfilled that dream six times over and is still going strong.

Sue is the Chair of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Currently she serves on the BC Ministry of Small Business Round Table, Whistler Chamber of Commerce Board, Whistler Arts Council Board, Director of Women’s Enterprise Society and others. Sue is the recipient of many community and business awards, including, but not limited to, the 2001 recipient of Whistler Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and the 2007 Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award.

taraTara Colpitts - Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler
Past Committee Member

Growing up in a small rural Manitoba town, Tara Colpitts valued and supported strong community organizations from early on, and sought it out while working and traveling through Switzerland, Malaysia, Banff, and Interior BC. Through her time at University of Manitoba, where she completed her Commerce degree in Marketing and International Business, and at Royal Roads University for her Master's degree in International and Intercultural Communications, she became involved with varying student body affiliations, leading to an enthusiasm for her VP role at the Rossland Chamber of Commerce. Moving to her husband's hometown of Whistler in 2009 was an easy choice as her experience in the travel industry was an ideal fit, and the community spirit for organizations such as the Women of Whistler appealing. As Director of Sales for Coast Blackcomb Suites at Whistler she enjoys welcoming others to this amazing location and voicing its unique offerings to the world.