Networking - Learning - Mentorship

Women of Whistler Presents Breaking Trail

Whistler, BC May 7, 2015 –  On Tuesday, May 19 at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre three of the corridors brightest minds: Danielle Kristmanson, Maureen “Mo” Douglas and Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden will be taking part in a panel discussing how to carve a meaningful career path in the mountains. The evening goes from 6:30-8pm, nibbles are included, and tickets are available on the Women of Whistler (WOW) website:

It will be fun, it will be passionate, it will be loud.

Meet the Panelists:

Danielle Kristmanson – Partner/Creative Director at Origin Design + Communications
Origin Design + Communications is a Whistler and Montreal-based strategic marketing, creative and branding firm specializing in outdoor sports and resort tourism. As Origin’s founding partner and Creative Director, Danielle Kristmanson boasts a wealth of expertise in mountain sports and tourism marketing. Her work with brands such as Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, Salomon Sports, The North Face, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Intrawest, Sun Valley Resort, Telluride Tourism Board, the Canadian Ski Council, Bike Parks of B.C. and many others has positioned her as one of the industry’s leading creative strategists and brand development specialists. Kristmanson holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Communications and Marketing from Simon Fraser University. A Whistler resident for over 20 years, Kristmanson balances directing Origin with her love for mountain biking, snowboarding, travel and being a mom.

Maureen “Mo” Douglas – Facilitator. Speaker. Strategist. Powerfully positive change agent.
A speaker, facilitator and consultant on public, workplace and leadership engagement, Mo has “walked her talk” with powerfully positive outreach and engagement. During her 25 years in tourism, events and communications, Mo spent 10 years with Tourism Whistler and eight years as community relations director for the 2010 Winter Games. 

She has since applied her empowering engagement and leadership strategies to major events including the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and to local governments from Vancouver to Singapore. In 2014, Mo helped change discriminatory IOC policy, ensuring rights for the LGBTQ Olympic community. An active volunteer, Mo is currently vice-chair of the Whistler Arts Council and a mentor with Whistler’s Diversity Youth group.

Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden – Mayor of Whistler. Partner at Race and Company law firm.

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. She came to Whistler in 1973 for a two-week holiday and soon made Whistler her permanent home. Throughout the 70s, she attended Capilano College and Simon Fraser University on a part-time basis while living and working in Whistler. She held a variety of different jobs during that period including working as a server, a first aid attendant, and as part of the highway drilling, blasting and flagging crew. When Nancy and Ted (her future husband) arrived in Whistler, housing was in short supply so they lived in a cabin in the woods for four years.

Nancy completed her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 1983 and was called to the bar a year later. She practiced law in Vancouver until her first daughter was born and relocated her practice to Whistler in 1987. The following year, she became a partner in Race and Company, a law firm based in Whistler.

Nancy and her husband Ted have two daughters; Sarah and Jessie. In addition to downhill skiing, she enjoys cross-country skiing, running and hiking. She is an avid gardener, loves being in the kitchen and enjoys travelling.

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About Women of Whistler

Women of Whistler, powered by the Whistler Chamber is Driving development for businesswomen in Whistler. WOW is an informed, inspired and influential network of women striving for excellence in business and personal success.  Leverage the power of our local, national and international resources to learn, mentor and share ideas in a supportive environment. For more information, visit

About the Whistler Chamber of Commerce
The Whistler Chamber is making business easy.  Representing a robust 50% of the community – with over 700 members – we are the voice of business in Whistler and to the World.  Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler and the Resort Municipality of Whistler are our closest collaborators and partners.  Whistler comes to the Chamber for timely support. We lift as we climb, building a community of leaders and elevating Whistler’s businesses.
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Media Notes: The Whistler Chamber is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial.
Media Notes: The Whistler Chamber is pleased to provide high resolution photographs available for editorial.

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