Island Lake Lodge Welcomes New CEO
Island Lake is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Morrison as the next Chief Executive Officer. Dave brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences in the ski and hospitality industry in Canada. He joined Island Lake as of April 13, 2020, and is taking over for Doug Feely, who served as President and CEO since July, 2010 and will be retiring effective May 1, 2020.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his latest role as General Manager of Mansfield Ski Club in Mulmur, ON, Dave was the General Manager at Pass Powderkeg Ski Area in the Crowsnest Pass, AB. He has provided Risk Management services to Gougeon Insurance Brokers supporting adventure tourism clients in Western Canada. From a variety of hands-on ski operation roles to management, Dave has comprehensive expertise over a 23-year career. This diverse background provides the insights necessary to lead Island Lake.
Dave's experience in the ski industry and passion for adventure tourism makes for a natural fit with Island Lake. He has a proven record of volunteer support to the industry and communities through his board and committee involvement at local, regional and national levels.
In welcoming Dave, Island Lake owner Patrick Callahan comments, "I am impressed with Dave's leadership experiences as well as his success at Mansfield Ski Club. I am particularly happy to have a local Fernie resident at the helm of Island Lake and am positive he will bring a great enthusiasm to the team and community."
Adding his own thoughts on his new role as CEO, Dave says, "With a dynamic owner in Patrick Callahan, great leadership by my predecessor Doug Feely, and a truly amazing group of employees, it's an honour to be involved with such an iconic company and a passionate and engaged staff. I am excited to get started and to contribute to Island Lake's ongoing success and I look forward to supporting the amazing team already in place and the great work that they do."
Congratulations, Dave! It is a pleasure to welcome both you and your partner Amy back to Fernie and we look forward to seeing you at Island Lake Lodge.