Board of Directors

The Mackenzie Investments Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The vision of the board is to establish a world-class Mackenzie Investments Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, the purpose of which is the promotion, support, and acknowledgment of skiing and snowboarding in Canada.

Erik Austin
Erik Austin

Chair, Board of Directors
Vancouver, British Columbia

Erik is an experienced leader in destination resort marketing, sales strategies, and fulfillment. He has developed industry-leading central reservations businesses through entrepreneurial governance and innovative strategies. Erik holds a diploma in Business Administration from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He has  worked with various start-ups in adventure activities at RezRez and over the past 20 years with ski industry leaders Intrawest, Whistler Blackcomb and currently as VP Reservations / Customer Service at Vail Resorts.

Raised in Quebec, Canada, Erik is a French/English bilingual entrepreneur with a long family history in the ski business. He considers himself a passionate skier and outdoorsman who loves to share his spirit of adventure. His mother, Peggy Johannsen, is a former Canadian ski champion and ski wax manufacturer (JackRabbit Ski Wax), and daughter of the legendary Herman “Jackrabbit” Johannsen, a pioneer of Canadian skiing.

Stephen Finestone
Stephen Finestone

Past Chair, Board of Directors
Ottawa, Ontario

Stephen is a Level IV member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA), Level III Canadian Ski Coaches Federation (CSCF) Alpine Ski Coach and former member of the Canadian INTERSKI Team. He has been associated with the ski and leisure industry in various roles for over 40 years including six years as Chair of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum. You can often find him with his wife PJ and two daughters on the slopes of Mont Tremblant where Stephen continues to teach, coach and ski.

Stephen is President of Shalfine Facilitation & Consulting Inc., an independent service business based in Ottawa, Ontario. His passion is helping people to have better conversations that enable more informed decision-making. Previously, Stephen was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Advisory Services, where he worked for over 25 years providing strategy and change consulting services to public and private sector clients both in Canada and internationally.

Jean Cloutier
Jean Cloutier

Director, Finance
Montreal, Quebec

Jean is currently Vice President of Operations & Business Development at Raymond Lanctôt Ltd. in Montreal. Lanctôt is a Canadian-based distributor of premium sporting goods, apparel and eyewear.

Jean has been in the ski and bike industry for over 35 years. After working a few years for an accounting firm in Montreal, Jean held positions at Jupa Sports (skiwear manufacturer) before joining OGC in 1994 where he is also an equity partner in the company. He holds a B.A.A. from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and obtained his CA in 1985. He also serves as a city councillor since 2006 for the municipality of Lac-Tremblant-Nord, where he enjoys cycling and skiing on weekends with his wife and two young daughters. Jean has competed at an elite level in both alpine and water skiing and still practices those sports at competitive levels. His wife, a medical doctor, is also an accomplished athlete who has done Ironman and competed in the world triathlon championship.

Janie Soublière
Janie Soublière

Executive and Legal and Governance support
Montreal, Quebec

Janie is a Lawyer who acts as legal counsel and consultant in anti-doping to International Sporting Federations and investigator in sport related disputes. Also a Chartered Arbitrator, Janie is an active roster member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and many other International sport dispute resolution panels.

Janie holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences (Philosophy and Political Science), a Bachelors Degree in Common Law, was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar in 2002 and is a member in good standing of the Ontario Bar Association, as well as holding a Masters in International Sport Law. She has also acted as athlete-agent to Canadian athletes, and is a North American representative of WISLaw (Women in Sport Law).

Jeff Timmins
Jeff Timmins

Director, Marketing & Communications
Toronto, Ontario

Currently a partner and Chief Brand Officer at a full service marketing agency based in London, Ontario called TMD (aka The Marketing Department). Prior to his current role Jeff served as the global brand marketing lead at Columbia Sportswear in Portland, Oregon, as the head of Global Brand Marketing tasked with stewarding the global go-to-market process from market research to consumer insights through planning, development and deployment of all marketing activity including creative, advertising, promotion, pr, social media, and sponsorship.

Jeff’s 20+ years’ experience of bringing world-class brands to market includes working with leading global brands in retail, professional sports, non-profit and a range of consumer products around the world, including the Canadian, US and Russian freestyle ski teams, NBA, Sorel, Nike, Gatorade, Mountain Hardwear, Nestle, Red Bull, ESPN X-Games, Nissan, Subaru, The Winter Olympic Games and more.

Jeff’s passion for the ski lifestyle began with time on the hill with his father as a teenager at Mt. Baker and Whistler.  Then as a ski-bum in Banff which then led to a career in retail just so he could be in, on and around the ski industry. Today he leads marketing strategy at TMD where he creates mission-driven initiatives, creative campaigns and brand strategies that deliver effective, integrated marketing communications programs for a diverse portfolio of brands.

Chris Robinson

Chair, Hall of Fame Committee
Collingwood, Ontario

A snowsports volunteer leader for over 25 years, Chris was President – Canadian Snowsports Association (2002 – 2024), Chairman – FIS Freestyle Skiing Committee (2000 – 2016), Board Member – Canadian Ski Council (2002 – 2020) and continues to serve as Chairman of the FIS Public Relations and Mass Media Committee.

Chris’ career has been dedicated to snowsports in the areas of TV production and event management. As owner of Double Black Diamond Productions his nationally distributed TV program (Ski Base, Pontiac World of Skiing, Ski Television) covered skiing around the world, featuring icons of the sport and pioneering TV ski tips with legions of fans from coast to coast over 30 years. DBDP continues today as Host Broadcast Producer of many FIS World Cups in Canada from year to year, most recently the 2024 FIS Cross Country World Cup races in Canmore, Alberta.

In 2009 he founded World Snowsports Events Group, bringing World Cup skiing and snowboarding to the Collingwood region, organizing 7 FIS World Cups from 2010 to 2019.

Chris is a FIS Freestyle Skiing Technical Delegate, CSIA Level 3 instructor and Alpine Level 2 coach. Awards include the NASJA, Harold S. Hirsch Award – Excellence in TV Broadcasting (2002); Canadian Ski Council, Judith Kilbourne Award (2007) and FIS Journalists Award (2016). He was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jane Chisholm
Jane Chisholm

Director, Promotions & Events 
Montreal, Quebec

Jane Chisholm is the President of J Creations Inc., a company she has owned and operated since 1980. Today, she is enjoying a second career in Real Estate Staging following 30 successful years as a leading Importer/Distributor of sportswear in the ski and golf industries. Jane was an entrepreneur starting from a noticeably young age and has been raising the bar since the 1970s when she produced her first fundraising event in Montreal in support of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, just prior to the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. 

Jane is a CSIA Level 3 Instructor and a former Canadian Interski Team Delegate.  She had the honour of producing Tremblant’s 75th Anniversary Gala event in 2014 and the Alpine Canada Alumni Reunion in 2016.  As Director of Events, Jane chairs the organizing committee for “The Legends Classic” ski race held annually in March at Mont Tremblant in support of the CSHFM. Jane is also chairman of the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame annual induction event. 

Daniel Hermosa
Dan Hermosa

Ottawa, Ontario 

Dan is a Level 2 member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA). He has been an enthusiastic skier at Tremblant for many years and continues to enjoy the exhilaration of gliding over fresh tracks. That enthusiasm extends to his interest in preserving and sharing Canada’s rich ski heritage and in the recognition of excellence in our ski and snowsports in all its forms. To advance the mandate of the CSHFM in preserving skiing history for the next generations, Dan contributes his active interest in history and governance.

Dan is a former (retired) counsel with the Federal Department of Justice, providing advice relating to the activities and responsibilities of the Minister of Finance. He is an expert in negotiating international agreements relating to trade, financial transactions, money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as experience in the creation of national agencies and in advising on annual budget matters. He is also a former President of Big Brothers Ottawa, a former member of the Board of Directors of the United Way Ottawa and a member of the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa-Carleton.

Earl Kaplin

Director, Membership
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Earl is a Senior Financial Planner with 38 years of experience assisting high net worth families manage their financial affairs. He is a lifetime member of Assante’s Chairman’s Council Elite, representing the firm’s top 25 advisors, and part of Assante’s National Advisory Council, serving as an interface between senior management and advisors.

Earl graduated with a BComm 80 (Hons) from Concordia University and was a founding member of the Canadian Certified Financial Planners designation CFP®. He holds the Canadian Investment Management CIM® and has served on the board of the Canadian Association of Financial Planners, the Corporation Professionnelle des Administrateurs Agrées, and the Jewish Community Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.

Earl and his wife Julie have a pied à terre in Montreal, but their home is in Mont-Tremblant where they ski, golf, hike, sail and plan their different travel experiences. He was a competitor in the early days of freestyle and active in the Tremblant community where he has served as a director at both the Lake Tremblant Association and the Tremblant Resort Association.

Ian Wolfe

Director, Archives & Artifacts
Toronto, Ontario

Ian is a professionally trained Archivist with a joint Master’s degree in History and Archival Studies from Wayne State University and the University of Windsor, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bishop’s University.   For close to 25 years, he has worked as an Archivist in university, municipal, multi-national corporations, not-for-profits, museums, archives, and member associations.   Ian’s career has seen him develop a local museum archives from the ground up, repatriate archival collections from across the globe, accession, appraise, and arrange countless archival collections and undertaking significant digitization conversion projects.  Complementing his archival experience, Ian has professional expertise in corporate knowledge management, memory projects, historical research and writing, and heritage preservation.

As a life-long skier, skiing is in Ian’s DNA.  The son of one of the founding members of Alpine Ski Club in Blue Mountains, Ontario, Ian has an endless passion to understand, preserve and promote the history of skiing and snowsports not only locally for Ontario ski clubs and resorts, but also to capture and preserve the textual, oral, and visual history of skiing and snowsports in Canada.

Jonathan Herman

Director, Legal and Governance
Ottawa, Ontario

Jonathan is a lawyer and experienced association executive. He is the CEO of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the national not-for-profit association of Canada’s 14 provincial and territorial law societies that regulate the legal profession in the public interest. Before joining the Federation in 2006 he practiced corporate and commercial law in Montreal and was involved in numerous leadership roles in the political and public sector world, including as Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Justice.  Jonathan currently serves as an officer of the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE), as well as the Bar Issues Commission of the International Bar Association, a major division of the IBA that brings together 200 bar associations and law societies around the world.

Jonathan and his wife Sandra are the proud parents of two former alpine ski racing daughters based out of the Camp Fortune Ski Club in Chelsea, Quebec.  Years as a race volunteer and official led to parent leadership as well as involvement on the Club’s Board of Directors.  Jonathan chaired the Board’s Governance Committee and led significant reforms of club structure and governance including the introduction of a Club Code of Conduct and discipline procedures.

Kate Scallion

Director, Nominations Committee
Vancouver, BC

Kate is a Victoria-based lawyer whose practise includes sports dispute resolution. She is finally contributing to society as a gainfully employed taxpayer after spending an arguably unreasonable amount of time collecting degrees, which include a JD and LLM (both from Dalhousie), a BA and an MA. Obviously, she has a propensity to ruin the utility of a general degree by continuing her education in specialized topics (and also, she really likes reading).

Kate grew up in the small skiing community of Wentworth, Nova Scotia. She was lucky enough to have a family very involved in cross-country skiing and spent several years skiing competitively with the Nova Scotia provincial team and at the university level for Carleton University. She likes to spend as much time as possible outside biking, running, and skiing (though that is slightly less accessible than ideal in Victoria). She perhaps has an unhealthy addiction to chocolate and is always happy to escape to faraway lands for adventures. She is also on the board of directors for Nordique Canada. 

Robin MacFarlane
Robin MacFarlane

Vancouver, British Columbia

Robin recently retired as a lawyer at Owen Bird Law Corporation in Vancouver, with a focus on corporate, commercial, tax and banking law. Some of his other past accomplishments include former Director and President of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Director at Big Sky Golf Club, Director and Chair at Whistler Mountain Ski Club Alpine Committee and Honorary member, Director at Alpine Canada, and Director and long-time Chair of BC Alpine.

Robin has been involved at nearly every level of alpine ski racing from the club, provincial and national levels.

Joanne Hale

Executive Director
Montreal, Quebec

Joanne is a result oriented strategic leader with more than 25 years in the financial services and retail banking sectors, including previously with The Royal Bank and as a Senior Director with American Express Merchant Partnerships. As a recent member of the Leggat Auto Group’s executive team, she led and was responsible for the group’s people management strategy, IT division and digital strategic planning including the rebranding of the organization for the first time in 100 years.  Joanne manages a consulting business HGI, where she advises, coaches executives and their teams on effective organizational solutions, business strategies and deployment.

Amongst her non-profit experience, Joanne is past President of the Board for the Argyle Institute for Mental Health in Montreal, Past Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of The Action Centre and Foundation, a bilingual multicultural non-profit community organization supporting the physically disabled in Montreal. Joanne has been a Tremblant resident for over 25 years, with a shared passion for skiing along with her two children, both alpine ski racers.

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