Hall of Famer

Gordon Canning

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Hometown: Cornwall, ON
Induction CSHF: 2020
Induction Category: Alpine Builder
Gordon Canning

Gordon Canning was born in London, England, but refers to Cornwall, Ontario, as his hometown. He currently resides in Blue Mountains, Ontario.

Gordon is considered a Builder of the ski and snowboard industries in Ontario and Canada, having started in management at Blue Mountain Resort in 1970 under his father-in-law, Hall of Fame Inductee, Jozo Weider. Gordon became President of the resort in 1978 and led the business until 2013 when he retired.

Under his leadership, Blue Mountain made many advancements in snowmaking technology, high-speed lifts, and more. His knowledge and analytical skills led him to overseeing research for the Canadian ski industry, studying the skier population, demographics, growth, and patterns of visitation, which helped to modernizing and raise the standards at ski resorts across Canada.

Gordon has received the two top honours and awards from the Canadian Ski Council. He is widely respected in the local community for his contributions to the Blue Mountain area as a builder and leader in the ski and snowboard industry. The Town of Blue Mountains has named a street after him in honor of his contribution to the advancement of participation in skiing and snow sports. Gordon is also a lifetime honorary member of the Toronto Ski Club.

His peers and leaders in the resort industry continued to embrace his values and implement many of the concepts that he designed. Gordon continues to be a generous donor and contributor to community organizations in the Blue Mountain and Collingwood region.