BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Silver Star Resort Association board members volunteer their time to this process on behalf of the community. Their bios are included here so readers can learn more about the experience and expertise each member brings to the table. Full details of the make up of the resort association board can be found in the Approved Bylaws found in the Legal Documents section of this website. Look for further details on the election process and how you can become involved. To help the election process run smoother, if possible please send your mailing address (if you are a property owner) along with email contact (if you don’t already received email updates from us) and Silver Star address to firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Board of Directors
Dave Gibson (Chair) - Dave Gibson retired in 2019 as President and CEO of Marmot Basin Ski Area in Jasper Alberta after 43 years in the ski industry and moved to the Okanagan. Dave has extensive experience in the ski industry, commencing with 11 years at Sunshine Village (from Ski Patrol and Maintenance to Vice President of Mountain Operations), then moving to Jasper to manage Marmot Basin Ski Area in Jasper National Park.
Two years after starting at Marmot Basin, Dave was tasked with managing Naskiska Ski Area for two years, in parallel with his management role at Marmot Basin. Dave was a long standing member of Canada West Ski Areas Association, CWSAA from 1982 – 2019, voted in as Chairman of the board twice, was Chairman of the Risk Management Committee, and, travelled internationally with CWSAA for Ski Area Education; 4 European countries, 5 US states. Dave was a board member, then Present of the Jasper Chamber of Commerce early 90s. He was a founding member of the Jasper Rotary Club and previously Banff Club Ski. Enhancing Visitor experience in the resort town of Jasper, making memories for guests was always very high on his agenda.
He resides as an owner in Creekside over the winter months.
Warren Burgess (Treasurer)- Warren brings a strata hotel perspective to the board. Warren moved to Vernon and joined the Silver Star Ski Patrol in 1978. In the early ‘80s he and three other patrollers purchased the former ski shop building and converted it to The Kickwillie Inn, which operated until the early 2000’s. In 1986 they purchased the original day-lodge and converted it to The Pinnacles Suite Hotel and he managed the businesses until 2012.
Over the years Warren was active in the tourism community as founding President of Vernon Tourism, director and officer of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, director through President of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association and director of the Tourism Industry Association of BC.
Warren has always been keenly aware of trends in the ski industry, the positioning of Silver Star in relation to its competitors and the effect this has on skier visits and real estate values, both commercial and residential. He has experience as a strata developer, council member and council president. His company continues to own strata units at Silver Star.
Warren is committed to the long-term success of the resort community.
Russell Haubrich (Secretary)- Russell brings the single owner hotel perspective to the board. He moved to and made Silver Star Mountain his home in August of 1983.
Russell built and operated the first full service hotel on Silver Star Mountain, Putnam Station Inn, opening for business on December 10, 1983.
He lived in Silver Star continuously until April of 2006. As a business owner/operator and resident of the Silver Star resort community, Russell has retained a keen interest in all matters related to governance at Silver Star. He was one of the first members of the RDNO Silver Star Mountain Community Standing Committee.
Russell operated Putnam Station Inn until April of 2006. Putnam Station – the land, buildings and business were sold to Bulldog in April 2006. He managed Bulldog until August 2010.
Russell moved away from Silver Star and was not connected with Silver Star until he returned in August 2011 and commenced managing the Vance Creek Hotel and Conference Centre.
Julie Sherborn - Julie is a residential property owner at Silver Star. She is a noted media and marketing specialist with a track record for growing effective and engaging communications channels underpinned by solid commercial principles.
As the Asia CEO of one of Australia’s biggest media conglomerates, she developed market leading, multi-lingual brands including editions of Cosmopolitan and Harper's BAZAAR. She also headed the Asia operations of Hubert Burda Media responsible for M&A activity, business growth, integration and restructure of the German company’s extensive interests across the continent, including in India, Thailand, China and Hong Kong.
More recently she has served as an Executive Director in the not-for-profit segment working on projects in Timor-Leste including developing a farmers’ co-operative and growing child feeding initiatives in schools in partnership with the UN World Food Programme.
Currently she is working on entrepreneurial projects in North America, applying her experience understanding, defining and shaping customer expectations to develop new brands in the luxury segment.
She escapes to her much-loved home at Silver Star as often as she can, which is not often enough!
Shawn Lee - Shawn and his wife, Jocelyn, moved to Vernon from Alberta in 1984 with four children and 2 more to come. Discovering the sunshine of Silver Star Resort, skiing became their major winter recreation. At least four little Lee’s terrorized the instructors of the “Stardusters “program as the whole family learned to ski at Silver Star.
Besides being a dedicated family man, Shawn is an entrepreneur and a professional. A dentist, he has successfully operated his Vernon dental practice for 36 years. Shawn has significant experience in the governance of organizations, and is proud of his ability to address conflicting viewpoints in a respectful, collegial, and collaborative manner. As a Vernon City Councillor, he supported major initiatives to improve traffic flow in Vernon, served on the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, and served on the Okanagan Regional Library board where he participated on the steering committee for the realization of the new Vernon Branch. He later served as president of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan, focusing, successfully, on raising its profile.
In addition to his community involvement, Shawn contributed to his profession both locally as president of the Vernon and District Dental Society and as president of the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society, and provincially by serving eleven years on the Council of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. While on this council he chaired the Quality Assurance Committee. Shawn has also served on the Silver Creek Lodge strata council.
In 2005, Shawn and Jocelyn bought a condominium in Silver Creek Lodge, expanding the opportunity for enjoyment of the “Hill”, even as their family expanded to include 12 grandchildren, and the tradition continues.
Ross Foden (Vice Chair) - After a 35 year career as a senior banker, Ross retired to Silver Star in 2014. His career started in London, UK, with the 15 years prior to retirement spent in different parts of Asia.
Ross has served as a Director on the Board of the Silver Star Property Owners Association (SSPOA), being Vice President and Chair of the Utilities Services Committee for the past 2 years. For the initiation phase of the Resort Association, Ross chaired the Silver Star Resort Association Task Force between June 2015 and April 2017. This period included acting as the spokesperson for the Task Force during the public outreach phase and drafting of the Bylaws.
Ross is a keen downhill and classic cross country skier in the winter and runs the trails and mountain bikes in the summer months. He is also a keen motorcyclist and a totally average golfer.
Silver Star is the year round home of Ross and his family, who have owned the house they now live in since 2004.
Mike Randell - Mike has been the alternate director for Area C on the Regional District of North Okanagan board. Mike is a suite owner at the Pinnacles and a partner in that hotel business.
He worked for Silver Star full time, starting in 1981 on ski patrol. From 1988 to 1991 Mike was the designer and project manager for the development of Putnam Creek, and subsequently became Mountain Manager in 1992. He was Silver Star's project manager for the World Cup XC trails, Silver Creek, Creekside, Brewers pond, Tube Town and the Ridge subdivision. Mike retired from the mountain in 2003 as Vice President for Planning and Development.
Lindsay Brennan - Lindsay Brennan owns and operates Silver Star Stays. Silver Star Stays is a personalized reservation services company that manages over 90 properties right here on Silver Star Mountain.
Lindsay sits on the Silver Star Property Owners Association Board of Directors and the Creekside Strata Council. Lindsay graduated with a journalism degree from Thompson Rivers University. In the past years, she worked for CIBC, and though she got promoted quickly, she wanted to do work that she was passionate about. She moved to the United Way in the North Okanagan specifically in fundraising and has sat on the Investment Funding Committees evaluating applications from organizations applying for United Way funding.
When not working with Silver Star Stays owners and guests around the mountain, Lindsay and her family are skiing and snowshoeing with their dogs in the winter and downhill and cross-country biking in the summer.
Lindsay owns a condo in Creekside which she enjoys with her family and rents out when it is not in use.
Rob Durant - With over 21 years’ experience leading award-winning corporate and leisure travel teams, Robert has a proven track record of building and maintaining strategic relationships with key stakeholders to drive innovation, growth, and revenue.
For over 30 years Robert has been active in the travel and tourism business and community in roles such as Regional Chair of Finance, Technology, and International Expansion of Ensemble Travel Group, Regional Chair of Association of Canadian Travel Agents, and International Chair of American Association of Travel Agents.
In addition, Robert has also acted as Owner & Operator of W.D. World Travel and Canadatravels.com for 27 years, with his current role for the past four years being the Director of Global Solutions of Direct ATPI Travel.
Robert has a strong passion for the Silver Star experience and has been active in the community since 2007. Within the following year, Robert became the owner of two homes at Silver Star with four units that are rented out year-round.
Additionally, Robert thoroughly enjoys his experiences in the resort community through participating in various summer and winter mountain-focused activities and events, including downhill biking, cross country biking, hiking, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and snowshoeing.
Ken Derpak - Ken is one of two representatives of Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. on the board. He lives at Silver Star Mountain with his wife Jan and is currently the Managing Director of Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd.
Prior to moving to Silver Star, he was the President of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort which operated a small ski hill and an extensive summer operations. Ken has spent over 20 years in the Resort business with a diversity of roles and ski experience – in Banff at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort as SR VP Planning, Development, Regulatory and Government
Affairs as well as VP Operations and General Manager – in Whistler he was the Director of Finance for Intrawest at Whistler Blackcomb and the Director of Finance for the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Ken and Jan are proud to call Silver Star home!
Ian Jenkins - Ian is the other representative of Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd. on the board. He is currently the Director of Sales, Marketing and Accommodation at Silver Star Mountain Resort Ltd.
Formerly Director of Sales at Whistler Blackcomb, Ian moved to Colorado to work for Vail Resorts when Vail acquired Whistler. Ian and his family moved to Vernon in 2018 when he accepted his position at SilverStar.
The Board would like to thank the former board members now stepping down after the AGM